Thermal lensing of edge-pumped slab lasers - I
Abbreviated Journal Title
Appl. Phys. B-Lasers Opt.
INDUCED STRESS BIREFRINGENCE; YAG; YB; ND; Optics; Physics, Applied
We present realistic calculations of thermal lensing in edge-pumped, Yb3+ doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG), slab lasers for both straight-through and zigzag propagation. Using ray tracing and finite element analysis we simulate the distributions of absorbed pump power, temperature, and stress. From these results we numerically calculate the induced lensing due to thermal and stress gradients. Effects on induced lensing of gaps in the diode pump source array and due to bonding undoped host crystal to the slab edges are presented.
Applied Physics B-Lasers and Optics
"Thermal lensing of edge-pumped slab lasers - I" (2006). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 6019.