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Novel solid state lasers based on volume Bragg gratings

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2019
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Since their invention in 1960, lasers have revolutionized modern technology, and tremendous amounts of innovation and development has gone into advancing their properties and efficiencies. This dissertation reports on further innovations by presenting novel solid state laser systems based on the volume Bragg gratings (VBGs) and the newly developed holographic phase mask (HPMs) for brightness enhancement, dual wavelength operation, and mode conversion. First, a new optical element was created by pairing the HPM with two surface gratings creating an achromatic holographic phase mask. This new optical device successfully performed transverse mode conversion of multiple narrow line laser sources operating from 488 to 1550 nm and a broadband mode locked femtosecond source with no angular tuning. Also, two types of HPMs were tested on high power Yb fiber lasers to demonstrate high energy mode conversion.Secondly, the effects of implementing VBGs for brightness enhancement of passively Q-switched systems with large Fresnel numbers was investigated. Implementing VBGs for angular mode selection allowed for higher pulse energies to be extracted without sacrificing brightness and pulse duration. This technique could potentially be applied to construct compact cavities with 1 cm diameter beams and nearly diffraction limited beam quality.Lastly, a spectral beam combining approach was applied to create Tm3+ and Yb3+ based narrowband dual-wavelength pump sources for terahertz generation, using VBGs as frequency selectors and beam combiners. Comparison of pulse duration and synchronization was done between passive and active Q-switching operation. An experimental set up for THz generation and detection using high sensitive detectors was created, and modeling of terahertz conversion efficiencies were done
Title: Novel solid state lasers based on volume Bragg gratings.
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Name(s): Hale, Evan, Author
Glebov, Leonid, Committee Chair
Divliansky, Ivan, Committee Member
Schulzgen, Axel, Committee Member
Vodopyanov, Konstantin, Committee Member
Lyakh, Arkadiy, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Since their invention in 1960, lasers have revolutionized modern technology, and tremendous amounts of innovation and development has gone into advancing their properties and efficiencies. This dissertation reports on further innovations by presenting novel solid state laser systems based on the volume Bragg gratings (VBGs) and the newly developed holographic phase mask (HPMs) for brightness enhancement, dual wavelength operation, and mode conversion. First, a new optical element was created by pairing the HPM with two surface gratings creating an achromatic holographic phase mask. This new optical device successfully performed transverse mode conversion of multiple narrow line laser sources operating from 488 to 1550 nm and a broadband mode locked femtosecond source with no angular tuning. Also, two types of HPMs were tested on high power Yb fiber lasers to demonstrate high energy mode conversion.Secondly, the effects of implementing VBGs for brightness enhancement of passively Q-switched systems with large Fresnel numbers was investigated. Implementing VBGs for angular mode selection allowed for higher pulse energies to be extracted without sacrificing brightness and pulse duration. This technique could potentially be applied to construct compact cavities with 1 cm diameter beams and nearly diffraction limited beam quality.Lastly, a spectral beam combining approach was applied to create Tm3+ and Yb3+ based narrowband dual-wavelength pump sources for terahertz generation, using VBGs as frequency selectors and beam combiners. Comparison of pulse duration and synchronization was done between passive and active Q-switching operation. An experimental set up for THz generation and detection using high sensitive detectors was created, and modeling of terahertz conversion efficiencies were done
Identifier: CFE0007812 (IID), ucf:52333 (fedora)
Note(s): 2019-12-01
Ph.D.
Optics and Photonics,
Doctoral
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Subject(s): solid state lasers -- volume Bragg gratings -- phase masks -- mode conversion -- mode selection -- brightness enhancement -- spectral beam combining -- dual-wavelength
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0007812
Restrictions on Access: campus 2020-12-15
Host Institution: UCF

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