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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 40, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2001
  • pp: 1362–1368

Numerical study of passive Q switching of a tunable alexandrite laser with a Cr:Y2SiO5 solid-state saturable absorber

Yen-Kuang Kuo, Horng-Min Chen, and Yuni Chang  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 9, pp. 1362-1368 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.40.001362


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Abstract

Passive Q switching of a tunable alexandrite solid-state laser with a Cr:Y2SiO5 solid-state saturable absorber is numerically studied over a major portion of the alexandrite tuning range. The theory of passive Q switching with a slowly relaxing saturable absorber is studied and utilized for evaluating the performance of the Cr:YSO Q-switched alexandrite laser system. With a typical laser configuration, a Q-switched laser pulse of 262 mJ in 23 ns is obtained.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable

History
Original Manuscript: November 3, 1999
Revised Manuscript: November 27, 2000
Published: March 20, 2001

Citation
Yen-Kuang Kuo, Horng-Min Chen, and Yuni Chang, "Numerical study of passive Q switching of a tunable alexandrite laser with a Cr:Y2SiO5 solid-state saturable absorber," Appl. Opt. 40, 1362-1368 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-40-9-1362

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