Abstract

We demonstrate that a coaxially pumped, large-aperture ultraviolet power-amplifier module with solid-state tunable laser medium Ce3+:LiCaAlF6 has 98-mJ, 290-nm, and 3-ns output pulses with a sufficient extraction efficiency of 25%. The detailed information of design parameters, including the gain-coefficient dependence on pump condition, is successfully accumulated for further energy scaling for a terawatt-class ultraviolet chirped pulse amplification laser system or a high-pulse-energy laser system.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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