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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11933–11941

Cavity-dumping of a semiconductor disk laser for the generation of wavelength-tunable micro-Joule nanosecond pulses

V. G. Savitski, J. E. Hastie, S. Calvez, and M. D. Dawson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11933-11941 (2010)

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We report on cavity-dumping of a semiconductor disk laser as a method to generate energetic wavelength-tunable nanosecond pulses with repetition rates ranging from 0.1 to 4MHz. Experimentally, emission of 24ns pulses with peak output power of 41W in a single beam output (and of 30 ns with peak power of 57W in a combined beam output) with wavelength tuning from 1045 to 1080nm was obtained. Numerical modeling is also introduced to provide more insight into the most important parameters controlling this mode of operation and to define optimization avenues.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed
(140.7260) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 25, 2010
Published: May 21, 2010

V. G. Savitski, J. E. Hastie, S. Calvez, and M. D. Dawson, "Cavity-dumping of a semiconductor disk laser for the generation of wavelength-tunable micro-Joule nanosecond pulses," Opt. Express 18, 11933-11941 (2010)

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