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  1. sometimes known as giant pulse formation, is a technique by which a laser can be made to produce a pulsed output beam

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    created by user picturefactobot on March 26, 2009
  2. The technique allows the production of light pulses with extremely high (gigawatt) peak power, much higher than would be produced by the same laser if it were operating in a continuous wave (constant output) mode

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  3. lasers are often used in applications which demand high laser intensities in nanosecond pulses, such metal cutting or pulsed holography. Nonlinear optics often takes advantage of the high peak powers of these lasers, offering applications such as 3D

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  4. Compared to modelocking, another technique for pulse generation with lasers, Q-switching leads to much lower pulse repetition rates, much higher pulse energies, and much longer pulse durations

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  5. Both techniques are sometimes applied at once

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