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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: 25708–25714

Yb:YAl3(BO3)4 as gain material in thin-disk oscillators: demonstration of 109 W of IR output power

Birgit Weichelt, Martin Rumpel, Andreas Voss, Andreas Gross, Volker Wesemann, Daniel Rytz, Marwan Abdou Ahmed, and Thomas Graf  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 25708-25714 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.025708


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Abstract

The first demonstration of an Yb:YAl3(BO3)4 thin-disk laser is reported. An output power of 109 W with an optical efficiency of 50.2% was achieved in multimode CW-operation which is to the best of our knowledge a significant record performance compared to previous reports on CW-lasers with this material. At a lower power level of 19.3 W the material proved its suitability for efficient operation with an optical efficiency of 60.4%. In fundamental-mode operation the extracted output power was 10.4 W with an optical efficiency of 44.5% and a beam propagation factor M2 = 1.39. The broad emission bandwidth of the material was confirmed by measuring a continuous wavelength tuning range from 1001 to 1053 nm with a maximum output power of 36 W at 1040 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 19, 2013
Published: October 21, 2013

Citation
Birgit Weichelt, Martin Rumpel, Andreas Voss, Andreas Gross, Volker Wesemann, Daniel Rytz, Marwan Abdou Ahmed, and Thomas Graf, "Yb:YAl3(BO3)4 as gain material in thin-disk oscillators: demonstration of 109 W of IR output power," Opt. Express 21, 25708-25714 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-22-25708


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