Comparison between c-cut and a-cut Nd:YVO4 lasers passively Q-switched with a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber

Yung-Fu Chen*, Yu-Pin Lan

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Abstract

Comparison between c-cut and a-cut Nd:YVO4 microchip lasers passively Q-switched with a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber is experimentally made. The lower emission cross section of the c-cut Nd:YVO4 crystal can enhance the passive Q-switching effect to produce a peak power 10 times higher than that obtained with the a-cut crystal. The experimental result further reveals that a c-cut Nd:YVO4 crystal is a very convenient material for short-pulse (sub-nanosecond) and high-peak-power (> 10 kW) lasers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-418
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Volume74
Issue number4-5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2002

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