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Generation of pure TEMp0 modes using a friendly intracavity laser beam shaping technique
Author(s): Emmanuel Cagniot; Michael Fromager; Thomas Godin; Nicolas Passilly; Marc Brunel; Kamel Aït-Ameur
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Paper Abstract

A variant of the Fox & Li method performing intra-cavity laser beam shaping for resonators containing an arbitrary number of amplitude and phase diffractive optics is presented. As an illustration, the problem of forcing a laser to oscillate on a single high-order transverse mode has been considered. In particular, from numerical simulation, we deduce a simple model for generating such modes with a pi-phase plate inserted into a plano-concave cavity. This model has been tested experimentally within an active cavity with a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser and an excellent agreement with numerical predictions has been found: a phase aperture located quite close to the concave mirror, and whose normalized radius κ is so that 2κ2 corresponds to a zero of the desired p-order Laguerre polynomial, was sufficient to generate single cylindrical TEMp0 modes (p = 1, 2, 3) as long as its radius is correctly chosen. The laser based on the optimized features was perfectly stable, whatever the order of the generated mode.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8130, Laser Beam Shaping XII, 813006 (7 September 2011);
Show Author Affiliations
Emmanuel Cagniot, CIMAP, CNRS, Univ. de Caen (France)
Michael Fromager, CIMAP, CNRS, Univ. de Caen (France)
Thomas Godin, CIMAP, CNRS, Univ. de Caen (France)
Nicolas Passilly, FEMTO-ST, CNRS, Univ. de Franche Comté-ENSMM-UBM (France)
Marc Brunel, CORIA, CNRS, Univ. de Rouen (France)
Kamel Aït-Ameur, CIMAP, CNRS, Univ. de Caen (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8130:
Laser Beam Shaping XII
Andrew Forbes; Todd E. Lizotte, Editor(s)

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