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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 35, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 1996
  • pp: 1427–1429

Demonstration and characterization of a multibillion-shot, 2.5-mJ, 4-ns, Q-switched Nd:YAG laser

J. L. Dallas, R. S. Afzal, and M. A. Stephen  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 35, Issue 9, pp. 1427-1429 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.35.001427


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Abstract

We have demonstrated and characterized a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser under continuous operation for over 7 billion shots. Through periodic monitoring of the laser's vital signs, the system dynamics were decoupled to identify the sources of degradation. The initial and the final pump-laser diode wavelengths and powers were measured and compared. No evidence of an accumulative effect leading to optical damage at a fluence lower than the single-shot threshold was observed.

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History
Original Manuscript: August 24, 1995
Published: March 20, 1996

Citation
J. L. Dallas, R. S. Afzal, and M. A. Stephen, "Demonstration and characterization of a multibillion-shot, 2.5-mJ, 4-ns, Q-switched Nd:YAG laser," Appl. Opt. 35, 1427-1429 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-35-9-1427

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