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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 420–422

Efficient in-band pumped Ho : Lu Li F 4 2 μ m laser

J. W. Kim, J. I. Mackenzie, D. Parisi, S. Veronesi, M. Tonelli, and W. A. Clarkson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp. 420-422 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.000420


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Abstract

An efficient Ho : Lu Li F 4 laser in-band pumped by a cladding-pumped Tm-doped silica fiber laser operating at 1937 nm is reported. At low-cavity output coupling, the Ho : Lu Li F 4 laser yielded 5.1 W of output at a wavelength of 2066 nm for 8.0 W of absorbed pump power with a slope efficiency of 70%. At high-cavity output coupling, the lasing wavelength shifted to 2053 nm and the laser produced an output power of 5.4 W with a slope efficiency of 76%. The beam propagation factor ( M 2 ) was measured to be 1.1 at the maximum output power confirming fundamental transverse mode ( TEM oo ) operation. The influence of resonator design on laser performance is discussed, along with prospects for further power scaling and improvement of the laser efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 6, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 4, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 4, 2010
Published: January 29, 2010

Citation
J. W. Kim, J. I. Mackenzie, D. Parisi, S. Veronesi, M. Tonelli, and W. A. Clarkson, "Efficient in-band pumped Ho:LuLiF4 2 μm laser," Opt. Lett. 35, 420-422 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-3-420


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