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Highly efficient passively Q-switched Tm,Ho:GdVO4 laser with kilowatt peak power
Author(s): Yanqiu Du; Baoquan Yao; Wei Liu; Zheng Cui; Xiaoming Duan; Youlun Ju; Hong Yu
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Paper Abstract

We present the experimental results on the laser characteristics of diode-pumped passively Q-switched Tm,Ho:GdVO4 and Tm,Ho:YVO4 lasers with a Cr2+:ZnS saturable absorber emitting in the 2-μm range. The Tm,Ho:GdVO4 laser exhibits better performance than the Tm,Ho:YVO4 laser. The minimum pulse duration of 32.7 ns is obtained with the pulse energy of 0.30 mJ, corresponding to the peak power of 9.1 kW. The slope efficiencies of continuous wave and passively Q-switched Tm,Ho:GdVO4 lasers are 49.9% and 36.5%, corresponding to the Q-switching efficiency of 70.2%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 April 2016
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 55(4) 046112 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.55.4.046112
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 55, Issue 4
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Yanqiu Du, Heilongjiang University of Science and Technology (China)
Baoquan Yao, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Wei Liu, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Zheng Cui, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Xiaoming Duan, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Youlun Ju, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Hong Yu, First Technology Office (China)

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