Abstract

We have achieved stable Fourier-transform-limited single-axial-mode operation of an unstable-resonator Nd:YAG oscillator. The 10-Hz repetition-rate, 150-mJ, 9-nsec Q-switched Nd:YAG source operated with a measured 50-MHz bandwidth at ±5-MHz frequency jitter when injected with a low-power single-frequency pulse from a TEM00-mode Nd:YAG source.

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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]

1978 (1)

W. R. Trutna, Y. K. Park, R. L. Byer, “Stimulated Raman threshold measurements in H2 gas using a single axial mode Q-switched Nd:YAG laser,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1395A (1978); “The dependence of Raman gain on pump laser bandwidth,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 648 (1979).

1977 (1)

R. L. Herbst, H. Komine, R. L. Byer, “A 200 mJ unstable resonator Nd:YAG oscillator,” Opt. Commun. 21, 5 (1977).
[CrossRef]

1976 (1)

J. Lachambre, P. Lavigne, G. Optis, M. Noel, “Injection locking and mode selection in TEA-CO2 laser oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-12, 756 (1976).
[CrossRef]

1975 (2)

A. I. Egorov, V. V. Korobkin, R. V. Serov, “Single frequency Q-switched neodymium laser,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 291 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Yu A. Anan’ev, N. I. Grishmanova, I. M. Petrova, N. A. Sventsitskaya, “Spectral selection of radiation emitted from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 408 (1975).
[CrossRef]

1973 (1)

C. J. Buczek, R. J. Freiberg, M. M. Skolnik, “Laser injection locking,” Proc. IEEE 61, 1411 (1973).
[CrossRef]

1972 (2)

J. G. Zubarev, V. F. Mulikov, “Single frequency Nd: glass laser under non-spiking free oscillation and Q-switched conditions,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 2, 207 (1972).
[CrossRef]

D. C. Hanna, B. Luther-Davies, R. C. Smith, “Single longitudinal mode selection of high power actively Q-switched laser,” Opto-electronics 4, 249 (1972).
[CrossRef]

1970 (1)

H. G. Danielmeyer, “Stabilized efficient single frequency Nd:YAG laser,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-6, 101 (1970).
[CrossRef]

1965 (1)

Anan’ev, Yu A.

Yu A. Anan’ev, N. I. Grishmanova, I. M. Petrova, N. A. Sventsitskaya, “Spectral selection of radiation emitted from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 408 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Buczek, C. J.

C. J. Buczek, R. J. Freiberg, M. M. Skolnik, “Laser injection locking,” Proc. IEEE 61, 1411 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Byer, R. L.

W. R. Trutna, Y. K. Park, R. L. Byer, “Stimulated Raman threshold measurements in H2 gas using a single axial mode Q-switched Nd:YAG laser,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1395A (1978); “The dependence of Raman gain on pump laser bandwidth,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 648 (1979).

R. L. Herbst, H. Komine, R. L. Byer, “A 200 mJ unstable resonator Nd:YAG oscillator,” Opt. Commun. 21, 5 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Danielmeyer, H. G.

H. G. Danielmeyer, “Stabilized efficient single frequency Nd:YAG laser,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-6, 101 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Egorov, A. I.

A. I. Egorov, V. V. Korobkin, R. V. Serov, “Single frequency Q-switched neodymium laser,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 291 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Evtuhov, V.

Freiberg, R. J.

C. J. Buczek, R. J. Freiberg, M. M. Skolnik, “Laser injection locking,” Proc. IEEE 61, 1411 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Grishmanova, N. I.

Yu A. Anan’ev, N. I. Grishmanova, I. M. Petrova, N. A. Sventsitskaya, “Spectral selection of radiation emitted from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 408 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Hanna, D. C.

D. C. Hanna, B. Luther-Davies, R. C. Smith, “Single longitudinal mode selection of high power actively Q-switched laser,” Opto-electronics 4, 249 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Herbst, R. L.

R. L. Herbst, H. Komine, R. L. Byer, “A 200 mJ unstable resonator Nd:YAG oscillator,” Opt. Commun. 21, 5 (1977).
[CrossRef]

R. L. Herbst, Quanta Ray, Inc., Mountain View, California 94043 (personal communication).

Komine, H.

R. L. Herbst, H. Komine, R. L. Byer, “A 200 mJ unstable resonator Nd:YAG oscillator,” Opt. Commun. 21, 5 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Korobkin, V. V.

A. I. Egorov, V. V. Korobkin, R. V. Serov, “Single frequency Q-switched neodymium laser,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 291 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Lachambre, J.

J. Lachambre, P. Lavigne, G. Optis, M. Noel, “Injection locking and mode selection in TEA-CO2 laser oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-12, 756 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Lavigne, P.

J. Lachambre, P. Lavigne, G. Optis, M. Noel, “Injection locking and mode selection in TEA-CO2 laser oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-12, 756 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Luther-Davies, B.

