Abstract

We report on the experimental studies of a diode-end-pumped passively Q-switched Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with a GaAs wafer simultaneously as saturable absorber and output coupler. The Q-switched operation of the laser has an average output power of 0.51 W with a 17.7-W incident pump power. The Q-switched pulses with pulse energy of 7.7 µJ have been achieved. The minimum pulse width is measured to be about 50 ns with a repetition rate of 52.6 KHz. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration on a passively Q-switched Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser.

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2004 (3)

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Passively mode-locked Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with a GaAs-saturable absorber mirror,” Opt. Commun. 237, 165–168 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Diode-end-pumped 4.2-W CW Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Lett. 29, 1212–1214 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J. F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient continuous-wave operation at 1030 and 1075 nm wavelengths of LD-pumped Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 317–319 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (4)

A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. -F. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. S. Petrov, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 11, 2911–2916 (2003), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?id=77821
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

D. Y. Tang, S. P. Ng, L. J. Qin, and X. L. Meng, “Deterministic chaos in a diode-pumped NdYAG laser passively Q switched by a Cr4+:YAG crystal,” Opt. Lett. 28, 325–327 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. F. Bisson, Y. Feng, A. Shirakawa, H. Yoneda, J. Lu, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and K. Ueda, “Laser Damage Threshold of Ceramic YAG,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, L1025–L1027 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002 (2)

J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, Y. Akiyama, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) nanocrystalline ceramics - A new generation of solid state laser and optical materials,” J. Alloys Comp. 340, 220–225 (2002).
[CrossRef]

D. Y. Shen, D. Y. Tang, and J. Kong, “Passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser with GaAs outpu coupler,” Opt. Commun. 211, 271–275 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2001 (2)

Y. F. Chen, K. F. Huang, S. W. Tsai, Y. P. Lan, S. C. Wang, and J. Chen, “Simultaneous mode locking in a diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser with a GaAs saturable absorber,” Appl. Opt. 40, 6038–6041 (2001).
[CrossRef]

P. Li, Q. Wang, X. Zhang, Y. Wang, S. Li, J. He, and X. Lu, “Analysis of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser passively Q switched with GaAs,” Opt. Laser Techno. 33, 383–387 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000 (1)

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999 (2)

C. Honninger, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, M. Moser, and U. Keller, “Q-switching stability limits of continuous-wave passive mode locking,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 46–56 (1999).
[CrossRef]

E. R. Thoen, E. M. Koontz, M. Joschko, P. Langlois, T. R. Schibli, F. X. Kartner, E. P. Ippen, and L. A. Kolodziejski, “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3927–3299 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1997 (1)

T. T. Kajava and A. L. Gaeta, “Intra-cavity frequency-doubling of Nd:YAG laser passively Q-switched with GaAs,” Opt. Commun. 137, 93–97 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

1995 (1)

A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, K. Kamata, and K. Yoshida, “Fabrication and optical properties of highperformance polycrystalline Nd:YAG ceramics for solid-state lasers,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 1033–1040 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1988 (1)

A.L. Smirl, G.C. Valley, K.M. Bohnert, and T.F. Boggess, “Picosecond photorefractive and free-carrier transient energy transfer in GaAs at 1 µm,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 14, 289–303 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Akiyama, Y.

J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, Y. Akiyama, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) nanocrystalline ceramics - A new generation of solid state laser and optical materials,” J. Alloys Comp. 340, 220–225 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Bisson, J. F.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J. F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient continuous-wave operation at 1030 and 1075 nm wavelengths of LD-pumped Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 317–319 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. F. Bisson, Y. Feng, A. Shirakawa, H. Yoneda, J. Lu, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and K. Ueda, “Laser Damage Threshold of Ceramic YAG,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, L1025–L1027 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Bisson, J. -F.

Boggess, T.F.

A.L. Smirl, G.C. Valley, K.M. Bohnert, and T.F. Boggess, “Picosecond photorefractive and free-carrier transient energy transfer in GaAs at 1 µm,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 14, 289–303 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Bohnert, K.M.

A.L. Smirl, G.C. Valley, K.M. Bohnert, and T.F. Boggess, “Picosecond photorefractive and free-carrier transient energy transfer in GaAs at 1 µm,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 14, 289–303 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Chen, J.

Chen, Y. F.

Feng, Y.

J. F. Bisson, Y. Feng, A. Shirakawa, H. Yoneda, J. Lu, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and K. Ueda, “Laser Damage Threshold of Ceramic YAG,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, L1025–L1027 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Gaeta, A. L.

T. T. Kajava and A. L. Gaeta, “Intra-cavity frequency-doubling of Nd:YAG laser passively Q-switched with GaAs,” Opt. Commun. 137, 93–97 (1997).
[CrossRef]

T. T. Kajava and A. L. Gaeta, “Q switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with GaAs,” Opt. Lett. 21, 1244–1246 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

He, J.

