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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2005
  • pp: 397–399

Short-pulse generation from a resonantly pumped NdAl3(BO3)_4 microchip laser

Miguel Montes, Daniel Jaque, Luo Zundu, and Hunag Yidong  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 4, pp. 397-399 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.000397


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Abstract

We report on continuous-wave and subnanosecond passively Q-switched laser oscillation from a NdAl3(BO3)_4 microchip laser operating at 1.06 µm. Efficient and stable laser operation is possible only when resonant pumping ^4I_9/2 --> ^4F_3/2 at 882 nm) is used instead of the traditional ^4I_9/2 --> ^4F_5/2 (808 nm) pumping. The improvement in laser performance is caused by a strong reduction in the pump-induced thermal loading, which is achieved by pumping directly into the emitting level.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

Citation
Miguel Montes, Daniel Jaque, Luo Zundu, and Hunag Yidong, "Short-pulse generation from a resonantly pumped NdAl3(BO3)_4 microchip laser," Opt. Lett. 30, 397-399 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-4-397

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