Abstract

30-pps 30-mJ 10-ns FWHM pulses have been obtained in Nd:YAG laser systems with LiF crystal containing F2- color centers as the passive Q-Switch modulator. The saturation level of F2- color centers in the host crystal and the annealing phenomena of LiF: F2- crystal were investigated. These observations make this room temperature stable color center crystal superb as a high power, high repetition rate neodymium laser passive modulator.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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