Abstract

An electro-optic (EO) deflector was used for Q-switching of a laser cavity with a Nd-doped yttrium vanadate (Nd:YVO4), enabling a short pulse width and a high peak power to be achieved at a high repetition rate of over 1 MHz. The EO deflector has a low optical loss during Q-switching without polarizers and can be used to form a short laser cavity. A repetition rate of 1.4 MHz with a pulse width of 39 ns was achieved. An output power of 2.7 W was obtained at a pump power of 6.5 W.

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2008 (1)

R. Horiuchi, K. Saiki, K. Adachi, K. Tei, and S. Yamaguchi, "High-Peak-Power Second-Harmonic Generation of Single-Stage Yb-Doped Fiber Amplifiers," Opt. Rev. 15, 136-139 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2007 (1)

F. He, L. Huang, M. Gong, Q. Liu, and X. Yan, "Stable acousto-optics Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser at 500 kHz," Laser Phys. Lett. 4, 511-514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006 (1)

1998 (2)

G. J. Friel, R. S. Conroy, A. J. Kemp, B. D. Sinclair, and J. M. Ley, "Q-switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser using a quadrupole electro-optic deflector," Appl. Phys. B 67, 267-270 (1998).
[CrossRef]

R. S. Conroy, C. F. Rae, G. J. Friel, M. H. Dunn, and B. D. Sinclair "Compact low-threshold Q-switched intracavity optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Lett. 23, 1348-1350 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

1992 (1)

A. I. Zagumennyi, V. G. Ostroumov, I. A. Shcherbakov, T. Jensen, H. P. Meyen, and G. Huber, "The Nd:GdVO4 crystal: a new material for diode-pumped lasers," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 22, 1071-1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Adachi, K.

R. Horiuchi, K. Saiki, K. Adachi, K. Tei, and S. Yamaguchi, "High-Peak-Power Second-Harmonic Generation of Single-Stage Yb-Doped Fiber Amplifiers," Opt. Rev. 15, 136-139 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Conroy, R. S.

G. J. Friel, R. S. Conroy, A. J. Kemp, B. D. Sinclair, and J. M. Ley, "Q-switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser using a quadrupole electro-optic deflector," Appl. Phys. B 67, 267-270 (1998).
[CrossRef]

R. S. Conroy, C. F. Rae, G. J. Friel, M. H. Dunn, and B. D. Sinclair "Compact low-threshold Q-switched intracavity optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Lett. 23, 1348-1350 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Dill, C.

Dunn, M. H.

Friel, G. J.

R. S. Conroy, C. F. Rae, G. J. Friel, M. H. Dunn, and B. D. Sinclair "Compact low-threshold Q-switched intracavity optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Lett. 23, 1348-1350 (1998).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Friel, R. S. Conroy, A. J. Kemp, B. D. Sinclair, and J. M. Ley, "Q-switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser using a quadrupole electro-optic deflector," Appl. Phys. B 67, 267-270 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Gong, M.

F. He, L. Huang, M. Gong, Q. Liu, and X. Yan, "Stable acousto-optics Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser at 500 kHz," Laser Phys. Lett. 4, 511-514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

He, F.

F. He, L. Huang, M. Gong, Q. Liu, and X. Yan, "Stable acousto-optics Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser at 500 kHz," Laser Phys. Lett. 4, 511-514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Horiuchi, R.

R. Horiuchi, K. Saiki, K. Adachi, K. Tei, and S. Yamaguchi, "High-Peak-Power Second-Harmonic Generation of Single-Stage Yb-Doped Fiber Amplifiers," Opt. Rev. 15, 136-139 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Huang, L.

F. He, L. Huang, M. Gong, Q. Liu, and X. Yan, "Stable acousto-optics Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser at 500 kHz," Laser Phys. Lett. 4, 511-514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Huber, G.

A. I. Zagumennyi, V. G. Ostroumov, I. A. Shcherbakov, T. Jensen, H. P. Meyen, and G. Huber, "The Nd:GdVO4 crystal: a new material for diode-pumped lasers," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 22, 1071-1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Jensen, T.

A. I. Zagumennyi, V. G. Ostroumov, I. A. Shcherbakov, T. Jensen, H. P. Meyen, and G. Huber, "The Nd:GdVO4 crystal: a new material for diode-pumped lasers," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 22, 1071-1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Kemp, A. J.

G. J. Friel, R. S. Conroy, A. J. Kemp, B. D. Sinclair, and J. M. Ley, "Q-switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser using a quadrupole electro-optic deflector," Appl. Phys. B 67, 267-270 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Ley, J. M.

G. J. Friel, R. S. Conroy, A. J. Kemp, B. D. Sinclair, and J. M. Ley, "Q-switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser using a quadrupole electro-optic deflector," Appl. Phys. B 67, 267-270 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Liu, Q.

F. He, L. Huang, M. Gong, Q. Liu, and X. Yan, "Stable acousto-optics Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser at 500 kHz," Laser Phys. Lett. 4, 511-514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Meyen, H. P.

