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Improving the laser brightness of a commercial laser system
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Paper Abstract

We investigate the selection of a flat-top beam and a Gaussian beam inside a laser cavity on opposing mirrors. The concept is tested external to the laser cavity in a single pass and double pass regime where the latter mimics a single round trip in the laser. We implement this intra-cavity selection through the use of two 16 level diffractive optical elements. We consider a solid-state diode side-pumped laser resonator in a typical commercial laser configuration that consists of two planar mirrors where the DOEs are positioned at the mirrors. We out couple the Gaussian and flat-top distributions and we show that we improve the brightness of the laser with active mode control. We also demonstrate that the quality of the beam transformations determine the brightness improvement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10036, Fourth Conference on Sensors, MEMS, and Electro-Optic Systems, 100360V (3 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2244293
Show Author Affiliations
Darryl Naidoo, CSIR National Laser Ctr. (South Africa)
Univ. of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
Igor Litvin, CSIR National Laser Ctr. (South Africa)
Andrew Forbes, Univ. of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10036:
Fourth Conference on Sensors, MEMS, and Electro-Optic Systems
Monuko du Plessis, Editor(s)

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