Abstract

We report 550 mJ pulses with 14 ns FWHM duration at 1 Hz repetition rate from a Q-switched cryogenic Ho:YLF oscillator pumped with 100 W in 35 ms by a Tm:fiber laser. The laser has a confocal unstable resonator with a graded-reflectance output coupler, resulting in a beam quality of M2=1.5. Pulse energies of 416 and 343 mJ were obtained at 10 and 20 Hz repetition rate, respectively.

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