A. I. Zagumennyi, V. G. Ostroumov, I. A. Shcherbakov, T. Jensen, H. P. Meyen, and G. Huber, "The Nd:GdVO4 crystal: a new material for diode-pumped lasers," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 22, 1071-1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Ostroumov, V. G.

A. I. Zagumennyi, V. G. Ostroumov, I. A. Shcherbakov, T. Jensen, H. P. Meyen, and G. Huber, "The Nd:GdVO4 crystal: a new material for diode-pumped lasers," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 22, 1071-1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Rae, C. F.

Saiki, K.

R. Horiuchi, K. Saiki, K. Adachi, K. Tei, and S. Yamaguchi, "High-Peak-Power Second-Harmonic Generation of Single-Stage Yb-Doped Fiber Amplifiers," Opt. Rev. 15, 136-139 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Sato, Y.

Shcherbakov, I. A.

A. I. Zagumennyi, V. G. Ostroumov, I. A. Shcherbakov, T. Jensen, H. P. Meyen, and G. Huber, "The Nd:GdVO4 crystal: a new material for diode-pumped lasers," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 22, 1071-1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Sinclair, B. D.

G. J. Friel, R. S. Conroy, A. J. Kemp, B. D. Sinclair, and J. M. Ley, "Q-switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser using a quadrupole electro-optic deflector," Appl. Phys. B 67, 267-270 (1998).
[CrossRef]

R. S. Conroy, C. F. Rae, G. J. Friel, M. H. Dunn, and B. D. Sinclair "Compact low-threshold Q-switched intracavity optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Lett. 23, 1348-1350 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Taira, T.

Tei, K.

R. Horiuchi, K. Saiki, K. Adachi, K. Tei, and S. Yamaguchi, "High-Peak-Power Second-Harmonic Generation of Single-Stage Yb-Doped Fiber Amplifiers," Opt. Rev. 15, 136-139 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Yamaguchi, S.

R. Horiuchi, K. Saiki, K. Adachi, K. Tei, and S. Yamaguchi, "High-Peak-Power Second-Harmonic Generation of Single-Stage Yb-Doped Fiber Amplifiers," Opt. Rev. 15, 136-139 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Yan, X.

F. He, L. Huang, M. Gong, Q. Liu, and X. Yan, "Stable acousto-optics Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser at 500 kHz," Laser Phys. Lett. 4, 511-514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Zagumennyi, A. I.

A. I. Zagumennyi, V. G. Ostroumov, I. A. Shcherbakov, T. Jensen, H. P. Meyen, and G. Huber, "The Nd:GdVO4 crystal: a new material for diode-pumped lasers," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 22, 1071-1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Zayhowski, J. J.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

G. J. Friel, R. S. Conroy, A. J. Kemp, B. D. Sinclair, and J. M. Ley, "Q-switching of a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser using a quadrupole electro-optic deflector," Appl. Phys. B 67, 267-270 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Laser Phys. Lett. (1)

F. He, L. Huang, M. Gong, Q. Liu, and X. Yan, "Stable acousto-optics Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser at 500 kHz," Laser Phys. Lett. 4, 511-514 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Opt. Rev. (1)

R. Horiuchi, K. Saiki, K. Adachi, K. Tei, and S. Yamaguchi, "High-Peak-Power Second-Harmonic Generation of Single-Stage Yb-Doped Fiber Amplifiers," Opt. Rev. 15, 136-139 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Sov. J. Quantum Electron. (1)

A. I. Zagumennyi, V. G. Ostroumov, I. A. Shcherbakov, T. Jensen, H. P. Meyen, and G. Huber, "The Nd:GdVO4 crystal: a new material for diode-pumped lasers," Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 22, 1071-1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Other (3)

T. Ogawa, Y. Urata, M. Higuchi, J. Morikawa, T. Hashimoto, T. Omatsu, and S. Wada, "Recent Development of Vanadate Lasers," in Technical Digest of ILLA�??2006 & LTL�??2006, (Institute on Laser and Information Technologies RAS, Moscow, 2006), pp. 159.

T. Omatsu, "High repetition rate Q-switching performance in transversely diode-pumped Nd doped mixed gadolinium yttrium vanadate bounce laser," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2006, Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2006), paper CThN5.

R. Horiuchi, K. Saiki, K. Adachi, K. Tei, S. Yamaguchi, M. Yoshida, and K. Tanaka, "10 W Green Output by Second Harmonic Generation of a Hybrid Bulk-Fiber MOPA System," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2008, Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2008), paper CTuQ5.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic diagram of the pulse oscillation mode.

Fig. 2.
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CW oscillation performance of the three Nd:YVO4 crystals.

Fig. 3.
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Results of the pulse waveform of crystal 3 at repetition rates from 100 kHz to 1.4 MHz.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Pulse-to-pulse instability of the crystal 3.

Tables (3)

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Table 1. Details of Three Crystals

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Table 2. Results of Pulse Oscillation Tests for Crystal 3

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Table 3. Population Inversion Build-up Time and Pulse Build-up Time

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