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Noise performances of a high-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 oscillator
Author(s): Marie-Christine Nadeau; Stéphane Petit; Philippe Balcou; Sébastien Montant; Christophe Simon-Boisson
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Paper Abstract

We report on an experimental investigation of the noise properties of an free-running, high-power, picosecond Nd:YVO4 oscillator pumped by a 100 W laser diode. The amplitude noise has been measured with a photodiode and an electronic spectrum analyser, and then compared with other mode-locked oscillator's noise spectrum. We show that in terms of noise properties, our powerful oscillator is comparable with low-power oscillators such like low-noise Ti:Sapphire oscillators. We also show that the frequency doubling does not affect the amplitude noise of the oscillator. High power diode pumping is then not an issue to get low-noise high-power oscillators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7912, Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices, 791223 (3 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.873885
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Marie-Christine Nadeau, Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France)
Thales Optronique SA (France)
Stéphane Petit, Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France)
Philippe Balcou, Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France)
Sébastien Montant, Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France)
Christophe Simon-Boisson, Thales Optronique SA (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7912:
Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Norman Hodgson; Ramesh Shori, Editor(s)

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