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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1602–1604

High-power diode-pumped cryogenically cooled Yb : CaF 2 laser with extremely low quantum defect

S. Ricaud, D. N. Papadopoulos, A. Pellegrina, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Courjaud, P. Camy, J. L. Doualan, R. Moncorgé, and F. Druon  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 9, pp. 1602-1604 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001602


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Abstract

High-power diode-pumped laser operation at 992 993 nm under a pumping wavelength of 981 of 986 nm is demonstrated with Yb : CaF 2 operating at cryogenic temperature ( 77 K ), leading to extremely low quantum defects of 1.2% and 0.7%, respectively. An average output power of 33 W has been produced with an optical efficiency of 35%. This represents, to the best of our knowledge, the best laser performance ever obtained at such low quantum defects on intense laser lines.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 3, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2011
Published: April 27, 2011

Citation
S. Ricaud, D. N. Papadopoulos, A. Pellegrina, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Courjaud, P. Camy, J. L. Doualan, R. Moncorgé, and F. Druon, "High-power diode-pumped cryogenically cooled Yb:CaF2 laser with extremely low quantum defect," Opt. Lett. 36, 1602-1604 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-9-1602


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