Abstract

We describe control of the polarization state of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser that is Q switched with an acousto-optic modulator (AOM). One of two orthogonal linear polarization states can be made dominant, depending on the amount of loss introduced by the AOM. Heterodyne beating indicates that the two polarization states are of slightly different frequencies.

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