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Efficient, high power nonlinear mirror modelocking of a bounce geometry laser
Author(s): G. M. Thomas; S. P. Chard; M. J. Damzen
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Paper Abstract

We report the highest average power modelocking using the nonlinear mirror (NLM) technique of a novel bounce geometry laser with excellent beam quality. A diode-side pumped Nd:YVO4 slab lasing at 1064nm was used in a bounce-oscillator configuration employing a stigmatic spatial TEM00 design. Incorporation of a type-I phase-matched BiBO nonlinear crystal (NLC) in a NLM configuration produced 12W of self-starting, continuous-wave (CW) modelocking with pulse duration 14ps and repetition rate 110MHz. This is the highest power recorded using the NLM technique and was operated with high long-term stability. The system exploits the capacity of NLM modelocking over SESAM modelocking, for sustaining higher average and peak powers without onset of optical damage occurring.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7578, Solid State Lasers XIX: Technology and Devices, 757817 (17 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858010
Show Author Affiliations
G. M. Thomas, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
S. P. Chard, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
M. J. Damzen, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7578:
Solid State Lasers XIX: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Norman Hodgson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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