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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2167–2169

Diode-pumped 10 W continuous wave cesium laser

Boris Zhdanov and R. J. Knize  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 15, pp. 2167-2169 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.002167


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Abstract

An efficient cesium vapor laser pumped with a continuous wave laser diode array has been demonstrated. The linewidth of the pump source was narrowed using the external cavity to match it to the cesium absorption line. The output power of the continuous wave cesium laser was 10 W , which exceeds previous results by more than a factor of 10, and the slope efficiency was 68%. The overall optical efficiency was 62%, which is a factor of 6 higher than previous pulsed laser results for alkali lasers with diode laser array pumping.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1340) Lasers and laser optics : Atomic gas lasers
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.5560) Lasers and laser optics : Pumping

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 12, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2007
Published: July 23, 2007

Citation
Boris Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, "Diode-pumped 10 W continuous wave cesium laser," Opt. Lett. 32, 2167-2169 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-15-2167

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