Abstract

We report on the laser performance of a diode-pumped Yb:KGdWO42 laser that is passively Q switched with a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber. Raman conversion of fundamental laser emission in the laser crystal was demonstrated. Q-switched 3.4µJ pulses with a pulse width of 85 ns were obtained at the 1033-nm fundamental wavelength and 0.4µJ pulses with a pulse width of 20 ns were produced in a first Stokes at 1139 nm.

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