Controllable continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 self-Raman lasers using intracavity adaptive optics

Ran Li, Mike Griffith, Leslie Laycock, Walter Lubeigt

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Abstract

A controllable self-Raman laser using an adaptive optics (AO)-based control loop featuring an intracavity deformable mirror is reported. This method has the potential to alleviate thermal lensing within the Raman and laser gain media, and enable solid-state Raman lasers to reach new power levels. A proof-of-concept experiment using a Nd:YVO4 self-Raman laser and resulting in 18% enhancement of the first Stokes output power is reported. Moreover, wavelength selection between two Raman laser outputs (λ=1109 and 1176 nm) emanating from the 379 and 893  cm−1 Raman shifts of YVO4, respectively, was achieved using this AO technique.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4762-4765
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Volume39
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2014

Keywords

  • self-Raman lasers
  • adaptive optics
  • deformable mirrors
  • laser gain media

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