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Induced spatial incoherence and nonlinear effects in Nd:glass amplifiers

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Abstract

We develop a model of nonlinear propagation of spatially incoherent beams to simulate recent experiments on Nd:glass amplifiers. It is shown that nonlinear losses when accompanied by an intensity-dependent index are enhanced in the case of incoherent light, and they lower the observed saturation intensity.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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