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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2010
  • pp: 1611–1613

Enhancement of electric oxygen-iodine laser performance using larger mode volume resonators

Brian S. Woodard, Gabriel F. Benavides, Joseph W. Zimmerman, David L. Carroll, Andrew D. Palla, Michael T. Day, Joseph T. Verdeyen, and Wayne C. Solomon  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 10, pp. 1611-1613 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.001611


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Abstract

Herein the authors report on the demonstration of an 87% enhancement in cw laser power on the 1315 nm transition of atomic iodine via a 100% increase in the resonator mode volume. O 2 ( a 1 Δ ) is produced by a single rf-excited electric discharge sustained in an O 2 He NO gas mixture flowing through a rectangular geometry, and I ( P 2 1 / 2 ) is then pumped using energy transferred from O 2 ( a Δ 1 ) . A total laser output power of 102.5 W was obtained using a Z-pass resonator configuration.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1340) Lasers and laser optics : Atomic gas lasers
(140.1550) Lasers and laser optics : Chemical lasers
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.4130) Lasers and laser optics : Molecular gas lasers
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 17, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2010
Published: May 6, 2010

Citation
Brian S. Woodard, Gabriel F. Benavides, Joseph W. Zimmerman, David L. Carroll, Andrew D. Palla, Michael T. Day, Joseph T. Verdeyen, and Wayne C. Solomon, "Enhancement of electric oxygen-iodine laser performance using larger mode volume resonators," Opt. Lett. 35, 1611-1613 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-10-1611


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