1 April 1990 Laser performance, thermal focusing, and depolarization effects in Nd:Cr:GSGG and Nd:YAG
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Proceedings Volume 1223, Solid State Lasers; (1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18416
Event: OE/LASE '90, 1990, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Abstract
The laser performance of Nd:Cr:GSGG and Nd:YAG was investigated and compared for laser efficiency, thermal focusing, and depolarization effects. Laser efficiency was studied for Nd:Cr:GSGG and Nd:YAG under similar conditions. Laser efficiency was measured as a function of electrical energy and output mirror reflectivity. Maximum laser efficiency was calculated by determining the losses in the laser cavity. Thermal focusing and birefringence loss of Nd:Cr:GSGG and Nd:YAG have been examined by varying the average pump power. The average pump power changed by adjusting both the energy per pulse and the pulse-repetition frequency. Substantial thermal focusing differences for Nd:Cr:GSGG are explained.
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Julie A. Williams-Byrd, Norman P. Barnes, "Laser performance, thermal focusing, and depolarization effects in Nd:Cr:GSGG and Nd:YAG", Proc. SPIE 1223, Solid State Lasers, (1 April 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18416; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.18416
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Nd:YAG lasers

Rod lasers

Birefringence

Reflectivity

Mirrors

Chromium

Solid state lasers

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