Preserving a diffraction-limited beam in Ho:YAG laser using coherent polarization locking
Tan, L. H.
Chua, C. F.
Phua, Poh Boon.
Date of Issue2012
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
We overcome several thermal issues present in Ho:YAG lasers by distributing the gain over a larger volume and achieve a diffraction-limited beam using coherent polarization locking. Increased single-pass absorption, suppression of output power saturation, and improvement in beam quality were shown using the coherent polarization locking technique as compared to a conventional Ho:YAG laser cavity with the same pump and cavity configuration. Ten watts of CW Ho:YAG laser power was generated with >96% coherent combining efficiency.
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