Abstract

A passively Q-switched quasi-three-level Nd:YAG laser is intracavity frequency doubled to generate a blue laser. The 473-nm blue laser has a peak power of 37 W and a pulse width of 23 ns at a pumping power of 1.6 W. To model this laser numerically, we developed rate equations by taking into consideration both the quasi-three-level nature of the gain medium and the four-level nature of the saturable absorber. Good agreement was achieved between experimental and simulated results for both the fundamental and the second-harmonic output. The reabsorption loss of the gain medium is estimated under pulsed operation.

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