Abstract

High-efficient CW and Q-switched Ho:YAG lasers resonantly dual-end-pumped by two diode-pumped Tm:YLF lasers at 1908 nm were investigated. A maximum slope efficiency of 74.8% in CW operation as well as a maximum output power of 58.7 W at 83.2 W incident pump power was achieved, which corresponded to an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 70.6%. The maximum pulse energy of 2.94 mJ was achieved, with a 31 ns FWHM pulse width and a peak power of approximately 94.7 kW.

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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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2012 (1)

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “Efficient high-power Ho:YAG laser directly in-band pumped by a GaSb-based laser diode stack at 1.9 μm,” Appl. Phys. B 106, 315–319 (2012).
[CrossRef]

2011 (2)

A. S. Kurkov, V. A. Kamynin, E. M. Sholokhov, and A. V. Marakulin, “Mid-IR supercontinuum generation in Ho-doped fiber amplifier,” Laser Phys. Lett. 8, 754–757 (2011).
[CrossRef]

P. Koopmann, S. Lamrini, K. Scholle, M. Schäfer, P. Fuhrberg, and G. Huber, “Multi-watt laser operation and laser parameters of Ho-doped Lu2O3 at 2.12 μm,” Opt. Mater. Express 1, 1447–1456 (2011).
[CrossRef]

2010 (1)

N. G. Zakharov, O. L. Antipov, V. V. Sharkov, and A. P. Savikin, “Efficient lasing at 2.1 μm in a Ho:YAG laser pumped by a Tm:YLF laser,” Quantum Electron. 40, 98–100 (2010).
[CrossRef]

2008 (1)

S. So, J. I. Mackenzie, D. P. Shepherd, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power slab-based Tm:YLF laser for in-band pumping of Ho:YAG,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 68710R (2008).
[CrossRef]

2006 (1)

2005 (1)

2000 (2)

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “High-power/high-brightness diode-pumped 1.9 μm thulium and resonantly pumped 2.1 μm holmium,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629–635 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “Efficient mid infrared laser using 1.9 micron pumped Ho:YAG and ZnGeP2 optical parametric oscillators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723–728 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1998 (1)

Antipov, O. L.

N. G. Zakharov, O. L. Antipov, V. V. Sharkov, and A. P. Savikin, “Efficient lasing at 2.1 μm in a Ho:YAG laser pumped by a Tm:YLF laser,” Quantum Electron. 40, 98–100 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Arisholm, G.

Bi, Y.

Budni, P. A.

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “High-power/high-brightness diode-pumped 1.9 μm thulium and resonantly pumped 2.1 μm holmium,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629–635 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “Efficient mid infrared laser using 1.9 micron pumped Ho:YAG and ZnGeP2 optical parametric oscillators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723–728 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, C. A. Miller, B. K. Dygan, M. L. Lemons, and E. P. Chicklis, “CW and Q-switched Ho:YAG pumped by Tm:YALO,” in Advanced Solid State Lasers(Optical Society of America, 1998) pp. 204–206.

Chicklis, E. P.

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “Efficient mid infrared laser using 1.9 micron pumped Ho:YAG and ZnGeP2 optical parametric oscillators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723–728 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “High-power/high-brightness diode-pumped 1.9 μm thulium and resonantly pumped 2.1 μm holmium,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629–635 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, C. A. Miller, B. K. Dygan, M. L. Lemons, and E. P. Chicklis, “CW and Q-switched Ho:YAG pumped by Tm:YALO,” in Advanced Solid State Lasers(Optical Society of America, 1998) pp. 204–206.

Clarkson, W. A.

S. So, J. I. Mackenzie, D. P. Shepherd, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power slab-based Tm:YLF laser for in-band pumping of Ho:YAG,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 68710R (2008).
[CrossRef]

Cui, D. F.

Dygan, B. K.

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, C. A. Miller, B. K. Dygan, M. L. Lemons, and E. P. Chicklis, “CW and Q-switched Ho:YAG pumped by Tm:YALO,” in Advanced Solid State Lasers(Optical Society of America, 1998) pp. 204–206.

Fuhrberg, P.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “Efficient high-power Ho:YAG laser directly in-band pumped by a GaSb-based laser diode stack at 1.9 μm,” Appl. Phys. B 106, 315–319 (2012).
[CrossRef]

P. Koopmann, S. Lamrini, K. Scholle, M. Schäfer, P. Fuhrberg, and G. Huber, “Multi-watt laser operation and laser parameters of Ho-doped Lu2O3 at 2.12 μm,” Opt. Mater. Express 1, 1447–1456 (2011).
[CrossRef]

K. Scholle and P. Fuhrberg, “In-band pumping of high-power HoYAG lasers by laser diodes at 1.9 μm,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2008), Paper CTuAA1.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “High-power Ho:YAG laser in-band pumped by laser diodes at 1.9 μm and wavelength-stabilized by a volume Bragg grating,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2010), Paper AMB13.

