Abstract

High power operation of high repetition Q-switched ceramic Nd:YAG laser is demonstrated using a master-oscillator power amplifier with transversely-pumped bounce geometry. The laser system produced >40W high spatial quality output (M 2 < 1.3) at a pulse repetition frequency of >100kHz. Pulse width of 35–80ns was achieved in pulse repetition frequency range of 10–150kHz.

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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
  4. A. Minassian, B. A. Thompson, G. R. Smith, and M. J. Damzen, "104W diode-pumped TEM00 Nd:GdVO4 master-oscillator power-amplifier," in Advanced Solid State Photonics Technical Digest (Optical Society of America) paper MF46,Vienna, Austria (2005)
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, and K. Kamata, "Fabrication of polycrystalline, transparent YAG ceramics by a solid-state reaction method," J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 225-228 (1995).
    [CrossRef]
  7. J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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2006

2005

T. Omatsu, T. Isogami, A. Minassian, and M. J. Damzen, ">100 kHz Q-switched operation in transversely diode-pumped ceramic Nd3+:YAG laser in bounce geometry," Opt. Comm. 249, 531-537 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Y. Ojima, K. Nawata, and T. Omatsu, "Over 10-watt pico-second diffraction-limited output from a Nd:YVO4 slab amplifier with a phase conjugate mirror," Opt. Express,  13, 8993-8998 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2003

J. H. Garcýa-Lopeza, V. Aboitesa, A. V. Kiryanova, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, "High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser," Opt. Comm. 218155-160 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2001

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Highly efficient 2% Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet ceramic laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3707-3709 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1998

E. Lebiush, R. Lavi, Y. Tzuk, S. Jackel, R. Lallouz, and S. Tsadka, Opt. Commun.,  145,119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1995

A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, and K. Kamata, "Fabrication of polycrystalline, transparent YAG ceramics by a solid-state reaction method," J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 225-228 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1994

1993

Aboitesa, V.

J. H. Garcýa-Lopeza, V. Aboitesa, A. V. Kiryanova, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, "High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser," Opt. Comm. 218155-160 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Alcock, A. J.

Bernard, J. E.

Damzen, M. J.

T. Omatsu, M. Okida, A. Minassian, and M. J. Damzen, "High repetition rate Q-switching performance in transversely diode-pumped Nd doped mixed gadolinium yttrium vanadate bounce laser," Opt. Express 142727-2734 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Omatsu, T. Isogami, A. Minassian, and M. J. Damzen, ">100 kHz Q-switched operation in transversely diode-pumped ceramic Nd3+:YAG laser in bounce geometry," Opt. Comm. 249, 531-537 (2005).
[CrossRef]

J. H. Garcýa-Lopeza, V. Aboitesa, A. V. Kiryanova, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, "High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser," Opt. Comm. 218155-160 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Garcýa-Lopeza, J. H.

J. H. Garcýa-Lopeza, V. Aboitesa, A. V. Kiryanova, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, "High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser," Opt. Comm. 218155-160 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Ikesue, A.

A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, and K. Kamata, "Fabrication of polycrystalline, transparent YAG ceramics by a solid-state reaction method," J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 225-228 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Isogami, T.

T. Omatsu, T. Isogami, A. Minassian, and M. J. Damzen, ">100 kHz Q-switched operation in transversely diode-pumped ceramic Nd3+:YAG laser in bounce geometry," Opt. Comm. 249, 531-537 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Jackel, S.

E. Lebiush, R. Lavi, Y. Tzuk, S. Jackel, R. Lallouz, and S. Tsadka, Opt. Commun.,  145,119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Kamata, K.

A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, and K. Kamata, "Fabrication of polycrystalline, transparent YAG ceramics by a solid-state reaction method," J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 225-228 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Kaminskii, A. A.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Highly efficient 2% Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet ceramic laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3707-3709 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kinoshita, T.

A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, and K. Kamata, "Fabrication of polycrystalline, transparent YAG ceramics by a solid-state reaction method," J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 225-228 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Kiryanova, A. V.

J. H. Garcýa-Lopeza, V. Aboitesa, A. V. Kiryanova, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, "High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser," Opt. Comm. 218155-160 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Kudryashov, A.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Lallouz, R.

E. Lebiush, R. Lavi, Y. Tzuk, S. Jackel, R. Lallouz, and S. Tsadka, Opt. Commun.,  145,119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Lavi, R.

