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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 1997
  • pp: 2468–2472

Passively Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser with a Cr4+:YAG crystal saturable absorber

Yingxin Bai, Nianle Wu, Jian Zhang, Jiaqiang Li, Shiqun Li, Jun Xu, and Peizhen Deng  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 12, pp. 2468-2472 (1997)

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We demonstrate, for the first time as far as we know, a passively Q-switched operation of a Nd:YVO4 laser in which a Cr4+:YAG crystal and a laser-diode bar are used as the saturable absorber and the pump source, respectively. Stable laser pulses as short as 28 ns with 20-µJ energy can be generated with this laser, which has the advantages of simplicity, high efficiency, and good long-term stability.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 29, 1996
Revised Manuscript: September 26, 1996
Published: April 20, 1997

Yingxin Bai, Nianle Wu, Jian Zhang, Jiaqiang Li, Shiqun Li, Jun Xu, and Peizhen Deng, "Passively Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser with a Cr4+:YAG crystal saturable absorber," Appl. Opt. 36, 2468-2472 (1997)

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