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Q-switched rate equations for diode side-pumped slab and zigzag slab lasers including Gaussian beam shapes

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2 Author(s)
Kay, R.B. ; Dept. of Phys., American Univ., Washington, DC, USA ; Poulios, D.

A set of rate equations accounting for the transverse spatial distributions of both the laser mode and inversion density is developed for side-pumped Q-switched oscillators. The equations can be reduced to a simple form by assuming a Gaussian laser mode, a one-dimensional Gaussian pump beam and a few additional basic assumptions, allowing for rapid numerical solution. The derived spatial rate equations are then used to model an experimentally well-characterized Nd+3:YAG zigzag slab laser to demonstrate their simplicity and accuracy in predicting oscillator performance.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 10 )

Date of Publication:

Oct. 2005

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