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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 24 — Nov. 27, 2006
  • pp: 11653–11659

Diode-pumped efficient Tm,Ho:GdVO4 laser with near-diffraction limited beam quality

Wan-Jun He, Bao-Quan Yao, You-Lun Ju, and Yue-Zhu Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 24, pp. 11653-11659 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.011653


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Abstract

A diode-pumped efficient 2.05-µm Tm,Ho:GdVO4 laser with high beam quality is reported. The cavity configuration was optimized for weakening influence of thermal effect to resonator stability and mode-coupling. A conversion efficiency of 46% and a slope efficiency of 50% were obtained with continuous-wave (CW) output power of 10.5 W at 77 K. A repetitively Q-switched laser also achieved 10.1 W of output power at 10 kHz. A beam quality factor of M2<1.1 was measured by the traveling knife-edge method. In addition, the energy per pulse of 1.9 mJ was obtained at 5 kHz, corresponding to the peak power of 0.14 MW.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 2, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 7, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 9, 2006
Published: November 27, 2006

Citation
Wan-Jun He, Bao-Quan Yao, You-Lun Ju, and Yue-Zhu Wang, "Diode-pumped efficient Tm,Ho:GdVO4 laser with near-diffraction limited beam quality," Opt. Express 14, 11653-11659 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-24-11653


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