We present an efficient and compact passively Q-switched flash-lamp-pumped Nd:Ce:YAG singlelongitudinal-mode (SLM) laser system. With Cr4+:YAG as a saturable absorber, we design a three-plan resonant reflector for generating smooth SLM Q-switched pulses. We provide a theoretical calculation and optimization of the resonant reflector for improving the longitudinal-mode selection ability. We obtain a stable SLM output with a single-pulse energy of 10 mJ and a pulse width of 10.7 ns at 10 Hz. The near-diffraction-limited beam-quality parameter M2 is less than 1.5. The system can operate with a repetition rate from 1 to 10 Hz. We achieve the stable laser operation with less than 3% fluctuation of the pulse energy within 10,000 shots.
- single-longitudinal-mode (SLM) Q-switched Nd:Ce:YAG