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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1088–1099

Experimental and numerical modeling studies of a pulsed rubidium optically pumped alkali metal vapor laser

Nathan D. Zameroski, Gordon D. Hager, Wolfgang Rudolph, and David A. Hostutler  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 28, Issue 5, pp. 1088-1099 (2011)

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Experimental slope efficiencies of 72% to 76% are achieved for a pulsed Rb-methane optically pumped alkali metal vapor laser with pump intensities up to 120 kW / cm 2 . Measurements characterizing the temporal dynamics, spectral width, beam diameter, and M 2 values of the 795 nm laser beam are presented. M 2 values indicate that the 795 nm laser beam is 10 to 20 times diffraction limited. The laser system’s response to changes in the pump’s spectral width, the Rb number density, relaxant concentration, and pump intensity are examined with a broadband time-dependent one-dimensional rate equation model. The experimental data and the modeling results are shown to be in good agreement for a wide range of experimental conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1340) Lasers and laser optics : Atomic gas lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 6, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 17, 2011
Published: April 15, 2011

Nathan D. Zameroski, Gordon D. Hager, Wolfgang Rudolph, and David A. Hostutler, "Experimental and numerical modeling studies of a pulsed rubidium optically pumped alkali metal vapor laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 1088-1099 (2011)

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