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Advanced Solid State Lasers
Boston, Massachusetts United States
January 31, 1999
1 Micron Lasers Part II (TuC)

Design guidelines for passively Q-switched microchip lasers using semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors

G.J. Spühler, R. Paschotta, R. Fluck, B. Braun, M. Moser, G. Zhang, E. Gini, and U. Keller

http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/ASSL.1999.TuC3


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Abstract

We present a model for passively Q-switched microchip lasers and derive simple equations for the pulse width, repetition rate, and pulse energy. We experimentally verified the validity of the model by systematically varying the relevant device parameters. We used the model to derive practical design guidelines for realizing operation parameters that can be varied in large ranges by adoption of the parameters of the semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror and choice of the appropriate gain medium. Applying these design guidelines, we obtained 37-ps pulses, which to our knowledge are the shortest pulses ever generated in a passively Q-switched solid-state laser.

OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials

Citation
G. J. Spühler, R. Paschotta, R. Fluck, B. Braun, M. Moser, G. Zhang, E. Gini, and U. Keller, "Design guidelines for passively Q-switched microchip lasers using semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors," in Advanced Solid State Lasers, M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 1999), paper TuC3.
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=ASSL-1999-TuC3


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  1. G. J. Spuhler, R. Paschotta, R. Fluck, B. Braun, M. Moser, G. Zhang, E. Gini, and U. Keller, "Experimentally confirmed design guidelines for passively Q -switched microchip lasers using semiconductor saturable absorbers ," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 376-388 (1999).

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