It is shown, both theoretically and experimentally, that stable single-longitudinal-mode operation, with transform-limited spectral linewidth and without pulse-to-pulse mode competition, can be obtained in a monolithic self-Q-switched Cr,Nd:YAG solid-state laser with a distributed saturable absorber. In this system, the lasing mode establishes a loss grating and thereby stabilizes itself.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 12, 1993
Published: September 1, 1993
Y. C. Chen, Shiqun Li, K. K. Lee, and Shouhuan Zhou, "Self-stabilized single-longitudinal-mode operation in a self-Q-switched Cr,Nd:YAG laser," Opt. Lett. 18, 1418-1419 (1993)