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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 2 — Jan. 17, 2011
  • pp: 727–732

Efficient Q-switched Tm:YAG ceramic slab laser

Shuaiyi Zhang, Mingjian Wang, Lin Xu, Yan Wang, Yulong Tang, Xiaojin Cheng, Weibiao Chen, Jianqiu Xu, Benxue Jiang, and Yubai Pan  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 727-732 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.000727


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Abstract

Characteristics of Tm:YAG ceramic for high efficient 2-μm lasers are analyzed. Efficient diode end-pumped continuous-wave and Q-switched Tm:YAG ceramic lasers are demonstrated. At the absorbed pump power of 53.2W, the maximum continuous wave (cw) output power of 17.2 W around 2016 nm was obtained with the output transmission of 5%. The optical conversion efficiency is 32.3%, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 36.5%. For Q-switched operation, the shortest width of 69 ns was achieved with the pulse repetition frequency of 500 Hz and single pulse energy of 20.4 mJ, which indicates excellent energy storage capability of the Tm:YAG ceramic.

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OCIS Codes
(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

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 2, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 21, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 23, 2010
Published: January 5, 2011

Citation
Shuaiyi Zhang, Mingjian Wang, Lin Xu, Yan Wang, Yulong Tang, Xiaojin Cheng, Weibiao Chen, Jianqiu Xu, Benxue Jiang, and Yubai Pan, "Efficient Q-switched Tm:YAG ceramic slab laser," Opt. Express 19, 727-732 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-2-727


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