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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 7 — Mar. 31, 2008
  • pp: 5075–5081

Diode-pumped continuous wave and Q-switched operation of a c-cut Tm,Ho:YAlO3 laser

Bao-Quan Yao, Lin-Jun Li, Liang-Liang Zheng, Yue-zhu Wang, Guang-Jun Zhao, and Jun Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 7, pp. 5075-5081 (2008)

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We report on a diode-pumped, cryogenic and room temperature operation of a Tm,Ho:YAlO3 (c-cut) laser. In a temperature of 77 K, an optical-optical conversion efficiency of 27% and a slope efficiency of 29% were achieved with the maximum continuous-wave (CW) output power of 5.0 W at 2.13 µm. Acousto-optic switched operation was performed at pulse repetition frequency (PRF) from 1 kHz to 10 kHz, the highest pulse energy of 3.3 mJ in a pulse duration of 40 ns was obtained. In room temperature (RT), the maximum CW power of Tm,Ho:YAlO3 laser was 160 mW with a slope efficiency of 11% corresponding to the absorbed pump power.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 22, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2008
Published: March 28, 2008

Bao-Quan Yao, Lin-Jun Li, Liang-Liang Zheng, Yue-zhu Wang, Guang-Jun Zhao, and Jun Xu, "Diode-pumped continuous wave and Q-switched operation of a c-cut Tm,Ho:YAlO3 laser," Opt. Express 16, 5075-5081 (2008)

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