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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 3 — Feb. 2, 2009
  • pp: 1666–1670

Continuous-wave and Q-switched operation of a compact, diode-pumped Yb3+:KY(WO4)2 planar waveguide laser

F.M. Bain, A.A. Lagatsky, S.V. Kurilchick, V.E. Kisel, S.A. Guretsky, A.M. Luginets, N.A. Kalanda, I.M. Kolesova, N.V. Kuleshov, W. Sibbett, and C.T.A. Brown  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 1666-1670 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.001666


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Abstract

A diode-pumped LPE-grown Yb:KYW planar waveguide laser is demonstrated in a microchip monolithic cavity configuration. Output powers as high as 148mW and thresholds as low as 40mW were demonstrated during continuous-wave operation. Pulses of 170ns duration with maximum pulse energy of 44nJ at a 722kHz repetition rate were generated when Q-switched using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: December 1, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 17, 2009
Published: January 27, 2009

Citation
F. M. Bain, A. A. Lagatsky, S. V. Kurilchick, V. E. Kisel, S. A. Guretsky, A. M. Luginets, N. A. Kalanda, I. M. Kolesova, N. V. Kuleshov, W. Sibbett, and C. T. A. Brown, "Continuous-wave and Q-switched operation of a compact, diode-pumped Yb3+:KY(WO4)2 planar waveguide laser," Opt. Express 17, 1666-1670 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-3-1666


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