Abstract

In this work, the anisotropy of nonlinear absorption in a crystal Q-switch was considered when we established coupled rate equations of a passively Q-switched laser. A [100]-cut Cr4+:YAG crystal, with initial transmission T0=40%, was used as the Q-switch to evaluate the theoretical model, and the results of the simulation were in good accordance with the experiment. In order to control timing jitter of the passively Q-switched laser, an actively Q-switched Nd:YAG laser was applied to directly bleach the [100]-cut Cr4+:YAG crystal. The timing jitter was more than 1 μs without bleaching light. While there was a bleaching light, the time lag between the laser pulse and the bleaching light was less than 100 ns, which meant the timing jitter decreased. The pulse width of the passively Q-switched laser was found to decrease from 45 to 35 ns due to the existing of bleaching light. As the peak power of bleaching light was increased, the laser pulse energy increased from 18.2 to 24.6 mJ, which meant a 35% increment in the pulse energy. The increase in pulse energy can be explained by the increase of α coefficient, and the results of simulation agreed well with the experiment.

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