Abstract

The first demonstration of laser action in a Yb3+:Sr3Y(BO3)3 crystal is reported. This new material exhibits particularly broad absorption and emission bandwidths (6 and 60 nm, respectively) and hence is of particular interest for diode-pumped femtosecond and tunable laser sources. Efficient operation from diode pumping (1.4 W of cw laser power obtained with 3.6 W of diode pump power and as much as 3.4 W of peak power from high-power quasi-cw pumping) together with smooth tunability (over 50 nm FWHM) is reported. For the comparison, efficiency and thermal limitations of Yb:glass and Yb:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 have been investigated under the same conditions.

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2001 (3)

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, B. Viana, E. Antic-Fidancev, and D. Vivien, “Spectroscopic and crystal-field analysis of new Yb-doped laser materials,” J. Phys. Condens. Matter 13, 5427–5447 (2001).
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[CrossRef]

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, J.-M. Benitez, B. Viana, B. Ferrand, G. P. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials,” J. Cryst. Growth 33, 233–242, (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000 (3)

1999 (5)

H. Liu, S. Biswal, J. Paye, J. Nees, G. Mourou, C. Hönninger, and U. Keller, “Directly diode-pumped millijoule subpicosecond Yb:glass regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 24, 917–919 (1999).
[CrossRef]

D. S. Sumida, A. A. Betin, H. Bruesselbach, R. Bryen, S. Matthews, R. Reeder, and M. S. Mangir, “Diode-pumped Yb: YAG catches up with Nd:YAG,” Laser Focus World 35(6), 63–70 (1999).

A. A. Lagatsky, N. V. Kuleshov, and V. P. Mikhailov, “Diode-pumped cw lasing of Yb: KYW and Yb:KGW,” Opt. Commun. 165, 71–75 (1999).
[CrossRef]

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

L. Shah, Q. Ye, J. M. Eichenholz, D. A. Hammons, M. Richardson, B. H. T. Chai, and R. E. Peale, “Laser tunability in Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3 {Yb:YCOB},” Opt. Commun. 167, 149–153 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1997 (2)

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “Cw laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409–413 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

Abdolvand, A.

Aka, G.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brun, A. Courjaud, C. Hönninger, F. Salin, A. Aron, F. Mougel, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Generation of 90-fs pulses from a mode-locked diode-pumped Yb3+:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 25, 423–425 (2000).
[CrossRef]

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Aka, G. P.

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, J.-M. Benitez, B. Viana, B. Ferrand, G. P. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials,” J. Cryst. Growth 33, 233–242, (2001).
[CrossRef]

Antic-Fidancev, E.

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, B. Viana, E. Antic-Fidancev, and D. Vivien, “Spectroscopic and crystal-field analysis of new Yb-doped laser materials,” J. Phys. Condens. Matter 13, 5427–5447 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Aron, A.

Augé, F.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Aus der Au, J.

Balembois, F.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brun, A. Courjaud, C. Hönninger, F. Salin, A. Aron, F. Mougel, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Generation of 90-fs pulses from a mode-locked diode-pumped Yb3+:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 25, 423–425 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Basun, S. A.

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Kuch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth-doped sesquioxides,” J. Lumin. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Benitez, J.-M.

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, J.-M. Benitez, B. Viana, B. Ferrand, G. P. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials,” J. Cryst. Growth 33, 233–242, (2001).
[CrossRef]

Betin, A. A.

D. S. Sumida, A. A. Betin, H. Bruesselbach, R. Bryen, S. Matthews, R. Reeder, and M. S. Mangir, “Diode-pumped Yb: YAG catches up with Nd:YAG,” Laser Focus World 35(6), 63–70 (1999).

Biswal, S.

H. Liu, S. Biswal, J. Paye, J. Nees, G. Mourou, C. Hönninger, and U. Keller, “Directly diode-pumped millijoule subpicosecond Yb:glass regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 24, 917–919 (1999).
[CrossRef]

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Brauch, U.

Braun, A.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Bruesselbach, H.

D. S. Sumida, A. A. Betin, H. Bruesselbach, R. Bryen, S. Matthews, R. Reeder, and M. S. Mangir, “Diode-pumped Yb: YAG catches up with Nd:YAG,” Laser Focus World 35(6), 63–70 (1999).

Brun, A.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brun, A. Courjaud, C. Hönninger, F. Salin, A. Aron, F. Mougel, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Generation of 90-fs pulses from a mode-locked diode-pumped Yb3+:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 25, 423–425 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Brunner, F.

Bryen, R.

D. S. Sumida, A. A. Betin, H. Bruesselbach, R. Bryen, S. Matthews, R. Reeder, and M. S. Mangir, “Diode-pumped Yb: YAG catches up with Nd:YAG,” Laser Focus World 35(6), 63–70 (1999).

