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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 1996
  • pp: 1993–1995

Thin crystal, room-temperature Cr4+:forsterite laser using near-infrared pumping

B. Golubovic, B. E. Bouma, I. P. Bilinsky, J. G. Fujimoto, and V. P. Mikhailov  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 24, pp. 1993-1995 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.21.001993


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Abstract

We describe a new design for chromium-doped forsterite lasers based on near-IR (700–800-nm) pumping of a thin (3-mm) crystal. In contrast with pumping at 1.06 μm, near-IR pumping permits the use of shorter crystal lengths, which enable one to develop compact and diode-pumped laser geometries. Near-IR pumping also results in an increased effective figure of merit and tuning performance. Using a Ti:Al2O3 pump laser, we investigated cw laser characteristics over a range of pump wavelengths compatible with diode pumping. Room-temperature cw operation with a tuning range of 1175 to 1375 nm was achieved. Kerr-lens mode-locked operation of this laser was also demonstrated with pulse durations of ~50 fs.

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History
Original Manuscript: July 24, 1996
Published: December 15, 1996

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B. Golubovic, V. P. Mikhailov, B. E. Bouma, I. P. Bilinsky, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Thin crystal, room-temperature Cr4+:forsterite laser using near-infrared pumping," Opt. Lett. 21, 1993-1995 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-21-24-1993


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