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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2006
  • pp: 3303–3305

47 W , 6 ns constant pulse duration, high-repetition-rate cavity-dumped Q-switched TEM 00 Nd : Y V O 4 oscillator

Louis McDonagh, Richard Wallenstein, and Ralf Knappe  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 22, pp. 3303-3305 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.003303


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Abstract

We report on a cavity-dumped Q-switched TEM 00 Nd : Y V O 4 oscillator offering a unique combination of high power, constant short pulse duration, and high repetition rate, suppressing the gain dependence of pulse duration in classical Q-switched oscillators. Its performance is compared with that of the same oscillator operated in a classical Q-switched regime, demonstrating the much higher peak powers achievable with this technique, especially at high repetition rates. Up to 31 W of 532 nm green light was generated by frequency doubling in a noncritical phase matched LBO crystal, corresponding to 70% conversion efficiency.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 7, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2006
Published: October 26, 2006

Citation
Louis McDonagh, Richard Wallenstein, and Ralf Knappe, "47 W, 6 ns constant pulse duration, high-repetition-rate cavity-dumped Q-switched TEM00 Nd:YVO4 oscillator," Opt. Lett. 31, 3303-3305 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-22-3303

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