We are happy to announce that our colleagues Ondřej Slezák, Magdalena Sawicka-Chyla, Martin Divoký, Jan Pilař, Martin Smrž & Tomáš Mocek have just published a new article in the journal of Scientific Reports. The paper focuses on Thermal-stress-induced birefringence management of complex laser systems by means of polarimetry.
The novel method of the thermally-induced polarization changes driven power losses (TIPCL) analysis in the complex laser systems has been developed. The measurement has been tested on the amplifier chain of the 100 J / 10 Hz laser system ‘Bivoj’ operated at the HiLASE Centre. By the usage of the measured non-uniform Mueller matrix of the amplifier chain, the optimization of the ideal input and output polarization state has been calculated numerically. The results of the optimization have been applied to the laser system, thus reducing the TIPCL from originally observed more than 33% to 7.9% for CW beam and to 9% for pulsed laser beam, respectively. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this result represents the most efficient TIPCL suppression method for complex laser systems so far. The method also allows the definition of the ideal fully polarized non-uniform pre-compensation of input beam consequently suffering from zero TIPCL.
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