Applied Physics B

, Volume 74, Issue 4–5, pp 415–418

Comparison between c-cut and a-cut Nd:YVO4 lasers passively Q-switched with a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber

  • Y.-F. Chen
  • Y.P. Lan
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Abstract.

Comparison between c-cut and a-cut Nd:YVO4 microchip lasers passively Q-switched with a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber is experimentally made. The lower emission cross section of the c-cut Nd:YVO4 crystal can enhance the passive Q-switching effect to produce a peak power 10 times higher than that obtained with the a-cut crystal. The experimental result further reveals that a c-cut Nd:YVO4 crystal is a very convenient material for short-pulse (sub-nanosecond) and high-peak-power (>10 kW) lasers.

PACS: 42.60.B; 42.65; 42.70 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Y.-F. Chen
    • 1
  • Y.P. Lan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University, 1001 TA Hsueh Road, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 30050TW
  2. 2.Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, 1001 TA Hsueh Road, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 30050TW

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