A gain-switched laser transition, of a two-laser-transition cascade laser, that is driven by the adjacent laser transition which is Q-switched is demonstrated using a Ho3+ -doped fluoride fiber laser. Q-switching the 5|6 ? 5|7 transition at 3.002 µm produces stable gain-switched pulses from the 5|7 ? 5|8 transition at 2.074 µm; however, Q-switching the 5|7 ? 5|8 transition produced multiple gain switched pulses from the 5|6 ? 5|7 transition. The gain-switched pulses were measured to be of a similar duration to the Q-switched pulses suggesting that much shorter pulses of closer duration could be generated at pump power higher levels.
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