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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 920–927

Laser performance of ytterbium-doped gallium garnets: Yb:Re3Ga5O12 (Re = Y, Gd, Lu)

Wenjuan Han, Kui Wu, Xueping Tian, Linhua Xia, Huaijin Zhang, and Junhai Liu  »View Author Affiliations


Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 7, pp. 920-927 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OME.3.000920


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Abstract

We report on the results from a comparative study on the continuous-wave laser performance of Yb:YGG, Yb:LuGG, and Yb:GGG gallium garnets grown by the optical floating zone technique, conducted under identical experimental conditions. 5−7 W of output powers were generated with the three garnet crystals in a compact linear resonator longitudinally pumped by a diode laser emitting at 970−974 nm. The optical-to-optical and slope efficiencies measured for Yb:YGG amounted to 68% and 80%, respectively, which proved to be much higher than the corresponding efficiencies for Yb:LuGG (49% and 60%) or Yb:GGG (52% and 64%).

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OCIS Codes
(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:
Laser Materials

History
Original Manuscript: February 25, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 27, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 29, 2013
Published: June 4, 2013

Citation
Wenjuan Han, Kui Wu, Xueping Tian, Linhua Xia, Huaijin Zhang, and Junhai Liu, "Laser performance of ytterbium-doped gallium garnets: Yb:Re3Ga5O12 (Re = Y, Gd, Lu)," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 920-927 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ome/abstract.cfm?URI=ome-3-7-920


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