We develop a practical method to extend the power scale-up for a laser in a concave-plano cavity to be influenced by a large negative thermal lens. With the developed method, we successfully scale up the output power of a compact highpulse-energy passively Q-switched Nd:YLF laser at 1053 nm with the Cr 4+:YAG crystal as a saturable absorber. At an incident pump power of 12.6 W, the maximum output power under the optimum operation at 1053 nm reaches 2.61 W with a pulse width of 6 ns and a pulse repetition rate of 4.6 kHz. More importantly, we experimentally verify that the energy-transfer upconversion significantly enhances the negative focal length of thermal lens in the passively Q-switched Nd:YLF laser.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Laser Physics Letters|
|State||Published - 2 Oct 2012|
- Energy-transfer upconversion
- Passive Q-switching
- Thermal lens