Abstract

Flash-lamp-pumped laser operation of Nd3+:Y2SiO5 by use of the Nd3+ 4F3/24F11/2 transition at 1.074 μm is obtained and compared with that from an identically pumped standard-doped Nd3+:YAG rod. Higher free-laser performance in Nd3+:Y2SiO5 is attributed to its higher doping. Approximately 2.5 times more energy in Q-switched pulses is generated in the Nd3+:Y2SiO5 rod than in the prelase-limited Nd:YAG rod.

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R. Beach, M. D. Shinn, L. Davis, R. W. Solarz, W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1405 (1990).
[CrossRef]

R. Beach, G. Albrecht, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, B. Comaskey, S. Mitchell, Opt. Lett. 15, 1020 (1990).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1986 (2)

C. D. Brandle, A. J. Valentino, G. W. Berkstresser, J. Cryst. Growth 79, 308 (1986).
[CrossRef]

A. M. Tkachok, A. K. Przhevusskii, L. G. Morozova, A. V. Poletimova, M. V. Petrov, A. M. Korovkin, Opt. Spectrosc. (USSR) 60, 176 (1986).

Albrecht, G.

Beach, R.

R. Beach, G. Albrecht, R. Solarz, W. Krupke, B. Comaskey, S. Mitchell, Opt. Lett. 15, 1020 (1990).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Beach, M. D. Shinn, L. Davis, R. W. Solarz, W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1405 (1990).
[CrossRef]

B. Woods, J. Marion, E. Prochnow, R. Beach, S. Velsko, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 142.

Berkstresser, G. W.

C. D. Brandle, A. J. Valentino, G. W. Berkstresser, J. Cryst. Growth 79, 308 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Brandle, C. D.

C. D. Brandle, A. J. Valentino, G. W. Berkstresser, J. Cryst. Growth 79, 308 (1986).
[CrossRef]

C. D. Brandle, AT&T Bell Laboratories, 600 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill, N.J. 07974-2070 (personal communication, 1989).

Comaskey, B.

Davis, L.

R. Beach, M. D. Shinn, L. Davis, R. W. Solarz, W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1405 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Jones, R.

R. Jones, Rep. No. 2664 (Montana Laser Optics, Inc., Bozeman, Mont., 1992).

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A. A. Kaminskii, Laser Crystals—Their Physics and Properties, 2nd ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), Chap. 5, pp. 252–253, and references therein.

Korovkin, A. M.

A. M. Tkachok, A. K. Przhevusskii, L. G. Morozova, A. V. Poletimova, M. V. Petrov, A. M. Korovkin, Opt. Spectrosc. (USSR) 60, 176 (1986).

Krupke, W.

Krupke, W. F.

R. Beach, M. D. Shinn, L. Davis, R. W. Solarz, W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1405 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Marion, J.

B. Woods, J. Marion, E. Prochnow, R. Beach, S. Velsko, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 142.

Marion, J. F.

A. J. Peritca, J. F. Marion, internal memorandum (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., 1989), and references therein.

Mitchell, S.

Morozova, L. G.

A. M. Tkachok, A. K. Przhevusskii, L. G. Morozova, A. V. Poletimova, M. V. Petrov, A. M. Korovkin, Opt. Spectrosc. (USSR) 60, 176 (1986).

Peritca, A. J.

A. J. Peritca, J. F. Marion, internal memorandum (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., 1989), and references therein.

Petrov, M. V.

A. M. Tkachok, A. K. Przhevusskii, L. G. Morozova, A. V. Poletimova, M. V. Petrov, A. M. Korovkin, Opt. Spectrosc. (USSR) 60, 176 (1986).

Poletimova, A. V.

A. M. Tkachok, A. K. Przhevusskii, L. G. Morozova, A. V. Poletimova, M. V. Petrov, A. M. Korovkin, Opt. Spectrosc. (USSR) 60, 176 (1986).

Prochnow, E.

B. Woods, J. Marion, E. Prochnow, R. Beach, S. Velsko, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 142.

Przhevusskii, A. K.

A. M. Tkachok, A. K. Przhevusskii, L. G. Morozova, A. V. Poletimova, M. V. Petrov, A. M. Korovkin, Opt. Spectrosc. (USSR) 60, 176 (1986).

Shinn, M. D.

R. Beach, M. D. Shinn, L. Davis, R. W. Solarz, W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1405 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Solarz, R.

Solarz, R. W.

R. Beach, M. D. Shinn, L. Davis, R. W. Solarz, W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1405 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Tkachok, A. M.

A. M. Tkachok, A. K. Przhevusskii, L. G. Morozova, A. V. Poletimova, M. V. Petrov, A. M. Korovkin, Opt. Spectrosc. (USSR) 60, 176 (1986).

Valentino, A. J.

C. D. Brandle, A. J. Valentino, G. W. Berkstresser, J. Cryst. Growth 79, 308 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Velsko, S.

B. Woods, J. Marion, E. Prochnow, R. Beach, S. Velsko, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 142.

Woods, B.

B. Woods, J. Marion, E. Prochnow, R. Beach, S. Velsko, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 142.

B. Woods, internal memorandum LRD 90-038 (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., 1990).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

R. Beach, M. D. Shinn, L. Davis, R. W. Solarz, W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1405 (1990).
[CrossRef]

J. Cryst. Growth (1)

C. D. Brandle, A. J. Valentino, G. W. Berkstresser, J. Cryst. Growth 79, 308 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Opt. Spectrosc. (1)

A. M. Tkachok, A. K. Przhevusskii, L. G. Morozova, A. V. Poletimova, M. V. Petrov, A. M. Korovkin, Opt. Spectrosc. (USSR) 60, 176 (1986).

Other (6)

R. Jones, Rep. No. 2664 (Montana Laser Optics, Inc., Bozeman, Mont., 1992).

A. A. Kaminskii, Laser Crystals—Their Physics and Properties, 2nd ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990), Chap. 5, pp. 252–253, and references therein.

B. Woods, internal memorandum LRD 90-038 (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., 1990).

B. Woods, J. Marion, E. Prochnow, R. Beach, S. Velsko, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 142.

A. J. Peritca, J. F. Marion, internal memorandum (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., 1989), and references therein.

C. D. Brandle, AT&T Bell Laboratories, 600 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill, N.J. 07974-2070 (personal communication, 1989).

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Portion of the liquid-N2-cooled Nd:YOS emission spectrum observed on a scanned 1-m McPherson monochrometer, along with the predicted type I and type II line positions from Ref. 9.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Plot of pulsed laser energy at 1 Hz versus output coupler reflectivity for the Nd:YAG and Nd:YOS free-lased lasers at a fixed lamp pump level.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Free-lasing average power performance curves for Nd:YAG and Nd:YOS with their respective optimum output couplers. The roll-offs are due to lamp power-supply limitations.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Typical Nd:YOS Q-switched pulse and (b) the Q-switched component of the laser pulse energy plotted against lamp energy. In Nd:YAG, pumping at greater than 30 J resulted in prelasing.

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Table 1 Values for Laser and Material Parameters for Nd-doped YOS, YAG, and YLF as Currently Used at Our Laboratory

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