Abstract

Simultaneous photostability and thermostability of a room-temperature LiF:F2+* tunable color-center laser, with an operating range over 830–1060 nm, pumped by second-harmonic radiation of a YAG:Nd3+ laser with a 532-nm wavelength has been achieved. The main lasing characteristics of the obtained LiF:F2+* laser have been measured. Twenty-five percent real efficiency in a nonselective resonator cavity and 15% real efficiency in a selective resonator cavity have been obtained. The stable LiF:F2+* laser operates at a 1–100-Hz pulse-repetition rate with a 15-ns pulse duration, a 1–1.5-cm−1 narrow-band oscillation bandwidth, and divergency of better than 6 × 10−4. Doubling the fundamental frequencies of F2+* oscillation made it possible to obtain stable blue-green tunable radiation over the 415–530-nm range.

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1993 (1)

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, V. V. Fedorov, “Lasing characteristics of room-temperature tunable lasers based on LiF crystals utilizing F2+ and F2− color centers,” Russ. J. Opt. Spectrosc. 74, 1217–1221 (1993).

1992 (1)

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, “Efficient tunable lasers utilizing F2 and F2+ color centers in LiF(F2) crystals,” Russ. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 145 (1992).

1991 (1)

W. Gellerman, “Color center lasers,” J. Phys. Chem. 52, 249–297 (1991).

1989 (1)

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, B. H. T. Chai, M. Long, “Laser performance and spectroscopy of LiSrAlF6:Cr3+,” J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051–1056 (1989).
[CrossRef]

1988 (2)

J. M. Eggleston, L. G. DeShazer, K. W. Kangas, “Characteristics and kinetics of laser-pumped Ti:sapphire oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1009–1015 (1988).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, H. W. Newkirk, L. K. Smith, W. F. Krupke, “LiCaAlF6:Cr3+: a promising new solid-state laser material,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 2243–2252 (1988).
[CrossRef]

1986 (1)

1979 (1)

T. T. Basiev, S. B. Mirov, A. M. Prokchorov, “Pulse-periodic tunable laser based on LiF crystals with F2+ centers pumped by the second harmonic of Nd3+:garnet laser,” Sov. J. Doclady Akad. Nauk 246, 72–74 (1979).

1978 (2)

L. F. Mollenauer, D. M. Bloom, “Simple two-step photoionization yields high densities of laser-active F2+ centers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 33, 506–509 (1978).
[CrossRef]

V. M. Hulugurov, B. D. Lobanov, “Laser generation on color centers in LiF–OH crystals at 300 K in the 840–1130 nm spectral region,” Pisma Zh. Tekn. Fiz. 4, 1471–1474 (1978).

Basiev, T. T.

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, V. V. Fedorov, “Lasing characteristics of room-temperature tunable lasers based on LiF crystals utilizing F2+ and F2− color centers,” Russ. J. Opt. Spectrosc. 74, 1217–1221 (1993).

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, “Efficient tunable lasers utilizing F2 and F2+ color centers in LiF(F2) crystals,” Russ. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 145 (1992).

T. T. Basiev, S. B. Mirov, A. M. Prokchorov, “Pulse-periodic tunable laser based on LiF crystals with F2+ centers pumped by the second harmonic of Nd3+:garnet laser,” Sov. J. Doclady Akad. Nauk 246, 72–74 (1979).

T. T. Basiev, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, “Two-step photoionization and photophysics of color centers in LiF crystals,” in Solid State Lasers and New Laser Crystals, V. V. Osiko, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1839, 227–264 (1992).

Bloom, D. M.

L. F. Mollenauer, D. M. Bloom, “Simple two-step photoionization yields high densities of laser-active F2+ centers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 33, 506–509 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Chai, B. H. T.

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, B. H. T. Chai, M. Long, “Laser performance and spectroscopy of LiSrAlF6:Cr3+,” J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051–1056 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Chase, L. L.

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, B. H. T. Chai, M. Long, “Laser performance and spectroscopy of LiSrAlF6:Cr3+,” J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051–1056 (1989).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, H. W. Newkirk, L. K. Smith, W. F. Krupke, “LiCaAlF6:Cr3+: a promising new solid-state laser material,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 2243–2252 (1988).
[CrossRef]

DeShazer, L. G.

