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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2194–2196

Efficient mid-infrared Cr:ZnSe channel waveguide laser operating at 2486 nm

John R. Macdonald, Stephen J. Beecher, Patrick A. Berry, Graeme Brown, Kenneth L. Schepler, and Ajoy K. Kar  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 13, pp. 2194-2196 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.002194


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Abstract

We report a Cr:ZnSe channel waveguide laser operating at 2486 nm. A maximum power output of 285 mW is achieved and slope efficiencies as high as 45% are demonstrated. Ultrafast laser inscription is used to fabricate the depressed cladding waveguide in a polycrystalline Cr:ZnSe sample. Waveguide structures are proposed as a compact and robust solution to the thermal lensing problem that has so far limited power scaling of transition metal doped II-VI lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(160.6990) Materials : Transition-metal-doped materials
(230.7380) Optical devices : Waveguides, channeled

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2013
Published: June 19, 2013

Citation
John R. Macdonald, Stephen J. Beecher, Patrick A. Berry, Graeme Brown, Kenneth L. Schepler, and Ajoy K. Kar, "Efficient mid-infrared Cr:ZnSe channel waveguide laser operating at 2486 nm," Opt. Lett. 38, 2194-2196 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-13-2194


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