Pulse symmetry and pulse duration compression in a diode-pumped doubly passively Q-switched Nd:YVO4 lasers with Cr4+:YAG and GaAs saturable absorbers
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- Yang, K., Zhao, S. & Li, G. Appl. Phys. B (2005) 81: 633. doi:10.1007/s00340-005-1944-9
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We present a simple technique to improve the symmetry of pulse emitted by doubly passively Q-switched lasers. Using both Cr4+:YAG and GaAs saturable absorbers in the same cavity, a diode-pumped doubly passively Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser is realized for the fist time. This laser can generate more symmetric pulse with shorter pulse width and higher peak power compared with the solely passively Q-switched laser with Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber or GaAs coupler. The pulse symmetry factor ε of such a doubly passively Q-switched laser is experimentally shown to reach 1.05. Simulations by a rate-equation model for doubly passively Q-switched laser are in close agreement with the experimental results.