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

G. Baker (Editor), Edward Bernhardi, C. Bollig, L. Kleingbiel (Editor), M.J.D. 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 languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)389-393
    Number of pages5
    JournalSouth African journal of science
    Issue number9-10
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2008


    • IOMS-APD: Active Photonic Devices
    • IR-62681
    • METIS-255963
    • EWI-14833

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