Abstract

We have demonstrated an efficient, compact, passively Q-switched single-mode diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser that uses Cr4+:YAG as a saturable absorber. Linear- and ring-cavity configurations were demonstrated. Pulse energies and widths were, respectively, 1.5  mJ and 3.9  ns for the linear cavity and 2.1  mJ and 12  ns for the ring cavity.

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1997 (1)

1996 (1)

Z. Liu and T. Kobayashi, Opt. Rev. 3, 47 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1995 (2)

T. S. Rose, M. S. Hopkins, and R. A. Fields, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 1593 (1995); proton radiation data from T. Rose, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif. (personal communication, 1996).
[CrossRef]

R. S. Afzal and M. D. Selker, Opt. Lett. 20, 465 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Abshire, J. B.

J. B. Abshire, J. C. Smith, and B. E. Schutz, in Proceedings of the 17th International Laser Radar Conference (Laser Radar Society of Japan, Chiba, Japan, 1994), p. 215.

Afzal, R. S.

R. S. Afzal and M. D. Selker, Opt. Lett. 20, 465 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. S. Afzal, J. J. Zayhowski, and T. Y. Fan, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 441.

M. Krainak, A. Yu, J. L. Dallas, and R. S. Afzal, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 407.

Alcock, A. J.

I. J. Miller, A. J. Alcock, and J. E. Bernard, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, L. L. Chase and A. A. Pinto, eds., Vol. 13 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 322.

Andrauskas, D.

D. Andrauskas and C. Kennedy, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, G. Dubé and L. Chase, eds., Vol. 10 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), p. 393.

Bernard, J. E.

I. J. Miller, A. J. Alcock, and J. E. Bernard, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, L. L. Chase and A. A. Pinto, eds., Vol. 13 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 322.

Braun, B.

Dallas, J. L.

M. Krainak, A. Yu, J. L. Dallas, and R. S. Afzal, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 407.

Fan, T. Y.

R. S. Afzal, J. J. Zayhowski, and T. Y. Fan, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 441.

Fields, R. A.

T. S. Rose, M. S. Hopkins, and R. A. Fields, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 1593 (1995); proton radiation data from T. Rose, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif. (personal communication, 1996).
[CrossRef]

Hopkins, M. S.

T. S. Rose, M. S. Hopkins, and R. A. Fields, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 1593 (1995); proton radiation data from T. Rose, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif. (personal communication, 1996).
[CrossRef]

Isyanova, Y.

Y. Isyanova and D. Welford, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, A. A. Pinto and T. Y. Fan, eds., Vol. 15 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), p. 20.

Kärtner, F. X.

Keller, U.

Kennedy, C.

D. Andrauskas and C. Kennedy, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, G. Dubé and L. Chase, eds., Vol. 10 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), p. 393.

Kobayashi, T.

Z. Liu and T. Kobayashi, Opt. Rev. 3, 47 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Krainak, M.

M. Krainak, A. Yu, J. L. Dallas, and R. S. Afzal, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 407.

Liu, Z.

Z. Liu and T. Kobayashi, Opt. Rev. 3, 47 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Miller, I. J.

I. J. Miller, A. J. Alcock, and J. E. Bernard, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, L. L. Chase and A. A. Pinto, eds., Vol. 13 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 322.

Moser, M.

Rose, T. S.

T. S. Rose, M. S. Hopkins, and R. A. Fields, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 1593 (1995); proton radiation data from T. Rose, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif. (personal communication, 1996).
[CrossRef]

Schutz, B. E.

J. B. Abshire, J. C. Smith, and B. E. Schutz, in Proceedings of the 17th International Laser Radar Conference (Laser Radar Society of Japan, Chiba, Japan, 1994), p. 215.

Selker, M. D.

Smith, J. C.

J. B. Abshire, J. C. Smith, and B. E. Schutz, in Proceedings of the 17th International Laser Radar Conference (Laser Radar Society of Japan, Chiba, Japan, 1994), p. 215.

Welford, D.

Y. Isyanova and D. Welford, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, A. A. Pinto and T. Y. Fan, eds., Vol. 15 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), p. 20.

Yu, A.

M. Krainak, A. Yu, J. L. Dallas, and R. S. Afzal, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 407.

Zayhowski, J. J.

R. S. Afzal, J. J. Zayhowski, and T. Y. Fan, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 441.

Zhang, G.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

T. S. Rose, M. S. Hopkins, and R. A. Fields, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 1593 (1995); proton radiation data from T. Rose, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, Calif. (personal communication, 1996).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Opt. Rev. (1)

Z. Liu and T. Kobayashi, Opt. Rev. 3, 47 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Other (6)

R. S. Afzal, J. J. Zayhowski, and T. Y. Fan, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 441.

I. J. Miller, A. J. Alcock, and J. E. Bernard, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, L. L. Chase and A. A. Pinto, eds., Vol. 13 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 322.

Y. Isyanova and D. Welford, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, A. A. Pinto and T. Y. Fan, eds., Vol. 15 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), p. 20.

M. Krainak, A. Yu, J. L. Dallas, and R. S. Afzal, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 407.

J. B. Abshire, J. C. Smith, and B. E. Schutz, in Proceedings of the 17th International Laser Radar Conference (Laser Radar Society of Japan, Chiba, Japan, 1994), p. 215.

D. Andrauskas and C. Kennedy, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, G. Dubé and L. Chase, eds., Vol. 10 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), p. 393.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of (a) linear- and (b) ring-cavity lasers. ROC, radius of curvature. HR, high reflector.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Single-pass gain of the linear and ring lasers as a function of pump duration. We obtained the data by determining the laser threshold for different amounts of unsaturated single-pass loss.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Laser output pulse energy as a function of intracavity single-pass unsaturated loss for both linear- and ring-cavity lasers.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Laser pulse energy versus repetition rate for the linear and the ring configurations.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Absorption of Cr4+:YAG as a function of temperature.

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