P. Li, Q. Wang, X. Zhang, Y. Wang, S. Li, J. He, and X. Lu, “Analysis of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser passively Q switched with GaAs,” Opt. Laser Techno. 33, 383–387 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Honninger, C.

Huang, K. F.

Ichikawa, M.

T. Yanagitani, H. Yagi, and M. Ichikawa, Japanese Patent: 10-101333 (1998).

Ikesue, A.

A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, K. Kamata, and K. Yoshida, “Fabrication and optical properties of highperformance polycrystalline Nd:YAG ceramics for solid-state lasers,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 1033–1040 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Ippen, E. P.

E. R. Thoen, E. M. Koontz, M. Joschko, P. Langlois, T. R. Schibli, F. X. Kartner, E. P. Ippen, and L. A. Kolodziejski, “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3927–3299 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Joschko, M.

E. R. Thoen, E. M. Koontz, M. Joschko, P. Langlois, T. R. Schibli, F. X. Kartner, E. P. Ippen, and L. A. Kolodziejski, “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3927–3299 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kajava, T. T.

T. T. Kajava and A. L. Gaeta, “Intra-cavity frequency-doubling of Nd:YAG laser passively Q-switched with GaAs,” Opt. Commun. 137, 93–97 (1997).
[CrossRef]

T. T. Kajava and A. L. Gaeta, “Q switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with GaAs,” Opt. Lett. 21, 1244–1246 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kamata, K.

A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, K. Kamata, and K. Yoshida, “Fabrication and optical properties of highperformance polycrystalline Nd:YAG ceramics for solid-state lasers,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 1033–1040 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Kaminskii, A. A.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J. F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient continuous-wave operation at 1030 and 1075 nm wavelengths of LD-pumped Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 317–319 (2004).
[CrossRef]

A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. -F. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. S. Petrov, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 11, 2911–2916 (2003), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?id=77821
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, Y. Akiyama, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) nanocrystalline ceramics - A new generation of solid state laser and optical materials,” J. Alloys Comp. 340, 220–225 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kaminskii, A.A.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Kartner, F. X.

E. R. Thoen, E. M. Koontz, M. Joschko, P. Langlois, T. R. Schibli, F. X. Kartner, E. P. Ippen, and L. A. Kolodziejski, “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3927–3299 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Keller, U.

Kinoshita, T.

A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, K. Kamata, and K. Yoshida, “Fabrication and optical properties of highperformance polycrystalline Nd:YAG ceramics for solid-state lasers,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 1033–1040 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Kolodziejski, L. A.

E. R. Thoen, E. M. Koontz, M. Joschko, P. Langlois, T. R. Schibli, F. X. Kartner, E. P. Ippen, and L. A. Kolodziejski, “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3927–3299 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kong, J.

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Passively mode-locked Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with a GaAs-saturable absorber mirror,” Opt. Commun. 237, 165–168 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Diode-end-pumped 4.2-W CW Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Lett. 29, 1212–1214 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

D. Y. Shen, D. Y. Tang, and J. Kong, “Passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser with GaAs outpu coupler,” Opt. Commun. 211, 271–275 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Koontz, E. M.

E. R. Thoen, E. M. Koontz, M. Joschko, P. Langlois, T. R. Schibli, F. X. Kartner, E. P. Ippen, and L. A. Kolodziejski, “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3927–3299 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kudryashov, A.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Lan, Y. P.

Langlois, P.

E. R. Thoen, E. M. Koontz, M. Joschko, P. Langlois, T. R. Schibli, F. X. Kartner, E. P. Ippen, and L. A. Kolodziejski, “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3927–3299 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Li, P.

P. Li, Q. Wang, X. Zhang, Y. Wang, S. Li, J. He, and X. Lu, “Analysis of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser passively Q switched with GaAs,” Opt. Laser Techno. 33, 383–387 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Li, S.

P. Li, Q. Wang, X. Zhang, Y. Wang, S. Li, J. He, and X. Lu, “Analysis of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser passively Q switched with GaAs,” Opt. Laser Techno. 33, 383–387 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Lu, J.

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Diode-end-pumped 4.2-W CW Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Lett. 29, 1212–1214 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Passively mode-locked Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with a GaAs-saturable absorber mirror,” Opt. Commun. 237, 165–168 (2004).
[CrossRef]

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J. F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient continuous-wave operation at 1030 and 1075 nm wavelengths of LD-pumped Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 317–319 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

J. F. Bisson, Y. Feng, A. Shirakawa, H. Yoneda, J. Lu, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and K. Ueda, “Laser Damage Threshold of Ceramic YAG,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, L1025–L1027 (2003).
[CrossRef]

A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. -F. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. S. Petrov, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 11, 2911–2916 (2003), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?id=77821
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, Y. Akiyama, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) nanocrystalline ceramics - A new generation of solid state laser and optical materials,” J. Alloys Comp. 340, 220–225 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Lu, X.

