We report the operation of a diode-pumped monolithic self-Q-switched Cr,Nd:YAG laser in which the codoped ions create saturable absorption for Nd3+ laser emission at 1064 nm. With a 70-μm beam diameter in the gain medium, the Q-switched pulse has a duration of 3.5 ns and a peak power of 2 kW. The output is linearly polarized with an extinction ratio of 600:1. The pulse-to-pulse intensity fluctuation is less than the instrument resolution of 0.25%. A 5-mm-long KTP crystal butted against the monolithic cavity produces 2-ns-long pulses at 532 nm with a peak power-conversion efficiency of 30%.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 14, 1992
Published: April 1, 1993
Shouhuan Zhou, Shiqun Li, K. K. Lee, and Y. C. Chen, "Monolithic self-Q-switched Cr,Nd:YAG laser," Opt. Lett. 18, 511-512 (1993)