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  • Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics
  • OSA Technical Digest (Optica Publishing Group, 1996),
  • paper CTuP5

Passively Q-switched 180-ps Nd:LSB microchip laser

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Abstract

We demonstrate a Nd:LaSc3(BO3)4 (Nd: LSB) microchip laser passively Q-switched by an antiresonant Fabry-Perot saturable absorber (A-FPSA),1 and have achieved the shortest reported pulses from a passively Q-switched solid-state laser (Fig. 1). We measured single-frequency, TEM00, 180-ps FWHM pulses with 0.1-μJ pulse energy at a repetition rate of 110 kHz, resulting in a peak power of approximately 500 W at an average power of 11 mW. With diodepumping we achieved similar performance with pulses as short as 200 ps.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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