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Etudes théorique et expérimentale de la rétroinjection optique sur lasers à solide

Abstract : The main objective of this PhD thesis was to implement solid-state lasers based on codoped Yb3+:Er3+ phosphate glasses pumped by laser diode and to study their behavior when submitted to an optical feedback. This kind of lasers presents as main advantages a very high sensibility to the optical feedback due to the optical properties of the Er3+ ion enhancing the relaxation oscillations. Moreover, the emission wavelength around 1,535 µm belongs to the eye safe spectral domain.
First, we have established the rate equations of the population inversion and the electric field for a three-level laser (Yb:Er) submitted to an optical feedback. We have done a comparative study of the influence of the amplifying medium (three-level system Yb:Er or four-level system LNA:Nd) and cavity parameters on the sensitivity due to the optical feedback.
The home-made lasers were implemented in optical feedback experiments allowing original measurement of speed, absolute distance or vibration for optical detection of sound restitution.
The fourth part of this thesis deals with the behavior a dual frequency laser submitted to a optical feedback. Such a laser oscillates simultaneously on two polarization eigenstates whose optical frequencies are slightly differents. The beating mode between these two eigenstates allows self-heterodyne detection.
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Luc Kervevan. Etudes théorique et expérimentale de la rétroinjection optique sur lasers à solide. Physique Atomique [physics.atom-ph]. Université de Caen, 2006. Français. ⟨tel-00129610⟩

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