J. M. Eggleston, L. G. DeShazer, K. W. Kangas, “Characteristics and kinetics of laser-pumped Ti:sapphire oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1009–1015 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Eggleston, J. M.

J. M. Eggleston, L. G. DeShazer, K. W. Kangas, “Characteristics and kinetics of laser-pumped Ti:sapphire oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1009–1015 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Fedorov, V. V.

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, V. V. Fedorov, “Lasing characteristics of room-temperature tunable lasers based on LiF crystals utilizing F2+ and F2− color centers,” Russ. J. Opt. Spectrosc. 74, 1217–1221 (1993).

Gellerman, W.

W. Gellerman, “Color center lasers,” J. Phys. Chem. 52, 249–297 (1991).

Hulugurov, V. M.

V. M. Hulugurov, B. D. Lobanov, “Laser generation on color centers in LiF–OH crystals at 300 K in the 840–1130 nm spectral region,” Pisma Zh. Tekn. Fiz. 4, 1471–1474 (1978).

Kangas, K. W.

J. M. Eggleston, L. G. DeShazer, K. W. Kangas, “Characteristics and kinetics of laser-pumped Ti:sapphire oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1009–1015 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Konushkin, V. A.

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, V. V. Fedorov, “Lasing characteristics of room-temperature tunable lasers based on LiF crystals utilizing F2+ and F2− color centers,” Russ. J. Opt. Spectrosc. 74, 1217–1221 (1993).

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, “Efficient tunable lasers utilizing F2 and F2+ color centers in LiF(F2) crystals,” Russ. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 145 (1992).

Krupke, W. F.

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, H. W. Newkirk, L. K. Smith, W. F. Krupke, “LiCaAlF6:Cr3+: a promising new solid-state laser material,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 2243–2252 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Kway, W. L.

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, B. H. T. Chai, M. Long, “Laser performance and spectroscopy of LiSrAlF6:Cr3+,” J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051–1056 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Lobanov, B. D.

V. M. Hulugurov, B. D. Lobanov, “Laser generation on color centers in LiF–OH crystals at 300 K in the 840–1130 nm spectral region,” Pisma Zh. Tekn. Fiz. 4, 1471–1474 (1978).

Long, M.

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, B. H. T. Chai, M. Long, “Laser performance and spectroscopy of LiSrAlF6:Cr3+,” J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051–1056 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Mirov, S. B.

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, V. V. Fedorov, “Lasing characteristics of room-temperature tunable lasers based on LiF crystals utilizing F2+ and F2− color centers,” Russ. J. Opt. Spectrosc. 74, 1217–1221 (1993).

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, “Efficient tunable lasers utilizing F2 and F2+ color centers in LiF(F2) crystals,” Russ. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 145 (1992).

T. T. Basiev, S. B. Mirov, A. M. Prokchorov, “Pulse-periodic tunable laser based on LiF crystals with F2+ centers pumped by the second harmonic of Nd3+:garnet laser,” Sov. J. Doclady Akad. Nauk 246, 72–74 (1979).

T. T. Basiev, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, “Two-step photoionization and photophysics of color centers in LiF crystals,” in Solid State Lasers and New Laser Crystals, V. V. Osiko, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1839, 227–264 (1992).

Mollenauer, L. F.

L. F. Mollenauer, D. M. Bloom, “Simple two-step photoionization yields high densities of laser-active F2+ centers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 33, 506–509 (1978).
[CrossRef]

L. F. Mollenauer, “Color center lasers,” in CRC Handbook of Laser Science and Technology, Supplement 1: Lasers, M. J. Weber, ed. (CRC, Boca Raton, Fla., 1991), pp. 101–125.

Moulton, P. F.

Newkirk, H. W.

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, B. H. T. Chai, M. Long, “Laser performance and spectroscopy of LiSrAlF6:Cr3+,” J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051–1056 (1989).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, H. W. Newkirk, L. K. Smith, W. F. Krupke, “LiCaAlF6:Cr3+: a promising new solid-state laser material,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 2243–2252 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Payn, S. A.

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, B. H. T. Chai, M. Long, “Laser performance and spectroscopy of LiSrAlF6:Cr3+,” J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051–1056 (1989).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, H. W. Newkirk, L. K. Smith, W. F. Krupke, “LiCaAlF6:Cr3+: a promising new solid-state laser material,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 2243–2252 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Prokchorov, A. M.

