We describe a diode-pumped, room-temperature Ho:Tm:YLF power oscillator with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 0.03. A Q -switched output energy of as much as 125 mJ at 6 Hz with a pulse width of 170 ns was obtained. Single-frequency, nearly transform-limited operation of the laser was achieved by injection seeding. Laser performance as a function of laser rod temperature and pump intensity was also investigated. The high power and high beam quality of this laser make it well suited for use as a coherent wind lidar transmitter on a space platform.
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Jirong Yu, Upendra N. Singh, Norman P. Barnes, and Mulugeta Petros, "125-mJ diode-pumped injection-seeded Ho:Tm:YLF laser," Opt. Lett. 23, 780-782 (1998)