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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 5 — Feb. 28, 2011
  • pp: 4577–4582

Passively Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser with greater than 11W average power

G. M. Thomas and M. J. Damzen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 5, pp. 4577-4582 (2011)

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This paper presents the highest average power passively Q-switched Nd:vanadate laser, to the best of our knowledge. A maximum average output power greater than 11W was demonstrated using a Nd:YVO4 bounce geometry laser operating at 1064nm in TEM00 mode, with a spatially stigmatic design. Pulse energies greater than 58µJ and peak powers in excess of 1.9kW were obtained; the maximum repetition rate recorded was 190kHz, close to the upper limit achievable with Cr4+:YAG saturable absorbers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 12, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 15, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 23, 2010
Published: February 24, 2011

G. M. Thomas and M. J. Damzen, "Passively Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser with greater than 11W average power," Opt. Express 19, 4577-4582 (2011)

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