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Self-adaptive optical elements for compensation of thermal lensing effects in diode end-pumped solid state lasers
Author(s): Ralph Koch
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Paper Abstract

Thermal lensing effects in diode pumped solid state lasers can cause severe deteriorations of beam quality and efficiency. In this paper, we suggest the exploitation of thermal lensing effects in other elements than the active laser medium itself, in order to compensate the thermal lens in the active medium. When using a tolerable fraction of the pump power, these devices should provide a self-adaptive means to correct for the thermal lens in diode end-pumped solid state lasers for all pump powers. A mirror device based on Nd-doped LG-760 has been studied in detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3097, Lasers in Material Processing, (18 August 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281138
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Ralph Koch, Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3097:
Lasers in Material Processing
Leo H. J. F. Beckmann, Editor(s)

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