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Nd:YAG laser Q-switched by LiF:F-2 saturable absorbers in various resonator configurations
Author(s): Traian Dascalu; Nicolaie A. Pavel; R. Florescu
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Paper Abstract

In order to increase the service life of the passive Q-switch crystals some LiF:F2 saturable absorber crystals were investigated in different linear resonators: (1) two-mirror, and (2) three-mirror configurations. An active Nd:YAG media laser was pumped with milliseconds pulses (width up to 10 ms) at a repetition rate adjustable over 1 - 10 Hz range. During the experiments the pulse durations, repetition rate of Q-switched pulses in train of pulses, peak powers, beam divergences, pulses energies and average powers were measured. Depending on the characteristics of LiF:F2 crystals and pumping pulse width, trains of tens to hundreds pulses during a single pumping pulse were obtained. A discussion on the stability of the laser emission and on the service life of the saturable absorber crystals used in these configuration is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 1995
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 2461, ROMOPTO '94: Fourth Conference in Optics, (8 March 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.203518
Show Author Affiliations
Traian Dascalu, Institute of Atomic Physics (Romania)
Nicolaie A. Pavel, Institute of Atomic Physics (Romania)
R. Florescu, Institute of Atomic Physics (Romania)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2461:
ROMOPTO '94: Fourth Conference in Optics
Valentin I. Vlad, Editor(s)

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