Abstract

We demonstrate a high-power passively Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser with a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber. 2.7 W of average power with an 18-kHz Q-switched repetition rate was generated at a 12.5-W pump power. The peak power of a single pulse near the maximum of the Q-switched envelope was greater than 100 kW.

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1999 (1)

B. Lipavsky, Y. Kalisky, Z. Burshtein, Y. Shimony, and S. Rotman, Opt. Mater. 13, 117 (1999); W. Y. Ching, Y. N. Xu, and B. K. Brickeen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3755 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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G. Xiao and M. Bass, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 41 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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T. Dascalu, N. Pavel, V. Lupei, G. Phillipps, T. Beck, and H. Weber, Opt. Eng. 35, 1247 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Y. Shimony, Z. Burshtein, A. B. Baranga, Y. Kalisky, and M. Strauss, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 305 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

Y. Shimony, Z. Burstein, and Y. Kalisky, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 1738 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

1992 (1)

H. Eilers, K. R. Hoffman, W. M. Denis, S. M. Jacobson, and W. M. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 2598 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Baranga, A. B.

Y. Shimony, Z. Burshtein, A. B. Baranga, Y. Kalisky, and M. Strauss, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 305 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Bass, M.

G. Xiao and M. Bass, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 41 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Beck, T.

T. Dascalu, N. Pavel, V. Lupei, G. Phillipps, T. Beck, and H. Weber, Opt. Eng. 35, 1247 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Borodin, N. I.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), postdeadline paper CPDP 11-1.

Burshtein, Z.

B. Lipavsky, Y. Kalisky, Z. Burshtein, Y. Shimony, and S. Rotman, Opt. Mater. 13, 117 (1999); W. Y. Ching, Y. N. Xu, and B. K. Brickeen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3755 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Y. Shimony, Z. Burshtein, A. B. Baranga, Y. Kalisky, and M. Strauss, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 305 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Burstein, Z.

Y. Shimony, Z. Burstein, and Y. Kalisky, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 1738 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Dascalu, T.

T. Dascalu, N. Pavel, V. Lupei, G. Phillipps, T. Beck, and H. Weber, Opt. Eng. 35, 1247 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Denis, W. M.

H. Eilers, K. R. Hoffman, W. M. Denis, S. M. Jacobson, and W. M. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 2598 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Dill, C.

Eilers, H.

H. Eilers, K. R. Hoffman, W. M. Denis, S. M. Jacobson, and W. M. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 2598 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Gaponstev, V. P.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), postdeadline paper CPDP 11-1.

Hoffman, K. R.

H. Eilers, K. R. Hoffman, W. M. Denis, S. M. Jacobson, and W. M. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 2598 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Jacobson, S. M.

H. Eilers, K. R. Hoffman, W. M. Denis, S. M. Jacobson, and W. M. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 2598 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Kalisky, Y.

B. Lipavsky, Y. Kalisky, Z. Burshtein, Y. Shimony, and S. Rotman, Opt. Mater. 13, 117 (1999); W. Y. Ching, Y. N. Xu, and B. K. Brickeen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3755 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Y. Shimony, Z. Burshtein, A. B. Baranga, Y. Kalisky, and M. Strauss, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 305 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Y. Shimony, Z. Burstein, and Y. Kalisky, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 1738 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Leng, Y.

T. Lin, B. Ouyang, Y. Leng, and X. Wan, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 1999 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CTuK36.

Lin, T.

T. Lin, B. Ouyang, Y. Leng, and X. Wan, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 1999 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CTuK36.

Lipavsky, B.

B. Lipavsky, Y. Kalisky, Z. Burshtein, Y. Shimony, and S. Rotman, Opt. Mater. 13, 117 (1999); W. Y. Ching, Y. N. Xu, and B. K. Brickeen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3755 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Lupei, V.

T. Dascalu, N. Pavel, V. Lupei, G. Phillipps, T. Beck, and H. Weber, Opt. Eng. 35, 1247 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Ohrimtchyuk, A. G.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), postdeadline paper CPDP 11-1.

