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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2011
  • pp: 259–261

Femtosecond and continuous-wave laser performance of a diode-pumped Yb 3 + : CaYAlO 4 laser

W. D. Tan, D. Y. Tang, X. D. Xu, D. Z. Li, J. Zhang, C. W. Xu, and J. Xu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp. 259-261 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.000259


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Abstract

The cw and femtosecond laser operations of Yb 3 + : CaYAlO 4 (Yb:CYA) are demonstrated. The laser emitted a maximum cw power of 1.94 W with a slope efficiency ( η slope ) of 71% and an optical-to-optical efficiency ( η opt ) of 51%. Under mode-locking operation, the laser emitted near transform-limited pulses with 156 fs pulse width, 8.1 nJ pulse energy and 0.74 W average power. The η slope and η opt of the mode-locked laser were 37% and 20%, respectively.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 19, 2010
Published: January 13, 2011

Citation
W. D. Tan, D. Y. Tang, X. D. Xu, D. Z. Li, J. Zhang, C. W. Xu, and J. Xu, "Femtosecond and continuous-wave laser performance of a diode-pumped Yb3+:CaYAlO4 laser," Opt. Lett. 36, 259-261 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-2-259


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