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Beam-quality measurements on solid state dye lasers using nonconfocal unstable resonators
Author(s): Jeffrey A. Russell; Dennis P. Pacheco; Henry R. Aldag; S. M. Dolotov; M. F. Koldunov; Ya. V. Kravchenko; Alexander A. Manenkov; A. V. Reznichenko; G. P. Roskova
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports on a systematic study ofthe beam quality ofsolid-state dye lasers for different resonator designs. The resonators investigated include: multimode stable, hard-edge unstable, and unstable with a graded-reflectivity mirror (GRM) output coupler. The purpose ofthe work was to investigate the conditions under which good beam quality can be achieved, and to examine the possible trade-off between beam quality and energy extraction efficiency. Beam quality was quantified through conventional M2 measurements. A hard-edge unstable resonator of magnification ?2.5 produced a beam ofM2 ?11 - 12 at a PRF of 2Hz and a pump flux of 5 MW/cm2. The value increased to ? 18 — 19 at a pump flux of2O MW/cm2. This can be compared with an M2 of ? 140 - 150 with the multimode stable resonator. Preliminary measurements with the GRM resulted in M2 values of ? 5 to 6 at 5 MW/cm2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4267, Solid State Lasers X, (16 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424615
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Jeffrey A. Russell, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
Dennis P. Pacheco, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
Henry R. Aldag, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
S. M. Dolotov, R&D Enterprise Optronika (Russia)
M. F. Koldunov, R&D Enterprise Optronika (Russia)
Ya. V. Kravchenko, General Physics Institute (Russia)
Alexander A. Manenkov, General Physics Institute (Russia)
A. V. Reznichenko, R&D Enterprise Optronika (Russia)
G. P. Roskova, Institute of Silicate Chemistry (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4267:
Solid State Lasers X
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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