Abstract

The kinetics of a Q-switched laser is discussed in a qualitative fashion. It is shown that the occurrence of multiple pulses can be prevented by the use of a sufficiently fast switch. A Lummer-Gehrcke plate used in a novel fashion in conjunction with a rotating prism is shown to be a “fast” switch. Experimental results are presented which show substantial improvement over previous Q-switching schemes.

© 1964 Optical Society of America

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