Ouyang, B.

T. Lin, B. Ouyang, Y. Leng, and X. Wan, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 1999 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CTuK36.

Pavel, N.

T. Dascalu, N. Pavel, V. Lupei, G. Phillipps, T. Beck, and H. Weber, Opt. Eng. 35, 1247 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Phillipps, G.

T. Dascalu, N. Pavel, V. Lupei, G. Phillipps, T. Beck, and H. Weber, Opt. Eng. 35, 1247 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Rotman, S.

B. Lipavsky, Y. Kalisky, Z. Burshtein, Y. Shimony, and S. Rotman, Opt. Mater. 13, 117 (1999); W. Y. Ching, Y. N. Xu, and B. K. Brickeen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3755 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Shestakov, A. V.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), postdeadline paper CPDP 11-1.

Shimony, Y.

B. Lipavsky, Y. Kalisky, Z. Burshtein, Y. Shimony, and S. Rotman, Opt. Mater. 13, 117 (1999); W. Y. Ching, Y. N. Xu, and B. K. Brickeen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3755 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Y. Shimony, Z. Burshtein, A. B. Baranga, Y. Kalisky, and M. Strauss, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 305 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Y. Shimony, Z. Burstein, and Y. Kalisky, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 1738 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Siegman, A. E.

A. E. Siegman, Lasers (University Science, Mill Valley, Calif., 1986), p. 1024.

Strauss, M.

Y. Shimony, Z. Burshtein, A. B. Baranga, Y. Kalisky, and M. Strauss, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 305 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Wan, X.

T. Lin, B. Ouyang, Y. Leng, and X. Wan, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 1999 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CTuK36.

Weber, H.

T. Dascalu, N. Pavel, V. Lupei, G. Phillipps, T. Beck, and H. Weber, Opt. Eng. 35, 1247 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Xiao, G.

G. Xiao and M. Bass, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 41 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Yen, W. M.

H. Eilers, K. R. Hoffman, W. M. Denis, S. M. Jacobson, and W. M. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 2598 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Zayhowski, J. J.

Zhitnyuk, V. A.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), postdeadline paper CPDP 11-1.

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

H. Eilers, K. R. Hoffman, W. M. Denis, S. M. Jacobson, and W. M. Yen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 61, 2598 (1992).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (3)

Y. Shimony, Z. Burstein, and Y. Kalisky, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 31, 1738 (1995).
[CrossRef]

G. Xiao and M. Bass, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 41 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Y. Shimony, Z. Burshtein, A. B. Baranga, Y. Kalisky, and M. Strauss, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 305 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Eng. (1)

T. Dascalu, N. Pavel, V. Lupei, G. Phillipps, T. Beck, and H. Weber, Opt. Eng. 35, 1247 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Opt. Mater. (1)

B. Lipavsky, Y. Kalisky, Z. Burshtein, Y. Shimony, and S. Rotman, Opt. Mater. 13, 117 (1999); W. Y. Ching, Y. N. Xu, and B. K. Brickeen, Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 3755 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Other (3)

T. Lin, B. Ouyang, Y. Leng, and X. Wan, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 1999 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper CTuK36.

A. E. Siegman, Lasers (University Science, Mill Valley, Calif., 1986), p. 1024.

A. V. Shestakov, N. I. Borodin, V. A. Zhitnyuk, A. G. Ohrimtchyuk, and V. P. Gaponstev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 10 of 1991 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1991), postdeadline paper CPDP 11-1.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Configuration of a passively Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Oscilloscope traces of a Q-switched and mode-locked laser pulse.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Dependence of the average output power and pulse repetition rate of the Q-switched pulse train on the absorbed pump power.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Dependence of the pulse energy and peak power of the Q-switched pulse train on the absorbed pump power. An oscilloscope trace of a train of Q-switched pulses is shown in the inset.

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