We examine the performance of a hybrid <i>Q</i>-switched LiNbO<sub>3</sub> and Er<sup>3+</sup>–Yb<sup>3+</sup> doped glass waveguide laser as a modulation function of the duty cycle ratio. As the duty cycle ratio decreases, the laser operates at higher peak power and pulse width. At low duty cycle ratio (<1%), we observe variations in the <i>Q</i>-switched pulse shape; while the laser produces 59-W and 200-ns pulses to a 1-kHz repetition rate for a 50% duty cycle, it yields 27-W and 100-ns pulses to a 10-kHz repetition rate for a 0.01% duty cycle.
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Aydin Yeniay, Jean-Marc Delavaux, Jean Toulouse, and William J. Minford, "Duty Cycle Ratio Dependence on the Performance of a Q-Switched Laser with an Er3+-Yb3+ Codoped Glass Waveguide," Appl. Opt. 39, 1430-1434 (2000)