Abstract

We originally utilize a nearly hemispherical cavity to accomplish the energy scale-up for a high-repetition-rate nanosecond pulsed pumped Nd:YLF laser passively Q-switched by the Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber. This compact laser is able to efficiently generate pulse energy as large as 1.38 mJ and pulse width as short as 5 ns under a pulse repetition rate of 100 Hz. Further employing the developed Nd:YLF laser to perform extracavity harmonic generations, the maximum pulse energies of 490 μJ at 527 nm and 360 μJ at 351 nm are achieved with the shortest pulse duration of 4 ns.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a) Experimental arrangement of the pulsed pumped PQS Nd:YLF laser with the Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber. (b) Dependences of the laser mode radius inside the gain medium on the cavity length for R=50, 100, and 150 mm in a concave-plano cavity, where dashed lines indicate the constraint of Lcav=0.97R.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Pulse energies at 1053 nm as a function of the pulse repetition rate.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

(a) Typical temporal behavior at a pulse repetition rate of 500 Hz for R=100mm. (b) Variation of the beam quality factors versus the ROC of the input mirror.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Pulse energies as a function of the pulse repetition rate at (a) 527 nm and (b) 351 nm.

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