Automatic transverse mode optimization of an all-solid-state laser using an intracavity adaptive-optic mirror

W. Lubeigt, G.J. Valentine, E.A.J.M. Bente, D. Burns, J.M. Girkin

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Abstract

Preliminary investigations into the potential for automatic spatial-mode optimization in tehrmally distorted soild-sate lasers using deformable mirrors are presented. A 37 element adaptive optic mirror has been used intracavity to control the oscillation mode profile of a diode-laser pumped Nd:YVO4 laser. Spatial mode and output power optimization are demonstrated by closed loop computer control of the deformable mirror using a modified hill-climbing algorithm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume5137
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • solid-state lasers
  • thermal effects
  • thermal lensing
  • adaptive optics
  • lasers
  • spatial-mode control

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