5 January 1994 Optimizing Q-switched performance of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser
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We describe the performance of a Nd:YAG laser which produces 4.1 mJ, 12 ns FWHM Q- switched pulses when side-pumped with 180 W, 250 microsecond(s) pulses from a stacked AlGaAs laser diode array (SDL-3230 TZB). We have studied the effects of varying gain and cavity length on the Nd:YAG laser performance. We have found that the properties of diode lasers require design compromises different than for lamp-pumped lasers.
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Ian J. Miller, Stan Fendrykowski, John Montgomery, Bernie Hurley, Terry J. McKee, "Optimizing Q-switched performance of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser", Proc. SPIE 2041, Mode-locked and Other Ultrashort Laser Designs, Amplifiers, and Applications, (5 January 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.165621; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.165621

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