Abstract

Wavefront distortions caused by the convection of heated ambient air in front of the laser crystal induce severe pump-power-dependent misalignment in thin-disk laser (TDL) resonators. This effect is particularly pronounced in fundamental mode operation and limits the output power when no realignment of the resonator is possible during operation. In this Letter, we present a new approach to passively compensate for this misalignment instability by exploiting the spectral dispersion of a highly efficient grating-waveguide mirror used as a cavity end-mirror in a Littrow configuration. By this, it was possible to almost triple the output power of a fundamental mode Yb:LuAG TDL pumped at 969 nm.

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