E. Lebiush, R. Lavi, Y. Tzuk, S. Jackel, R. Lallouz, and S. Tsadka, Opt. Commun.,  145,119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Lebiush, E.

E. Lebiush, R. Lavi, Y. Tzuk, S. Jackel, R. Lallouz, and S. Tsadka, Opt. Commun.,  145,119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Li, C.

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Lu, J.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Highly efficient 2% Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet ceramic laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3707-3709 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Minassian, A.

T. Omatsu, M. Okida, A. Minassian, and M. J. Damzen, "High repetition rate Q-switching performance in transversely diode-pumped Nd doped mixed gadolinium yttrium vanadate bounce laser," Opt. Express 142727-2734 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Omatsu, T. Isogami, A. Minassian, and M. J. Damzen, ">100 kHz Q-switched operation in transversely diode-pumped ceramic Nd3+:YAG laser in bounce geometry," Opt. Comm. 249, 531-537 (2005).
[CrossRef]

J. H. Garcýa-Lopeza, V. Aboitesa, A. V. Kiryanova, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, "High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser," Opt. Comm. 218155-160 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Misawa, K.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Murai, T.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Nawata, K.

Ojima, Y.

Okida, M.

Omatsu, T.

Prabhu, M.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Highly efficient 2% Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet ceramic laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3707-3709 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Song, J.

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Takaichi, K.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Tsadka, S.

E. Lebiush, R. Lavi, Y. Tzuk, S. Jackel, R. Lallouz, and S. Tsadka, Opt. Commun.,  145,119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Tzuk, Y.

E. Lebiush, R. Lavi, Y. Tzuk, S. Jackel, R. Lallouz, and S. Tsadka, Opt. Commun.,  145,119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Ueda, K.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Highly efficient 2% Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet ceramic laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3707-3709 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Uematsu, T.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Xu, J.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Highly efficient 2% Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet ceramic laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3707-3709 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Yagi, H.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Highly efficient 2% Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet ceramic laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3707-3709 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Yanagitani, T.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Highly efficient 2% Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet ceramic laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3707-3709 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Song, C. Li, J. Xu, K. Ueda, A. A. Kaminskii, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, "Optical properties and highly efficient laser oscillation of Nd:YAG ceramics," Appl. Phys. B 71, 469-473 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett.

J. Lu, T. Murai, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Misawa, 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 (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lu, M. Prabhu, J. Xu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, "Highly efficient 2% Nd:yttrium aluminum garnet ceramic laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3707-3709 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Am. Ceram. Soc.

A. Ikesue, T. Kinoshita, and K. Kamata, "Fabrication of polycrystalline, transparent YAG ceramics by a solid-state reaction method," J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 78, 225-228 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Comm.

T. Omatsu, T. Isogami, A. Minassian, and M. J. Damzen, ">100 kHz Q-switched operation in transversely diode-pumped ceramic Nd3+:YAG laser in bounce geometry," Opt. Comm. 249, 531-537 (2005).
[CrossRef]

J. H. Garcýa-Lopeza, V. Aboitesa, A. V. Kiryanova, M. J. Damzen, and A. Minassian, "High repetition rate Q-switching of high power Nd:YVO4 slab laser," Opt. Comm. 218155-160 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun.

E. Lebiush, R. Lavi, Y. Tzuk, S. Jackel, R. Lallouz, and S. Tsadka, Opt. Commun.,  145,119 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

Other

A. Minassian, B. A. Thompson, G. R. Smith, and M. J. Damzen, "104W diode-pumped TEM00 Nd:GdVO4 master-oscillator power-amplifier," in Advanced Solid State Photonics Technical Digest (Optical Society of America) paper MF46,Vienna, Austria (2005)

Baikowskii web site, http://baikowski.com/fr/technical_markets/tm_ceramicYAG.shtml

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Experimental Nd-doped ceramic YAG laser with bounce amplifier geometry, showing (a) CW multi-mode laser cavity, and (b) Asymmetric cavity for high beam quality Q-switched output.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

CW output power as a function of pump diode power for various output coupler reflectivities. Red solid squares show experimental output power from the long asymmetric cavity.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

(a). Experimental average output power and (b) pulse width versus pulse repetition frequency. (c) A snap shot of temporal evolution of the Q-switched pulse at the PRF of 100kHz.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Experimental setup for the Nd:YAG ceramic MOPA.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Experimental average output powers from the MOPA system at various pump levels.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Average output power from the MOPA as a function of pulse repetition frequency.

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Spatial form of the Q-switched output from the MOPA system.

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