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Non-Imaging Concentrators As Pump Cavities For Laser Rods
Author(s): J D. Kuppenheimer, Jr.; Glen Rines
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Paper Abstract

The theory of non-imaging concentrators when used to pump cylindrical laser rods from flashlamps was developed for several different types of cavities. The theory was used to generate several cavity shapes which were constructed in the laboratory. These cavities were tested along with a diffuse cavity and a semi-eliptical cavity. The threshold and slope efficiency of each set is compared. The lasers were passively Q-switched and the output used as a measure of the pump uniformity of the rods for each cavity. In each case when rod and lamp were matched the non-imaging cavities have the best overall performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 1984
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0441, Intl Conf on Nonimaging Concentrators, (5 January 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.937699
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J D. Kuppenheimer, Jr., Sanders Associates (United States)
Glen Rines, Sanders Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0441:
Intl Conf on Nonimaging Concentrators
Mitchell C. Ruda, Editor(s)

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