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Controllable continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 self-Raman lasers using intracavity adaptive optics

Li, Ran and Griffith, Mike and Laycock, Leslie and Lubeigt, Walter (2014) Controllable continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 self-Raman lasers using intracavity adaptive optics. Optics Letters, 39 (16). pp. 4762-4765. ISSN 0146-9592

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A controllable self-Raman laser using an adaptive optics (AO)-based control loop featuring an intracavity deformable mirror is reported. This method has the potential to alleviate thermal lensing within the Raman and laser gain media, and enable solid-state Raman lasers to reach new power levels. A proof-of-concept experiment using a Nd:YVO4 self-Raman laser and resulting in 18% enhancement of the first Stokes output power is reported. Moreover, wavelength selection between two Raman laser outputs (λ=1109 and 1176 nm) emanating from the 379 and 893  cm−1 Raman shifts of YVO4, respectively, was achieved using this AO technique.