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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 1995
  • pp: 371–373

Versatile, efficient, diode-pumped miniature slab laser

J. Richards and A. McInnes  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 371-373 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.000371


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Abstract

A novel miniature slab laser design is described that is compact and easily manufactured and provides short Q-switched pulses with high efficiency at low pump inputs. Through the use of a coplanar-pumped folded slab geometry it combines some of the advantages of end pumping, such as good pump/mode matching, with some of those of side pumping, such as scalability and simplicity. It is suitable for pumping with either cw or quasi-cw diodes and has been operated efficiently in Q-switched, cw, and high-repetition-rate Q-switched modes. The slab is uncoated, reducing complexity and cost as well as parasitic oscillations. The cw slope efficiency is 57%.

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History
Original Manuscript: August 3, 1994
Published: February 15, 1995

Citation
J. Richards and A. McInnes, "Versatile, efficient, diode-pumped miniature slab laser," Opt. Lett. 20, 371-373 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-20-4-371


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