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The physical basis and modeling of Cr[sup]4+[/sup]-based saturable absorbers
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Paper Abstract

This paper summarizes the physics and experimental results pertaining saturable absorbers based on Cr4+ doped crystals, in several types of diode-pumped Nd and Yb - doped solid state lasers. The paper focuses on the understanding and on analyzing the saturation curves of several Cr4+ garnets and other crystals (such as forsterite). Several systems of passively Q-switched diode-pumped lasers and microlasers were also described, and their performance in terms of average output power, pulsewidth and repetition rates were described and analyzed. Analytical models which use some measured physical constants were used to predict the Q-switched laser performance.

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Date Published: 17 February 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7582, Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications IX, 758219 (17 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.842598
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Yehoshua Kalisky, Nuclear Research Ctr. Negev (Israel)
Ofra Kalisky, Jerusalem College of Technology (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7582:
Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications IX
Peter E. Powers, Editor(s)

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