1 June 1992 Engineering aspects of solid state phase-conjugate lasers
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Proceedings Volume 1627, Solid State Lasers III; (1992) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.60146
Event: OE/LASE '92, 1992, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Abstract
An engineering approach for the development of laser hardware that takes advantage of the special properties of phase conjugation is reported. The principal advantages of conjugate solid-state lasers are alignment stability and passive compensation of thermal distortion in a double pass laser amplifier chain. Attention is given to the application of phase conjugation techniques to the design, fabrication, and field testing of an Nd:YAG second harmonic 0.5 Joule, 30 Hertz flashlamp pumped laser in a master oscillator power amplifier configuration. The double pass amplifier featured a phase conjugate mirror and a second harmonic crystal within the amplifier chain. The basic Nd:YAG laser produced a doubling efficiency of 75 percent from 1064 to 532 nm. This output was subsequently used as the source, and a conversion efficiency of 80 percent into six wavelengths in the visible spectrum was obtained using stimulated rotational Raman scattering.
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Eduard Gregor, David W. Mordaunt, Steven C. Matthews, Osher Kahan, Alexander R. Muir, Mario Palombo, "Engineering aspects of solid state phase-conjugate lasers", Proc. SPIE 1627, Solid State Lasers III, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60146; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.60146
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