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Cooled Yb:YAG for high-power solid state lasers
Author(s): Tso Yee Fan; T. Crow; Brian Hoden
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Paper Abstract

The development of high-average-power solid-state lasers with good beam quality has been limited primarily by thermo- optic distortions in the laser gain medium. Cooling Yb:YAG gain media to cryogenic temperatures promises to significantly reduce thermo-optic distortions relative to 300 K Nd:YAG. Preliminary results have been obtained for a diode-pumped, cooled Yb:YAG laser operating at 1.03 micrometers , and the experiments to date verify a large reduction in thermo-optic effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3381, Airborne Laser Advanced Technology, (8 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323939
Show Author Affiliations
Tso Yee Fan, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
T. Crow, Decade Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Brian Hoden, Decade Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3381:
Airborne Laser Advanced Technology
Todd D. Steiner; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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