Several adaptive-optics techniques, based on the active modification of the optical properties of the laser cavity, were used to significantly reduce the time-to-full-brightness of solid-state lasers. Resonator re-configuration was achieved using a mechanical translation stage and both multi-and single-element deformable bimorph mirrors. Using these techniques the effects of thermally induced distortion in Nd:YLF and Nd:YAG lasers can be minimized and the warm-up time reduced by a factor of 3-6.
- solid state lasers
- intra-cavity adaptive optics
Lubeigt, W., Griffith, M., Laycock, L., Burns, D., & DTI (Funder) (2009). Reduction of the time-to-full-brightness in solid-state lasers using intra-cavity adaptive optics. Optics Express, 17(14), 12057-12069. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.012057