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Novel method of solid state laser thermal lens intracavity correction by a modal liquid crystal adaptive lens with optical control
Author(s): Igor R. Guralnik; I. V. Sozinova
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Paper Abstract

We suggest a new way to compensate for the thermal lensing effect in the mid-power solid-state lasers. This can be done by the use of a liquid-crystal adaptive lens with optically controlled focal length (optically addressed lens -- OAL) which is a modification of the modal liquid crystal lens (MLCL) which has recently been suggested and successfully implemented. The phase shift introduced by OAL into the transmitted light wave is theoretically shown to correspond to a converging lens whose focal length depends on the light intensity distribution across the aperture. OAL implements an intra-cavity optical feedback, which can effectively compensate for the laser beam defocus resulted from the emerging thermal lensing. For various types of resonators the beam stability is improved by the use of OAL. Correction becomes more effective if the OAL is positioned close to the laser rod.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4353, Laser Optics 2000: Control of Laser Beam Characteristics and Nonlinear Methods for Wavefront Control, (2 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417714
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Igor R. Guralnik, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute and Samara State Univ. (Russia)
I. V. Sozinova, Samara State Univ. (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4353:
Laser Optics 2000: Control of Laser Beam Characteristics and Nonlinear Methods for Wavefront Control
Leonid N. Soms; Vladimir E. Sherstobitov, Editor(s)

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