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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 1988
  • pp: 2677–2684

Titanium sapphire laser characteristics

W. R. Rapoport and Chandra P. Khattak  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 13, pp. 2677-2684 (1988)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.27.002677


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Abstract

The titanium-doped sapphire (Ti:Al2O3) laser is a relatively recent addition to the class of widely tunable lasers. Recent material growth has provided samples of high optical quality and high figure of merit. Cross sections, tuning methods, and large boule evaluation of heat exchanger method growth runs are discussed.

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Original Manuscript: June 5, 1987
Published: July 1, 1988

Citation
W. R. Rapoport and Chandra P. Khattak, "Titanium sapphire laser characteristics," Appl. Opt. 27, 2677-2684 (1988)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-27-13-2677


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References

  1. Operation of the Ti:Al2O3 laser was first reported by Moulton at the Twelfth International Quantum Electronics Conference, Munich (June 1982). Brief articles appeared in Physics News in 1982, P. F. Schewe, Ed. (American Institute of Physics, New York, 1983) and in Solid State Research Report (Lincoln Laboratory, MIT, 1982–1983), pp. 15–21. A more complete description of Moulton’s efforts was in “Recent Advances in Transition-Metal-Doped Lasers,” in Tunable Solid State Lasers, Springer Series in Optical Sciences, P. Hammerling, A. Budgor, A. Pinto, Eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1985), pp. 4–10. Work by others include P. Lacovara, L. Esterowitz, R. Allen, “Flash-lamp Pumped Ti:Al2O3 Laser Using Fluorescent Conversion,” Opt. Lett. 10, 273 (1985); G. F. Albrecht, J. M. Eggleston, J. J. Ewing, “Measurements of Ti3+:Al2O3 as a Lasing Material,” Opt. Commun. 52, 401 (1985); B. K. Sevastyanov et al., “Tunable Laser Based on Al2O3:Ti3+ Crystal,” Sov. Phys. Crystallogr. 29, 566 (1984). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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