Gain saturation of a picosecond dye laser amplifier chain

Thomas L Koch, L. C. Chiu, A. Yariv

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Abstract

A three stage Nd:YAG pumped dye laser amplifier chain has been constructed using longitudinal pumping in all three stages. Contrary to common practice, longitudinal pumping is employed to provide high small signal gains ({greater-than or approximate} 105 in a single stage) with better beam homogeneity and easier alignment than transversely pumped systems. A simple mathematical model is described for the gain saturation of picosecond amplifiers which includes the effect of angular hole burning. Experimental results are in good agreement with the model. The theory represents a substantial improvement relative to sampler two level saturation models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-368
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

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Light amplifiers
Dye lasers
dye lasers
pumping
amplifiers
saturation
samplers
hole burning
yttrium-aluminum garnet
homogeneity
mathematical models
alignment
Mathematical models

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Gain saturation of a picosecond dye laser amplifier chain. / Koch, Thomas L; Chiu, L. C.; Yariv, A.

In: Optics Communications, Vol. 40, No. 5, 01.02.1982, p. 364-368.

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Koch, Thomas L ; Chiu, L. C. ; Yariv, A. / Gain saturation of a picosecond dye laser amplifier chain. In: Optics Communications. 1982 ; Vol. 40, No. 5. pp. 364-368.
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