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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2014
  • pp: 4152–4155

Investigating diamond Raman lasers at the 100 W level using quasi-continuous-wave pumping

Robert J. Williams, Ondrej Kitzler, Aaron McKay, and Richard P. Mildren  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 14, pp. 4152-4155 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.004152


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Abstract

Quasi-cw pumping is used to investigate the high-power characteristics of cw beam conversion in diamond Raman lasers (DRLs). We show that thermal gradients establish in DRLs at approximately 50 μs for a 100 μm pump beam diameter, and thus that the steady state for cw operation can be reached within the 100–300 μs pulse duration of conventional quasi-cw pump laser technology. Using this approach, a steady-state on-time output power of 108 W was obtained from an external-cavity DRL during 250 μs pulses with 34% conversion efficiency. No thermal lens in the diamond was evident, showing excellent prospects for further power scaling.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3550) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Raman
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 17, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2014
Published: July 9, 2014

Citation
Robert J. Williams, Ondrej Kitzler, Aaron McKay, and Richard P. Mildren, "Investigating diamond Raman lasers at the 100 W level using quasi-continuous-wave pumping," Opt. Lett. 39, 4152-4155 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-14-4152


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