Intracavity diamond heatspreaders in lasers: the effects of birefringence

Francesco van Loon, Alan J. Kemp, Alexander MacLean, Stephane Calvez, John-Mark Hopkins, Jennifer E. Hastie, Martin D. Dawson, David Burns

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Abstract

The birefringence of a number of commercially-available diamond platelets is assessed in the context of their use for intracavity thermal management in lasers. Although diamond is normally thought of as isotropic, significant birefringence is found to be present in some samples, with considerable variation from batch to batch, and in some cases across an individual sample. Nonetheless, low-loss operation is achieved in a laser cavity containing a Brewster element, either by rotating the sample or by using a diamond platelet with low birefringence.
LanguageEnglish
Pages9250-9260
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Volume14
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2006

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  • thermo-optical materials

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van Loon, Francesco ; Kemp, Alan J. ; MacLean, Alexander ; Calvez, Stephane ; Hopkins, John-Mark ; Hastie, Jennifer E. ; Dawson, Martin D. ; Burns, David. / Intracavity diamond heatspreaders in lasers: the effects of birefringence. In: Optics Express. 2006 ; Vol. 14, No. 20. pp. 9250-9260.
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In: Optics Express, Vol. 14, No. 20, 02.10.2006, p. 9250-9260.

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