Ho:YVO4 solid-state saturable-absorber Q switch for a 2-μm Tm, Cr: Y3Al5O12 laser

Yen Kuang Kuo, Milton Birnbaum

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The holmium-doped yttrium orthovanadate (Ho:YVO4) crystal was shown to be an effective solid-state saturable-absorber Q switch for a flash-lamp-pumped Tm, Cr:Y3Al5O12 laser operating at 2.017 μm. A single Q-switched laser pulse of 3.5 mJ in energy and 45 ns in duration was observed with a 1-mm-thick 4% Ho:YVO4 solid-state saturable absorber, which was grown with the high-temperature-solutiongrowth method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-884
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Feb 20


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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