Abstract

We describe a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser that is suitable for micromachining applications and is capable of generating 2.3-mJ pulses at a 4-kHz pulse repetition frequency. The output pulse duration is 20.5 ps. The system is based on a Nd:YAG regenerative amplifier with a novel four-pass postamplifier. The postamplifier incorporates birefringent depolarization compensation and simultaneously prevents parasitic laser oscillation by use of a nonreciprocal beam path. These output pulse energies are achieved without the use of chirped pulse amplification.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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