Abstract

Passively Q-switched Yb3+:NaY(WO4)2 lasers have been demonstrated using a GaAs saturable absorber. Under continuous wave pump mode, significant pulse shortening effects have been observed at high pump powers. At a pump power of 12 W, stable Q-switched output has been obtained with a pulse duration of 5 ns, pulse repetition rate of 83 kHz and a pulse to pulse timing jitter of less than 2%. With pulsed pump mode, much longer pulse duration and reduced pulse stability have been observed. It is proposed that the heating of GaAs may play an important role in the Q-switched operations under CW pump conditions.

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G. Q. Xie, D. Y. Tang, H. J. Zhang, J. Y. Wang, and L. J. Qian, “Efficient operation of a diode-pumped Yb:NaY(WO(4))(2) laser,” Opt. Express 16(3), 1686–1691 (2008), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-3-1686 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Qin, D. Tang, G. Xie, H. Luo, C. Dong, Z. Jia, and X. Tao, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GGG crystal with GaAs saturable Absorber,” Laser Phys. 18(6), 719–721 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2007 (3)

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Liu, H. Zhang, J. Wang, and V. Petrov, “Continuous-wave and Q-switched laser operation of Yb:NaY(WO(4))(2) crystal,” Opt. Express 15(20), 12900–12904 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OE-15-20-12900 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Xie, D. Tang, J. Kong, and L. Qian, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:YAG ceramic laser with GaAs saturable absorber,” J. Opt. A, Pure Appl. Opt. 9(7), 621–625 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2004 (2)

2002 (1)

D. Shen, D. Tang, and J. Kong, “Passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser with a GaAs output coupler,” Opt. Commun. 211(1-6), 271–275 (2002).
[CrossRef]

1997 (1)

1996 (1)

1993 (1)

1990 (1)

1979 (1)

C. R. Pidgeon, B. S. Wherrett, A. M. Johnston, J. Dempsey, and A. Miller, “Two photon absorption in zinc-blende semiconductors,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 42(26), 1785–1788 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Asthana, R.

Bai, Y.

Birnbaum, M.

Cano-Torres, J. M.

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Cascales, C.

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Chen, W.

Dempsey, J.

C. R. Pidgeon, B. S. Wherrett, A. M. Johnston, J. Dempsey, and A. Miller, “Two photon absorption in zinc-blende semiconductors,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 42(26), 1785–1788 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Deng, P.

Dong, C.

L. Qin, D. Tang, G. Xie, H. Luo, C. Dong, Z. Jia, and X. Tao, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GGG crystal with GaAs saturable Absorber,” Laser Phys. 18(6), 719–721 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Fedosejevs, R.

Gaeta, A. L.

García-Cortés, A.

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Garmire, E.

Griebner, U.

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Huang, D.

Huang, W.

Jia, Z.

L. Qin, D. Tang, G. Xie, H. Luo, C. Dong, Z. Jia, and X. Tao, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GGG crystal with GaAs saturable Absorber,” Laser Phys. 18(6), 719–721 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Johnston, A. M.

C. R. Pidgeon, B. S. Wherrett, A. M. Johnston, J. Dempsey, and A. Miller, “Two photon absorption in zinc-blende semiconductors,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 42(26), 1785–1788 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Kajava, T. T.

Kong, J.

G. Xie, D. Tang, J. Kong, and L. Qian, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:YAG ceramic laser with GaAs saturable absorber,” J. Opt. A, Pure Appl. Opt. 9(7), 621–625 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, D. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Passively Q-switched Yb:Y(2)O(3 )ceramic laser with a GaAs output coupler,” Opt. Express 12(15), 3560–3566 (2004), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-12-15-3560 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Shen, D. Tang, and J. Kong, “Passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser with a GaAs output coupler,” Opt. Commun. 211(1-6), 271–275 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Li, J.

Li, S.

Li, Z.

Lim, G.

Liu, J.

Lu, J.

Luo, H.

L. Qin, D. Tang, G. Xie, H. Luo, C. Dong, Z. Jia, and X. Tao, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GGG crystal with GaAs saturable Absorber,” Laser Phys. 18(6), 719–721 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Mateos, X.

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Miller, A.

C. R. Pidgeon, B. S. Wherrett, A. M. Johnston, J. Dempsey, and A. Miller, “Two photon absorption in zinc-blende semiconductors,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 42(26), 1785–1788 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Moore, N.

Morris, J. A.

Pan, L.

Petrov, V.

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Liu, H. Zhang, J. Wang, and V. Petrov, “Continuous-wave and Q-switched laser operation of Yb:NaY(WO(4))(2) crystal,” Opt. Express 15(20), 12900–12904 (2007), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OE-15-20-12900 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Pidgeon, C. R.

C. R. Pidgeon, B. S. Wherrett, A. M. Johnston, J. Dempsey, and A. Miller, “Two photon absorption in zinc-blende semiconductors,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 42(26), 1785–1788 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Pollock, C. R.

Qian, L.

