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Monolithic Nonplanar Ring Lasers: Resistance To Optical Feedback
Author(s): Alan C Nilsson; Thomas J Kane; Robert L Byer
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Paper Abstract

The sensitivity of a monolithic, unidirectional nonplanar ring laser to optical feedback depends on the polarization eigenmodes of the resonator, which are complicated functions of the resonator geometry. Resonator geometries that increase the loss difference between the two directions of propagation around the ring improve the resistance of the lasers to optical feedback. Measurements on Nd:YAG nonplanar ring lasers having two different ring geometries are discussed. Currently, 1% optical feedback produces 10% reduction in useful output power for the more feedback-resistant oscillator, a tenfold improvement over previous designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 June 1988
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0912, Pulse Single-Frequency Lasers: Technology and Applications, (22 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945498
Show Author Affiliations
Alan C Nilsson, Stanford University (United States)
Thomas J Kane, Lightwave Electronics Corporation (United States)
Robert L Byer, Stanford University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0912:
Pulse Single-Frequency Lasers: Technology and Applications
William K. Bischel; Larry A. Rahn, Editor(s)

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