In this paper we describe a new technique to improve the performance of Nd:YAG laser-pumped dye laser amplifiers. Such amplifiers exist in many laboratories worldwide and use the commercially available Nd:YAG lasers as pump sources. The technique uses a few beam splitters and mirrors external to the Nd:YAG laser cavity. No modification to the Nd:YAG laser itself is required. Amplified pulses obtained in this way are transform-limited to within a factor of 2.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 13, 1983
Published: May 1, 1983
Prem Kumar and Roy S. Bondurant, "Improving the pulse shape in dye laser amplifiers: a new technique," Appl. Opt. 22, 1284-1287 (1983)