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12 November 2010 High-power, mode-locking, external-cavity feedback diode-pumped laser based on SHG in PPKTP
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The generation of high-power green laser is important for the numerous applications in industry, medicine, research and even entertainment. In addition, mode-locked lasers operating at ~100 MHz repetition rate, are particularly attractive for nonlinear optics and spectroscopy. Characteristics of high-power, mode-locking green radiation obtained by Nd:YVO4 at 1064nm in the nonlinear crystals of PPKTP are studied. Two identical highly efficient diode-pumped laser heads placed in a plane-plane resonator are used for the input laser based on theoretically investigation of the thermally stable region of Nd:YVO4 rod. The PPKTP crystal of Brewster-cut is used in the external cavity configuration, the cavity losses is significantly smaller than for an antireflection(AR) coated crystal cut for normal incident, however, the effective nonlinearity is reduction. Frequency doubling nonlinear mirror(FDNLM) based on intensity dependent reflection in the laser cavity is used for the laser mode-locking. A stable green output power of 510W with pulse repetition rate of 100MHz and net conversion efficiency of η=50% at an input mode-matched power of 2KW are obtained. Meanwhile, thermal effects in the nonlinear crystal severely limit the efficiency of the laser configuration when using high pump power.
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Wenchao Li, Zhengjun Liu, Hongdong Zhao, and Zhiquan Li "High-power, mode-locking, external-cavity feedback diode-pumped laser based on SHG in PPKTP", Proc. SPIE 7844, Semiconductor Lasers and Applications IV, 78441H (12 November 2010);

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