Low loss depressed cladding waveguide inscribed in YAG:Nd single crystal by femtosecond laser pulses

Okhrimchuk, Andrey, Mezentsev, Vladimir, Shestakov, Alexander and Bennion, Ian (2012). Low loss depressed cladding waveguide inscribed in YAG:Nd single crystal by femtosecond laser pulses. Optics Express, 20 (4), pp. 3832-3843.

Abstract

A depressed cladding waveguide with record low loss of 0.12 dB/cm is inscribed in YAG:Nd(0.3at.%) crystal by femtosecond laser pulses with an elliptical beam waist. The waveguide is formed by a set of parallel tracks which constitute the depressed cladding. It is a key element for compact and efficient CW waveguide laser operating at 1064 nm and pumped by a multimode laser diode. Special attention is paid to mechanical stress resulting from the inscription process. Numerical calculation of mode distribution and propagation loss with the elasto-optical effect taken into account leads to the conclusion that the depressed cladding is a dominating factor in waveguide mode formation, while the mechanical stress only slightly distorts waveguide modes.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.003832
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Electrical, electronic & power engineering
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Institute of Photonics
Additional Information: © 2012 OSA This paper was published in Optics express and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.003832. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
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Published Date: 2012-02-13
Authors: Okhrimchuk, Andrey ( 0000-0001-7837-158X)
Mezentsev, Vladimir ( 0000-0002-8415-1767)
Shestakov, Alexander
Bennion, Ian

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