Semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror passively Q-switched Yb:YAG microchip laser

Xia Yin Xia Yin, Junqing Meng Junqing Meng, Jifeng Zu Jifeng Zu, Weibiao Chen Weibiao Chen
2013 Chinese Optics Letters (COL)  
A compact passively Q-switched Yb:YAG microchip laser is demonstrated. Featuring a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror (SESAM), the laser yields pulses of 219 ps when the length of the microchip Yb:YAG crystal is 100 µm and the beam quality is M 2 < 1.3. To the best of our knowledge, pulses from the proposed laser are the shortest Q-switching pulses obtained from Yb:YAG microchip lasers currently available.
doi:10.3788/col201311.081402 fatcat:lqemlyjubraengrhvtdhvvj53y