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Passive mode locking of a flash lamp Nd:YAG laser with nonlinear rotation polarization in type II frequency doubling crystal
Author(s): Vincent Couderc; S. Louis; Frederic Louradour; Alain Barthelemy
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Paper Abstract

We report an experimental study of passive mode-locking of a flash-pumped Nd:YAG laser using for the first time a non- linear polarization rotation effect in a type II crystal cut for second harmonic generation. The mode-locking regime is self-starting and produces pulses of 20 ps duration with more than 100 uj per pulse. We developed a numerical model to calculate laser pulse steady-state temporal profile as a function of group velocity mismatch between fundamental and second harmonic pulses and group velocity dispersions in the nonlinear crystal. It takes also into account on laser medium and resonator characteristics insuring perfect second order dispersion compensation during one round trip in the cavity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3942, Rare-Earth-Doped Materials and Devices IV, (13 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.382859
Show Author Affiliations
Vincent Couderc, Univ. de Limoges (France)
S. Louis, Univ. de Limoges (France)
Frederic Louradour, Univ. de Limoges (France)
Alain Barthelemy, Univ. de Limoges (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3942:
Rare-Earth-Doped Materials and Devices IV
Shibin Jiang, Editor(s)

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