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Laser interferometric studies of thermal effects of diode-pumped solid state lasing medium
Author(s): Xiaoyuan Peng; Anand Krishna Asundi; Lei Xu; Yihong Chen; Zhengjun Xiong; Gnian Cher Lim
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Paper Abstract

Thermal effects dramatically influence the laser performance of diode-pumped solid state lasers (DPSSL). There are three factors accounting for thermal effects in diode-pumped laser medium: the change of the refractive index due to temperature gradient, the change of the refractive index due to thermal stress, and the change of the physical length due to thermal expansion (end effect), in which the first two effects can be called as thermal parts. A laser interferometer is proposed to measure both the bulk and physical messages of solid-state lasing medium. There are two advantages of the laser interferometry to determine the thermal lensing effect. One is that it allows separating the average thermal lens into thermal parts and end effect. Another is that the laser interferometry provides a non- invasive, full field, high-resolution means of diagnosing such effects by measuring the optical path difference induced by thermal loading in a lasing crystal reliable without disturbing the normal working conditions of the DPSS laser. Relevant measurement results are presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3929, Solid State Lasers IX, (14 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.382764
Show Author Affiliations
Xiaoyuan Peng, Nanyang Technological Univ. (United States)
Anand Krishna Asundi, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Lei Xu, Nanyang Technological Univ. (United States)
Yihong Chen, Gintic Institute of Manufacturing Technology (Singapore)
Zhengjun Xiong, Gintic Institute of Manufacturing Technology (Singapore)
Gnian Cher Lim, Gintic Institute of Manufacturing Technology (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3929:
Solid State Lasers IX
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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