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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 1998
  • pp: 457–459

Self-Q-switched Nd:YVO4 microchip lasers

R. S. Conroy, T. Lake, G. J. Friel, A. J. Kemp, and B. D. Sinclair  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 6, pp. 457-459 (1998)

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We have observed giant pulses from cw pumped, monolithic Nd:YVO4 microchip lasers, several hundred times the cw level, with pulse lengths less than 2 ns, which cannot be accounted for by conventional gain switching. These pulses occur as the second longitudinal mode starts to oscillate and can be described by the inclusion of gain-related effects in the formation of a stable cavity.

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(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

R. S. Conroy, T. Lake, G. J. Friel, A. J. Kemp, and B. D. Sinclair, "Self-Q-switched Nd:YVO4 microchip lasers," Opt. Lett. 23, 457-459 (1998)

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