P. Li, Q. Wang, X. Zhang, Y. Wang, S. Li, J. He, and X. Lu, “Analysis of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser passively Q switched with GaAs,” Opt. Laser Techno. 33, 383–387 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Meng, X. L.

Morier-Genoud, F.

Moser, M.

Murai, T.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Musha, M.

Ng, S. P.

Paschotta, R.

Petrov, T. S.

Prabhu, M.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Qin, L. J.

Schibli, T. R.

E. R. Thoen, E. M. Koontz, M. Joschko, P. Langlois, T. R. Schibli, F. X. Kartner, E. P. Ippen, and L. A. Kolodziejski, “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3927–3299 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Shen, D. Y.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

D. Y. Shen, D. Y. Tang, and J. Kong, “Passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser with GaAs outpu coupler,” Opt. Commun. 211, 271–275 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Shirakawa, A.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J. F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient continuous-wave operation at 1030 and 1075 nm wavelengths of LD-pumped Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 317–319 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. F. Bisson, Y. Feng, A. Shirakawa, H. Yoneda, J. Lu, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and K. Ueda, “Laser Damage Threshold of Ceramic YAG,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, L1025–L1027 (2003).
[CrossRef]

A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. -F. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. S. Petrov, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 11, 2911–2916 (2003), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?id=77821
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Smirl, A.L.

A.L. Smirl, G.C. Valley, K.M. Bohnert, and T.F. Boggess, “Picosecond photorefractive and free-carrier transient energy transfer in GaAs at 1 µm,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 14, 289–303 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Takaichi, K.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J. F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient continuous-wave operation at 1030 and 1075 nm wavelengths of LD-pumped Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 317–319 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. -F. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. S. Petrov, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 11, 2911–2916 (2003), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?id=77821
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Tang, D. Y.

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Passively mode-locked Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with a GaAs-saturable absorber mirror,” Opt. Commun. 237, 165–168 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Diode-end-pumped 4.2-W CW Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Lett. 29, 1212–1214 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Y. Tang, S. P. Ng, L. J. Qin, and X. L. Meng, “Deterministic chaos in a diode-pumped NdYAG laser passively Q switched by a Cr4+:YAG crystal,” Opt. Lett. 28, 325–327 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

D. Y. Shen, D. Y. Tang, and J. Kong, “Passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser with GaAs outpu coupler,” Opt. Commun. 211, 271–275 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Thoen, E. R.

E. R. Thoen, E. M. Koontz, M. Joschko, P. Langlois, T. R. Schibli, F. X. Kartner, E. P. Ippen, and L. A. Kolodziejski, “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3927–3299 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Tsai, S. W.

Ueda, K.

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Diode-end-pumped 4.2-W CW Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Lett. 29, 1212–1214 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Passively mode-locked Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with a GaAs-saturable absorber mirror,” Opt. Commun. 237, 165–168 (2004).
[CrossRef]

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J. F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient continuous-wave operation at 1030 and 1075 nm wavelengths of LD-pumped Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 317–319 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

J. F. Bisson, Y. Feng, A. Shirakawa, H. Yoneda, J. Lu, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and K. Ueda, “Laser Damage Threshold of Ceramic YAG,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, L1025–L1027 (2003).
[CrossRef]

A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. -F. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. S. Petrov, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 11, 2911–2916 (2003), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?id=77821
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, Y. Akiyama, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) nanocrystalline ceramics - A new generation of solid state laser and optical materials,” J. Alloys Comp. 340, 220–225 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Uematsu, T.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Valley, G.C.

A.L. Smirl, G.C. Valley, K.M. Bohnert, and T.F. Boggess, “Picosecond photorefractive and free-carrier transient energy transfer in GaAs at 1 µm,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 14, 289–303 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Wang, Q.

P. Li, Q. Wang, X. Zhang, Y. Wang, S. Li, J. He, and X. Lu, “Analysis of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser passively Q switched with GaAs,” Opt. Laser Techno. 33, 383–387 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Wang, S. C.

Wang, Y.

P. Li, Q. Wang, X. Zhang, Y. Wang, S. Li, J. He, and X. Lu, “Analysis of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser passively Q switched with GaAs,” Opt. Laser Techno. 33, 383–387 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Xu, J.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Yagi, H.

