Accession Number : ADA112178
Title : An Improved Prism for Use in Laser Resonators
Descriptive Note : Technical memo.
Corporate Author : ELECTRONICS RESEARCH LAB ADELAIDE (AUSTRALIA)
Personal Author(s) : Richards, J
Report Date : Aug 1981
Pagination or Media Count : 15
Abstract : The use of compound total internal reflection prisms rather than Porro prisms in polarisation coupled lasers is proposed. Performance advantages resulting from the use of these prisms include higher output without the need to bias the Pockels cell, ability to give a larger range of output coupling and independence of performance on the refractive index of the prism. In conventional Q-switched lasers the use of the prism at the Pockels cell end of the resonator instead of the usual 100% reflecting mirror also leads to some advantages including better hold-off, elimination of the need to bias the Pockels cell and insensitivity in one plane to angular misalignment.
Descriptors : *POLARIZATION , *LASERS , *RESONATORS , COUPLING(INTERACTION) , YTTRIUM ALUMINUM GARNET , REFRACTIVE INDEX , DOPING , AUSTRALIA , NEODYMIUM , BIAS , PRISMS(OPTICS) , POCKELS CELLS , INTERNAL REFLECTION
Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE