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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 6 — Mar. 19, 2007
  • pp: 3247–3256

Pulsed pumping of semiconductor disk lasers

Nils Hempler, John-Mark Hopkins, Alan J. Kemp, Nico Schulz, Marcel Rattunde, Joachim Wagner, Martin D. Dawson, and David Burns  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 6, pp. 3247-3256 (2007)

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Efficient operation of semiconductor disk lasers is demonstrated using uncooled and inexpensive 905nm high-power pulsed semiconductor pump lasers. Laser emission, with a peak power of 1.7W, is obtained from a 2.3μm semiconductor disk laser. This is seven times the power achieved under continuous pumping. Analysis of the time-dependent spectral characteristics of the laser demonstrate that significant device heating occurs over the 100-200ns duration of the pumping pulse - finite element modelling of the thermal processes is undertaken in support of these data. Spectral narrowing to below 0.8nm is obtained by using an intra-cavity birefringent filter.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.5560) Lasers and laser optics : Pumping
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 17, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 4, 2007
Published: March 19, 2007

Nils Hempler, John-Mark Hopkins, Alan J. Kemp, Nico Schulz, Marcel Rattunde, Joachim Wagner, Martin D. Dawson, and David Burns, "Pulsed pumping of semiconductor disk lasers," Opt. Express 15, 3247-3256 (2007)

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