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Passively mode-locked Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with a GaAs-saturable absorber mirror,” Opt. Commun. 237, 165–168 (2004).
[CrossRef]

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J. F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient continuous-wave operation at 1030 and 1075 nm wavelengths of LD-pumped Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 317–319 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Diode-end-pumped 4.2-W CW Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Lett. 29, 1212–1214 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. -F. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. S. Petrov, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 11, 2911–2916 (2003), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?id=77821
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

J. F. Bisson, Y. Feng, A. Shirakawa, H. Yoneda, J. Lu, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and K. Ueda, “Laser Damage Threshold of Ceramic YAG,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, L1025–L1027 (2003).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, Y. Akiyama, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) nanocrystalline ceramics - A new generation of solid state laser and optical materials,” J. Alloys Comp. 340, 220–225 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. Yanagitani, H. Yagi, and M. Ichikawa, Japanese Patent: 10-101333 (1998).

Yanagitani, T.

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J. F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient continuous-wave operation at 1030 and 1075 nm wavelengths of LD-pumped Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 317–319 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Passively mode-locked Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with a GaAs-saturable absorber mirror,” Opt. Commun. 237, 165–168 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Diode-end-pumped 4.2-W CW Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Lett. 29, 1212–1214 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Shirakawa, K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. -F. Bisson, J. Lu, M. Musha, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, T. S. Petrov, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” Opt. Express 11, 2911–2916 (2003), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?id=77821
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

J. F. Bisson, Y. Feng, A. Shirakawa, H. Yoneda, J. Lu, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and K. Ueda, “Laser Damage Threshold of Ceramic YAG,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, L1025–L1027 (2003).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, Y. Akiyama, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) nanocrystalline ceramics - A new generation of solid state laser and optical materials,” J. Alloys Comp. 340, 220–225 (2002).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. Yanagitani, H. Yagi, and M. Ichikawa, Japanese Patent: 10-101333 (1998).

Yoneda, H.

J. F. Bisson, Y. Feng, A. Shirakawa, H. Yoneda, J. Lu, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and K. Ueda, “Laser Damage Threshold of Ceramic YAG,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, L1025–L1027 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Yoshida, K.

A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, K. Kamata, and K. Yoshida, “Fabrication and optical properties of highperformance polycrystalline Nd:YAG ceramics for solid-state lasers,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 1033–1040 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, X.

P. Li, Q. Wang, X. Zhang, Y. Wang, S. Li, J. He, and X. Lu, “Analysis of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser passively Q switched with GaAs,” Opt. Laser Techno. 33, 383–387 (2001).
[CrossRef]

App. Phy. Lett. (1)

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A.A. Kaminskii, “Diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser,” App. Phy. Lett. 82, 2556–2258 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

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E. R. Thoen, E. M. Koontz, M. Joschko, P. Langlois, T. R. Schibli, F. X. Kartner, E. P. Ippen, and L. A. Kolodziejski, “Two-photon absorption in semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3927–3299 (1999).
[CrossRef]

K. Takaichi, H. Yagi, J. Lu, J. F. Bisson, A. Shirakawa, K. Ueda, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Highly efficient continuous-wave operation at 1030 and 1075 nm wavelengths of LD-pumped Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 317–319 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, A. A. Kaminskii, and A. Kudryashov, “72 W Nd:Y3Al5O12 Ceramic Laser,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3586–3588 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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A.L. Smirl, G.C. Valley, K.M. Bohnert, and T.F. Boggess, “Picosecond photorefractive and free-carrier transient energy transfer in GaAs at 1 µm,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 14, 289–303 (1988).
[CrossRef]

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J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, Y. Akiyama, and A. A. Kaminskii, “Neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12) nanocrystalline ceramics - A new generation of solid state laser and optical materials,” J. Alloys Comp. 340, 220–225 (2002).
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A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, K. Kamata, and K. Yoshida, “Fabrication and optical properties of highperformance polycrystalline Nd:YAG ceramics for solid-state lasers,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 1033–1040 (1995).
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J. F. Bisson, Y. Feng, A. Shirakawa, H. Yoneda, J. Lu, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and K. Ueda, “Laser Damage Threshold of Ceramic YAG,” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 42, L1025–L1027 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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J. Kong, D. Y. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Passively mode-locked Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with a GaAs-saturable absorber mirror,” Opt. Commun. 237, 165–168 (2004).
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[CrossRef]

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Opt. Laser Techno. (1)

P. Li, Q. Wang, X. Zhang, Y. Wang, S. Li, J. He, and X. Lu, “Analysis of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser passively Q switched with GaAs,” Opt. Laser Techno. 33, 383–387 (2001).
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T. Yanagitani, H. Yagi, and M. Ichikawa, Japanese Patent: 10-101333 (1998).

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic of the laser setup.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Average output power versus incident pump power.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Pulse width versus incident pump power.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Oscilloscope trace of a typical single pulse profile.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Repetition rate versus incident pump power.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Pulse energy versus incident pump power.

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Oscilloscope trace of the Q-switched pulse train

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