We demonstrate a new kind of picosecond laser source in the UV at a high repetition rate of -45 kHz , using only passive, compact, and simple elements. This system is based on a microchip laser and a very efficient multipass amplifier, both pumped with recently developed high-brightness laser diodes. The system has been optimized to deliver, at a high repetition rate, subnanosecond pulses at the wavelength 355 nm with an energy per pulse of close to 1 μJ (38-mW average power). This source is to our knowledge the first totally passive 300-ps UV laser source at this high repetition rate.
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F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, and A. Brun, "High-repetition-rate 300-ps pulsed ultraviolet source with a passively Q-switched microchip laser and a multipass amplifier," Opt. Lett. 24, 499-501 (1999)