OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics


  • Vol. 36, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 1997
  • pp: 8606–8610

Diode-pumped, room-temperature Tm:YAP laser

Ian F. Elder and John Payne  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 33, pp. 8606-8610 (1997)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (712 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Room-temperature operation of a continuous-wave Tm:YAP laser is reported. A 3 W laser diode in an end-pumped geometry is used to generate 730 mW of thulium laser output, which represents a conversion efficiency of 42% in terms of absorbed pump power. The laser operates on a number of lines in the wavelength range 1.965 to 2.020 μm.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 12, 1997
Published: November 20, 1997

Ian F. Elder and John Payne, "Diode-pumped, room-temperature Tm:YAP laser," Appl. Opt. 36, 8606-8610 (1997)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. M Storm, “Coherent 2-μm sources burst into wind-shear detection,” Laser Focus World, 117–122 (April1991).
  2. B Ropoulos, “Medical lasers: new wavelengths, new designs enhance cost effectiveness,” Photon. Spectra, June1996, pp. 116–120.
  3. J. G. Manni, “High powered delivery: fiberoptic laser surgery,” Opt. Photon. News, July1996, pp. 23–28.
  4. J. G. Manni, “Solid-state lasers in medicine today,” Lasers Optronics, April1992, pp. 17–20.
  5. S. R. Bowman, J. G. Lynn, S. K. Searles, B. J. Feldman, J. McMahon, W. Whitney, D. Epp, G. J. Quarles, K. J. Riley, “High-average-power operation of a Q-switched diode-pumped holmium laser,” Opt. Lett. 18, 1724–1726 (1993). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. L. A. Pomeranz, P. A. Budni, P. G. Schunemann, T. M. Pollak, E. P. Chicklis, “Efficient power scaling in the mid-IR with a ZnGeP2 OPO,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 1 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series, S. A. Payne, C. R. Pollock, eds., (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), pp. 226–228.
  7. M. J. Weber, CRC Handbook of Laser Science and Technology, (CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fla., 1987), Vol. 4, Part 2; CRC Handbook of Laser Science and Technology Vol. 5, Part 3.
  8. S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, W. F. Krupke, “Infrared cross-section measurements for crystals doped with Er3+, Tm3+ and Ho3+,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2619–2630 (1992). [CrossRef]
  9. R. C. Stoneman, L. Esterowitz, “Intracavity-pumped 2.09 μm Ho:YAG laser,” Opt. Lett. 17, 736–738 (1992). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. M. A. Noginov, A. M. Prokhorov, G. K. Sarkisyan, V. A. Smirnov, I. A. Shcherbakov, “Cross-relaxation deactivation of the ground state of ions of rare-earth elements in crystals,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 21, 945–949 (1991). [CrossRef]
  11. M. J. Weber, M. Bass, T. E. Varitimos, D. P. Bua, “Laser action from Ho3+, Er3+ and Tm3+ in YA1O3,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 9, 1079–1086 (1973). [CrossRef]
  12. A. O. Ivanov, I. V. Mochalov, A. M. Tkachuk, V. A. Fedeov, P. P. Feofilov, “Spectral characteristics of the thulium ion and cascade generation of stimulated radiation in a YAlO3:Tm3+:Cr3+ crystal,” Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 5, 117–118 (1975). [CrossRef]
  13. R. C. Stoneman, L. Esterowitz, “Efficient 1.94 μm Tm:YAlO laser,” IEEE J. Selected Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 78–81 (1995). [CrossRef]
  14. M. E. Innocenzi, H. T. Yura, C. L. Fincher, R. A. Fields, “Thermal modelling of continuous-wave end-pumped solid-state lasers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 1831–1833 (1990). [CrossRef]
  15. P. Peterson, A. Gavrielides, M. P. Sharma, “Diode-pumped Tm:YAG solid-state lasers with indirect and direct manifold pumping,” Appl. Phys. B 61, 195–200 (1995). [CrossRef]
  16. J. M. O’Hare, V. L. Donlan, “Crystal-field determination for trivalent thulium in yttrium orthoaluminate,” Phys. Rev. B 14, 3732–3743 (1976). [CrossRef]
  17. I. F. Elder, M. J. P. Payne, “Characterisation of a cw diode-pumped Tm:YAlO3 laser,” in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 15of OSA Proceedings Series, B. H. T. Chai, S. A. Payne, eds. (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), 358–361.
  18. N. J. Vasa, M. Tanaka, T. Okada, M. Maeda, O. Uchino, “Comparative study of spectral narrowing of a pulsed Ti:sapphire laser using pulsed and cw injection locking,” Appl. Phys. B 62, 51–57 (1996). [CrossRef]
  19. V. I. Donin, V. A. Ivanov, V. I. Kovalevskii, D. V. Yakovin, “Cw generation from Ti:sapphire pumped with a high power Ar+ laser,” Opt. Commun. 122, 40–42 (1995). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited