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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 5 — Feb. 28, 2011
  • pp: 4692–4702

Variable pulse repetition frequency output from an optically injected solid state laser

D M Kane and J P Toomey  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 5, pp. 4692-4702 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.004692


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Abstract

An optically injected solid state laser (OISSL) system is known to generate complex nonlinear dynamics within the parameter space of varying the injection strength of the master laser and the frequency detuning between the master and slave lasers. Here we show that within these complex nonlinear dynamics, a system which can be operated as a source of laser pulses with a pulse repetition frequency (prf) that can be continuously varied by a single control, is embedded. Generation of pulse repetition frequencies ranging from 200 kHz up to 4 MHz is shown to be achievable for an optically injected Nd:YVO4 solid state laser system from analysis of prior experimental and simulation results. Generalizing this to other optically injected solid state laser systems, the upper bound on the repetition frequency is of order the relaxation oscillation frequency for the lasers. The system is discussed in the context of prf versatile laser systems more generally. Proposals are made for the next generation of OISSLs that will increase understanding of the variable pulse repetition frequency operation, and determine its practical limitations. Such variable prf laser systems; both low powered, and, higher powered systems achieved using one or more optical power amplifier stages; have many potential applications from interrogating resonance behaviors in microscale structures, through sensing and diagnostics, to laser processing.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 21, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 14, 2011
Published: February 24, 2011

Citation
D M Kane and J P Toomey, "Variable pulse repetition frequency output from an optically injected solid state laser," Opt. Express 19, 4692-4702 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-5-4692


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