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Enhancement of laser performance using an intracavity deformable membrane mirror

Lubeigt, W. and Valentine, G.J. and Burns, D. (2008) Enhancement of laser performance using an intracavity deformable membrane mirror. Optics Express, 16 (15). pp. 10943-10955. ISSN 1094-4087

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Abstract

An intracavity deformable membrane mirror has been successfully used to optimise the brightness of solid-state lasers--a side-pumped Nd(3+):YAlO laser where the oscillation of a low-order transverse mode was obtained, and a grazing incidence Nd(3+):GdVO(4) laser where a brightness increase by an order of magnitude with negligible drop in power was achieved. Several search algorithms were also implemented in the system and compared with respect to intracavity optimisation.