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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 2 — Jan. 17, 2011
  • pp: 1191–1197

Visible laser operation of Pr3+-doped fluoride crystals pumped by a 469 nm blue laser

Bin Xu, Patrice Camy, Jean-Louis Doualan, Zhiping Cai, and Richard Moncorgé  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 1191-1197 (2011)

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We report continuous-wave (CW) laser operation of Pr3+-doped LiLuY4, LiYF4 and KY3F10 single crystals in the Red, Orange and Green spectral regions by using a new pumping scheme. The pump source is an especially developed compact, slightly tunable and intracavity frequency-doubled diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser delivering a CW output power of 0.9W at 469.12 nm. At this pump wavelength, efficient room temperature laser emissions corresponding to the 3P03F2, 3P03H6 and 3P13H5 Pr3+ transitions are observed. While a maximum slope efficiency of 45% is obtained in the red with Pr:LiYF4, the demonstration is made for the first time of the orange laser operation of Pr:KY3F10 at about 610 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(140.5560) Lasers and laser optics : Pumping
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(140.7300) Lasers and laser optics : Visible lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 18, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 7, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 7, 2010
Published: January 11, 2011

Bin Xu, Patrice Camy, Jean-Louis Doualan, Zhiping Cai, and Richard Moncorgé, "Visible laser operation of Pr3+-doped fluoride crystals pumped by a 469 nm blue laser," Opt. Express 19, 1191-1197 (2011)

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