Abstract

We demonstrate a new type of four-pass dye laser amplifier that can reduce the possibility of parasitic oscillation between optical components used in the amplifier. Pumping the amplifier with a 5.6-mJ Q-switched doubled Nd:YAG laser output, we obtain high-peak-power pulsed output of an incident cw narrow-bandwidth dye laser beam with a power gain greater than 2 × 106. Subsequent amplification of the pulse with a conventional dye amplifier yields 42% energy efficiency. When a temporally stretched pumping pulse is used, the eventual bandwidth of the final output is measured to be 130 MHz.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of two kinds of four-pass amplifier: (a) Andreyev and Matveyev,10 (b) this Letter. P1–P5, polarizers; FR1–FR3, Faraday rotators; PR1–PR3, polarization rotators; M1–M6, mirrors; GM1, GM2, gain media.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spectra of the output from a four-pass amplifier (a) with and (b) without the cw laser beam.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Bandwidth measurement of the output laser beam. The free-spectral range of the étalon used is 3 GHz, and the finesse is 125.

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