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High energy microlaser and compact MOPA transmitter
Author(s): Brian K. Brickeen; Dave Bernot; Eliot Geathers; Joseph Mosovsky
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Paper Abstract

A compact micro-oscillator incorporating a dual-bounce, grazing incidence gain module with a folded resonator cavity is presented. The gain module, previously developed for Nd:YVO4, is embodied in highly doped ceramic Nd:YAG to generate improved Q-switch performance while maintaining localized pump absorption. The cavity design utilizes a doubly folded optics path around the gain crystal to increase the intra-cavity mode for a more optimum overlap with the pump light volume produced by standard lensed laser diode bars. A modified CS-package diode mount is developed to facilitate the reduced size of the oscillator without sacrificing the ability to use a high-energy, side-pumping arrangement. The oscillator is combined with a high gain, high energy extraction VHGM amplifier to generate a transmitter source on the order of 50 mJ. Cooling for both the oscillator and amplifier modules is provided via a conductive path through the base of the package. Both devices are mounted on opposite sides of a phase-change cooling reservoir to enable self-contained, burst-mode operation. Beam shaping of the oscillator output, in preparation for injection into the amplifier, is contained in a small cut-away path on the reservoir side.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8039, Laser Technology for Defense and Security VII, 80391A (25 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883247
Show Author Affiliations
Brian K. Brickeen, The Pennsylvania State Univ. Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)
Dave Bernot, The Pennsylvania State Univ. Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)
Eliot Geathers, The Pennsylvania State Univ. Electro-Optics Ctr. (United States)
Joseph Mosovsky, Allegheny College (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8039:
Laser Technology for Defense and Security VII
Mark Dubinskii; Stephen G. Post, Editor(s)

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