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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 8 — Apr. 22, 2013
  • pp: 9365–9376

The potential of Yb:YCa4O(BO3)3 crystal in generating high-energy laser pulses

Junhai Liu, Qibiao Dai, Yong Wan, Wenjuan Han, and Xueping Tian  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 9365-9376 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.009365


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Abstract

The passive Q-switching laser performance of Yb:YCa4O(BO3)3 is studied with crystals cut along the principal optical axes. Using a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber with initial transmission of 93.7% and an output coupler of transmission of 40%, efficient Q-switched laser operation is achieved with a X-cut crystal, generating an output power of 2.14 W at a pulse repetition rate of 4.5 kHz. The resulting laser pulse is 9.3 ns in duration, with the energy being as high as 476 μJ and the peak power amounting to 51.2 kW. The results demonstrated in this work reveal the great potential of this crystal in developing high-energy compact pulsed lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 20, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 5, 2013
Published: April 9, 2013

Citation
Junhai Liu, Qibiao Dai, Yong Wan, Wenjuan Han, and Xueping Tian, "The potential of Yb:YCa4O(BO3)3 crystal in generating high-energy laser pulses," Opt. Express 21, 9365-9376 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-8-9365


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