Chai, B. H. T.

L. Shah, Q. Ye, J. M. Eichenholz, D. A. Hammons, M. Richardson, B. H. T. Chai, and R. E. Peale, “Laser tunability in Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3 {Yb:YCOB},” Opt. Commun. 167, 149–153 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Chambaret, J. P.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Chénais, S.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Colin, P.

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Coquelin, P.

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Courjaud, A.

Damelet, J. P.

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Diening, A.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “Cw laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409–413 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Druon, F.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brun, A. Courjaud, C. Hönninger, F. Salin, A. Aron, F. Mougel, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Generation of 90-fs pulses from a mode-locked diode-pumped Yb3+:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 25, 423–425 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Eichenholz, J. M.

L. Shah, Q. Ye, J. M. Eichenholz, D. A. Hammons, M. Richardson, B. H. T. Chai, and R. E. Peale, “Laser tunability in Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3 {Yb:YCOB},” Opt. Commun. 167, 149–153 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Ferrand, B.

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, J.-M. Benitez, B. Viana, B. Ferrand, G. P. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials,” J. Cryst. Growth 33, 233–242, (2001).
[CrossRef]

Fornasiero, L.

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Kuch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth-doped sesquioxides,” J. Lumin. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Gaumé, R.

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, J.-M. Benitez, B. Viana, B. Ferrand, G. P. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials,” J. Cryst. Growth 33, 233–242, (2001).
[CrossRef]

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, B. Viana, E. Antic-Fidancev, and D. Vivien, “Spectroscopic and crystal-field analysis of new Yb-doped laser materials,” J. Phys. Condens. Matter 13, 5427–5447 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Georges, P.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brun, A. Courjaud, C. Hönninger, F. Salin, A. Aron, F. Mougel, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Generation of 90-fs pulses from a mode-locked diode-pumped Yb3+:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 25, 423–425 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Giesen, A.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

U. Brauch, A. Giesen, M. Karszewski, Chr. Stewen, and A. Voss, “Multiwatt diode-pumped Yb:YAG thin disk laser continuously tunable between 1018 and 1053 nm,” Opt. Lett. 20, 713–715 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Graf, M.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Hammons, D. A.

L. Shah, Q. Ye, J. M. Eichenholz, D. A. Hammons, M. Richardson, B. H. T. Chai, and R. E. Peale, “Laser tunability in Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3 {Yb:YCOB},” Opt. Commun. 167, 149–153 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Harder, C.

Haumesser, P.-H.

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, B. Viana, E. Antic-Fidancev, and D. Vivien, “Spectroscopic and crystal-field analysis of new Yb-doped laser materials,” J. Phys. Condens. Matter 13, 5427–5447 (2001).
[CrossRef]

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, J.-M. Benitez, B. Viana, B. Ferrand, G. P. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials,” J. Cryst. Growth 33, 233–242, (2001).
[CrossRef]

Heumann, E.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “Cw laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409–413 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Hönninger, C.

Huber, G.

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Kuch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth-doped sesquioxides,” J. Lumin. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “Cw laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409–413 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Jensen, T.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “Cw laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409–413 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Johannsen, I.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kahn-Harari, A.

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Karszewski, M.

Keller, U.

Krainer, L.

Kuch, S.

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Kuch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth-doped sesquioxides,” J. Lumin. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kuleshov, N. V.

F. Brunner, G. J. Spülher, J. Aus der Au, L. Krainer, F. Morier-Genoud, R. Paschotta, N. Lichtenstein, S. Weiss, C. Harder, A. A. Lagatsky, A. Abdolvand, N. V. Kuleshov, and U. Keller, “Diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser with 1.1-W average power,” Opt. Lett. 25, 1119–1121 (2000).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Lagatsky, N. V. Kuleshov, and V. P. Mikhailov, “Diode-pumped cw lasing of Yb: KYW and Yb:KGW,” Opt. Commun. 165, 71–75 (1999).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “Cw laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409–413 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Lagatsky, A. A.

F. Brunner, G. J. Spülher, J. Aus der Au, L. Krainer, F. Morier-Genoud, R. Paschotta, N. Lichtenstein, S. Weiss, C. Harder, A. A. Lagatsky, A. Abdolvand, N. V. Kuleshov, and U. Keller, “Diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser with 1.1-W average power,” Opt. Lett. 25, 1119–1121 (2000).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Lagatsky, N. V. Kuleshov, and V. P. Mikhailov, “Diode-pumped cw lasing of Yb: KYW and Yb:KGW,” Opt. Commun. 165, 71–75 (1999).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “Cw laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409–413 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Lichtenstein, N.

Liu, H.

Lucas-Leclin, G.

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Mangir, M. S.

