In an attempt to develop an all-solid state high repetition rate Nd: YLF/sapphire laser, first, a cw Q-switched frequency doubled Nd: YLF laser operating at 527 nm and capable of delivering large pulse energy (1.5–2 mJ), long pulse width (0.2–0.3 μs) at a high repetition rate (1–3 kHz), was developed. This laser was used to pump Ti: sapphire crystal in a longitudinal pumping configuration. Different crystal lengths and doping levels of Ti3+ ions as well as variable pump pulse width were used to characterize the Ti: sapphire laser performance.

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