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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 3 — Feb. 5, 2007
  • pp: 1003–1010

Widely tunable Yb:KYW laser with a volume Bragg grating

Björn Jacobsson, Jonas E. Hellström, Valdas Pasiskevicius, and Fredrik Laurell  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 1003-1010 (2007)

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We demonstrate a narrowband, continuously tunable Yb:KYW laser locked by a volume Bragg grating at oblique incidence in a retroreflector configuration. The tuning range was 997 nm to 1050 nm (15 THz) with bandwidth < 0.1 nm and a maximum output power of 4.7 W. In a high-quality beam with M2 < 1.3, the maximum output power was 1.7 W. We also demonstrate 3 W output power at 1064 nm from the same Yb:KYW laser with the grating at normal incidence.

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OCIS Codes
(050.7330) Diffraction and gratings : Volume gratings
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: December 21, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 29, 2007
Published: February 5, 2007

Björn Jacobsson, Jonas E. Hellström, Valdas Pasiskevicius, and Fredrik Laurell, "Widely tunable Yb:KYW laser with a volume Bragg grating," Opt. Express 15, 1003-1010 (2007)

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