Abstract

Vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) laser radiation at 172 nm has been obtained from a solid-state LaF3:Nd3+-based laser pumped by a pulsed-discharge molecular F2 laser at 157 nm. The maximum slope efficiency of the solid-state laser described in this experiment was 21% (14% conversion efficiency), and the maximum output energy at 172 nm was 0.4 mJ for a nonoptimized optical cavity. This finding introduces serious prospects for realizing versions of active-medium-plus-source tunable VUV laser devices.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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