D. C. Hanna, B. Luther-Davies, R. C. Smith, “Single longitudinal mode selection of high power actively Q-switched laser,” Opto-electronics 4, 249 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Mulikov, V. F.

J. G. Zubarev, V. F. Mulikov, “Single frequency Nd: glass laser under non-spiking free oscillation and Q-switched conditions,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 2, 207 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Noel, M.

J. Lachambre, P. Lavigne, G. Optis, M. Noel, “Injection locking and mode selection in TEA-CO2 laser oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-12, 756 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Optis, G.

J. Lachambre, P. Lavigne, G. Optis, M. Noel, “Injection locking and mode selection in TEA-CO2 laser oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-12, 756 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Park, Y. K.

W. R. Trutna, Y. K. Park, R. L. Byer, “Stimulated Raman threshold measurements in H2 gas using a single axial mode Q-switched Nd:YAG laser,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1395A (1978); “The dependence of Raman gain on pump laser bandwidth,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 648 (1979).

Petrova, I. M.

Yu A. Anan’ev, N. I. Grishmanova, I. M. Petrova, N. A. Sventsitskaya, “Spectral selection of radiation emitted from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 408 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Serov, R. V.

A. I. Egorov, V. V. Korobkin, R. V. Serov, “Single frequency Q-switched neodymium laser,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 291 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Siegman, A. E.

Skolnik, M. M.

C. J. Buczek, R. J. Freiberg, M. M. Skolnik, “Laser injection locking,” Proc. IEEE 61, 1411 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Smith, R. C.

D. C. Hanna, B. Luther-Davies, R. C. Smith, “Single longitudinal mode selection of high power actively Q-switched laser,” Opto-electronics 4, 249 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Sventsitskaya, N. A.

Yu A. Anan’ev, N. I. Grishmanova, I. M. Petrova, N. A. Sventsitskaya, “Spectral selection of radiation emitted from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 408 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Trutna, W. R.

W. R. Trutna, Y. K. Park, R. L. Byer, “Stimulated Raman threshold measurements in H2 gas using a single axial mode Q-switched Nd:YAG laser,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1395A (1978); “The dependence of Raman gain on pump laser bandwidth,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 648 (1979).

Zubarev, J. G.

J. G. Zubarev, V. F. Mulikov, “Single frequency Nd: glass laser under non-spiking free oscillation and Q-switched conditions,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 2, 207 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

H. G. Danielmeyer, “Stabilized efficient single frequency Nd:YAG laser,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-6, 101 (1970).
[CrossRef]

J. Lachambre, P. Lavigne, G. Optis, M. Noel, “Injection locking and mode selection in TEA-CO2 laser oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-12, 756 (1976).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (1)

W. R. Trutna, Y. K. Park, R. L. Byer, “Stimulated Raman threshold measurements in H2 gas using a single axial mode Q-switched Nd:YAG laser,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1395A (1978); “The dependence of Raman gain on pump laser bandwidth,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 648 (1979).

Opt. Commun. (1)

R. L. Herbst, H. Komine, R. L. Byer, “A 200 mJ unstable resonator Nd:YAG oscillator,” Opt. Commun. 21, 5 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Opto-electronics (1)

D. C. Hanna, B. Luther-Davies, R. C. Smith, “Single longitudinal mode selection of high power actively Q-switched laser,” Opto-electronics 4, 249 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Proc. IEEE (1)

C. J. Buczek, R. J. Freiberg, M. M. Skolnik, “Laser injection locking,” Proc. IEEE 61, 1411 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Sov. J. Quantum Electron. (3)

J. G. Zubarev, V. F. Mulikov, “Single frequency Nd: glass laser under non-spiking free oscillation and Q-switched conditions,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 2, 207 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Yu A. Anan’ev, N. I. Grishmanova, I. M. Petrova, N. A. Sventsitskaya, “Spectral selection of radiation emitted from lasers with unstable resonators,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 408 (1975).
[CrossRef]

A. I. Egorov, V. V. Korobkin, R. V. Serov, “Single frequency Q-switched neodymium laser,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 291 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

R. L. Herbst, Quanta Ray, Inc., Mountain View, California 94043 (personal communication).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the injection-locked single-axial-mode Q-switched unstable-resonator Nd:YAG source.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Multiple exposure of 200 pulses at 150-mJ output energy with a 1-nsec temporal resolution at 5-nsec/cm, (b) Fourier transform of the Q-switched pulse showing the 50-MHz bandwidth, (c) optical spectrum of the laser pulse at the second-harmonic wavelength taken with the scanning confocal interferometer over a 2-min scan time. The measured 0.5320-μm bandwidth of 81.5 MHz, or 57.8 MHz at 1.064 μm, agrees to within the interferometer resolution with the Fourier-transform bandwidth.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Frequency detuning range for single-axial-mode operation versus injection intensity at two unstable-resonator gain levels: r, the pumping level as the number of times above threshold; g, single-pass gain.

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