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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2010
  • pp: 1617–1619

Enhancing performances of a passively Q-switched Nd : YAG Cr 4 + : YAG microlaser with a volume Bragg grating output coupler

N. Pavel, M. Tsunekane, and T. Taira  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 10, pp. 1617-1619 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.001617


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Abstract

A diode end-pumped Nd:YAG microlaser passively Q-switched by Cr 4 + : YAG with performances controlled by a volume Bragg grating (VBG) output coupler has been developed. Compared with operation at room temperature, the Q-switched laser pulse energy was increased, by a factor of 2 or more, by elevating the Nd:YAG temperature and locking the wavelength of emission with the VBG. Furthermore, the emission wavelength was tuned over 0.7 nm bandwidth by changing the VBG temperature while maintaining laser pulses of millijoule-level energy and short (less than 4 ns ) duration.

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OCIS Codes
(050.7330) Diffraction and gratings : Volume gratings
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 4, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 29, 2010
Published: May 6, 2010

Citation
N. Pavel, M. Tsunekane, and T. Taira, "Enhancing performances of a passively Q-switched Nd:YAG∕Cr4+:YAG microlaser with a volume Bragg grating output coupler," Opt. Lett. 35, 1617-1619 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-10-1617


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