Guo, L.

Hou, W.

Huber, G.

Kamynin, V. A.

A. S. Kurkov, V. A. Kamynin, E. M. Sholokhov, and A. V. Marakulin, “Mid-IR supercontinuum generation in Ho-doped fiber amplifier,” Laser Phys. Lett. 8, 754–757 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Killinger, D. K.

Kong, Y. P.

Koopmann, P.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “Efficient high-power Ho:YAG laser directly in-band pumped by a GaSb-based laser diode stack at 1.9 μm,” Appl. Phys. B 106, 315–319 (2012).
[CrossRef]

P. Koopmann, S. Lamrini, K. Scholle, M. Schäfer, P. Fuhrberg, and G. Huber, “Multi-watt laser operation and laser parameters of Ho-doped Lu2O3 at 2.12 μm,” Opt. Mater. Express 1, 1447–1456 (2011).
[CrossRef]

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “High-power Ho:YAG laser in-band pumped by laser diodes at 1.9 μm and wavelength-stabilized by a volume Bragg grating,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2010), Paper AMB13.

Kurkov, A. S.

A. S. Kurkov, V. A. Kamynin, E. M. Sholokhov, and A. V. Marakulin, “Mid-IR supercontinuum generation in Ho-doped fiber amplifier,” Laser Phys. Lett. 8, 754–757 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Lamrini, S.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “Efficient high-power Ho:YAG laser directly in-band pumped by a GaSb-based laser diode stack at 1.9 μm,” Appl. Phys. B 106, 315–319 (2012).
[CrossRef]

P. Koopmann, S. Lamrini, K. Scholle, M. Schäfer, P. Fuhrberg, and G. Huber, “Multi-watt laser operation and laser parameters of Ho-doped Lu2O3 at 2.12 μm,” Opt. Mater. Express 1, 1447–1456 (2011).
[CrossRef]

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “High-power Ho:YAG laser in-band pumped by laser diodes at 1.9 μm and wavelength-stabilized by a volume Bragg grating,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2010), Paper AMB13.

Lee, H.-C.

X. Mu, Helmuth E. Meissner, and H.-C. Lee, “High efficiency, high power 2.097 μm Ho:YAG laser,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2010), Paper ATuA2.

Lemons, M. L.

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “High-power/high-brightness diode-pumped 1.9 μm thulium and resonantly pumped 2.1 μm holmium,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629–635 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “Efficient mid infrared laser using 1.9 micron pumped Ho:YAG and ZnGeP2 optical parametric oscillators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723–728 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, C. A. Miller, B. K. Dygan, M. L. Lemons, and E. P. Chicklis, “CW and Q-switched Ho:YAG pumped by Tm:YALO,” in Advanced Solid State Lasers(Optical Society of America, 1998) pp. 204–206.

Li, R. N.

Lippert, E.

Mackenzie, J. I.

S. So, J. I. Mackenzie, D. P. Shepherd, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power slab-based Tm:YLF laser for in-band pumping of Ho:YAG,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 68710R (2008).
[CrossRef]

Marakulin, A. V.

A. S. Kurkov, V. A. Kamynin, E. M. Sholokhov, and A. V. Marakulin, “Mid-IR supercontinuum generation in Ho-doped fiber amplifier,” Laser Phys. Lett. 8, 754–757 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Meissner, Helmuth E.

X. Mu, Helmuth E. Meissner, and H.-C. Lee, “High efficiency, high power 2.097 μm Ho:YAG laser,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2010), Paper ATuA2.

Miller, C. A.

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “Efficient mid infrared laser using 1.9 micron pumped Ho:YAG and ZnGeP2 optical parametric oscillators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723–728 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, C. A. Miller, B. K. Dygan, M. L. Lemons, and E. P. Chicklis, “CW and Q-switched Ho:YAG pumped by Tm:YALO,” in Advanced Solid State Lasers(Optical Society of America, 1998) pp. 204–206.

Mosto, J. R.

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “Efficient mid infrared laser using 1.9 micron pumped Ho:YAG and ZnGeP2 optical parametric oscillators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723–728 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “High-power/high-brightness diode-pumped 1.9 μm thulium and resonantly pumped 2.1 μm holmium,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629–635 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Mu, X.

X. Mu, Helmuth E. Meissner, and H.-C. Lee, “High efficiency, high power 2.097 μm Ho:YAG laser,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2010), Paper ATuA2.

Nicolas, S.

Pomeranz, L. A.

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “Efficient mid infrared laser using 1.9 micron pumped Ho:YAG and ZnGeP2 optical parametric oscillators,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723–728 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, C. A. Miller, B. K. Dygan, M. L. Lemons, and E. P. Chicklis, “CW and Q-switched Ho:YAG pumped by Tm:YALO,” in Advanced Solid State Lasers(Optical Society of America, 1998) pp. 204–206.

Rustad, G.

Savikin, A. P.

