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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 1992
  • pp: 124–126

Passively Q-switched transverse-diode-pumped Nd3+:YLF laser oscillator

R. Beach, J. Davin, S. Mitchell, W. Benett, B. Freitas, R. Solarz, and P. Avizonis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 17, Issue 2, pp. 124-126 (1992)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.17.000124


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Abstract

The design and performance of a diode-pumped Nd3+:YLF laser oscillator is described. A simple transverse-pump geometry in which a lensing duct efficiently couples the two-dimensional diode-pump array radiation to the YLF rod is employed. Using a color-center LiF crystal as a passive Q switch, we have produced burst-mode pulse trains that have a total energy of 115 mJ at a 30-Hz pulse-repetition frequency. The Q-switched pulse-train energy is 71% of the optimized free-lasing pulse energy, which is 163 mJ. Using an unstable cavity with a graded-reflectivity output coupler, we have generated Q-switched pulses that have 12-ns duration and near-diffraction-limited spatial profiles.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: August 15, 1991
Published: January 15, 1992

Citation
R. Beach, P. Avizonis, J. Davin, S. Mitchell, W. Benett, B. Freitas, and R. Solarz, "Passively Q-switched transverse-diode-pumped Nd3+:YLF laser oscillator," Opt. Lett. 17, 124-126 (1992)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-17-2-124

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