Abstract

An efficient compact Yb:Y3Sc1.5Ga3.5O12 garnet crystal laser actively Q-switched with an acousto-optic modulator is demonstrated, producing stable pulses at repetition rates ranging from 1 to 30 kHz. With 10.8 W of pump power absorbed, an average output power of 3.1 W at 1025.7 nm is generated at pulse repetition rate of 1 kHz, with a slope efficiency of 46%. The resulting pulse energy, duration, and peak power are 3.1 mJ, 23.9 ns, and 130 kW, respectively.

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S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brenier, and G. Boulon, Opt. Mater. 22, 99 (2003).
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Banta, M.

M. A. Yakshin, C. R. Prasad, G. Schwemmer, M. Banta, and I. H. Hwang, in CLEO:2011—Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper JWA46.

Beach, R. J.

Boughton, R. I.

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S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brenier, and G. Boulon, Opt. Mater. 22, 99 (2003).
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A. Brenier, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 47, 279 (2011).
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A. K. Hankla and T. J. Carrig, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, M. Fermann and L. Marshall, eds., Vol. 68 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2002), paper MD5.

Chang, J.

X. Zhang, A. Brenier, Q. Wang, Z. Wang, J. Chang, P. Li, S. Zhang, S. Ding, and S. Li, Opt. Express 13, 7709 (2005).

Chard, S.

Chénais, S.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brenier, and G. Boulon, Opt. Mater. 22, 99 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Dai, Q.

Damzen, M.

Dawes, J. M.

Dekker, P.

Ding, S.

X. Zhang, A. Brenier, Q. Wang, Z. Wang, J. Chang, P. Li, S. Zhang, S. Ding, and S. Li, Opt. Express 13, 7709 (2005).

Druon, F.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brenier, and G. Boulon, Opt. Mater. 22, 99 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Emanuel, M. A.

Georges, P.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brenier, and G. Boulon, Opt. Mater. 22, 99 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Giesen, A.

F. Butze, M. Larionov, K. Schuhmann, C. Stolzenburg, and A. Giesen, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (TOPS), G. Quarles, ed., Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper 237.

Goodno, G. D.

Hankla, A. K.

A. K. Hankla and T. J. Carrig, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, M. Fermann and L. Marshall, eds., Vol. 68 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2002), paper MD5.

Hao, L.

Harkenrider, J.

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[CrossRef]

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Injeyan, H.

Jiang, M.

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[CrossRef]

Jiying, P.

T. Yubing, T. Huiming, P. Jiying, and L. Hongyi, Laser Phys. 18, 12 (2008).
[CrossRef]

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J. J. Zayhowski and P. L. Kelley, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 27, 2220 (1991).
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F. Butze, M. Larionov, K. Schuhmann, C. Stolzenburg, and A. Giesen, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (TOPS), G. Quarles, ed., Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper 237.

Li, P.

X. Zhang, A. Brenier, Q. Wang, Z. Wang, J. Chang, P. Li, S. Zhang, S. Ding, and S. Li, Opt. Express 13, 7709 (2005).

Li, S.

X. Zhang, A. Brenier, Q. Wang, Z. Wang, J. Chang, P. Li, S. Zhang, S. Ding, and S. Li, Opt. Express 13, 7709 (2005).

Liu, J.

Mitchell, S. C.

Monroe, R. S.

Palese, S.

Payne, S. A.

Phillips, C.

Piper, J. A.

Prasad, C. R.

M. A. Yakshin, C. R. Prasad, G. Schwemmer, M. Banta, and I. H. Hwang, in CLEO:2011—Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper JWA46.

Schuhmann, K.

F. Butze, M. Larionov, K. Schuhmann, C. Stolzenburg, and A. Giesen, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (TOPS), G. Quarles, ed., Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper 237.

Schwemmer, G.

M. A. Yakshin, C. R. Prasad, G. Schwemmer, M. Banta, and I. H. Hwang, in CLEO:2011—Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper JWA46.

Skidmore, J. A.

Stolzenburg, C.

F. Butze, M. Larionov, K. Schuhmann, C. Stolzenburg, and A. Giesen, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (TOPS), G. Quarles, ed., Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper 237.

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K. Wu, L. Hao, H. Zhang, H. Yu, Y. Wang, J. Wang, X. Tian, Z. Zhou, J. Liu, and R. I. Boughton, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 2320 (2012).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Wang, Q.

X. Zhang, A. Brenier, Q. Wang, Z. Wang, J. Chang, P. Li, S. Zhang, S. Ding, and S. Li, Opt. Express 13, 7709 (2005).

Wang, S.

Wang, Y.

Wang, Z.

