, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 83-92

Performance of a Nd: YAG oscillator/ampflifier with phase-conjugation via stimulated Brillouin scattering

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Phase conjugation via stimulated Brillouin scattering in CH4 gas has been used to correct amplifier aberrations in a Nd: YAG oscillator/amplifier system. The single amplifier stage has been used in two-pass and four-pass arrangements. Using the four-pass arrangement incorporating compensation for thermal birefringence, a single-frequency diffraction-limited output of 350 mJ, in a compressed 6 ns pulse is achieved at 15 Hz repetition rate.