Software Development for Modeling High Power Solid State Slab Lasers
Final rept. 1 Oct 2004-30 Sep 2006
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA ORLANDO SCHOOL OF OPTICS/CREOL
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We will extend this study to smaller grain sizes to determine if the trend observed continues or if the curve eventually turns down. During this period we identified an error in our earlier work on depolarization in crystalline lasers. This error, was caused by a problem in writing the reduced form of the 4th rank tensor that gives the piezo optic effect. It was essential to have found this error as we started evaluating depolarization losses in ceramic crystal lasers. These lasers are of general interest and are in use in the Textron Thin-Zag laser. We discuss the error, its correction and the evaluation of depolarization losses in ceramic crystals in this report. Since this report was first drafted we detected an error in our method of calculating the path of a ray through a random array of crystallities. This has been corrected and the results are being revised.
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