H. Yu, K. Wu, B. Yao, H. Zhang, Z. Wang, J. Wang, Y. Zhang, Z. Wei, Z. Zhang, X. Zhang, and M. Jiang, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46, 1689 (2010).
[CrossRef]

X. Zhang, A. Brenier, Q. Wang, Z. Wang, J. Chang, P. Li, S. Zhang, S. Ding, and S. Li, Opt. Express 13, 7709 (2005).

Wei, Z.

H. Yu, K. Wu, B. Yao, H. Zhang, Z. Wang, J. Wang, Y. Zhang, Z. Wei, Z. Zhang, X. Zhang, and M. Jiang, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46, 1689 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Wu, K.

Yakshin, M. A.

M. A. Yakshin, C. R. Prasad, G. Schwemmer, M. Banta, and I. H. Hwang, in CLEO:2011—Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper JWA46.

Yao, B.

H. Yu, K. Wu, B. Yao, H. Zhang, Z. Wang, J. Wang, Y. Zhang, Z. Wei, Z. Zhang, X. Zhang, and M. Jiang, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46, 1689 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Yu, H.

Yubing, T.

T. Yubing, T. Huiming, P. Jiying, and L. Hongyi, Laser Phys. 18, 12 (2008).
[CrossRef]

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J. J. Zayhowski and P. L. Kelley, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 27, 2220 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, H.

Zhang, S.

X. Zhang, A. Brenier, Q. Wang, Z. Wang, J. Chang, P. Li, S. Zhang, S. Ding, and S. Li, Opt. Express 13, 7709 (2005).

Zhang, X.

H. Yu, K. Wu, B. Yao, H. Zhang, Z. Wang, J. Wang, Y. Zhang, Z. Wei, Z. Zhang, X. Zhang, and M. Jiang, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46, 1689 (2010).
[CrossRef]

X. Zhang, A. Brenier, Q. Wang, Z. Wang, J. Chang, P. Li, S. Zhang, S. Ding, and S. Li, Opt. Express 13, 7709 (2005).

Zhang, Y.

H. Yu, K. Wu, B. Yao, H. Zhang, Z. Wang, J. Wang, Y. Zhang, Z. Wei, Z. Zhang, X. Zhang, and M. Jiang, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46, 1689 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, Z.

H. Yu, K. Wu, B. Yao, H. Zhang, Z. Wang, J. Wang, Y. Zhang, Z. Wei, Z. Zhang, X. Zhang, and M. Jiang, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46, 1689 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Zhou, Z.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (4)

H. Yu, K. Wu, B. Yao, H. Zhang, Z. Wang, J. Wang, Y. Zhang, Z. Wei, Z. Zhang, X. Zhang, and M. Jiang, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46, 1689 (2010).
[CrossRef]

A. Brenier, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 47, 279 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. J. Zayhowski and P. L. Kelley, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 27, 2220 (1991).
[CrossRef]

G. D. Baldwin, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 7, 220 (1971).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Laser Phys. (1)

T. Yubing, T. Huiming, P. Jiying, and L. Hongyi, Laser Phys. 18, 12 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Opt. Mater. (1)

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brenier, and G. Boulon, Opt. Mater. 22, 99 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Other (5)

M. A. Yakshin, C. R. Prasad, G. Schwemmer, M. Banta, and I. H. Hwang, in CLEO:2011—Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper JWA46.

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering (Springer, 2006), Chap. 5.

O. Svelto, Principles of Lasers (Springer, 2010).

A. K. Hankla and T. J. Carrig, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, M. Fermann and L. Marshall, eds., Vol. 68 of Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, 2002), paper MD5.

F. Butze, M. Larionov, K. Schuhmann, C. Stolzenburg, and A. Giesen, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (TOPS), G. Quarles, ed., Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper 237.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic diagram for the experimental laser setup. LC, laser crystal; AO, acousto-optic Q-switch.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Output power versus Pabs, measured under different operational conditions.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Laser emission spectra measured at Pabs=7.8W for Q-switched as well as cw operation.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Variations of pulse width with Pabs for PRF=1, 10, and 30 kHz, respectively.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

(a) Typical pulse profile and (b) pulse train, measured at Pabs=10.8W for the case of PRF=1kHz.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

(a) Laser beam pattern and (b) the intensity distributions, measured at Pout=2.0W.

Tables (2)

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Table 1. Pulse Energy and Duration Calculated and Measured for the Actively Q-Switched Yb:YSGG Laser Operating at Different PRFs in the Range of 1–30 kHz

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Table 2. Parameters Characterizing the AO Q-Switching Laser Performance of Different Yb Garnets

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