Note: A high performance pulse energy detector for Q-switched laser based on photoacoustic effect

Huang, Xiao-Chun; Guo, Xiao-Zhi; Weng, Yu-Xiang
April 2011
Review of Scientific Instruments;Apr2011, Vol. 82 Issue 4, p046103
Academic Journal
A high performance pulse energy detector is developed based on photoacoustic effect. Different from the detectors reported before which also utilized photoacoustic effect, our detector can measure the energy of each pulse output from a Q-switched laser and monitor the pulse energy fluctuation in real time owing to the signal processing circuit designed. By comparing with a commercial laser energy meter, our detector is proved to be of high sensitivity and accuracy. We test the detector under illumination of different pulse energy at varied wavelengths, and the results demonstrate that the detector has a broad spectral response and a dynamical energy range. Besides, the measurements of this detector will not be affected by the background light according to the principle of photoacoustic effect.


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