15 February 2018 Research on inorganic cladding of neodymium phosphate glass in slab amplifier
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Neodymium phosphate glass (Nd:glass) is the typical gain medium in the large clear aperture slab amplifiers, and provide more than 99% energy of a high power laser facility. Cladding structure is employed for decreasing the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) and parasitic oscillation (PO) which are the key limits for the gain of large clear aperture slab amplifier. Polymer cladding is generally used since it was proposed.

Polymer is an organic glue which has risk to decompose and fracture under high flash-lamp irradiation while the irradiation is a common condition in the operation of a high power laser facility. Once the polymer glue falls off, the suppression of ASE and PO of cladding structure would be damaged. In addition, the impurities existing in the glue may form the counteractive scattering sources and reduce the suppression of the cladding structure. Moreover, the decomposer of the organic glue may affect the cleanliness of the slab cavity. Thus, an inorganic edge cladding structure based on hydroxide-catalysis bonding (HCB) was proposed which can match the requirements of the cladding structure and evade the organic glue in the high flash-lamp irradiation slab cavity. An antireflective film was used as the medial material whose refractive index was matched with the cladding structure. Bonded samples were prepared based on HCB and confirmatory experiment under high flash-lamp irradiation was finished.
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Bingyan Wang, Jianqiang Zhu, Haiyuan Li, Huai Xiong, Yangshuai Li, Yanli Zhang, Shenlei Zhou, "Research on inorganic cladding of neodymium phosphate glass in slab amplifier", Proc. SPIE 10525, High-Power Laser Materials Processing: Applications, Diagnostics, and Systems VII, 105250G (15 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2288986; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2288986
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