Abstract

A novel miniature slab laser design is described that is compact and easily manufactured and provides short Q-switched pulses with high efficiency at low pump inputs. Through the use of a coplanar-pumped folded slab geometry it combines some of the advantages of end pumping, such as good pump/mode matching, with some of those of side pumping, such as scalability and simplicity. It is suitable for pumping with either cw or quasi-cw diodes and has been operated efficiently in Q-switched, cw, and high-repetition-rate Q-switched modes. The slab is uncoated, reducing complexity and cost as well as parasitic oscillations. The cw slope efficiency is 57%.

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Fig. 1

Diode-pumped slab laser in Q-switched configuration.

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Pulse length as a function of output energy. Efficiency means optical efficiency, as defined in Table 1.

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Fig. 3

Energy per pulse and power output as a function of repetition rate. FWHM pulse lengths are indicated at the extremes of the range.

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Table 1 Summary of Efficiency Results in Different Pumping Configurationsa

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Table 2 Q-Switched Performance

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