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Effect of birefringence on the performance of linearly polarized YAG:Nd lasers

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2 Author(s)
W. Koechner ; Korad Dept., Union Carbide Corporation, Santa Monica, CA ; D. Rice

The thermally induced stress birefringence has been known to severely affect the performance of a solid-state laser system when the beam is linearly polarized. This paper refines the theory of the interaction of a linearly polarized wave with a continuously pumped YAG : Nd crystal; in conjunction with experimental evidence this paper illustrates the angular independence of the birefringence, describes the radial dependence, and explains the laser power losses involved.

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IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 9 )