Abstract

It is shown, both theoretically and experimentally, that stable single-longitudinal-mode operation, with transform-limited spectral linewidth and without pulse-to-pulse mode competition, can be obtained in a monolithic self-Q-switched Cr,Nd:YAG solid-state laser with a distributed saturable absorber. In this system, the lasing mode establishes a loss grating and thereby stabilizes itself.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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