Modulation instability in high power laser amplifiers

Rubenchik, Alexander M., Turitsyn, Sergei and Fedoruk, Michail P. (2010). Modulation instability in high power laser amplifiers. Optics Express, 18 (2), pp. 1380-1388.

Abstract

The modulation instability (MI) is one of the main factors responsible for the degradation of beam quality in high-power laser systems. The so-called B-integral restriction is commonly used as the criteria for MI control in passive optics devices. For amplifiers the adiabatic model, assuming locally the Bespalov-Talanov expression for MI growth, is commonly used to estimate the destructive impact of the instability. We present here the exact solution of MI development in amplifiers. We determine the parameters which control the effect of MI in amplifiers and calculate the MI growth rate as a function of those parameters. The safety range of operational parameters is presented. The results of the exact calculations are compared with the adiabatic model, and the range of validity of the latest is determined. We demonstrate that for practical situations the adiabatic approximation noticeably overestimates MI. The additional margin of laser system design is quantified.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.001380
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Electrical, electronic & power engineering
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Institute of Photonics
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Additional Information: © 2010 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://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-2-1380. 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
Full Text Link: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?uri=oe-18-2-1380
Related URLs: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=75249093482&partnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
Published Date: 2010-01-18
Authors: Rubenchik, Alexander M.
Turitsyn, Sergei ( 0000-0003-0101-3834)
Fedoruk, Michail P.

Download

[img]

Version: Published Version


Export / Share Citation


Statistics

Additional statistics for this record