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.

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S. E. Stokowski, M. H. Randles, R. C. Morris, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 934 (1988).
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J. Berry, Opt. Commun. 40, 54 (1981).
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1975 (1)

G. Petits, J. Appl. Phys. 46, 3462 (1975).
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1973 (1)

C. J. Buczek, R. J. Freiberg, M. M. Skolnik, Proc. IEEE 61, 1411 (1973).
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1965 (1)

Berry, J.

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Dill, C.

Dixon, G. J.

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Giuliani, G.

Goldberg, L. S.

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Lang, T. J.

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Li, S.

Morris, R. C.

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Nayeri, M.

A. Hariri, F. Soltanmoradi, M. Nayeri, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 61, 2247 (1990).
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Park, Y. K.

Petits, G.

G. Petits, J. Appl. Phys. 46, 3462 (1975).
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Randles, M. H.

S. E. Stokowski, M. H. Randles, R. C. Morris, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 934 (1988).
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Siegman, A. E.

Skolnik, M. M.

C. J. Buczek, R. J. Freiberg, M. M. Skolnik, Proc. IEEE 61, 1411 (1973).
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Soltanmoradi, F.

A. Hariri, F. Soltanmoradi, M. Nayeri, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 61, 2247 (1990).
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S. E. Stokowski, M. H. Randles, R. C. Morris, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 934 (1988).
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Zayhowski, J. J.

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Appl. Opt. (1)

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

D. F. Voss, L. S. Goldberg, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 106 (1985).
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S. E. Stokowski, M. H. Randles, R. C. Morris, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 934 (1988).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

G. Petits, J. Appl. Phys. 46, 3462 (1975).
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J. Mod. Opt. (1)

M. R. H. Knowles, R. N. Clarke, T. J. Lang, J. Mod. Opt. 37, 511 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

J. Berry, Opt. Commun. 40, 54 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (5)

Proc. IEEE (1)

C. J. Buczek, R. J. Freiberg, M. M. Skolnik, Proc. IEEE 61, 1411 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

A. Hariri, F. Soltanmoradi, M. Nayeri, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 61, 2247 (1990).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Calculated loss spectrum of the lasing mode (order 0) and adjacent longitudinal modes (orders ±1, ±2) in the presence of a lasing mode (order 0) at various power densities.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic of the self-Q-switched laser.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Waveform of the Q-switching pulses. The trace is a superposition of 200 pulses.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Measured lasing spectrum of the self-Q -switching pulses. The width of the laser line reflects the resolution of the grating spectrometer. The arrows indicate the positions of adjacent longitudinal modes.

Equations (3)

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P ( λ , z ) = P 0 sin 2 ( 2 π n z / λ ) ,
α ( λ , z ) = α 0 / [ 1 + P ( λ , z ) / P sat ] ,
α ( λ ) = α ( λ 0 , z ) P ( λ , z ) d z / P ( λ , z ) d z .

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