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Optically triggered Cr:YAG Q-switched Nd:YAG laser
Author(s): Brian Cole; Alan Hays; Jonathan Lei; Bradley Schilling; Lew Goldberg
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Paper Abstract

The method of optical triggering using a brass board architecture for a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser by direct bleaching of a Cr:YAG saturable absorber was determined to be effective in reducing the pulse-to-pulse timing jitter. A miniaturized triggering setup was employed to enable the brass board operation of the optically triggered laser. A 3mm wide minilaser diode bar (1024nm) with collimated emission was mounted on a compact heat sink and used to bleach the Cr:YAG saturable absorber from a direction orthogonal to the lasing axis. A compact 300A pulse driver, with <0.5 μs rise time and 3-5 μs duration, was developed for pulsing the 3mm diode bar. These components were combined to demonstrate a compact brassboard implementation of the optically triggered passively Q-switched laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7912, Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices, 79120X (15 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.873937
Show Author Affiliations
Brian Cole, U.S. Army, RDECOM CERDEC (United States)
Alan Hays, U.S. Army, RDECOM CERDEC (United States)
Jonathan Lei, U.S. Army, RDECOM CERDEC (United States)
Bradley Schilling, U.S. Army, RDECOM CERDEC (United States)
Lew Goldberg, U.S. Army, RDECOM CERDEC (United States)

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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