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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 7 — Mar. 31, 2008
  • pp: 4952–4959

Mid-infrared Cr2+:ZnSe random powder lasers

C. Kim, D.V. Martyshkin, V. V. Fedorov, and S. B. Mirov  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 7, pp. 4952-4959 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.004952


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Abstract

We report simple methods of laser active Cr2+:ZnSe powder fabrication with average grain sizes of either ~10 or ~1 µm without crystal growth stage. Pure, uniformly mixed ZnSe and CrSe powders annealed at 1000 °C for 3 days in a sealed evacuated (~10-4 Torr) quartz ampoule exhibited middle-infrared laser action at room temperature under 1.56 µm excitation of D2 Raman shifted radiation of Nd:YAG laser. The output-input characteristic clearly demonstrated the threshold-like behavior of the output signal with the threshold energy level of 0.5 and 3 mJ in 2.9 mm spot for 10 and 1 µm grain sizes, respectively.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 22, 2008
Published: March 26, 2008

Citation
C. Kim, D. V. Martyshkin, V. V. Fedorov, and S. B. Mirov, "Mid-infrared Cr2+:ZnSe random powder lasers," Opt. Express 16, 4952-4959 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-7-4952


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