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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2013
  • pp: 3021–3023

High-energy, high-repetition-rate picosecond pulses from a quasi-CW diode-pumped Nd:YAG system

Daniel W. E. Noom, Stefan Witte, Jonas Morgenweg, Robert K. Altmann, and Kjeld S. E. Eikema  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 16, pp. 3021-3023 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.003021


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Abstract

We report on a high-power quasi-CW pumped Nd:YAG laser system, producing 130 mJ, 64 ps pulses at 1064 nm wavelength with a repetition rate of 300 Hz. Pulses from a Nd:YVO4 oscillator are first amplified by a regenerative amplifier to the millijoule level and then further amplified in quasi-CW diode-pumped Nd:YAG modules. Pulsed diode pumping enables a high gain at repetition rates of several hundred hertz, while keeping thermal effects manageable. Birefringence compensation and multiple thermal-lensing-compensated relay-imaging stages are used to maintain a top-hat beam profile. After frequency doubling, 75 mJ pulses are obtained at 532 nm. The intensity stability is better than 1.1%, which makes this laser an attractive pump source for a high-repetition-rate optical parametric amplification system.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 6, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 2013
Published: August 7, 2013

Citation
Daniel W. E. Noom, Stefan Witte, Jonas Morgenweg, Robert K. Altmann, and Kjeld S. E. Eikema, "High-energy, high-repetition-rate picosecond pulses from a quasi-CW diode-pumped Nd:YAG system," Opt. Lett. 38, 3021-3023 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-16-3021


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