D. S. Sumida, A. A. Betin, H. Bruesselbach, R. Bryen, S. Matthews, R. Reeder, and M. S. Mangir, “Diode-pumped Yb: YAG catches up with Nd:YAG,” Laser Focus World 35(6), 63–70 (1999).

Matthews, S.

D. S. Sumida, A. A. Betin, H. Bruesselbach, R. Bryen, S. Matthews, R. Reeder, and M. S. Mangir, “Diode-pumped Yb: YAG catches up with Nd:YAG,” Laser Focus World 35(6), 63–70 (1999).

Mikhailov, V. P.

A. A. Lagatsky, N. V. Kuleshov, and V. P. Mikhailov, “Diode-pumped cw lasing of Yb: KYW and Yb:KGW,” Opt. Commun. 165, 71–75 (1999).
[CrossRef]

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “Cw laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409–413 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Mix, E.

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Kuch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth-doped sesquioxides,” J. Lumin. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Morier-Genoud, F.

F. Brunner, G. J. Spülher, J. Aus der Au, L. Krainer, F. Morier-Genoud, R. Paschotta, N. Lichtenstein, S. Weiss, C. Harder, A. A. Lagatsky, A. Abdolvand, N. V. Kuleshov, and U. Keller, “Diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser with 1.1-W average power,” Opt. Lett. 25, 1119–1121 (2000).
[CrossRef]

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Moser, M.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Mougel, F.

F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brun, A. Courjaud, C. Hönninger, F. Salin, A. Aron, F. Mougel, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Generation of 90-fs pulses from a mode-locked diode-pumped Yb3+:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 25, 423–425 (2000).
[CrossRef]

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

Mourou, G. A.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Nees, J.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

H. Liu, S. Biswal, J. Paye, J. Nees, G. Mourou, C. Hönninger, and U. Keller, “Directly diode-pumped millijoule subpicosecond Yb:glass regenerative amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 24, 917–919 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Paschotta, R.

F. Brunner, G. J. Spülher, J. Aus der Au, L. Krainer, F. Morier-Genoud, R. Paschotta, N. Lichtenstein, S. Weiss, C. Harder, A. A. Lagatsky, A. Abdolvand, N. V. Kuleshov, and U. Keller, “Diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser with 1.1-W average power,” Opt. Lett. 25, 1119–1121 (2000).
[CrossRef]

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Paye, J.

Peale, R. E.

L. Shah, Q. Ye, J. M. Eichenholz, D. A. Hammons, M. Richardson, B. H. T. Chai, and R. E. Peale, “Laser tunability in Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3 {Yb:YCOB},” Opt. Commun. 167, 149–153 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Pelenc, D.

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Petermann, K.

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Kuch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth-doped sesquioxides,” J. Lumin. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Peters, V.

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Kuch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth-doped sesquioxides,” J. Lumin. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Reeder, R.

D. S. Sumida, A. A. Betin, H. Bruesselbach, R. Bryen, S. Matthews, R. Reeder, and M. S. Mangir, “Diode-pumped Yb: YAG catches up with Nd:YAG,” Laser Focus World 35(6), 63–70 (1999).

Richardson, M.

L. Shah, Q. Ye, J. M. Eichenholz, D. A. Hammons, M. Richardson, B. H. T. Chai, and R. E. Peale, “Laser tunability in Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3 {Yb:YCOB},” Opt. Commun. 167, 149–153 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Salin, F.

F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brun, A. Courjaud, C. Hönninger, F. Salin, A. Aron, F. Mougel, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Generation of 90-fs pulses from a mode-locked diode-pumped Yb3+:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 25, 423–425 (2000).
[CrossRef]

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Seeber, W.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Shah, L.

L. Shah, Q. Ye, J. M. Eichenholz, D. A. Hammons, M. Richardson, B. H. T. Chai, and R. E. Peale, “Laser tunability in Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3 {Yb:YCOB},” Opt. Commun. 167, 149–153 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Shcherbitsky, V. G.

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “Cw laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409–413 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Spülher, G. J.

Stewen, Chr.

Sumida, D. S.

D. S. Sumida, A. A. Betin, H. Bruesselbach, R. Bryen, S. Matthews, R. Reeder, and M. S. Mangir, “Diode-pumped Yb: YAG catches up with Nd:YAG,” Laser Focus World 35(6), 63–70 (1999).

Viana, B.

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, J.-M. Benitez, B. Viana, B. Ferrand, G. P. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials,” J. Cryst. Growth 33, 233–242, (2001).
[CrossRef]

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, B. Viana, E. Antic-Fidancev, and D. Vivien, “Spectroscopic and crystal-field analysis of new Yb-doped laser materials,” J. Phys. Condens. Matter 13, 5427–5447 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Vivien, D.

