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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 10 — May. 7, 2012
  • pp: 10847–10853

Continuous wave and mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic thin disk laser

Masaki Tokurakawa, Akira Shirakawa, Ken-ichi Ueda, Hideki Yagi, Takagimi Yanagitani, Alexander A. Kaminskii, Kolja Beil, Christian Kränkel, and Günter Huber  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp. 10847-10853 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.010847


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Abstract

CW and mode-locked laser operation based on an Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic thin disk is reported. In CW laser operation, an output power of 70 W with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 57.4% was achieved. A higher slope efficiency of 70% was also obtained with a 50-W pump laser diode with more suitable emission characteristics. In mode-locked laser operation, pulses as short as 547 fs with an average power of 7.4 W were obtained. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of a high power CW and mode-locked laser operation based on Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic thin disks.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2012
Published: April 25, 2012

Citation
Masaki Tokurakawa, Akira Shirakawa, Ken-ichi Ueda, Hideki Yagi, Takagimi Yanagitani, Alexander A. Kaminskii, Kolja Beil, Christian Kränkel, and Günter Huber, "Continuous wave and mode-locked Yb3+:Y2O3 ceramic thin disk laser," Opt. Express 20, 10847-10853 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-10-10847


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