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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2002
  • pp: 1040–1042

Broadly tunable compact continuous-wave Cr2+:ZnS laser

Irina T. Sorokina, Evgeni Sorokin, Sergey Mirov, Vladimir Fedorov, Valery Badikov, Vladimir Panyutin, and Kathleen I. Schaffers  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 12, pp. 1040-1042 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.001040


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Abstract

We report the development of a continuous-wave, room-temperature Cr2+ ZnS laser that is compact and tunable over 700 nm. The laser is pumped by a diode-pumped Er-fiber laser and generates 0.7 W of linearly polarized radiation at 2.35µm , at up to 40% slope efficiency. Cr2+ ZnS directly diode-pumped at 1.6µm yields polarized radiation that is tunable over 400 nm at up to 25 mW of output power. A comparison of Cr2+ ZnS with Cr ZnSe (70 mW, 350 nm) in a similar setup is given. As opposed to Cr ZnSe, the Cr ZnS laser is intrinsically polarized. Finally, we observe sensitization of the output radiation by a few milliwatts of the visible (470–500-nm) and near-infrared (740–770-nm) radiation.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials

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Irina T. Sorokina, Evgeni Sorokin, Sergey Mirov, Vladimir Fedorov, Valery Badikov, Vladimir Panyutin, and Kathleen I. Schaffers, "Broadly tunable compact continuous-wave Cr2+:ZnS laser," Opt. Lett. 27, 1040-1042 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-12-1040


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