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Off-axis prism resonator for improved beam quality of slab lasers

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Abstract

An off-axis prism resonator that was especially designed for slab lasers is investigated. It consists of an output coupling mirror and two 90-deg prisms, one of which is placed off axis. This arrangement permits a fill factor of one and reduces the mode order of the extracted beam compared with that of a conventional stable mirror resonator. Thus a high extraction efficiency and high beam quality are achieved.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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