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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 7 — Mar. 26, 2012
  • pp: 7415–7421

SCPEM-Q-switching of a fiber-rod-laser

Rok Petkovšek, Julien Saby, Francois Salin, Thomas Schumi, and Ferdinand Bammer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 7, pp. 7415-7421 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.007415


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Abstract

We demonstrate high-frequency Q-switching of a fiber rod laser with a Single-Crystal Photo-Elastic Modulator (SCPEM) made of a LiTaO3-crystal. This type of photo-elastic modulator can be driven simultaneously with two different eigenmodes to achieve a shorter rise time, which is essential for high-power operation. When operated in the laser cavity, a pulse repetition frequency of 183.6 kHz with an average power of 47 W, a pulse duration of 26 ns, and a peak power of 10.5 kW was achieved.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 5, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 8, 2012
Published: March 16, 2012

Citation
Rok Petkovšek, Julien Saby, Francois Salin, Thomas Schumi, and Ferdinand Bammer, "SCPEM-Q-switching of a fiber-rod-laser," Opt. Express 20, 7415-7421 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-7-7415


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