Abstract

Q-switched pulse energies of approximately 1 mJ at repetition rates as high as 1 kHz have been obtained from an electro-optically Q-switched Nd:YVO4 slab oscillator that was side pumped by a five-bar diode-laser stack. High gain within the slab resulted in pulse durations of less than 5 ns and sub-15-ns buildup times. Thermal effects caused the beam profile to deteriorate gradually from diffraction limited at lower repetition rates to approximately 1.5 times diffraction limited at 1 kHz.

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Dill, C.

Dunn, M. H.

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B. Comaskey, G. Albrecht, R. Beach, S. Sutton, S. Mitchell, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CWI5.

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C. Rahlff, M. H. Dunn, B. D. Sinclair, W. Sibbett, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 8 of 1994 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), paper CThG4

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C. Rahlff, M. H. Dunn, B. D. Sinclair, W. Sibbett, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 8 of 1994 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), paper CThG4

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C. Rahlff, M. H. Dunn, B. D. Sinclair, W. Sibbett, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 8 of 1994 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), paper CThG4

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B. Comaskey, G. Albrecht, R. Beach, S. Sutton, S. Mitchell, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CWI5.

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[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

J. E. Bernard, E. McCullough, A. J. Alcock, Opt. Commun. 109, 109 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (5)

Other (5)

A. Kaz, L. Marshall, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CWD1.

M. Keirstead, T. Baer, S. Hutchison, J. Hobbs, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CFM4; see also, T. M. Baer, D. F. Head, P. Gooding, G. J. Kintz, S. Hutchison, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1131 (1992).
[CrossRef]

C. Rahlff, M. H. Dunn, B. D. Sinclair, W. Sibbett, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 8 of 1994 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), paper CThG4

A. Brown, R. Mead, W. Bosenberg, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CFM7.

B. Comaskey, G. Albrecht, R. Beach, S. Sutton, S. Mitchell, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CWI5.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Q-switched slab oscillator and diode side-pumping arrangement.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Q-switched output pulse energy versus the repetition rate. The pump pulse energy was 10.7 mJ, and the diode-laser heat-sink temperature was held constant at 34 °C.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Average Q-switched pulse shape.

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