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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 5 — Feb. 10, 2012
  • pp: 600–603

Performance improvement in a directly 879 nm dual-end-π-polarized-pumped CW and pulsed GdVO4/Nd:GdVO4 laser

Yufei Ma, Xin Yu, and Xudong Li  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 5, pp. 600-603 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.000600


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Abstract

A continuous-wave and Q-switched 10 kHz GdVO4/Nd:GdVO4 laser by 879 nm laser-diode pumping was demonstrated. We combined dual-end-π-polarized-pumping, half-wave plate (HWP) insertion, composite laser crystals, and dual Q-switching techniques to obtain a 1.06 μm nanosecond laser with high temporal and spatial quality. A polarization beam splitter was used to divide the unpolarized pump beam into two linearly polarized beams to increase the absorption efficiency. The output performance was improved obviously by inserting a HWP into the cavity. The pulse duration was compressed and the peak power was increased for a doubly Q-switched laser, in contrast to a single acousto-optical Q-switched laser under the same conditions.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 28, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 1, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 4, 2011
Published: February 7, 2012

Citation
Yufei Ma, Xin Yu, and Xudong Li, "Performance improvement in a directly 879 nm dual-end-π-polarized-pumped CW and pulsed GdVO4/Nd:GdVO4 laser," Appl. Opt. 51, 600-603 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-5-600

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