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Spatial-spectral transformation of laser radiation
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Paper Abstract

This paper is focused on a design of flexible laser systems capable to provide spatial transformation of the pump radiation into the spectral domain of the output laser oscillation using specially designed “spatially dispersive” laser cavity. These systems also provide ultrabroadband or controlled spectral linewidth of the output laser oscillation. The theoretical analysis based on gaussian approximation for the designed laser cavities with “spatial dispersion” was used to provide maximum spatial resolution of the spatial-spectral transformation. The transformations of the spatial distribution of the pump radiation into the spectral domain of the output laser oscillation were experimentally demonstrated in the gain-switched LiF:F2+** and LiF:F2- lasers with total efficiencies of up to 20% and output pulse spectrum width wider than 140 nm, centered at 0.96 μm and 1.14 μm, correspondingly. As a result of the optimization of the angular dispersion of the output radiation, the simultaneous phase-matching for second harmonic generation in the single nonlinear crystal was realized for the whole oscillation spectral range. This technique allows to use a nonlinear frequency conversion for nonlinear transformation of the beam spatial distribution. Due to this, the ultra broadband (>100 nm) or multiline (20 lines) second harmonic and sum frequency oscillations were demonstrated in a LiIO3 nonlinear crystal with an overall efficiencies of up to 12%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5175, Laser Beam Shaping IV, (3 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.506234
Show Author Affiliations
Vladimir V. Fedorov, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)
Igor S. Moskalev, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)
Sergey B. Mirov, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (United States)
Tasoltan T Basiev, General Physics Institute (Russia)
Petr G. Zverev, General Physics Institute (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5175:
Laser Beam Shaping IV
Fred M. Dickey; David L. Shealy, Editor(s)

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