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Design and construction of a cw mode nd : yag laser prototype

Eryılmaz, Ertan
In this thesis a theoretical background of Nd:YAG lasers has been presented and key parameters of a design have been stated. Both pulsed mode and CW mode designs have been made; a 500mJ xenon flash lamp has been investigated as the pulsed light source and a 500W tungsten halogen lamp has been used as the continuous light source for optical pumping. Closed cooling system has been constructed. De-ionized water has been used as coolant. The goal has been acomplished by constructing a CW mode prototype. The output power has been calculated. Dependence of output power to the reflectivity of output coupler is simulated and optimum reflectivity is calculated. Theoretical emission bands of Nd:YAG have been observed experimentally.