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Configuration Q-switching in a diode-pumped multirod variable-configuration resonator

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4 Author(s)
MacDonald, M.P. ; Inst. of Appl. Phys., Bern Univ., Switzerland ; Graf, T. ; Balmer, J.E. ; Weber, H.P.

We report on a novel technique for Q-switching at high repetition rates, where the change in the Q of the cavity is due to the capability of a variable-configuration multirod resonator (VCR) to switch between an unstable Fabry-Perot configuration and a stable ring configuration. The switching between the configurations is accomplished simply by the means of a Pockels cell. Using the new Q-switching technique, 35-ns-long pulses with a peak power of 17 kW at a repetition rate of 4 kHz, giving an average power of 2.4 W, were obtained

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

Feb 1998

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