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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 12 — Jun. 6, 2011
  • pp: 11667–11679

Nd:YAG single-crystal fiber as high peak power amplifier of pulses below one nanosecond

Igor Martial, François Balembois, Julien Didierjean, and Patrick Georges  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 12, pp. 11667-11679 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.011667


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Abstract

We explore the potential of Nd:YAG single-crystal fibers for the amplification of passively Q-switched microlasers operating below 1 ns. Different regimes are tested in single or double pass configurations. For high gain and high power amplification this novel gain medium provided average powers up to 20 W at high repetition rate (over 40 kHz) for a pulse duration of 1 ns. As an energy amplifier, Nd:YAG single-crystal fiber delivered 2.7 mJ, 6 MW 450 ps pulses at 1 kHz. The extraction efficiencies vary from 8% to 32.7% following the configurations.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 24, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 25, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 3, 2011
Published: June 1, 2011

Citation
Igor Martial, François Balembois, Julien Didierjean, and Patrick Georges, "Nd:YAG single-crystal fiber as high peak power amplifier of pulses below one nanosecond," Opt. Express 19, 11667-11679 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-12-11667


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