Abstract

An efficient LED pumping module is explored for the demonstration of energy scaling of passively Q-switched output to millijoule high-pulse-energy level. For the free-running operation at fundamental wavelength, the highest optical conversion efficiency of 23.7% is reached. By using a Cr4+:YAG crystal as the saturable absorber, the passively Q-switched output energy is up to 14.5 mJ in a compact setup. The laser resonator is further optimized to shorten the output pulse width and to obtain better mode quality. The pulse width of the Q-switched emission is as short as 25 ns, and the peak power is up to 0.7 MW. With such a highly efficient configuration, the extracavity second-harmonic generation at 532 nm can be achieved with 4.5 mJ pulse energy.

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