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Q-switch of a continuously pumped CO2 laser with a scanning coupled-cavity Michelson mirror

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Abstract

We report on the possibility of Q-switching a continuously pumped CO2 laser using a scanning Michelson interferometer as an end mirror, instead of the habitual well-known strategies. This method, in addition to its simplicity, produces free tail relaxation pulses having duration of about 1.3 µs, which is comparable to what can be obtained when using a saturable absorber. A pulse repetition frequency as high as 90 kHz is obtained.
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cea-00325159 , version 1 (26-09-2008)

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Karim Battou, Kamel Aït Ameur, Omar Ziane. Q-switch of a continuously pumped CO2 laser with a scanning coupled-cavity Michelson mirror. Optics Communications, 2008, 281, pp.5234-5238. ⟨cea-00325159⟩
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