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Reduction of the time-to-full-brightness in solid-state lasers using intra-cavity adaptive optics

Lubeigt, W. and Griffith, M. and Laycock, L. and Burns, D. and , DTI (Funder) (2009) Reduction of the time-to-full-brightness in solid-state lasers using intra-cavity adaptive optics. Optics Express, 17 (14). pp. 12057-12069. ISSN 1094-4087

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Abstract

Several adaptive-optics techniques, based on the active modification of the optical properties of the laser cavity, were used to significantly reduce the time-to-full-brightness of solid-state lasers. Resonator re-configuration was achieved using a mechanical translation stage and both multi-and single-element deformable bimorph mirrors. Using these techniques the effects of thermally induced distortion in Nd:YLF and Nd:YAG lasers can be minimized and the warm-up time reduced by a factor of 3-6.