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  • Vol. 4, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1979
  • pp: 182–183

Tunable-laser performance in BeAl2O4:Cr3+

J. C. Walling, H. P. Jenssen, R. C. Morris, E. W. O’Dell, and O. G. Peterson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 4, Issue 6, pp. 182-183 (1979)

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Broadly tunable laser operation has been obtained at room temperature from the vibronic bands of single-crystal BeAl2O4:Cr3+ under Xe-flashlamp excitation. Continuous tuning is obtained from 701 to 794 nm, with maximum power at 750 nm. Long-pulse operation employing 6.3-mm × 76-mm rods easily provides 500 mJ in 200-μsec bursts, whereas 70-mJ, 120-nsec pulses are obtained under Q-switch operation.

© 1979 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 7, 1979
Published: June 1, 1979

J. C. Walling, H. P. Jenssen, R. C. Morris, E. W. O’Dell, and O. G. Peterson, "Tunable-laser performance in BeAl2O4:Cr3+," Opt. Lett. 4, 182-183 (1979)

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