Scaling Q-switched microchip lasers for shortest pulses

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We evaluate the design of Q-switched microchip lasers to examine the limit of their scaling to shorter picosecond pulses. A numerical model based on the laser rate equations is developed and used to predict the output characteristics of prospective laser designs. Based on the modeled results, we employ a SESAM as a passive Q-switch and thin crystals of Nd:YVO4 as a gain medium to experimentally demonstrate the production of pulses as short as 22 ps.

LanguageEnglish
Pages81-88
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Volume109
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

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In: Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics, Vol. 109, No. 1, 10.2012, p. 81-88.

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