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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Jun. 9, 2008
  • pp: 9199–9204

Single-frequency-mode Q-switched Nd:YAG and Er:glass lasers controlled by volume Bragg gratings

N. Vorobiev, L. Glebov, and V. Smirnov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 9199-9204 (2008)

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This paper presents the results of experimental studies on Q-switched flash-lamp pumped Nd:YAG and Er:glass lasers with resonators formed by volume Bragg gratings. This novel design results in singlefrequency mode operation with millijoules pulse energy. The mode selection is performed only by volume Bragg gratings that dramatically simplifies laser design.

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OCIS Codes
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 14, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 21, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2008
Published: June 6, 2008

N. Vorobiev, L. Glebov, and V. Smirnov, "Single-frequency-mode Q-switched Nd:YAG and Er:glass lasers controlled by volume Bragg gratings," Opt. Express 16, 9199-9204 (2008)

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