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Cooled Yb:YAG for high-power solid state lasers

[+] Author Affiliations
Tso Y. Fan

MIT Lincoln Lab. (USA)

T. Crow, Brian Hoden

Decade Optical Systems, Inc. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 3381, Airborne Laser Advanced Technology, 200 (September 8, 1998); doi:10.1117/12.323939
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  • Airborne Laser Advanced Technology
  • Todd D. Steiner; Paul H. Merritt
  • Orlando, FL | April 13, 1998

abstract

The development of high-average-power solid-state lasers with good beam quality has been limited primarily by thermo- optic distortions in the laser gain medium. Cooling Yb:YAG gain media to cryogenic temperatures promises to significantly reduce thermo-optic distortions relative to 300 K Nd:YAG. Preliminary results have been obtained for a diode-pumped, cooled Yb:YAG laser operating at 1.03 micrometers , and the experiments to date verify a large reduction in thermo-optic effects.

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Tso Y. Fan ; T. Crow and Brian Hoden
"Cooled Yb:YAG for high-power solid state lasers", Proc. SPIE 3381, Airborne Laser Advanced Technology, 200 (September 8, 1998); doi:10.1117/12.323939; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.323939


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