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Thermal Effects In High Power Q-Switched Lasers
Author(s): Jean-Marc Heritier; Dave K Aubuchon; Remy Aubert
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Paper Abstract

In order to maintain a good beam quality on a high power, high repetition rate Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, a complete understanding of the thermal effects present in such a system is necessary. A model was developed to investigate two schemes which compensate the thermally induced birefringence and bifocal lensing effect. Tne experimental results agree very well with this model. The resulting laser can produce short Q-switched pulses (less than ins) with an energy greater than 100mJ and 35mJ at 1064nm and 532nm respectively, at a repetition rate as high as 1100Hz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 1988
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0895, Laser Optics for Intracavity and Extracavity Applications, (27 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944433
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Marc Heritier, Quantel International (United States)
Dave K Aubuchon, Quantal International (United States)
Remy Aubert, Quantal International (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0895:
Laser Optics for Intracavity and Extracavity Applications
Philippe M. Fauchet; Karl H. Guenther, Editor(s)

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