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  • Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics
  • OSA Technical Digest (Optica Publishing Group, 1995),
  • paper CTuR1

Passively-Q-switched microchip laser and passively-mode-locked Nd:LSB laser demonstrated by using an A-FPSA

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Abstract

The new laser material Nd:LSB [Nd:LaSc3(BO3)4] has several interesting characteristics as compared to standard Nd3+-doped materials like YAG and YLF.1,2 It has a broad absorption bandwidth (3 nm), a short absorption length (110 µm for a 25% doping), and low internal losses—features that are important for efficient single-frequency operation of a microchip laser and for diode pumping. The broad gain bandwidth of 4 nm allows, in principle, for mode locking with sub-picosecond pulses with potentially high output power. By using an antiresonant Fabry-Perot saturable absorber3,4 (A-FPSA), we demonstrated both the passive Q-switching of a 400-µm-thick microchip laser and the passive mode locking of a Brewster-cut crystal in a standard 240-MHz cavity.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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