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Wavelength-tunable, sub-picosecond pulses from a passively Q-switched microchip laser system

: Lehneis, Reinhold; Steinmetz, Alexander; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas


Optics Letters 38 (2013), No.14, pp.2478-2480
ISSN: 0146-9592
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IOF ()

We present a novel concept to generate sub-picosecond pulses from a passively Q-switched Nd:YVO4 microchip laser system with an adjustable wavelength shift up to a few tens of nanometers around the original emission wavelength of 1064 nm. This concept comprises two stages: one that carries out a nonlinear compression of fiber-amplified microchip pulses and a subsequent stage in which the compressed pulses are coupled into a further waveguide structure followed by a bandpass filter. In a proof-of-principle experiment, pedestal-free 0.62 ps long pulses have been demonstrated with a wavelength shift to 1045 nm.