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Design and performance of a broad-band optical diode to enforce one-direction traveling-wave operation of a ring laser

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2 Author(s)
T. Johnston ; Coherent Radiation, Palo Alto, CA, USA ; W. Proffitt

The principles for designing an intracavity "optical diode" for operation over a broad wavelength range are discussed. This is a device for enforcing one-direction traveling-wave operation of a ring laser. Test results in four dyes spanning the visible spectrum for two diode designs are given. The design with the broadest range, based on SF-2 glass as the Faraday rotator material, has given stable one-direction single-frequency operation from 425 to 810 nm.

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IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 4 )