A chirp-compensated, injection-seeded alexandrite laser

P Bakule*, PEG Baird, MG Boshier, SL Cornish, DF Heller, K Jungmann, IC Lane, Franc Meyer, PHG Sandars, WT Toner, M Towrie, JC Walling

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A Q-switched alexandrite laser suitable for high-resolution spectroscopy is described which produces pulses of 35 mJ energy in a 10 MHz bandwidth, with a high-purity TEM00 mode. The laser can be synchronised to external event to within 100 ns. The output pulse length is 120 ns and the repetition rate 25 Hz. The laser is injection-seeded by a Ti:sapphire laser operating around 730 nm. to preserve single-mode seeding under external triggering conditions, and to obtain small time-jitter, active cavity length control was used. In order to achieve the 10 MHz output bandwidth, intra-cavity electro-optic modulators were used to compensate for the frequency chirp. The refractive index of;alexandrite was found to vary linearly with inversion density with a constant of proportionality equal to 1.6 x 10(-24) cm(3). In pulsed operation at 730 nm, the index change due to this effect is only partially compensated by changes due to ground state phonon relaxation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2000



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