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Gain media edge treatment to suppress amplified spontaneous emission in a high power laser

United States Patent

February 22, 2011
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A novel method and apparatus for suppressing ASE and/or parasitic oscillation modes in a laser is introduced. By roughening one or more peripheral edges of a solid-state crystal or ceramic laser gain media and by bonding such edges to a predetermined electromagnetic absorbing material arranged adjacent to the entire outer surface of the peripheral edges of the roughened laser gain media, ASE, parasitic oscillation modes and/or residual pump energy can be effectively suppressed.
Hackel; Lloyd A. (Livermore, CA), Soules; Thomas F. (Livermore, CA), Fochs; Scott N. (Livermore, CA), Rotter; Mark D. (San Ramon, CA), Letts; Stephan A. (San Ramon, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
12/ 265,658
November 5, 2008
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.