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, B. Viana, E. Antic-Fidancev, and D. Vivien, “Spectroscopic and crystal-field analysis of new Yb-doped laser materials,” J. Phys. Condens. Matter 13, 5427–5447 (2001).
[CrossRef]

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, J.-M. Benitez, B. Viana, B. Ferrand, G. P. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials,” J. Cryst. Growth 33, 233–242, (2001).
[CrossRef]

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

F. Druon, F. Balembois, P. Georges, A. Brun, A. Courjaud, C. Hönninger, F. Salin, A. Aron, F. Mougel, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Generation of 90-fs pulses from a mode-locked diode-pumped Yb3+:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 laser,” Opt. Lett. 25, 423–425 (2000).
[CrossRef]

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Voss, A.

Weiss, S.

Ye, Q.

L. Shah, Q. Ye, J. M. Eichenholz, D. A. Hammons, M. Richardson, B. H. T. Chai, and R. E. Peale, “Laser tunability in Yb3+:YCa4O(BO3)3 {Yb:YCOB},” Opt. Commun. 167, 149–153 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, G.

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
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Appl. Phys. B (3)

N. V. Kuleshov, A. A. Lagatsky, V. G. Shcherbitsky, V. P. Mikhailov, E. Heumann, T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, “Cw laser performance of Yb and Er, Yb doped tungstates,” Appl. Phys. B 64, 409–413 (1997).
[CrossRef]

S. Chénais, F. Druon, F. Balembois, G. Lucas-Leclin, P. Georges, A. Brun, F. Augé, J. P. Chambaret, G. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Multiwatt, tunable, diode-pumped CW Yb: GdCOB laser,” Appl. Phys. B 72, 389–393 (2001).
[CrossRef]

C. Hönninger, R. Paschotta, M. Graf, F. Morier-Genoud, G. Zhang, M. Moser, S. Biswal, J. Nees, A. Braun, G. A. Mourou, I. Johannsen, A. Giesen, W. Seeber, and U. Keller, “Ultrafast ytterbium-doped bulk lasers and laser amplifiers,” Appl. Phys. B 69, 3–17 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Cryst. Growth (1)

P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, J.-M. Benitez, B. Viana, B. Ferrand, G. P. Aka, and D. Vivien, “Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials,” J. Cryst. Growth 33, 233–242, (2001).
[CrossRef]

J. Lumin. (1)

K. Petermann, G. Huber, L. Fornasiero, S. Kuch, E. Mix, V. Peters, and S. A. Basun, “Rare-earth-doped sesquioxides,” J. Lumin. 87–89, 973–975 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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

G. Aka, A. Kahn-Harari, F. Mougel, D. Vivien, F. Salin, P. Coquelin, P. Colin, D. Pelenc, and J. P. Damelet, “Linear and nonlinear-optical properties of a new gadolinium calcium oxoborate crystal, Ca4GdO(BO3)3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 9, 2238–2247 (1997).
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P.-H. Haumesser, R. Gaumé, B. Viana, E. Antic-Fidancev, and D. Vivien, “Spectroscopic and crystal-field analysis of new Yb-doped laser materials,” J. Phys. Condens. Matter 13, 5427–5447 (2001).
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Figures (9)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Absorption and emission spectra of Yb:BOYS, Yb:glass, and Yb:GdCOB. (a) Measured absorption and emission cross sections of BOYS doped with 20-at. % Yb2O3 (π polarization). (b) Absorption and emission cross sections of a Kigre QX phosphate glass doped with 15-at. % Yb2O3 (from Ref. 15). (c) Absorption (for E//Y) and emission (for E//Z) cross sections of GdCOB doped with 15-at. % Yb2O3.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Single Yb:BOYS crystal.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Absorption versus diode temperature for Yb:BOYS and Yb:GdCOB.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Experimental setup for high-power laser characterizations of Yb:BOYS, Yb:GdCOB, and Yb:QX phosphate glass. HR, highly reflective.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Efficiency of Yb:BOYS, Yb:GdCOB, and Yb:glass in the quasi-cw regime (chopping duty cycle: 1/17). T is the optimal output coupler transmission.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Tuning curves of Yb:BOYS, Yb:GdCOB, and Yb:glass obtained under the same experimental conditions.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Performance for quasi-cw and cw pumping of (a) Yb:BOYS, (b) Yb:GdCOB, and (c) Yb:QX phosphate glass.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

Experimental setup for low-power–high-brightness pumping of Yb:BOYS. R, radius of curvature.

Fig. 9
Fig. 9

Performance under low-power high-brightness pumping of Yb:BOYS with Diode #1 turned on (see Fig. 8).

Tables (3)

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Table 1 Spectroscopic and Thermal Properties of Yb:BOYS and of Several Yb-Doped Tunable Materials

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Table 2 Properties of the Crystals and Glasses Used for Laser Tests

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Table 3 Comparison of the Performance of Quasi-CW-Pumped Yb:BOYS, Yb:GdCOB, and Yb:Glassa

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