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Small signal gain investigations for a continuous-wave diode-pumped Q:switch Cr:LiSAF laser

Franck Falcoz 1 F. Kerboull 1 Frédéric Druon 1 François Balembois 1 Patrick Georges 1 Alain Brun 1 
1 Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique / Elsa
LCFIO - Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique
Abstract : We measured small-signal gain in a cw diode-pumped Cr:LiSAF and showed that upconversion and thermal quenching of f luorescence strongly limit small-signal gain. Then we optimized the gain in a Cr:LiSAF laser pumped by two 400-mW red diodes. In Q-switched operation, this laser produced tunable nanosecond pulses between 800 and 900 nm. At 850 nm, we obtained 230-ns pulses with an energy of 6.5 mJ at a repetition rate of 10 kHz
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Franck Falcoz, F. Kerboull, Frédéric Druon, François Balembois, Patrick Georges, et al.. Small signal gain investigations for a continuous-wave diode-pumped Q:switch Cr:LiSAF laser. Optics Letters, Optical Society of America - OSA Publishing, 1996, 21 (16), pp.1253-1255. ⟨hal-00691262⟩

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