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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 19 — Sep. 19, 2005
  • pp: 7256–7264

Experimental evaluation of the cw lasing threshold for a Ce:LiCaAlF6 laser

D. Alderighi, G. Toci, M. Vannini, D. Parisi, and M. Tonelli  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 19, pp. 7256-7264 (2005)

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We present an experimental technique that allows the direct measurement of the continuous wave (cw) lasing threshold and the slope efficiency of a Ce:LiCaAlF6 (Ce:LiCAF) laser source by means of time-resolved measurement in the pulsed regime. We used a long-pulse-duration source to pump a tunable laser and a high-efficiency nondispersive laser in a quasi-stationary lasing regime. We compare the experimental results with earlier theoretical evaluations, and we demonstrate the feasibility of a cw Ce:LiCAF laser. Under the conditions discussed here, our technique can be applied to all the active media that achieved pulsed laser emission to investigate their potential as cw laser active media.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.3610) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ultraviolet
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(140.7240) Lasers and laser optics : UV, EUV, and X-ray lasers

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Original Manuscript: August 1, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 8, 2005
Published: September 19, 2005

D. Alderighi, G. Toci, M. Vannini, D. Parisi, and M. Tonelli, "Experimental evaluation of the cw lasing threshold for a Ce:LiCaAlF6 laser," Opt. Express 13, 7256-7264 (2005)

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