Chinese Optics Letters, Vol. 5, Issue 5, 292 (2007)
Thermal distortion and birefringence in repetition-rate plasma electrode Pockels cell for high average power
Dingxiang Cao1,2,*, Xiongjun Zhang1,2, Wanguo Zheng1, Shaobo He1, and Zhan Sui1
- 1Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900
- 2College of Optoelectric Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073
We numerically study thermally induced birefringence and distortion in plasma electrode Pockels cell based on KD*P as the electro-optic material. This device can repetitively operate under the heat capacity mode. Simulation results indicate that the excellent switching performances and low wave-front distortion are achieved within several tens seconds working time at average power in excess of 1 kW.