Abstract

A novel laser design is given that uses a special polarizing device to generate unpolarized Q-switched laser energy with a conventional EO Pockels cell. The special polarizing device, which replaces the linear polarizer normally used in conventional Q-switched resonators, allows solid-state lasers to operate efficiently at high repetition rates. Other features of the design include the elimination of the beam nonuniformities that normally occur at high repetition rates, the elimination of the need to bias the Pockels cell, and the ability to produce, by a simple mirror realignment, a plane-polarized output with high efficiency.

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    [CrossRef]
  7. Polarizer manufactured by Ward Engineering and available through Ferranti, Ltd., U.K.

1978

M. B. Rankin, G. D. Ferguson, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 160, 67 (1978).

1976

1971

W. C. Scott, M. de Wit, Appl. Phys. Lett. 18, 3 (1971).
[CrossRef]

V. I. Bespalov, V. I. Gostev, V. V. Gruzdev, N. V. Kononov, V. I. Lavrov, Opt. Technol. 38, 739 (1971).

1963

A. A. Vuylsteke, J. Appl. Phys. 34, 1615 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Bespalov, V. I.

V. I. Bespalov, V. I. Gostev, V. V. Gruzdev, N. V. Kononov, V. I. Lavrov, Opt. Technol. 38, 739 (1971).

Chun, M. K.

de Wit, M.

W. C. Scott, M. de Wit, Appl. Phys. Lett. 18, 3 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Ferguson, G. D.

M. B. Rankin, G. D. Ferguson, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 160, 67 (1978).

Gostev, V. I.

V. I. Bespalov, V. I. Gostev, V. V. Gruzdev, N. V. Kononov, V. I. Lavrov, Opt. Technol. 38, 739 (1971).

Gruzdev, V. V.

V. I. Bespalov, V. I. Gostev, V. V. Gruzdev, N. V. Kononov, V. I. Lavrov, Opt. Technol. 38, 739 (1971).

Koechner, W.

W. Koechner, Solid State Engineering (Springer, New York, 1976), p. 299.

Kononov, N. V.

V. I. Bespalov, V. I. Gostev, V. V. Gruzdev, N. V. Kononov, V. I. Lavrov, Opt. Technol. 38, 739 (1971).

Lavrov, V. I.

V. I. Bespalov, V. I. Gostev, V. V. Gruzdev, N. V. Kononov, V. I. Lavrov, Opt. Technol. 38, 739 (1971).

Rankin, M. B.

M. B. Rankin, G. D. Ferguson, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 160, 67 (1978).

Scott, W. C.

W. C. Scott, M. de Wit, Appl. Phys. Lett. 18, 3 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Teppo, E. A.

Vuylsteke, A. A.

A. A. Vuylsteke, J. Appl. Phys. 34, 1615 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt.

Appl. Phys. Lett.

W. C. Scott, M. de Wit, Appl. Phys. Lett. 18, 3 (1971).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys.

A. A. Vuylsteke, J. Appl. Phys. 34, 1615 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Technol.

V. I. Bespalov, V. I. Gostev, V. V. Gruzdev, N. V. Kononov, V. I. Lavrov, Opt. Technol. 38, 739 (1971).

Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.

M. B. Rankin, G. D. Ferguson, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 160, 67 (1978).

Other

Polarizer manufactured by Ward Engineering and available through Ferranti, Ltd., U.K.

W. Koechner, Solid State Engineering (Springer, New York, 1976), p. 299.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Laser geometry.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Principle of operation.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Method of producing plane-polarizer output.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Dependence of un-Q-switched output on repetition rate.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Q-switched output as a function of input energy at 168 Hz.

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