G. Xie, D. Tang, J. Kong, and L. Qian, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:YAG ceramic laser with GaAs saturable absorber,” J. Opt. A, Pure Appl. Opt. 9(7), 621–625 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Qian, L. J.

Qin, L.

L. Qin, D. Tang, G. Xie, H. Luo, C. Dong, Z. Jia, and X. Tao, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GGG crystal with GaAs saturable Absorber,” Laser Phys. 18(6), 719–721 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Rivier, S.

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Serrano, M. D.

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Shen, D.

D. Shen, D. Tang, and J. Kong, “Passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser with a GaAs output coupler,” Opt. Commun. 211(1-6), 271–275 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Tang, D.

L. Qin, D. Tang, G. Xie, H. Luo, C. Dong, Z. Jia, and X. Tao, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GGG crystal with GaAs saturable Absorber,” Laser Phys. 18(6), 719–721 (2008).
[CrossRef]

G. Xie, D. Tang, J. Kong, and L. Qian, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:YAG ceramic laser with GaAs saturable absorber,” J. Opt. A, Pure Appl. Opt. 9(7), 621–625 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Kong, D. Tang, J. Lu, K. Ueda, H. Yagi, and T. Yanagitani, “Passively Q-switched Yb:Y(2)O(3 )ceramic laser with a GaAs output coupler,” Opt. Express 12(15), 3560–3566 (2004), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-12-15-3560 .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Shen, D. Tang, and J. Kong, “Passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser with a GaAs output coupler,” Opt. Commun. 211(1-6), 271–275 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Tang, D. Y.

Tao, X.

L. Qin, D. Tang, G. Xie, H. Luo, C. Dong, Z. Jia, and X. Tao, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GGG crystal with GaAs saturable Absorber,” Laser Phys. 18(6), 719–721 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Tsou, Y.

Ueda, K.

Utkin, I.

Wang, J.

Wang, J. Y.

Wherrett, B. S.

C. R. Pidgeon, B. S. Wherrett, A. M. Johnston, J. Dempsey, and A. Miller, “Two photon absorption in zinc-blende semiconductors,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 42(26), 1785–1788 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Wu, N.

Xie, G.

L. Qin, D. Tang, G. Xie, H. Luo, C. Dong, Z. Jia, and X. Tao, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GGG crystal with GaAs saturable Absorber,” Laser Phys. 18(6), 719–721 (2008).
[CrossRef]

G. Xie, D. Tang, J. Kong, and L. Qian, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:YAG ceramic laser with GaAs saturable absorber,” J. Opt. A, Pure Appl. Opt. 9(7), 621–625 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Xie, G. Q.

Xiong, Z.

Xu, J.

Yagi, H.

Yanagitani, T.

Zaldo, C.

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, H.

Zhang, H. J.

Zhang, J.

Appl. Opt. (2)

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

A. García-Cortés, J. M. Cano-Torres, M. D. Serrano, C. Cascales, C. Zaldo, S. Rivier, X. Mateos, U. Griebner, and V. Petrov, “Spectroscopy and lasing of Yb-Doped NaY(WO4)2: tunable and femtosecond mode-locked laser operation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 43(9), 758–764 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. A, Pure Appl. Opt. (1)

G. Xie, D. Tang, J. Kong, and L. Qian, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:YAG ceramic laser with GaAs saturable absorber,” J. Opt. A, Pure Appl. Opt. 9(7), 621–625 (2007).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Laser Phys. (1)

L. Qin, D. Tang, G. Xie, H. Luo, C. Dong, Z. Jia, and X. Tao, “Diode-pumped passively Q-switched Nd:GGG crystal with GaAs saturable Absorber,” Laser Phys. 18(6), 719–721 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

D. Shen, D. Tang, and J. Kong, “Passively Q-switched Yb:YAG laser with a GaAs output coupler,” Opt. Commun. 211(1-6), 271–275 (2002).
[CrossRef]

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Opt. Lett. (3)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

C. R. Pidgeon, B. S. Wherrett, A. M. Johnston, J. Dempsey, and A. Miller, “Two photon absorption in zinc-blende semiconductors,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 42(26), 1785–1788 (1979).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental Setup: LD, pump diode laser at 976 nm; M1, dichroic mirror; M2, output coupler.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) CW output power and (b) Q-switched average output power versus absorbed pump power.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Pulse repetition rate and pulse width and (b) pulse energy and peak power versus absorbed pump power.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Trace of the Q-switched pulse train and (b) pulse shape at the maximum absorbed pump power of 12 W.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

(a) Trace of the Q-switched pulse train and (b) typical pulse shape at an absorbed pump power of 4.7 W.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

(a) Trace of the Q-switched pulse train under pulsed pump conditions with an absorbed peak pump power of 5.6 W; (b) Trace of the Q-switched pulse train during one duty cycle with an absorbed peak pump power of 12 W; (c) Typical pulse shape under pulsed pump conditions with an absorbed peak pump power of 12 W.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Output with pulsed pumping and no GaAs saturable absorber in the cavity for a peak absorbed pump power of 4 W: (a) the output pulse train (below) accompanied with pulsed pump train (above) and (b) the single pulse shape.

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