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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 15 — Jul. 25, 2005
  • pp: 5635–5640

Low-threshold diode-pumped Yb3+,Na+:CaF2 self-Q-switched laser

Liangbi Su, Jun Xu, Yinghong Xue, Chingyue Wang, Lu Chai, Xiaodong Xu, and Guangjun Zhao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 15, pp. 5635-5640 (2005)

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For the first time to our knowledge, the laser performance of Yb3+, Na+-codoped CaF2 single crystals was demonstrated. Self-Q-switched laser operation at 1050nm was observed for 976 nm diode pumping at room temperature. On 5 W of incident power, the repetition rate and width of the self-Q-switched pulses reached 28 kHz and 1.5 μs, respectively. A maximal slope efficiency of 20.3% and minimal threshold absorbed pump power of 30 mW were respectively achieved with different output couplers, showing the promising application of Yb3+, Na+-codoped CaF2 crystals as compact and efficient solid-state lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3450) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced chemistry
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

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Original Manuscript: May 23, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 1, 2005
Published: July 25, 2005

Liangbi Su, Jun Xu, Yinghong Xue, Chingyue Wang, Lu Chai, Xiaodong Xu, and Guangjun Zhao, "Low-threshold diode-pumped Yb3+,Na+:CaF2 self-Q-switched laser," Opt. Express 13, 5635-5640 (2005)

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