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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1990
  • pp: 440–442

Passive Q switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with a saturable absorber

Jeffrey A. Morris and Clifford R. Pollock  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 15, Issue 8, pp. 440-442 (1990)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.15.000440


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Abstract

A diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser is passively Q switched by using F2 color centers in lithium fluoride as a saturable absorber. When cw pumped with a laser diode, the laser produces pulses of 20–30-nsec duration at 1064 nm, with an energy of as much as 20 μJ and a peak power of more than 1 kW. Data are presented on pulse width, energy, and repetition rate as a function of pump power. When the laser is operated at high pulse energy levels, a gradual bleaching of the saturable absorber is observed.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: January 22, 1990
Manuscript Accepted: February 14, 1990
Published: April 15, 1990

Citation
Jeffrey A. Morris and Clifford R. Pollock, "Passive Q switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with a saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 15, 440-442 (1990)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-15-8-440

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