Self-frequency-doubling ytterbium lasers

Judith M. Dawes, Peter Dekker, Philip Burns, James A. Piper

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Abstract

Ytterbium-doped self-frequency-doubling lasers offer high efficiency, tunable, visible and near-infrared, cw and pulsed operation from compact devices. We review the performance of ytterbium-doped yttrium aluminium borate (Yb:YAB) self-frequency-doubling lasers. Because of the detailed dynaMisc of the interaction of the nonlinear pulse shaping process for mode-locking or for Q-switching self-frequency-doubled lasers, we observe pulse lengthening in each process when frequency doubling is optimised, with high average output power. However, for continuous wave operation, the self-frequency doubling process may be optimised to give highly efficient, robust, widely-tunable output in the visible as well as fundamental output in the infrared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-104
Number of pages4
JournalOptical Review
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

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