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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 1993
  • pp: 1724–1726

High-average-power operation of a Q-switched diode-pumped holmium laser

S. R. Bowman, J. G. Lynn, S. K. Searles, B. J. Feldman, J. McMahon, W. Whitney, D. Epp, G. J. Quarles, and Kevin J. Riley  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 18, Issue 20, pp. 1724-1726 (1993)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.18.001724


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Abstract

We have investigated high-peak- and high-average-power operation of diode-pumped, thulium-sensitized, holmium 2.1-μm lasers. Free-running laser powers of 14 W at 29 Hz have been demonstrated with 2.6% electrical efficiency. Q-switched operation produced average powers in excess of 11 W in a burst of short pulses. Preliminary optical parametric oscillator frequency conversion of the holmium laser to 4 μm is also reported.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: April 13, 1993
Published: October 15, 1993

Citation
S. R. Bowman, G. J. Quarles, Kevin J. Riley, J. G. Lynn, S. K. Searles, B. J. Feldman, J. McMahon, W. Whitney, and D. Epp, "High-average-power operation of a Q-switched diode-pumped holmium laser," Opt. Lett. 18, 1724-1726 (1993)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-18-20-1724

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