Generation of a radially polarized Nd:YVO4 laser beam

Kazuhiro Yonezawa, Yuichi Kozawa, Takahiro Nakamura, Shunichi Sato

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Generation of a radially polarized laser beam was demonstrated by using birefringence of a c-cut Nd: YVO4 crystal. The c-axis of the Nd:YVO4 laser crystal was parallel to the optical axis of the laser cavity. High power, single emitter semiconductor lasers were used for the pumping of the laser crystal in the side-pumping configuration. By adjusting the cavity length, only the radially polarized light corresponding to extraordinary light in the Nd:YVO4 crystal was selectively enforced to oscillate because the refractive index for the ordinary light differs from that for the extraordinary light. Good stability of the output power against the mechanical noise was achieved owing to the outstanding simplicity of the cavity configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationROMOPTO 2006
Subtitle of host publicationEighth Conference on Optics
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventROMOPTO 2006: Eighth Conference on Optics - Sibiu, Romania
Duration: 2006 Sept 42006 Sept 7

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceROMOPTO 2006: Eighth Conference on Optics


  • Birefringence
  • C-cut crystal
  • Doughnut mode
  • Hemispherical laser cavity
  • Nd:YVO
  • Radial polarization


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