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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 1993
  • pp: 511–512

Monolithic self-Q-switched Cr,Nd:YAG laser

Shouhuan Zhou, K. K. Lee, Y. C. Chen, and Shiqun Li  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 18, Issue 7, pp. 511-512 (1993)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.18.000511


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Abstract

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

History
Original Manuscript: October 14, 1992
Published: April 1, 1993

Citation
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)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-18-7-511

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