Abstract

We report on the performance of an acousto-optically Q-switched Er:YVO4 laser resonantly pumped in the 4I15/2 → 4I13/2 transition. The laser output was π-polarized at 1603 nm. It operated with a 1-40 kHz pulse repetition rate (PRR) and delivered up to 1.15 W of average output power. A slope efficiency of 45% with respect to the absorbed pump power was demonstrated at the pulse repetition rates of 10 kHz and above. The best Q-switched operation with 470 μJ, 50 ns long pulses was achieved at the PRR of 1-2 kHz and pumping with a fiber-coupled laser diode. This Q-switched pulse energy is the highest reported for Er:YVO4 single crystal laser.

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2012 (1)

2011 (3)

2009 (1)

Y. H. Tsang and D. J. Binks, “Record performance from a Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Appl. Phys. B96(1), 11–17 (2009).
[CrossRef]

2008 (2)

Y. H. Tsang, C. J. Mercer, and D. J. Binks, “Record performancel from a passively Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Solid State Lasers And Amplifiers III, Proc. SPIE6998, 6998U (2008).
[CrossRef]

Y. H. Tsang, C. J. Mercer, and D. J. Binks, “A mechanically Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Solid State Lasers and Amplifiers III, Proc. of SPIE6998, 9981 (2008).

2007 (1)

N. A. Tolstik, A. E. Troshin, S. V. Kurilchik, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, V. N. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, “Spectroscopy, continues-wave and Q-switched diode-pumped laser operation of Er,Yb:YVO4 crystals,” Appl. Phys. B86(2), 275–278 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

Y. Sato and T. Taira, “Saturation factors of pump absorption in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.40(3), 270–280 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Binks, D. J.

Y. H. Tsang and D. J. Binks, “Record performance from a Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Appl. Phys. B96(1), 11–17 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Y. H. Tsang, C. J. Mercer, and D. J. Binks, “Record performancel from a passively Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Solid State Lasers And Amplifiers III, Proc. SPIE6998, 6998U (2008).
[CrossRef]

Y. H. Tsang, C. J. Mercer, and D. J. Binks, “A mechanically Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Solid State Lasers and Amplifiers III, Proc. of SPIE6998, 9981 (2008).

Brandt, C.

Dubinskii, M.

Fromzel, V.

Huber, G.

Kisel, V. E.

N. A. Tolstik, A. E. Troshin, S. V. Kurilchik, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, V. N. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, “Spectroscopy, continues-wave and Q-switched diode-pumped laser operation of Er,Yb:YVO4 crystals,” Appl. Phys. B86(2), 275–278 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kuleshov, N. V.

N. A. Tolstik, A. E. Troshin, S. V. Kurilchik, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, V. N. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, “Spectroscopy, continues-wave and Q-switched diode-pumped laser operation of Er,Yb:YVO4 crystals,” Appl. Phys. B86(2), 275–278 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kupchenko, M. I.

N. A. Tolstik, A. E. Troshin, S. V. Kurilchik, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, V. N. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, “Spectroscopy, continues-wave and Q-switched diode-pumped laser operation of Er,Yb:YVO4 crystals,” Appl. Phys. B86(2), 275–278 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kurilchik, S. V.

N. A. Tolstik, A. E. Troshin, S. V. Kurilchik, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, V. N. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, “Spectroscopy, continues-wave and Q-switched diode-pumped laser operation of Er,Yb:YVO4 crystals,” Appl. Phys. B86(2), 275–278 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Lukasiewicz, T.

Matrosov, V.

Matrosov, V. N.

N. A. Tolstik, A. E. Troshin, S. V. Kurilchik, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, V. N. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, “Spectroscopy, continues-wave and Q-switched diode-pumped laser operation of Er,Yb:YVO4 crystals,” Appl. Phys. B86(2), 275–278 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Matrosova, V. N.

N. A. Tolstik, A. E. Troshin, S. V. Kurilchik, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, V. N. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, “Spectroscopy, continues-wave and Q-switched diode-pumped laser operation of Er,Yb:YVO4 crystals,” Appl. Phys. B86(2), 275–278 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Mercer, C. J.

Y. H. Tsang, C. J. Mercer, and D. J. Binks, “Record performancel from a passively Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Solid State Lasers And Amplifiers III, Proc. SPIE6998, 6998U (2008).
[CrossRef]

Y. H. Tsang, C. J. Mercer, and D. J. Binks, “A mechanically Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Solid State Lasers and Amplifiers III, Proc. of SPIE6998, 9981 (2008).

Petermann, K.

Ryba-Romanowski, W.

Sato, Y.

Y. Sato and T. Taira, “Saturation factors of pump absorption in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.40(3), 270–280 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Taira, T.

Y. Sato and T. Taira, “Saturation factors of pump absorption in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.40(3), 270–280 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Ter-Gabrielyan, N.

Tolstik, N. A.

N. A. Tolstik, A. E. Troshin, S. V. Kurilchik, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, V. N. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, “Spectroscopy, continues-wave and Q-switched diode-pumped laser operation of Er,Yb:YVO4 crystals,” Appl. Phys. B86(2), 275–278 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Troshin, A. E.

N. A. Tolstik, A. E. Troshin, S. V. Kurilchik, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, V. N. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, “Spectroscopy, continues-wave and Q-switched diode-pumped laser operation of Er,Yb:YVO4 crystals,” Appl. Phys. B86(2), 275–278 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Tsang, Y. H.

Y. H. Tsang and D. J. Binks, “Record performance from a Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Appl. Phys. B96(1), 11–17 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Y. H. Tsang, C. J. Mercer, and D. J. Binks, “Record performancel from a passively Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Solid State Lasers And Amplifiers III, Proc. SPIE6998, 6998U (2008).
[CrossRef]

Y. H. Tsang, C. J. Mercer, and D. J. Binks, “A mechanically Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Solid State Lasers and Amplifiers III, Proc. of SPIE6998, 9981 (2008).

Appl. Phys. B (2)

N. A. Tolstik, A. E. Troshin, S. V. Kurilchik, V. E. Kisel, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov, V. N. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko, “Spectroscopy, continues-wave and Q-switched diode-pumped laser operation of Er,Yb:YVO4 crystals,” Appl. Phys. B86(2), 275–278 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Y. H. Tsang and D. J. Binks, “Record performance from a Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Appl. Phys. B96(1), 11–17 (2009).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

Y. Sato and T. Taira, “Saturation factors of pump absorption in solid-state lasers,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron.40(3), 270–280 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Laser Phys. Lett. (1)

N. Ter-Gabrielyan, V. Fromzel, T. Lukasiewicz, W. Ryba-Romanowski, and M. Dubinskii, “High power resonantly diode-pumped σ-polarization Er3+:YVO4 laser at 1593.5 nm,” Laser Phys. Lett.8(7), 529–534 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Opt. Mater. Express (1)

Solid State Lasers and Amplifiers III, Proc. of SPIE (1)

Y. H. Tsang, C. J. Mercer, and D. J. Binks, “A mechanically Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Solid State Lasers and Amplifiers III, Proc. of SPIE6998, 9981 (2008).

Solid State Lasers And Amplifiers III, Proc. SPIE (1)

Y. H. Tsang, C. J. Mercer, and D. J. Binks, “Record performancel from a passively Q-switched Yb:Er:YVO4 laser,” Solid State Lasers And Amplifiers III, Proc. SPIE6998, 6998U (2008).
[CrossRef]

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