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Thermal lens characterization of a side-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser
Author(s): Antoniangelo Agnesi; Federico Pirzio; Alessandra Tomaselli; Francesca Bonfigli; Tiziana Marolo
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Paper Abstract

We present a diode side-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser emitting up to 11 W CW output power c axis polarized at 1064 nm in a bounce geometry. We employed a 2x4x12 mm3, 6° wedge, 1.1% Nd3+ doped slab crystal. We set up a compact 2-mirrors cavity design using a cylindrical high reflectivity mirror (curved in the tangential plane) and several plane output coupler. The optimum total internal reflection angle of the designed bounce geometry, leading to the maximum output power, was measured to be about 3.5°. The overall length of the cavity ranges from 8 to 11 cm depending on the investigated configuration. As much as 11 W CW output power was obtained for approximately 26 W of absorbed pump power at 808 nm, with a slope efficiency up to 50% and a near diffraction limited outpu beam in the vertical direction. An overall M2 < 3 was obtained at the maximum output power. We also present a focal thermal lens characterization of the cavity in two different experimental setup. The study was based on a first order dependence of the focal thermal length on the absorbed pump power model fth∞k/Pabs. Our results are in good agreement with the model and the experimental behaviour of the system confirmed the outcome of the focal thermal lens measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2005
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5777, XV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, (23 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.611068
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Antoniangelo Agnesi, Univ. degli Studi di Pavia, INFM (Italy)
Federico Pirzio, Univ. degli Studi di Pavia, INFM (Italy)
Alessandra Tomaselli, Univ. degli Studi di Pavia, INFM (Italy)
Francesca Bonfigli, Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente (Italy)
Tiziana Marolo, Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5777:
XV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers
Jarmila Kodymova, Editor(s)

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