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Continuously pumped all-solid-state laser systems with fiber phase-conjugate mirror
Author(s): Enrico Risse; Oliver Mehl; Thomas Riesbeck; Anca Mocofanescu; Hans Joachim Eichler
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Paper Abstract

All-solid-state laser sources are required for numerous applications in industry and science. Scaling of average output power while preserving a diffraction limited beam quality results in high brightness operation. However, conventional laser systems suffer from thermally induced phase distortions in the active medium, which considerably reduce their beam quality. Advanced pumping geometry, diode pumping, as well as active media with high quantum efficiency can reduce the thermal load. But the remaining phase distortions result in a reduction of beam quality. Optical phase conjugate mirrors are suitable to compensate for phase distortions in master oscillator power amplifier systems (MOPA). Stimulated Brillouin scattering in conventional, commercially available silica fibers facilitates reliable and stable phase conjugation. These all-solid state devices reveal an energy reflectivity of almost 90% and require low financial efforts. Moreover, the SBS threshold is determined by the appropriate fiber core diameter. Therefore fiber phase conjugators can be applied in continuously pumped, repetitively q-switched laser systems which usually exhibit smaller peak power in comparison with pulsed pumped systems. A four-pass amplifier arrangement with birefringence compensation was developed. Nearly diffraction limited output with 32 W average power has been achieved at 10 kHz repetition rate. Power scaling up to 100 W seems to be possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2001
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4184, XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (25 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.414044
Show Author Affiliations
Enrico Risse, Technische Univ. Berlin (Germany)
Oliver Mehl, Technische Univ. Berlin (United States)
Thomas Riesbeck, Technische Univ. Berlin (Germany)
Anca Mocofanescu, Institute of Atomic Physics (Romania)
Hans Joachim Eichler, Technische Univ. Berlin (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4184:
XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference
Antonio Lapucci; Marco Ciofini, Editor(s)

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