Abstract

The design and performance of a diode-pumped Nd3+:YLF laser oscillator is described. A simple transverse-pump geometry in which a lensing duct efficiently couples the two-dimensional diode-pump array radiation to the YLF rod is employed. Using a color-center LiF crystal as a passive Q switch, we have produced burst-mode pulse trains that have a total energy of 115 mJ at a 30-Hz pulse-repetition frequency. The Q-switched pulse-train energy is 71% of the optimized free-lasing pulse energy, which is 163 mJ. Using an unstable cavity with a graded-reflectivity output coupler, we have generated Q-switched pulses that have 12-ns duration and near-diffraction-limited spatial profiles.

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    [Crossref] [PubMed]
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    [Crossref]
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    [Crossref]
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    [Crossref]
  11. The super-Gaussian graded-reflectivity optics were fabricated to our specifications by the National Optics Institute, Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada.

1990 (3)

R. Beach, D. Mundinger, W. Benett, V. Sperry, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 2065 (1990).
[Crossref]

J. Chen, I. K. Fu, S. P. Lee, Appl. Opt. 29, 2669 (1990).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

S. De Silvestri, V. Magni, O. Svelto, G. Valentini, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1500 (1990).
[Crossref]

1988 (3)

S. De Silvestri, P. Laporta, V. Magni, O. Svelto, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1172 (1988).
[Crossref]

R. L. Byer, Science 239, 742 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

D. Mundinger, R. Beach, W. Benett, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, R. Staver, D. Tuckerman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 53, 1030 (1988).
[Crossref]

1982 (1)

T. T. Basiev, Yu. K. Voron’ko, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 530 (1982).
[Crossref]

Basiev, T. T.

T. T. Basiev, Yu. K. Voron’ko, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 530 (1982).
[Crossref]

Beach, R.

R. Beach, D. Mundinger, W. Benett, V. Sperry, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 2065 (1990).
[Crossref]

D. Mundinger, R. Beach, W. Benett, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, R. Staver, D. Tuckerman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 53, 1030 (1988).
[Crossref]

J. Ryan, R. Beach, “Optical absorption and stimulated emission of neodymium in yttrium lithium fluoride,” submitted to J. Opt. Soc. Am. B.

Benett, W.

R. Beach, D. Mundinger, W. Benett, V. Sperry, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 2065 (1990).
[Crossref]

D. Mundinger, R. Beach, W. Benett, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, R. Staver, D. Tuckerman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 53, 1030 (1988).
[Crossref]

Byer, R. L.

R. L. Byer, Science 239, 742 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Chen, J.

Comaskey, B.

R. Beach, D. Mundinger, W. Benett, V. Sperry, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 2065 (1990).
[Crossref]

De Silvestri, S.

S. De Silvestri, V. Magni, O. Svelto, G. Valentini, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1500 (1990).
[Crossref]

S. De Silvestri, P. Laporta, V. Magni, O. Svelto, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1172 (1988).
[Crossref]

Fu, I. K.

Krupke, W.

D. Mundinger, R. Beach, W. Benett, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, R. Staver, D. Tuckerman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 53, 1030 (1988).
[Crossref]

Krupke, W. F.

W. F. Krupke, Lasers Optron. (March1988), p. 79.

Laporta, P.

S. De Silvestri, P. Laporta, V. Magni, O. Svelto, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1172 (1988).
[Crossref]

Lee, S. P.

Magni, V.

S. De Silvestri, V. Magni, O. Svelto, G. Valentini, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1500 (1990).
[Crossref]

S. De Silvestri, P. Laporta, V. Magni, O. Svelto, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1172 (1988).
[Crossref]

Mirov, S. B.

T. T. Basiev, Yu. K. Voron’ko, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 530 (1982).
[Crossref]

Mundinger, D.

R. Beach, D. Mundinger, W. Benett, V. Sperry, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 2065 (1990).
[Crossref]

D. Mundinger, R. Beach, W. Benett, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, R. Staver, D. Tuckerman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 53, 1030 (1988).
[Crossref]

Osiko, V. V.

T. T. Basiev, Yu. K. Voron’ko, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 530 (1982).
[Crossref]

Prokhorov, A. M.

T. T. Basiev, Yu. K. Voron’ko, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 530 (1982).
[Crossref]

Rand, S. C.

D. S. Sumida, S. C. Rand, D. A. Rockwell, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1986), paper WM5.

Rockwell, D. A.

D. S. Sumida, S. C. Rand, D. A. Rockwell, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1986), paper WM5.

Ryan, J.

J. Ryan, R. Beach, “Optical absorption and stimulated emission of neodymium in yttrium lithium fluoride,” submitted to J. Opt. Soc. Am. B.

Solarz, R.

R. Beach, D. Mundinger, W. Benett, V. Sperry, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 2065 (1990).
[Crossref]

D. Mundinger, R. Beach, W. Benett, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, R. Staver, D. Tuckerman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 53, 1030 (1988).
[Crossref]

Sperry, V.

R. Beach, D. Mundinger, W. Benett, V. Sperry, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 2065 (1990).
[Crossref]

Staver, R.

D. Mundinger, R. Beach, W. Benett, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, R. Staver, D. Tuckerman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 53, 1030 (1988).
[Crossref]

Sumida, D. S.

D. S. Sumida, S. C. Rand, D. A. Rockwell, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1986), paper WM5.

Svelto, O.

S. De Silvestri, V. Magni, O. Svelto, G. Valentini, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1500 (1990).
[Crossref]

S. De Silvestri, P. Laporta, V. Magni, O. Svelto, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1172 (1988).
[Crossref]

Tuckerman, D.

D. Mundinger, R. Beach, W. Benett, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, R. Staver, D. Tuckerman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 53, 1030 (1988).
[Crossref]

Valentini, G.

S. De Silvestri, V. Magni, O. Svelto, G. Valentini, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1500 (1990).
[Crossref]

Voron’ko, Yu. K.

T. T. Basiev, Yu. K. Voron’ko, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 530 (1982).
[Crossref]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

D. Mundinger, R. Beach, W. Benett, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, R. Staver, D. Tuckerman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 53, 1030 (1988).
[Crossref]

R. Beach, D. Mundinger, W. Benett, V. Sperry, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 2065 (1990).
[Crossref]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

S. De Silvestri, P. Laporta, V. Magni, O. Svelto, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1172 (1988).
[Crossref]

S. De Silvestri, V. Magni, O. Svelto, G. Valentini, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1500 (1990).
[Crossref]

Science (1)

R. L. Byer, Science 239, 742 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Sov. J. Quantum Electron. (1)

T. T. Basiev, Yu. K. Voron’ko, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 12, 530 (1982).
[Crossref]

Other (4)

D. S. Sumida, S. C. Rand, D. A. Rockwell, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1986), paper WM5.

W. F. Krupke, Lasers Optron. (March1988), p. 79.

J. Ryan, R. Beach, “Optical absorption and stimulated emission of neodymium in yttrium lithium fluoride,” submitted to J. Opt. Soc. Am. B.

The super-Gaussian graded-reflectivity optics were fabricated to our specifications by the National Optics Institute, Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada.

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Optical schematic of the laser. O.C., output coupler; H.R., high reflector.

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