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Phase Conjugate Laser Optics

ISBN: 978-0-471-43957-8
410 pages
December 2003
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A complete review of the state of the art of phase conjugate lasers, including laser demonstrations, performances, technology and selection of the most important class of nonlinear media.
* Emphasizes the basic aspects of phase conjugation.
* Chapter authors have all made major contributions to their subjects.
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Foreword.

Contributors.

Preface.

Chapter 1. Overview of Phase Conjugation (Jean-Pierre Huignard and Arnaud Brignon).

1.1 General Introduction.

1.2 Phase Conjugation Through Four-Wave Mixing.

1.3 The Nonlinear Materials.

1.4 The Criteria for the Choice of Materials.

1.5 Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 2. Principles of Phase Conjugating Brillouin Mirrors (Axel Heuer and Ralf Menzel).

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Theoretical Description of the SBS Process.

2.3 Realization of SBS Mirrors.

2.4 Summary.

References.

Chapter 3. Laser Resonators with Brillouin Mirrors (Martin Ostermeyer and Ralf Menzel).

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Survey of Different Resonator Concepts with Brillouin Mirrors (SBS-PCRs).

3.3 Stability and Transverse Modes of Phase Conjugating Laser Resonators with Brillouin Mirror.

3.4 Q-Switch via Stimulated Brillouin Scattering.

3.5 Resonance Effects by Interaction of Start Resonator Modes with the SBS Sound Wave.

3.6 Longitudinal Modes of the Linear SBS Laser.

3.7 High Brightness Operation of the Linear-SBS Laser.

References.

Chapter 4. Multi-Kilohertz Pulsed Laser Systems with High Beam Quality by Phase Conjugation in Liquids and Fibers (Thomas Riesbeck, Enrico Risse, Oliver Mehl, and Hans J. Eichler).

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Amplifier Ssetups.

4.3 Active Laser Media Nd:YAG and Nd:YALO.

4.4 Design Rules for MOPA Systems.

4.5 Beam Quality Measurement.

4.6 Characterization of Fiber Phase Conjugate Mirror.

4.7 Flashlamp-pumped Nd:YALO MOPA Systems with Fiber Phase Conjugator.

4.8 Actively Q-Switched Flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG MOPA Systems with Fiber Phase Conjugator.

4.9 Continously Pumped Nd:YAG MOPA Systems with Fiber Phase Conjugator.

4.10 500-Watt Average Output Power MOPA System with CS2 as SBS Medium.

4.11 Conclusion and Outlook.

References.

Chapter 5. High-Pulse-Energy Phase Conjugated Laser System (C. Brent Dane and Lloyd A. Hackel).

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 High-Energy SBS Phase Conjugation.

5.3 A 25-J, 15-ns Amplifier Using a Liquid SBS Cell.

5.4 A Long Pulse 500-ns, 30-J Laser System.

5.5 A 100-J Laser System Using Four Phase-Locked Amplifiers.

5.6 Summary and Conclusions.

References.

Chapter 6. Advanced Stimulated Brillouin Scattering for Phase Conjugate Mirror Using LAP, DLAP Crystals and Silica Glass (Hidetsugu Yoshida and Masahiro Nakatsuka).

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Crystal Structure of LAP and DLAP.

6.3 Basic Characteristics for Stimulated Brillouin Scattering.

6.4 Application of Solid-State SBS Mirrors to High-Power Lasers.

6.5 Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 7. Stimulated Brillouin Scattering Pulse Compression and Its Application in Lasers (G. A. Pasmanik, E. I. Shklovsky, and A. A. Shilov).

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Phenomenological Description of Brillouin Compression.

7.3 Theoretical Analysis of Brillouin Pulse Compression.

7.4 Numerical Simulation.

7.5 Characterization of Materials Used for SBS Compressors.

7.6 Experimental Study of Brillouin Pulse Compression.

7.7 Application of SBS Pulse Compression to Diode-Pumped Solid-State Lasers with High Pulse Repetition Rate.

7.8 Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 8. Principles and Optimization of BaTiO3:Rh Phase Conjugators and their Application to MOPA Lasers at 1.06 mm (Nicolas Huot, Gilles Pauliat, Jean-Michel Jonathan, Ge´rald Roosen, Arnaud Brignon, and Jean-Pierre Huignard).

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Overview of Material Properties.

8.3 Self-Pumped Phase Conjugation.

8.4 Dynamic Wavefront Correction of MOPA Laser Sources.

8.5 Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 9. Spatial and Spectral Control of High-Power Diode Lasers Using Phase Conjugate Mirrors (Paul M. Petersen, Martin Løbel, and Sussie Juul Jensen).

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Laser Diode Arrays with Phase Conjugate Feedback.

9.3 Frequency-Selective Phase Conjugate Feedback with an Etalon in the External Cavity.

9.4 Tunable Output of High-Power Diode Lasers Using a Grating in the External Cavity.

9.5 Stability of the Output of Diode Lasers with External Phase Conjugate Feedback.

9.6 Frequency Doubling of High-Power Laser Diode Arrays.

9.7 Conclusions and Perspectives.

References.

Chapter 10. Self-Pumped Phase Conjugation by Joint Stimulated Scatterings in Nematic Liquid Crystals and Its Application for Self-Starting Lasers (Oleg Antipov).

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Self-Pumped Phase Conjugation by Joint Stimulated Scattering.

10.3 Self-Starting Lasers with a Nonlinear Mirror Based on Nematic Liquid Crystals.

10.4 Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 11. Self-Adaptive Loop Resonators with Gain Gratings (Michael J. Damzen).

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Theory of Multiwave Mixing in Gain Media.

11.3 The Steady-State Regime.

11.4 The Transient Regime.

11.5 The General Time Regime.

11.6 Self-Pumped Phase Conjugation.

11.7 Double Phase Conjugation.

11.8 Self-Starting Adaptive Gain-Grating Lasers.

11.9 Self-Adaptive Loop Resonators Using a Thermal Grating Hologram.

11.10 Experimental Characterization of a Thermal Grating.

11.11 Experimental Operation of a Self-Adaptive Loop Resonator Using a Thermal Grating “Hologram”.

References.

Index.

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ARNAUD BRIGNON, PhD, received an engineer diploma in optical science from Ecole Superieure d’Optique and a doctorate in physical science from Paris-Orsay University. Currently an expert scientist with Thales Research & Technology, Dr. Brignon has been awarded the 2001 Top Young Innovators Prize by MIT, and the 2000 Fresnel Prize from the European Physical Society.

JEAN-PIERRE HUIGNARD, PhD, earned the engineer diploma in optical science from Ecole Superieure d’Optique and a doctorate in physical science from Paris-Orsay University. He currently serves as Senior Scientist at Thales. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and received a prize from the French Academy of Sciences.

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"This book is certainly of interest to everyone interested in practical application of phase conjugation." (Optics & Photonics News, July/August 2005)

"This is a collection of high-quality review articles in an important area of laser research." (E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 6)

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