Compact efficient intracavity optical parametric oscillator with a passively Q-switched Nd: YVO 4 /Cr 4+ : YAG laser in a hemispherical cavity

Yung-Fu Chen*, S. W. Chen, Y. C. Chen, Yu-Pin Lan, S. W. Tsai

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Abstract

A compact eye-safe optical parametric oscillator (OPO) using a noncritically phase-matched KTP crystal intracavity pumped by a passively Q-switched Nd:YVO 4 laser is experimentally demonstrated. To enhance the performance of passive Q-switching, a Cr 4+ :YAG saturable absorber crystal is coated as an OPO output coupler in a nearly hemispherical cavity. With an incident pump power of 2.5 W, the compact intracavity OPO cavity, operating at 62.5 kHz, produces average powers at 1573 nm up to 255 mW and peak powers higher than 1 kW.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-495
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Volume77
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2003

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