N. G. Zakharov, O. L. Antipov, V. V. Sharkov, and A. P. Savikin, “Efficient lasing at 2.1 μm in a Ho:YAG laser pumped by a Tm:YLF laser,” Quantum Electron. 40, 98–100 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Schäfer, M.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “Efficient high-power Ho:YAG laser directly in-band pumped by a GaSb-based laser diode stack at 1.9 μm,” Appl. Phys. B 106, 315–319 (2012).
[CrossRef]

P. Koopmann, S. Lamrini, K. Scholle, M. Schäfer, P. Fuhrberg, and G. Huber, “Multi-watt laser operation and laser parameters of Ho-doped Lu2O3 at 2.12 μm,” Opt. Mater. Express 1, 1447–1456 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Scholle, K.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “Efficient high-power Ho:YAG laser directly in-band pumped by a GaSb-based laser diode stack at 1.9 μm,” Appl. Phys. B 106, 315–319 (2012).
[CrossRef]

P. Koopmann, S. Lamrini, K. Scholle, M. Schäfer, P. Fuhrberg, and G. Huber, “Multi-watt laser operation and laser parameters of Ho-doped Lu2O3 at 2.12 μm,” Opt. Mater. Express 1, 1447–1456 (2011).
[CrossRef]

K. Scholle and P. Fuhrberg, “In-band pumping of high-power HoYAG lasers by laser diodes at 1.9 μm,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2008), Paper CTuAA1.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “High-power Ho:YAG laser in-band pumped by laser diodes at 1.9 μm and wavelength-stabilized by a volume Bragg grating,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2010), Paper AMB13.

Sharkov, V. V.

N. G. Zakharov, O. L. Antipov, V. V. Sharkov, and A. P. Savikin, “Efficient lasing at 2.1 μm in a Ho:YAG laser pumped by a Tm:YLF laser,” Quantum Electron. 40, 98–100 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Shepherd, D. P.

S. So, J. I. Mackenzie, D. P. Shepherd, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power slab-based Tm:YLF laser for in-band pumping of Ho:YAG,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 68710R (2008).
[CrossRef]

Sholokhov, E. M.

A. S. Kurkov, V. A. Kamynin, E. M. Sholokhov, and A. V. Marakulin, “Mid-IR supercontinuum generation in Ho-doped fiber amplifier,” Laser Phys. Lett. 8, 754–757 (2011).
[CrossRef]

So, S.

S. So, J. I. Mackenzie, D. P. Shepherd, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power slab-based Tm:YLF laser for in-band pumping of Ho:YAG,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 68710R (2008).
[CrossRef]

Stenersen, K.

Taczak, T. M.

Wu, L. A.

Xu, Z. Y.

Yao, A. Y.

Zakharov, N. G.

N. G. Zakharov, O. L. Antipov, V. V. Sharkov, and A. P. Savikin, “Efficient lasing at 2.1 μm in a Ho:YAG laser pumped by a Tm:YLF laser,” Quantum Electron. 40, 98–100 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Zhou, Y.

Appl. Opt. (2)

Appl. Phys. B (1)

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “Efficient high-power Ho:YAG laser directly in-band pumped by a GaSb-based laser diode stack at 1.9 μm,” Appl. Phys. B 106, 315–319 (2012).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, “High-power/high-brightness diode-pumped 1.9 μm thulium and resonantly pumped 2.1 μm holmium,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629–635 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Laser Phys. Lett. (1)

A. S. Kurkov, V. A. Kamynin, E. M. Sholokhov, and A. V. Marakulin, “Mid-IR supercontinuum generation in Ho-doped fiber amplifier,” Laser Phys. Lett. 8, 754–757 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Mater. Express (1)

Proc. SPIE (1)

S. So, J. I. Mackenzie, D. P. Shepherd, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power slab-based Tm:YLF laser for in-band pumping of Ho:YAG,” Proc. SPIE 6871, 68710R (2008).
[CrossRef]

Quantum Electron. (1)

N. G. Zakharov, O. L. Antipov, V. V. Sharkov, and A. P. Savikin, “Efficient lasing at 2.1 μm in a Ho:YAG laser pumped by a Tm:YLF laser,” Quantum Electron. 40, 98–100 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Other (4)

X. Mu, Helmuth E. Meissner, and H.-C. Lee, “High efficiency, high power 2.097 μm Ho:YAG laser,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2010), Paper ATuA2.

K. Scholle and P. Fuhrberg, “In-band pumping of high-power HoYAG lasers by laser diodes at 1.9 μm,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2008), Paper CTuAA1.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, “High-power Ho:YAG laser in-band pumped by laser diodes at 1.9 μm and wavelength-stabilized by a volume Bragg grating,” in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2010), Paper AMB13.

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, C. A. Miller, B. K. Dygan, M. L. Lemons, and E. P. Chicklis, “CW and Q-switched Ho:YAG pumped by Tm:YALO,” in Advanced Solid State Lasers(Optical Society of America, 1998) pp. 204–206.

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