Single longitudinal mode selection of high power actively Q-switched lasers

Hanna, D.C., Luther-Davies, B. and Smith, R.C. (1972) Single longitudinal mode selection of high power actively Q-switched lasers. Optical and Quantum Electronics , 4, (3), 249-256. (doi:10.1007/BF02334395).


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A Pockels cell Q-switch has been operated in a manner analogous to a saturable absorber by initially keeping the cell partly open for the first 1000 or so double passes and then opening it completely at a pre-set resonator power. This then allows simple and reliable selection of a single longitudinal mode. A detailed discussion is given of the design considerations which lead to the correct choice of mode-selecting device. With three different devices, a TEMoo mode Nd:CaWO4 laser has produced 400 kW pulses in a single longitudinal mode with a shot-to-shot frequency stability of ~ 0.01 /cm.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/BF02334395
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ISSNs: 1572-817X (electronic)
0306-8919 (print)
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Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 78820
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:14

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