We demonstrate stable continuous-wave operation of a Cr:forsterite laser pumped by a cw Nd:YAG laser at 288 K. We use no choppers to limit the duty cycle of the cw system. The proper adjustment of the pump- and cavity-mode overlap based on the ABCD concept simulation eliminates the output power decrease at the high-level pump power. An output power of 1.1 W and slope efficiency of 26% are derived.
© 1997 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 6, 1997
Revised Manuscript: June 26, 1997
Published: November 20, 1997
Nickolay Zhavoronkov, Aleksander Avtukh, and Victor Mikhailov, "Chromium-doped forsterite laser with 1.1 W of continuous-wave output power at room temperature," Appl. Opt. 36, 8601-8605 (1997)