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1-KHz BBO E-O Q-switched diode-pumped Er:glass laser experiment
Author(s): Ruikun Wu; John D. Myers; Scott J. Hamlin
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Paper Abstract

BBO is a popular nonlinear optical crystal typically used for frequency conversion. Recently, BBO was also used as electro- optic Q-Switch material. BBO was chosen as a good candidate material for use as an E-O Q-Switch for Er:Glass lasers because of its low insertion losses at 1.54 micrometer and high laser damage threshold (5GW/cm2, 10 ns). Traditional materials such as KD*P or LiNbO3 exhibit high insertion losses and/or low damage thresholds at 1.54 micrometer. As an added benefit, BBO does not exhibit a piezoelectric effect. All of these advantages make BBO an attractive Er:Glass E/O Q- switch for high peak and high average power applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3265, Solid State Lasers VII, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308658
Show Author Affiliations
Ruikun Wu, Kigre, Inc. (United States)
John D. Myers, Kigre, Inc. (United States)
Scott J. Hamlin, Kigre, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3265:
Solid State Lasers VII
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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