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Negative-branch unstable resonator in off-axis configuration for rectangular cross-sections
Author(s): Carsten Pargmann; Thomas Hall; Frank Duschek; Karin M. Grünewald; Jürgen Handke
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Paper Abstract

An off-axis configuration of the negative-branch confocal unstable resonator is examined numerically and experimentally for a gain medium with rectangular cross-section. Due to less diffraction effects such a configuration yields lower beam divergences than the standard on-axis resonator. The output coupling and the adaptation to the geometry of the gain medium are attained by a scraper. Two different scraper profiles are examined. One profile resembles to a rectangular bracket "[" and the other profile resembles to the letter "L". The experiments are performed with a 10 kW class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL), which has a medium of low gain. Both scraper profiles are applied to a resonator of the same magnification. Measurements of the intensity distributions in the near field and in the far field are presented. The setup using the [-shaped scraper yields a higher output coupling and therefore a lower output power and a lower beam divergence, whereas the setup using the L-shaped scraper makes use of the complete gain medium. Furthermore, the L-shaped scraper is reusable for different resonator magnifications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7913, Laser Resonators and Beam Control XIII, 79130G (19 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.873845
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Carsten Pargmann, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Thomas Hall, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Frank Duschek, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Karin M. Grünewald, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Jürgen Handke, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7913:
Laser Resonators and Beam Control XIII
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko, Editor(s)

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