Absorption saturation properties and laser Q-switch performance of Cr5+-doped YVO4 crystal

Svetlana Zolotovskaya (Lead / Corresponding author), Konstantin V. Yumashev, Nikolay V. Kuleshov, V.N. Matrosov, T.A. Matrosova, M. I. Kupchenko

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    The ground-state and excited-state absorption cross sections of a Cr5+:YVO4 single crystal were determined by the intensity-dependant transmission measurements to be(2.0±0.4)×10-18 cm2 and less than 0.1×10-18 cm2 at 1.08 μm, respectively. The bleaching relaxation time of the Cr5+:YVO4 crystal was estimated to be 3.5±1.5 ns. Passive Q-switching of a diode-pumped Yb3+:YVO4 laser with the Cr5+:YVO4 saturable absorber was realized.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)667 - 671
    Number of pages5
    JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2006

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