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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 2001
  • pp: 3542–3546

Tunable continuous-wave Yb:YLF laser operation with a diode-pumped chirped-pulse amplification system

Junji Kawanaka, Hajime Nishioka, Norihiro Inoue, and Ken-ichi Ueda  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 21, pp. 3542-3546 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.40.003542


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Abstract

We have demonstrated a diode-pumped Yb:LiYF4 (Yb:YLF) laser oscillator for the first time to our knowledge. A wide tuning range of 25 nm and a high slope efficiency of 50% were obtained at a high laser-diode pump intensity of 100 kW/cm2. Emission and absorption spectra of the Yb:YLF crystal at 8 K represent a wide laser gain width of 38 nm, indicating efficient laser operation similar to that of a four-level laser system with a reduced saturation fluence of 11 J/cm2.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers

History
Original Manuscript: June 26, 2000
Revised Manuscript: April 9, 2001
Published: July 20, 2001

Citation
Junji Kawanaka, Hajime Nishioka, Norihiro Inoue, and Ken-ichi Ueda, "Tunable continuous-wave Yb:YLF laser operation with a diode-pumped chirped-pulse amplification system," Appl. Opt. 40, 3542-3546 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-40-21-3542


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