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Reduced thermal focusing and birefringence in zig-zag slab geometry crystalline lasers

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3 Author(s)
Kane, T.J. ; Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University, Standford, CA ; Eckardt, R.C. ; Byer, R.L.

Replacing the rod in a Nd:YAG laser with a zig-zag slab resulted in a very substantial reduction of the thermally induced optical distortion without sacrifice of output power or efficiency. This reduction was possible after simple measures were taken to eliminate end and edge effects.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 9 )