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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2011
  • pp: 433–444

Cavity dumping versus stationary output coupling in repetitively Q-switched solid-state lasers

Mikhail Grishin  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 28, Issue 3, pp. 433-444 (2011)

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A comparative theoretical analysis of continuously pumped actively Q-switched solid-state lasers differing in output coupling methods (cavity dumping versus a partially transmitting cavity mirror) is presented. Basic performance characteristics of the optimally coupled laser for periodic steady-state operation are expressed analytically. The instability effects are shown to fundamentally inhere in cavity dumping in contrast to ordinary Q-switching. The space of system parameters permitting stable operation and the maximum average power attainable as a train of regular energy pulses are determined numerically and verified experimentally. Cavity dumping is demonstrated to be the coupling method allowing Q-switched lasers to reach extremely high repetition rates.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1540) Lasers and laser optics : Chaos
(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

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: September 30, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 6, 2010
Published: February 17, 2011

Mikhail Grishin, "Cavity dumping versus stationary output coupling in repetitively Q-switched solid-state lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 433-444 (2011)

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