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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 2 — Jan. 27, 2014
  • pp: 1524–1532

Yb:CaF2 thin-disk laser

Katrin Sarah Wentsch, Birgit Weichelt, Stefan Günster, Frederic Druon, Patrick Georges, Marwan Abdou Ahmed, and Thomas Graf  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 1524-1532 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.001524


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Abstract

We present Ytterbium-doped CaF2 as a laser active material with good prospects for high-power operation in thin-disk laser configuration owing to its favorable thermal properties. Thanks to its broad emission bandwidth the material is also suitable for the generation of ultra-short pulses. The properties of the crystal as well as the challenges related to the coating, polishing, mounting and handling processes which are essential to achieve high power laser oscillation in thin-disk configuration are discussed. A wavelength tunability of 92 nm is demonstrated, which confirms the potential of Yb:CaF2 for the generation of ultra-short pulses. An output power of 250 W with an optical efficiency of ηopt = 47% was measured in CW multimode thin-disk laser operation with a pump spot diameter of 3.6 mm. Using a smaller pump spot diameter of 1 mm the fundamental mode output power was 13 W with an optical efficiency of ηopt = 34%.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 11, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 11, 2013
Published: January 15, 2014

Citation
Katrin Sarah Wentsch, Birgit Weichelt, Stefan Günster, Frederic Druon, Patrick Georges, Marwan Abdou Ahmed, and Thomas Graf, "Yb:CaF2 thin-disk laser," Opt. Express 22, 1524-1532 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-2-1524


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