28 February 2014 Compact cavity design in solid state resonators by way of volume Bragg gratings
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Volume Bragg gratings (VBG) recorded in photo-thermo refractive glass (PTR) have high stability, and high damage threshold, allowing for many applications to the design of high power lasers. Gratings recorded in the transmitting geometry (TBG) have narrow angular selectivity, and can be used as a spatial filter in a resonator. Such gratings have previously been useful for improving the brightness of high power diodes, and increasing the beam quality in rod geometry solid state lasers. As the gratings have narrow angular selectivity, losses for higher order modes in the resonator no longer depend on the cavity length, allowing for the construction of short cavities with large mode areas. In this paper, we explore the design of short 1cm cavities using two TBGs as a spatial filter and no aperture in the cavity. The M2 parameter as a function of pump size and angular selectivity of the TBG are explored, using pump diameters ranging from 800um to 2mm and angular selectivity ranging from 11mrad to 1.8mrad. An M2 parameter of 1.05 is reported for an 800μm pump diameter, a 6.2mrad TBG, and a 1cm long cavity.
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B. Anderson, G. Venus, D. Ott, I. Divliansky, L. Glebov, "Compact cavity design in solid state resonators by way of volume Bragg gratings", Proc. SPIE 8959, Solid State Lasers XXIII: Technology and Devices, 89591H (28 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2039441; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2039441
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