Abstract

In this paper we suggest a new use for single heterostructure semiconductor lasers as a source of high power pulses of coherent light with halfwidths of the order of 10 psec, repetition rates up to hundreds of hertz and tunable photon energy output. Our suggestion is based on the behavior shown by single heterostructure lasers at the Q-switching regime of operation when they exhibit the properties mentioned above.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

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