, Volume 81, Issue 1, pp 49-52
Date: 26 May 2005

Passive Q-switching at 1.54 μm of an Er–Yb: GdCa4O(BO3)3 laser with a Co2+: MgAl2O4 saturable absorber

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We report, for the first time to our knowledge, efficient passive Q-switching of the 1.54-μm laser transition in an Er–Yb-doped crystalline medium. The laser configuration is a compact microchip design that is suitable for a range of practical applications such as range finding and lidar. The slope efficiency of 11.6%, pulse duration of 5–6 ns and average output power of 88 mW are all comparable with standard Er–Yb:glass lasers.