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Numerical simulation of a battlefield Nd:YAG laser
Author(s): Markus Henriksson; Lars Sjoqvist; Thomas Uhrwing
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Paper Abstract

A numeric model has been developed to identify the critical components and parameters in improving the output beam quality of a flashlamp pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser with a folded Porro-prism resonator and polarization output coupling. The heating of the laser material and accompanying thermo-optical effects are calculated using the finite element partial differential equations package FEMLAB allowing arbitrary geometries and time distributions. The laser gain and the cavity are modeled with the physical optics simulation code GLAD including effects such as gain profile, thermal lensing and stress-induced birefringence, the Pockels cell rise-time and component aberrations. The model is intended to optimize the pumping process of an OPO providing radiation to be used for ranging, imaging or optical countermeasures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5989, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures II; Femtosecond Phenomena II; and Passive Millimetre-Wave and Terahertz Imaging II, 59890I (3 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.630409
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Markus Henriksson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Lars Sjoqvist, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Thomas Uhrwing, Saab Avionics (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5989:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures II; Femtosecond Phenomena II; and Passive Millimetre-Wave and Terahertz Imaging II
Sean M. Kirkpatrick; David H. Titterton; Roger Appleby; J. Martyn Chamberlain; Razvan Stoian; Keith A. Krapels, Editor(s)

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