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High-power, high-fracture-strength, eye-safe Er:glass laser

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Michael M. Tilleman, Steven Jackel, Innon Moshe

Soreq NRC, Nonlinear Optics Group, Yavne?81800, Israel

Opt. Eng. 37(9), 2512-2520 (Sep 01, 1998). doi:10.1117/1.601775
History: Received Nov. 24, 1997; Revised Mar. 23, 1998; Accepted Mar. 24, 1998
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Abstract

We develop a high-power Er:strengthened-glass laser emitting at the eye-safe 1.535 μm wavelength. To maximize the output parameters of an Er:glass laser, whose power supply must also be used with Nd:YAG, a two-lamp laser head with parallel power forming networks (PFNs) that could be fired with an internal delay is used. The system operates at a slope efficiency of 0.45%, yielding a maximum pulse energy of 330 mJ. Thermal effects are measured, indicating strong thermal lensing, of 16 diopter/kW and mild birefringence induced depolarization of 5% at 200 W electrical power. From this data we determine the radial-tangential average and birefringence elasto-optical coefficients, Cr,ϕ=0.075±0.002 and CB=0.0094, respectively. A TEM00 beam is achieved for a hemispherical resonator configuration. Based on the measurements, a design is presented for improved high-power TEM00 performance using principles based on dynamic compensation of thermal focusing and birefringence correction using a reentrant resonator. © 1998 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

© 1998 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

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Michael M. Tilleman ; Steven Jackel and Innon Moshe
"High-power, high-fracture-strength, eye-safe Er:glass laser", Opt. Eng. 37(9), 2512-2520 (Sep 01, 1998). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.601775


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