Progress in Q-switching of Nd:YAG lasers using Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber

Y. Shimony, Z. Burshtein, Y. Kalisky, A. Ben-Amar Baranga, M. Strauss

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We demonstrate the performances of pulsed and CW pumped Nd:YAG lasers, passively Q-switched with Cr4+: YAG saturable absorbers. Losses contributed by the active Cr4+ ions relate to their excited state absorption. Repetitive Q-switching of the CW pumped Nd:YAG laser was achieved for the first time, providing pulses 80-300 ns wide (FWHM) with repetition rates between 2 and 29 kHz. This laser is applicable where exact pulse timing is not required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-504
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nonlinear Optical Physics and Materials
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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