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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 3 — Feb. 4, 2008
  • pp: 1686–1691

Efficient operation of a diode-pumped Yb:NaY(WO4)2 laser

G. Q. Xie, D. Y. Tang, H. J. Zhang, J. Y. Wang, and L. J. Qian  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 1686-1691 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.001686


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Abstract

An efficient diode-pumped Yb:NaY(WO4)2 (Yb:NYW) disordered crystal laser has been experimentally demonstrated for the fist time. The Yb:NYW crystal has a peak absorption cross section of 1.09×10-20 cm2 at 972 nm and emission cross section of 1.24×10-20 cm2 at 1010 nm. Under an absorbed pump power of 11.7 W, the Yb:NYW laser generated an average output power as high as 4.1 W, with a slope efficiency of 45%. It was found that the laser always operated in a self-pulsing mode, and the laser spectrum showed random jumps with time. The mechanism of self-pulsing in the laser was also investigated.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(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 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 19, 2007
Published: January 24, 2008

Citation
G. Q. Xie, D. Y. Tang, H. J. Zhang, J. Y. Wang, and L. J. Qian, "Efficient operation of a diode-pumped Yb:NaY(WO4)2 laser," Opt. Express 16, 1686-1691 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-3-1686


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