We report on testing of an edge-pumped ceramic Yb:YAG disk laser having a tailored spatial gain profile for preferential amplification of the TEM00 mode. The disk has a composite construction with a Yb-doped large-aperture central portion cosintered with an undoped perimetral edge. Light from multi-kW diodes is transported though the disk edge and absorbed in the Yb-doped center. This configuration makes it poss¬ible to conveniently arrange the diode light and produce a spatially flat gain profile, such as is desir¬able for the amplification of a spatial flat top beam or a tailored gain profile . Amplified spontan¬eous emis¬sion (ASE) and parasitic lasing is mitigated by the geometry of the laser disk edge, which is designed to efficiently outcouple laser fluorescence .
This work experimentally investigated the tailored spatial gain profile and the lasing performance of TEM00 mode (Gaussian spatial profile) beam without the distorting effects of gain saturation. Compari¬son of the lasing performance of a flat spatial gain to that with tailored gain is presented. This work was supported in-part by the US Department of Energy grants DE-SC0013762 and DE-SC0015834.
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John Vetrovec, Drew A. Copeland, Amardeep S. Litt, David M. Filgas, and Eldridge Briscoe, "Lasing performance of an edge-pumped ceramic Yb:YAG disk laser with a tailored spatial gain profile (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10511, Solid State Lasers XXVII: Technology and Devices, 105110O (Presented at SPIE LASE: January 30, 2018; Published: 14 March 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2291387.5751367198001.
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