A model of a QCW diode pumped passively Q-switched solid state laser

C. J. Mercer, Yuen Hong Tsang, D. J. Binks

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We present here a model of a QCW diode pumped passively Q-switched laser. Both numerical and approximate analytical solutions to the laser rate equations are described for a range of parameter values including output coupler reflectivity, pump power and doping levels within the saturable absorber. In particular, the conditions that result in a single output pulse per pump pulse are investigated. Pulse duration and pulse energy are also calculated. The example case of a QCW diode pumped Cr,Nd:YAG crystal is considered. The model is verified by comparison to experimental results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1685-1694
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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