Glass doped with PbS quantum dots as a saturable absorber for 1-mu m neodymium lasers

A M Malyarevich, Vasili Savitski, P V Prokoshin, N N Posnov, K V Yumashev, E Raaben, A A Zhilin

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Abstract

Saturable-absorber mode locking and Q switching of neodymium-doped lasers at 1.06 mum with a PbS-doped glass were demonstrated. Q-switched pulses of 0.3 muJ in energy and 15 ns in duration from a cw diode-pumped Nd3+:KGd(WO4)(2) laser and ultrashort pulses of 18 muJ in energy and 70 ps in duration from a Nd3+:Y3Al5O12 laser were obtained. The saturation intensity of the PbS-doped glass (with an average semiconductor crystallite radius of 1.7 nm) was estimated to be 2.3 MW/cm(2) at 1.06 mum. The bleaching relaxation time was measured to be 23 ps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2002

Keywords

  • passive mode locking
  • pulse generation
  • lasers

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