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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 20 — Oct. 7, 2013
  • pp: 23844–23850

2-µm Tm:Lu2O3 ceramic disk laser intracavity-pumped by a semiconductor disk laser

Esa J. Saarinen, Elena Vasileva, Oleg Antipov, Jussi-Pekka Penttinen, Miki Tavast, Tomi Leinonen, and Oleg G. Okhotnikov  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 20, pp. 23844-23850 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.023844


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Abstract

A proof-of-principle study of a 1.97-µm Tm:Lu2O3 ceramic disk laser, intracavity pumped by a 1.2-µm semiconductor disk laser, is presented. The demonstrated concept allows for improved pump absorption and takes advantage of the broad wavelength coverage provided by semiconductor disk laser technology. For thin disk lasers the small thickness of the gain element typically leads to inefficient pump light absorption. This problem is usually solved by using a complex multi-pass pump arrangement. In this study we address this challenge with a new laser concept of an intracavity pumped ceramic thin disk laser. The output power at 1.97 µm was limited to 250 mW due to heat spreader-less mounting scheme of the ceramic gain disk.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.5560) Lasers and laser optics : Pumping
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(140.7270) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 23, 2013
Published: September 30, 2013

Citation
Esa J. Saarinen, Elena Vasileva, Oleg Antipov, Jussi-Pekka Penttinen, Miki Tavast, Tomi Leinonen, and Oleg G. Okhotnikov, "2-µm Tm:Lu2O3 ceramic disk laser intracavity-pumped by a semiconductor disk laser," Opt. Express 21, 23844-23850 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-20-23844


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