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Chin. Phys. B, 2019, Vol. 28(2): 024205    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/28/2/024205

Effect of thermally induced birefringence on high power picosecond azimuthal polarization Nd:YAG laser system

Hongpan Peng(彭红攀), Ce Yang(杨策), Shang Lu(卢尚), Ning Ma(马宁), Meng Chen(陈檬)
Laser Engineering Research Institute, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
Abstract  Pulse-burst 1064-nm picosecond azimuthal polarization beam amplification up to an average power of 16.32 W using side-pumped Nd: YAG amplifiers has been demonstrated. The maximum envelop energy as much as 16.32 mJ, corresponding to a power amplification factor of 299.5%. A simple criterion was defined to help estimate the amount of depolarization in Nd:YAG amplifier stages. The degree of depolarization of the beam was 7.1% and the beam quality was measured to be M2 = 3.69. The reason for the azimuthal polarization depolarization and beam quality degradation were explained theoretically and experimentally during the amplification process.
Keywords:  azimuthal polarization      thermally induced birefringence      Nd:YAG amplifiers      picosecond laser  
Received:  13 November 2018      Revised:  04 December 2018      Published:  05 February 2019
PACS:  42.25.Lc (Birefringence)  
  42.60.Da (Resonators, cavities, amplifiers, arrays, and rings)  
  42.65.Re (Ultrafast processes; optical pulse generation and pulse compression)  
  29.25.Lg (Ion sources: polarized)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. U1631240), the Education Commission Program of Beijing, and Beijing Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. KZ201510005001).
Corresponding Authors:  Meng Chen     E-mail:

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Hongpan Peng(彭红攀), Ce Yang(杨策), Shang Lu(卢尚), Ning Ma(马宁), Meng Chen(陈檬) Effect of thermally induced birefringence on high power picosecond azimuthal polarization Nd:YAG laser system 2019 Chin. Phys. B 28 024205

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