14 February 2008 Output characteristics of a passively Q-switched diode-laser pumped ceramic Nd:YAG laser
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A passively Q-switched diode-laser pumped ceramic Nd:YAG laser has been constructed and the output characteristics has been investigated. The output efficiency of 36.1 % has been obtained with 1.1 at.% of neodymium concentration in the ceramic YAG. For the case of neodymium concentration of 2.0 at.%, the output power decreases as the pump power increases over 6 W. The output power has rapidly decreased more than 10 W of pumping, and the laser output has finally disappeared at pumping power of 13 W. This phenomenon can be explained by the thermal lens effect in the laser material. Passive Q-switching has been carried out using a Cr:YAG crystal in the resonator. The pulse width is 61.2 ns and the repetition rate is 10.1 kHz at the pump power of 1 W. The beam propagation factor M2 has been measured to be 1.2, which shows good beam quality of the Q-switched pulse.
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Duck-Lae Kim, Duck-Lae Kim, Beom-Seok Lee, Beom-Seok Lee, Hee-Sang Yoo, Hee-Sang Yoo, Jae-Yong Jeong, Jae-Yong Jeong, Yeong-Sik Kim, Yeong-Sik Kim, } "Output characteristics of a passively Q-switched diode-laser pumped ceramic Nd:YAG laser", Proc. SPIE 6871, Solid State Lasers XVII: Technology and Devices, 68712I (14 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.762227; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.762227
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