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LiNbO3 Pockels cell for Q-switch of Er:YAG laser
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Paper Abstract

Generation of a giant pulse of Er:YAG laser is complicated mainly due to the properties of the Er:YAG active medium itself. It is caused by the short lifetime of the upper laser level of Er:YAG crystal and a small gain for one pass of the radiation through the active medium. In our case, a specially designed LiNbO3 electrooptic shutter was used for Q-switching of Er:YAG laser. Brewster angles were employed at the LiNbO3 crystal faces to avoid the inclusion of a polarizer into the resonator. Even if Er:YAG crystal emission is naturally unpolarized we have found that polarization sensitive reflections at two Brewster-cut ends of Pockels cell are sufficient to reach extinction ratio necessary for giant pulse generation. By help of theoretical analysis based on Jones calculus was found the dependency of Pockels cell radiation transmission on applied voltage. Calculated transmission of Brewster-Brewster LiNbO3 Pockels cell operating in quarter-wave regime was 30% in closed state. Theoretically and experimentally was found, that for 25 mm long LiNbO3 crystal voltage 1.5 kV is sufficient for Q-switching. With described Pockels cell was realized stable running Q-switched Er:YAG laser system. The generated giant pulse length and energy was 70 ns and 30 mJ, respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5332, Solid State Lasers XIII: Technology and Devices, (8 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.525990
Show Author Affiliations
Jan Sulc, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Helena Jelinkova, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Petr Koranda, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Michal Nemec, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Miroslav Cech, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5332:
Solid State Lasers XIII: Technology and Devices
Richard Scheps; Hanna J. Hoffman, Editor(s)

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