Modal reconstruction of transverse mode-locked laser beams

Florian Schepers*, Tim Hellwig, C. Fallnich

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Abstract

Transverse mode-locking in an end-pumped solid state laser by amplitude modulation with an acousto-optic modulator was investigated. Using the stochastic parallel gradient descent algorithm the modal power coefficients and the modal phases of the transverse mode-locked (TML) laser beam were reconstructed from the measured spatial and spatio-temporal intensity distributions, respectively. The distribution of the reconstructed modal power coefficients revealed that the average mode order of the transverse mode-locking process could be increased by a factor of about 8 compared to previous works, corresponding to an increase in the normalized oscillation amplitude by a factor of about 3. Furthermore, we found that besides a non-Poissonian modal power distribution, strong aberrations of the modal phases occurred in the experiment, resulting in a deformation of the oscillating spot. Additionally, we demonstrated the generation of up to four spots oscillating simultaneously on parallel traces by operating the TML laser on a higher mode order in the orthogonal direction to the transverse mode-locking process. TML lasers are of interest, e.g., for beam scanning purposes, as they have the potential to enable spot resolving rates in the multi-GHz regime.
Original languageEnglish
Article number168
Number of pages11
JournalApplied physics B: Lasers and optics
Volume126
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2020

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