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Optical bistability in a bulk heavily doped Er:Yb:phosphate glass laser
Author(s): M. Fromager; Kamel Ait-Ameur; Francois Sanchez; Gilles Martel
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Paper Abstract

We consider the output of a longitudinally pumped heavily doped Er:Yb:phosphate glass laser. We experimentally observe that the characteristic curve output-versus-input is not linear and exhibits bistability. A theoretical approach, based on a thermal lensing effect that is different depending on whether the laser is ON or OFF and on the overlapping mismatch between the pump and the laser spot sizes, provides an excellent description of the experimental results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5036, Photonics, Devices, and Systems II, (8 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.498335
Show Author Affiliations
M. Fromager, CIRIL-ISMRA (France)
Kamel Ait-Ameur, CIRIL-ISMRA (France)
Francois Sanchez, Univ. d'Angers/Lab. POMA (France)
Gilles Martel, Univ. de Rouen/CORIA Groupe d'Optique et d'Optronique (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5036:
Photonics, Devices, and Systems II
Miroslav Hrabovsky; Dagmar Senderakova; Pavel Tomanek, Editor(s)

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