We report on the room-temperature spectroscopic properties and continuous-wave laser operation of a new Yb:LuVO4 crystal. The peak absorption cross section for the pi-polarization is 8.42×10<sup>−20</sup> cm<sup>2</sup> at 985 nm, and the stimulated emission cross section at 1020 nm is 1.03×10<sup>−20</sup> cm<sup>2</sup>. An output power of 0.36 W at 1041 nm was obtained with a slope efficiency of 47% by use of Ti:sapphire laser pumping. With diode pumping the output power reached 1.05 W at the highest available incident pump power of 6.8 W.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
Lasers and Laser Optics
Junhai Liu, Xavier Mateos, Huaijin Zhang, Jiyang Wang, Minhua Jiang, Uwe Griebner, and Valentin Petrov, "Continuous-wave laser operation of Yb:LuVO4," Opt. Lett. 30, 3162-3164 (2005)