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17 February 2010 Complex behavior of a Yb:GdVO4 laser with bistability and polarization switching
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We characterize the optical bistability observed in a diode-pumped Yb:GdVO4 laser operating in the continuous-wave regime at room temperature. The bahavior of this laser is rather complex as a result of the coexistence and switching between the σ and π polarization states characteristic of this uniaxial crystal. The bistability range extends over more that 1 W in terms of absorbed pump power while the output power at the up-threshold increases abruptly from 0 to 0.71 W. We analyze in more detail the influence of the Yb concentration, the crystal thickness, the output coupling, and the cavity configuration on the bistability.
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Junhai Liu, Wenjuan Han, Huaijin Zhang, Hongwei Yang, and Valentin Petrov "Complex behavior of a Yb:GdVO4 laser with bistability and polarization switching", Proc. SPIE 7578, Solid State Lasers XIX: Technology and Devices, 757827 (17 February 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.839895
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