T. T. Basiev, S. B. Mirov, A. M. Prokchorov, “Pulse-periodic tunable laser based on LiF crystals with F2+ centers pumped by the second harmonic of Nd3+:garnet laser,” Sov. J. Doclady Akad. Nauk 246, 72–74 (1979).

Smith, L. K.

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, B. H. T. Chai, M. Long, “Laser performance and spectroscopy of LiSrAlF6:Cr3+,” J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051–1056 (1989).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, H. W. Newkirk, L. K. Smith, W. F. Krupke, “LiCaAlF6:Cr3+: a promising new solid-state laser material,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 2243–2252 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Ter-Mikirtychev, V. V.

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, V. V. Fedorov, “Lasing characteristics of room-temperature tunable lasers based on LiF crystals utilizing F2+ and F2− color centers,” Russ. J. Opt. Spectrosc. 74, 1217–1221 (1993).

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, “Efficient tunable lasers utilizing F2 and F2+ color centers in LiF(F2) crystals,” Russ. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 145 (1992).

T. T. Basiev, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, “Two-step photoionization and photophysics of color centers in LiF crystals,” in Solid State Lasers and New Laser Crystals, V. V. Osiko, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1839, 227–264 (1992).

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

L. F. Mollenauer, D. M. Bloom, “Simple two-step photoionization yields high densities of laser-active F2+ centers,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 33, 506–509 (1978).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

J. M. Eggleston, L. G. DeShazer, K. W. Kangas, “Characteristics and kinetics of laser-pumped Ti:sapphire oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 1009–1015 (1988).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, H. W. Newkirk, L. K. Smith, W. F. Krupke, “LiCaAlF6:Cr3+: a promising new solid-state laser material,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 2243–2252 (1988).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

S. A. Payn, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, H. W. Newkirk, B. H. T. Chai, M. Long, “Laser performance and spectroscopy of LiSrAlF6:Cr3+,” J. Appl. Phys. 66, 1051–1056 (1989).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

J. Phys. Chem. (1)

W. Gellerman, “Color center lasers,” J. Phys. Chem. 52, 249–297 (1991).

Pisma Zh. Tekn. Fiz. (1)

V. M. Hulugurov, B. D. Lobanov, “Laser generation on color centers in LiF–OH crystals at 300 K in the 840–1130 nm spectral region,” Pisma Zh. Tekn. Fiz. 4, 1471–1474 (1978).

Russ. J. Opt. Spectrosc. (1)

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, V. V. Fedorov, “Lasing characteristics of room-temperature tunable lasers based on LiF crystals utilizing F2+ and F2− color centers,” Russ. J. Opt. Spectrosc. 74, 1217–1221 (1993).

Russ. J. Quantum Electron. (1)

T. T. Basiev, V. A. Konushkin, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, “Efficient tunable lasers utilizing F2 and F2+ color centers in LiF(F2) crystals,” Russ. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 145 (1992).

Sov. J. Doclady Akad. Nauk (1)

T. T. Basiev, S. B. Mirov, A. M. Prokchorov, “Pulse-periodic tunable laser based on LiF crystals with F2+ centers pumped by the second harmonic of Nd3+:garnet laser,” Sov. J. Doclady Akad. Nauk 246, 72–74 (1979).

Other (2)

L. F. Mollenauer, “Color center lasers,” in CRC Handbook of Laser Science and Technology, Supplement 1: Lasers, M. J. Weber, ed. (CRC, Boca Raton, Fla., 1991), pp. 101–125.

T. T. Basiev, S. B. Mirov, V. V. Ter-Mikirtychev, “Two-step photoionization and photophysics of color centers in LiF crystals,” in Solid State Lasers and New Laser Crystals, V. V. Osiko, ed., Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng.1839, 227–264 (1992).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Lifetime diagram of the LiF:F2+O2− broadband laser pumped by the 532-nm radiation.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Absorption spectrum (A) and spectrum of luminescence with a 632-nm excitation wavelength (B) of the obtained F2+* centers in LiF crystals.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Tuning curve of the LiF:F2+* laser when pumped by 532-nm radiation.

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