Effect of birefringence on the performance of linearly polarized YAG:Nd lasers

@inproceedings{Koechner1970EffectOB,
  title={Effect of birefringence on the performance of linearly polarized YAG:Nd lasers},
  author={Walter Koechner and D. Rice},
  year={1970}
}
The thermally induced stress birefringence has been known to severely affect the performance of a solid-state laser system when the beam is linearly polarized. This paper refines the theory of the interaction of a linearly polarized wave with a continuously pumped YAG : Nd crystal; in conjunction with experimental evidence this paper illustrates the angular independence of the birefringence, describes the radial dependence, and explains the laser power losses involved. 

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