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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 2004
  • pp: 2944–2947

Passively Q-switched ceramic Nd3+:YAG/Cr4+:YAG lasers

Yan Feng, Jianren Lu, Kazunori Takaichi, Ken-ichi Ueda, Hideki Yagi, Takagimi Yanagitani, and Alexander A. Kaminskii  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 14, pp. 2944-2947 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.43.002944


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Abstract

Passively Q-switched ceramic Nd3+:YAG lasers with ceramic Cr4+:YAG saturable absorbers are demonstrated. When the lasers are pumped by a 1-W cw laser diode, optical-optical efficiency as great as 22% is obtained with Cr4+:YAG of initial transmission ranging from 94% to 79%. The results are similar to those in their crystalline counterparts. The operation of Brewster’s angle and the polarization state of the laser output are also investigated.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched

History
Original Manuscript: August 8, 2003
Revised Manuscript: January 7, 2004
Published: May 10, 2004

Citation
Yan Feng, Jianren Lu, Kazunori Takaichi, Ken-ichi Ueda, Hideki Yagi, Takagimi Yanagitani, and Alexander A. Kaminskii, "Passively Q-switched ceramic Nd3+:YAG/Cr4+:YAG lasers," Appl. Opt. 43, 2944-2947 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-43-14-2944

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