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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2014
  • pp: 997–1000

Direct amplification of a nanosecond laser diode in a high gain diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 amplifier

Xavier Délen, François Balembois, and Patrick Georges  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 4, pp. 997-1000 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.000997


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Abstract

We demonstrate that Nd:YVO4 can efficiently amplify a nanosecond laser diode in a very simple double-pass configuration. Based on longitudinal pumping with a high brightness fiber-coupled laser diode at 808 nm (60 W, 100 μm, 0.22 NA) and a low Nd-doped (0.2%) temperature controlled Nd:YVO4 we achieved an optical gain of 62 dB with very low (<2%) parasitic laser emission and an average output power of 10 W. At 15 kHz, we observed a strong gain saturation dynamic resulting in a pulse duration reduction from 100 to 3.5 ns. This effect enhances the peak power by a factor of 18 (130 kW) with an energy of 620 μJ.

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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
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 25, 2013
Published: February 12, 2014

Citation
Xavier Délen, François Balembois, and Patrick Georges, "Direct amplification of a nanosecond laser diode in a high gain diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 amplifier," Opt. Lett. 39, 997-1000 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-4-997


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