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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1720–1722

4.0–4.5-μm lasing of Fe:ZnSe below 180 K, a new mid-infrared laser material

J. J. Adams, C. Bibeau, R. H. Page, D. M. Krol, L. H. Furu, and S. A. Payne  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 23, pp. 1720-1722 (1999)

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Lasing of Fe:ZnSe is demonstrated, for the first time to the authors' knowledge, for temperatures ranging from 15 to 180 K. The output wavelength of the Fe:ZnSe laser was observed to tune with temperature from 3.98μm at 15 K to 4.54μm at 180 K. With an Er:YAG laser operating at 2.698μm as the pump source, a maximum energy per pulse of 12μJ at 130 K was produced. Laser slope efficiencies of 3.2% at 19 K and 8.2% at 150 K were determined for an output coupling of 0.6%. A laser emission linewidth of 0.007μm at 3.98μm was measured at 15 K. Absorption and emission spectra and emission lifetimes for Fe:ZnSe are also discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers

J. J. Adams, C. Bibeau, R. H. Page, D. M. Krol, L. H. Furu, and S. A. Payne, "4.0–4.5-μm lasing of Fe:ZnSe below 180 K, a new mid-infrared laser material," Opt. Lett. 24, 1720-1722 (1999)

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