Control of solid-state lasers using an intra-cavity MEMS micromirror

Walter Lubeigt, Joao Gomes, James Brown, Andrew Kelly, Vasili Savitski, Deepak Uttamchandani, David Burns

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Abstract

High reflectivity, electrothermal and electrostatic MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) micromirrors were used as a control element within a Nd-doped laser cavity. Stable continuous-wave oscillation of a 3-mirror Nd:YLF laser at a maximum output power of 200mW was limited by thermally-induced surface deformation of the micromirror. An electrostatic micromirror was used to induce Q-switching, resulting in pulse durations of 220ns - 2μs over a repetition frequency range of 6kHz - 40kHz.
LanguageEnglish
Pages2456-2465
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2011

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solid state lasers
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Keywords

  • optics
  • solid state laser
  • MEMS micromirror
  • laser cavity

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Lubeigt, Walter ; Gomes, Joao ; Brown, James ; Kelly, Andrew ; Savitski, Vasili ; Uttamchandani, Deepak ; Burns, David. / Control of solid-state lasers using an intra-cavity MEMS micromirror. In: Optics Express. 2011 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 2456-2465.
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In: Optics Express, Vol. 19, No. 3, 31.01.2011, p. 2456-2465.

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