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Chin. Phys. B, 2013, Vol. 22(8): 084207    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/22/8/084207

Suppressing the preferential σ-polarization oscillation in a high power Nd:YVO4 laser with wedge laser crystal

Zheng Yao-Hui (郑耀辉), Zhou Hai-Jun (周海军), Wang Ya-Jun (王雅君), Wu Zhi-Qiang (邬志强)
State Key Laboratory of Quantum Optics and Quantum Optics Devices, Institute of Opto-Electronics, Shanxi University, Taiyuan 030006, China
Abstract  We observe the phenomenon of priority oscillation of the unexpected σ-polarization in high-power Nd:YVO4 ring laser. The severe thermal lens of the σ-polarized lasing, compared with the π-polarized lasing, is the only reason for the phenomenon. By designing a wedge Nd:YVO4 crystal as the gain medium, the unexpected σ-polarization is completely suppressed in the entire range of pump powers, and the polarization stability of the expected π-polarized output is enhanced. With the output power increasing from threshold to the maximum power, no σ-polarization lasing is observed. As a result, 25.3 W of stable single-frequency laser output at 532 nm is experimentally demonstrated.
Keywords:  high-power laser      single-frequency      thermal effect      polarization selection  
Received:  23 November 2012      Revised:  27 February 2013      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  42.55.Xi (Diode-pumped lasers)  
  42.60.Da (Resonators, cavities, amplifiers, arrays, and rings)  
  42.60.Lh (Efficiency, stability, gain, and other operational parameters)  
  42.60.Pk (Continuous operation)  
Fund: Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2011AA030203), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2010CB923101), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61008001), and the Natural Science Foundation of Shanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2011021003-2).
Corresponding Authors:  Zheng Yao-Hui     E-mail:

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Zheng Yao-Hui (郑耀辉), Zhou Hai-Jun (周海军), Wang Ya-Jun (王雅君), Wu Zhi-Qiang (邬志强) Suppressing the preferential σ-polarization oscillation in a high power Nd:YVO4 laser with wedge laser crystal 2013 Chin. Phys. B 22 084207

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