By use of the reflection of an uncoated external etalon, a diode-pumped thulium-doped YAG microchip laser was forced into a single-frequency mode. The wavelength of the single-frequency radiation was tunable over 15 nm simply by translation of the etalon relative to the laser. Output powers of 45 mW were achieved in a monolithic setup that is insensitive to vibrations. The origin of the single-frequency oscillation is the wavelength-dependent reflection of the etalon, which is coupled back into the laser resonator. This method permits the combination of inherently stable, single-frequency resonator geometries such as microchips with laser materials that have broad tuning ranges.
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