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Noise performances of a high-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 oscillator

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Marie-Christine Nadeau

Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France) and Thales Optronique SA (France)

Stéphane Petit, Philippe Balcou, Sébastien Montant

Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France)

Christophe Simon-Boisson

Thales Optronique SA (France)

Proc. SPIE 7912, Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices, 791223 (March 03, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.873885
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  • Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices
  • W. Andrew Clarkson; Norman Hodgson; Ramesh Shori
  • San Francisco, California, USA | January 22, 2011

abstract

We report on an experimental investigation of the noise properties of an free-running, high-power, picosecond Nd:YVO4 oscillator pumped by a 100 W laser diode. The amplitude noise has been measured with a photodiode and an electronic spectrum analyser, and then compared with other mode-locked oscillator's noise spectrum. We show that in terms of noise properties, our powerful oscillator is comparable with low-power oscillators such like low-noise Ti:Sapphire oscillators. We also show that the frequency doubling does not affect the amplitude noise of the oscillator. High power diode pumping is then not an issue to get low-noise high-power oscillators.

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Marie-Christine Nadeau ; Stéphane Petit ; Philippe Balcou ; Sébastien Montant and Christophe Simon-Boisson
"Noise performances of a high-power picosecond Nd:YVO4 oscillator", Proc. SPIE 7912, Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices, 791223 (March 03, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.873885; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.873885


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