Thermal lensing measurements and thermal conductivity of Yb:YAB
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By using holographic shear interferometry, we have measured the thermal lens in a diode-pumped Yb:YAB crystal, under lasing and non-lasing conditions, as a function of absorbed power. From these purely optical measurements we estimate the fractional thermal loading and the thermal conductivity of Yb:YAB. Knowledge of these thermal parameters is essential for the optimisation of Yb:YAB laser cavity designs.
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