A single-element plane-wave solid-state laser rate equation model

E. H. Bernhardi*, C. Bollig, Daniel Esser, A. Forbes, L. R. Botha, C. Jacobs

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A numerical rate equation model has been developed to describe the dynamics of a solid-state laser during continuous wave or Q-switched operation. The model allows the optimization of parameters such as the output coupler transmission percentage, crystal length and beam diameters, with the aim of improving the laser output performance. To validate the model, it was applied to a Nd:YLF laser, and proved successful in predicting and explaining the laser dynamics. It also satisfied our objective of creating a useful laser design tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-393
Number of pages5
JournalSouth African Journal of Science
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 2008




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