5 December 2014 Diode pumped Yb-lasers Q-switched by V:YAG saturable absorber
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Proceedings Volume 9441, 19th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics; 94410I (2014) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2086712
Event: XIX Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics, 2014, Jelenia Gora, Poland
Abstract
V:YAG saturable absorber, developed mainly for 1.3 μm lasers Q-switching, was used as a passive Q-switch for the 1.03 μm Yb-doped YAG (10% Yb/Y, 3mm long) and LuAG (15% Yb/Lu, 1mm long) lasers. Longitudinally diode pumped gain medium together with the V:YAG crystal were placed inside the 22mm long hemispherical laser cavity. For Yb-doped crystal excitation fibre-coupled (fibre core diameter 100 μm) laser diode (max power amplitude 20W, emission wavelength 968 nm) was used. The laser diode was operating in a pulsed regime (repetition rate 10 Hz, pumping pulse width 2 ms) to reduce parasitic thermal effects inside the gain medium. Stable Q-switching was obtained for laser output coupler reflectivity 70% and V:YAG initial transmission 70% at Yb laser emission wavelength. For the both tested active media the parameters of the generated giant pulses were similar. Pulses with duration of 2.5 ns (FWHM), energy about 0.3 mJ, and peak power up to 120kW were generated. The maximal Q-switched pulses repetition rate inside the single pumping pulse was 6.6 kHz in case of Yb:YAG and 8.6 kHz in case of Yb:LuAG. The beam transversal profile was close to the fundamental Gaussian mode. The output was partially polarized.
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Jan Šulc, Jan Šulc, Mateusz Kaskow, Mateusz Kaskow, Helena Jelínková, Helena Jelínková, Jan K. Jabczynski, Jan K. Jabczynski, "Diode pumped Yb-lasers Q-switched by V:YAG saturable absorber ", Proc. SPIE 9441, 19th Polish-Slovak-Czech Optical Conference on Wave and Quantum Aspects of Contemporary Optics, 94410I (5 December 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2086712; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2086712
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