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V:YAG saturable absorber for flash-lamp and diode-pumped solid state lasers
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Paper Abstract

V:YAG saturable absorber was used for efficient Q-switching and mode-locking of Nd:YAG and Nd:YAP flash-lamp or diode pumped lasers operating in 1.3 mm region. Crystals of Yttrium-Aluminum Garnet (YAG) doped with three-valence vanadium V3+ in tetrahedral position (V:YAG) were grown using of Czochralski method in reducing protective atmosphere. High purity oxides were used for crystal growth (Y2O3 (5N), Al2O3 (5N), V2O5 (4N)). Concentration of V2O5 in the melt reached up to 1 wt. %. Discs of the diameter 5 or 10 mm and of various thickness were machined from grown V:YAG crystals. The discs were both sides polished and AR coated so that minimum reflectivity at 1.08 and 1.34 microns was reached. The initial transmission of the saturable absorber was dependent on the sample's thickness and its annealing process. We report stability improvement of passively mode-locked (by these V:YAG crystals) Nd:YAP flash-lamp pumped lasers. The maximum output energy 53 mJ at wavelength 1340 nm was obtained for Nd:YAP flash-lamp pumped laser operating at repetition rate 5 Hz. Mode-locked train envelope width was measured to be 22 ns (FWHM). Individual pulses inside the train were shorter than 1 ns. Also results with composite Nd:YAG rod Q-switched by V:YAG crystal and with Nd:YAG/V:YAG monolith rod under CW longitudinal diode pumping was obtained and compared. These laser systems represent new powerfull sources in the near infrared region.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5460, Solid State Lasers and Amplifiers, (1 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.544822
Show Author Affiliations
Jan Sulc, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Helena Jelinkova, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Michal Nemec, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Karel Nejezchleb, Crytur, Ltd. (Czech Republic)
Vaclav Skoda, Crytur, Ltd. (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5460:
Solid State Lasers and Amplifiers
Alphan Sennaroglu; James G. Fujimoto; Clifford R. Pollock, Editor(s)

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