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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 1999
  • pp: 960–962

Cr2+:ZnSe and Co2+:ZnSe saturable-absorber Q switches for 1.54-μm Er:glass lasers

A. V. Podlipensky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, V. P. Mikhailov, V. I. Levchenko, and V. N. Yakimovich  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 14, pp. 960-962 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.000960


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Abstract

Passive Q switching of Er:glass lasers has been demonstrated with Cr2+:ZnSe and Co2+:ZnSe saturable absorbers. A pulse duration of ~50ns and an output pulse energy of 5 mJ were obtained with both Co:ZnSe and Cr:ZnSe passive shutters. A Q-switched conversion efficiency of as much as 26% was obtained for Cr:ZnSe. Theoretical modeling exhibits satisfactory agreement with experimental data.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials

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A. V. Podlipensky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, V. P. Mikhailov, V. I. Levchenko, and V. N. Yakimovich, "Cr2+:ZnSe and Co2+:ZnSe saturable-absorber Q switches for 1.54-μm Er:glass lasers," Opt. Lett. 24, 960-962 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-14-960


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