Abstract

A novel model was used to analyze the experimental threshold and efficiency data of continuous-wave Cr4+:forsterite lasers operated around room temperature by taking into account the temperature dependence of the fluorescence lifetime, pump absorption saturation, and excited-state absorption at the lasing wavelength. The best-fit values of the stimulated emission cross-section and the excited-state absorption cross-section were determined to be 1.23x10^-19 cm2 and 0.26x10^-19 cm2, respectively. The numerical calculations further predict the optimum crystal length and absorption coefficient to be 2 cm and 0.34 cm-1 for room-temperature Cr4+:forsterite lasers.

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