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Brightness enhancement of a solid-state laser using an intra-cavity deformable mirror
Author(s): W. Lubeigt; G. J. Valentine; D. Burns
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Paper Abstract

An intra-cavity deformable membrane mirror (DMM) has been used to optimise the brightness of a 15W, diode-pumped, grazing incidence Nd:GdVO4 laser. In one configuration an order of magnitude improvement of laser beam quality was recorded with negligible drop in output power. Local and global optimum-locating algorithms have been developed to enable automatic optimisation of the laser quality, and have been tested in both intra- and extra-cavity configurations. A novel laser brightness sensor based on second-harmonic-generation has also been developed to assess the progress of the laser towards optimisation. A tip & tilt mirror was also incorporated in the laser resonator cavity and initial tailoring of the algorithm procedure was performed in order to enhance the optimisation capabilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6018, 5th International Workshop on Adaptive Optics for Industry and Medicine, 60180I (8 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669282
Show Author Affiliations
W. Lubeigt, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
G. J. Valentine, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
D. Burns, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6018:
5th International Workshop on Adaptive Optics for Industry and Medicine
Wenhan Jiang, Editor(s)

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