18 March 2013 A low jitter single frequency Q-switched laser from solid state to optical fiber configuration
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This paper will get to the bottom of the mechanism of a superior inject seeding technology, and take it even further, from the solid state laser into the fiber laser configuration. This low jitter, single frequency Q-switched solid state laser with precisely controllable firing time was realized, developed and reported previously, in which the oscillator can output energy of near 100 mJ and the master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) reaches the output energy of 300 mJ, operating at a wavelength of 1064 nm, with a pulse width of 10 ns and in near single transversal mode. Comparing two existing commercial techniques, ramp-and-fire and pulse-to-pulse buildup time reduction, this report presents a full understanding of using a CW transformed injection seeding method in which this technique is immune to mechanical vibration or thermal expansion, and it is able to precisely control the high peak energy launching time within a nanosecond jitter and achieve single frequency operation at the same time. It is carefully observed that the CW seeding mechanism is similar but not equivalent to a pulsed seeding with pulse width shorter or equal to the ring cavity length. The advantage of the realized regime is that in stable laser operation there is no need to adjust the slave cavity length to match the seeded light longitudinal mode. Therefore, the extremely strict mechanical requirement can be relaxed. It is found that the slave laser frequency follows exactly to the injected seeded laser’s frequency which can also provide frequency tuning, control and locking.
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Frank F. Wu, Frank F. Wu, } "A low jitter single frequency Q-switched laser from solid state to optical fiber configuration", Proc. SPIE 8599, Solid State Lasers XXII: Technology and Devices, 85991X (18 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2002888; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2002888
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