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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 8 — Apr. 14, 2008
  • pp: 5807–5812

High-power in-band pumped Er:YAG laser at 1617 nm

J. W. Kim, D. Y. Shen, J. K. Sahu, and W. A. Clarkson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 8, pp. 5807-5812 (2008)

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High-power room-temperature operation of an Er:YAG laser at 1617 nm in-band pumped by a cladding-pumped Er, Yb fiber laser at 1532 nm is reported. The Er:YAG laser yielded 31 W of continuous-wave output in a beam with M2≈2.2 for 72 W of incident pump power. The threshold pump power was 4.1 W and the slope efficiency with respect to incident pump power was ~47%. The influence of erbium doping level and resonator design on laser performance is discussed, and the prospects for further increase in output power and improvement in lasing efficiency are considered.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 26, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 2, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 2, 2008
Published: April 10, 2008

J. W. Kim, D. Y. Shen, J. K. Sahu, and W. A. Clarkson, "High-power in-band pumped Er:YAG laser at 1617 nm," Opt. Express 16, 5807-5812 (2008)

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