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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2236–2241

Tunability enhancement of Yb:YLF based laser

Daniele Alderighi, Angela Pirri, Guido Toci, and Matteo Vannini  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 2236-2241 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.002236


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Abstract

We present a comprehensive characterization of a laser, based on a high-quality heavily doped Yb:YLF crystal. The analysis includes the comparison of the laser efficiency in respect of the absorbed pump for both π and σ-polarization. In particular, for the tunable laser, we report an enhancement of the tuning range obtained by adapting the output coupler transmission in respect of the lasing wavelength. The experimental results obtained for various output coupling have also been compared with a numerical model in order to give information for a further enlargement of the tuning range.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(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: October 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2009
Published: January 20, 2010

Citation
Daniele Alderighi, Angela Pirri, Guido Toci, and Matteo Vannini, "Tunability enhancement of Yb:YLF based laser," Opt. Express 18, 2236-2241 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-3-2236


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