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Compact active mirror laser (CAMIL)
Author(s): John Vetrovec
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Paper Abstract

This work presents concept and scaling considerations for a solid-state laser with a gain medium disk operating in the active mirror mode. The disk is of composite construction formed by bonding undoped optical medium to the peripheral edges of a gain medium disk. Pump diode arrays are placed around the perimeter of the composite disk and pump light is injected into the undoped edge. With proper choice of lasant doping, diode placement and diode divergence, a uniform laser gain can be achieved across large portions of the disk. To mitigate thermal deformations, the gain medium disk is pressure-clamped to a rigid, cooled substrate. Effective reduction of thermo-optical distortions makes this laser suitable for operation at high-average power.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4630, Solid State Lasers XI, (13 March 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.459001
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John Vetrovec, Boeing Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4630:
Solid State Lasers XI
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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