Stable Q-switched mode-locked Nd3+:LuVO4 laser by Cr4+:YAG crystal.

Department of Electro-Optical Engineering & Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan .
Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.53). 11/2008; 16(21):16538-45. DOI: 10.1364/OE.16.016538
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ABSTRACT In use of saturable Cr(4+):YAG crystals, we have demonstrated the stable Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) operation of the Nd:LuVO(4) laser. The operation range of QML in use of the Cr(4+):YAG is larger than that use of SESAM and NLM. The obtained shape of Q-switched envelope, repetition rate and pulse energy are demonstrated to depend on the initial transmittance of the Cr(4+):YAG and reflectivity of the output coupler. Using R = 60% and T(0) = 40%, the highest pulse energy of 77 microJ of each Q-switched envelope, and the highest peak power about 200 kW of Q-switched mode-locked pulses can be obtained at 15 W pump power. It demonstrate the superior characteristic of the Nd:LuVO(4) crystal.

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