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Low-voltage Q switching of diode-pumped Er:Yb:glass laser by a BBO Pockels cell
Author(s): Alain M. Chardon; Ilan Grave; Joel Falk
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Paper Abstract

Seeded Q-switched pulsing in a diode-pumped Er-Yb glass laser has been experimentally demonstrated. The Q-switch is a beta-barium borate Pockels cell. The voltage applied to the BBO is much lower than the voltage needed to hold off the laser. This allows low-power, free-running lasing to seed the Q-switched laser-pulse. Q-switched operation is accomplished with a reduction by a facto of 5 to 8 below the full hold-off voltage. Measurements on this system also allows an estimation of the time of the energy transfer between Yb and Er ions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 1999
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4016, Photonics, Devices, and Systems, (29 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.373639
Show Author Affiliations
Alain M. Chardon, Univ. of Pittsburg (United Kingdom)
Ilan Grave, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
Joel Falk, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4016:
Photonics, Devices, and Systems
Miroslav Hrabovsky; Pavel Tomanek; Miroslav Miler, Editor(s)

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