We document the lasing performance of a waveguiding layer of Ti:sapphire, of ~12-μm thickness, grown by pulsed laser deposition from a 0.12–wt.% Ti2O3 Ti:sapphire single-crystal target onto an undoped z-cut sapphire substrate. Lasing around 800 nm is observed when the waveguide layer is pumped by an argon-ion laser running on all-blue-green lines, with an absorbed power threshold of 0.56 W, with high-reflectivity (R>98%) mirrors. With a 5% pump duty cycle and a T=35% output coupler, a slope efficiency of 26% with respect to absorbed power is obtained, giving quasi-cw output powers in excess of 350 mW.
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A. A. Anderson, R. W. Eason, L. M. B. Hickey, M. Jelinek, C. Grivas, D. S. Gill, and N. A. Vainos, "Ti:sapphire planar waveguide laser grown by pulsed laser deposition," Opt. Lett. 22, 1556-1558 (1997)