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Q-Switching

  • Walter Koechner
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 1)

Abstract

A mode of laser operation extensively employed for the generation of high pulse power is known as Q-spoiling or Q-switching. It has been so designated because the optical Q of the resonant cavity is altered when this technique is used [8.1, 2]. As was discussed in Chap. 3, the quality factor Q is defined as the ratio of the energy stored in the cavity to the energy loss per cycle. Consequently, the higher the quality factor, the lower the losses.

Keywords

Peak Power Saturable Absorber Population Inversion Photon Density Pockels Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Koechner
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  1. 1.Fibertek, Inc.HerndonUSA

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