Abstract

A master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) with variable amplifier gain lengths was built to demonstrate power enhancement of an alkali vapor laser. A small signal gain of 0.91/cm for two different gain lengths was observed. For a 2 cm long amplifier gain length an amplification of 7.9 dB was observed.

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  1. A. L. Schalow and C. H. Townes, "Infrared and optical masers," Phys. Rev. 112, 1940-1949 (1958).
    [CrossRef]
  2. P. P. Sorokin and J. R. Lankard, "Infrared lasers resulting from photodissociation of Cs2 and Rb2," J. Chem. Phys. 51, 2929-2931 (1969).
    [CrossRef]
  3. P. P. Sorokin and J. R. Lankard, "Infrared lasers resulting from giant pulse laser excitation of alkali metal molecules," J. Chem. Phys. 54, 2184 - 2190 (1971).
    [CrossRef]
  4. D. J. Ehrlich and R. M. Osgood, Jr., "Alkali-metal resonance-line lasers based on photodissociation," Appl. Phys. Lett. 34, 655-658 (1979).
    [CrossRef]
  5. W. F. Krupke, R. J. Beach, V. K. Kanz, and S. A. Payne, "Resonance transition 795-nm rubidium laser," Opt. Lett. 28, 2336-2338 (2003).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. W. F. Krupke, R. J. Beach, V. K. Kanz, and S. A. Payne, "DPAL: A new class of CW, near-infrared high-power diode pumped alkali (vapor) lasers," Proc. of SPIE 5334, 156-167 (2004).
    [CrossRef]
  7. R. J. Beach, W. F. Krupke, V. K. Kanz, and S. A. Payne, "End-pumped continous-wave alkali vapor lasers: experiment, model, and power scaling," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 2151-2163 (2004).
    [CrossRef]
  8. T. Ehrenreich, B. Zhdanov, T. Takekoshi, S. P. Phipps, and R. J. Knize, "Highly efficient optically pumped Cs vapor laser," Opt. Commun. 260, 696-698 (2006).
    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
    [CrossRef]
  11. Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
    [CrossRef]
  12. T. A. Perschbacher, D. A. Hostutler, and T. M. Shay, "High-efficiency diode-pumped rubidium laser: experimental results," Proc. of SPIE 6346, 634607-1 - 634607-6 (2007).
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]

2008 (2)

2007 (3)

B. V. Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, "Diode pumped 10 Watts continous wave cesium laser," Opt. Lett. 32, 2167-2169 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Wu, T. Soules, R. Page, S. Mitchell, C. Scott, V. Kanz, and R. Beach, "Hydrocarbon-free resonance transition 795-nm rubidium laser," Opt. Lett. 322423-2425 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006 (3)

T. Ehrenreich, B. Zhdanov, T. Takekoshi, S. P. Phipps, and R. J. Knize, "Highly efficient optically pumped Cs vapor laser," Opt. Commun. 260, 696-698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

R. H. Page, R. J. Beach, V. K. Kanz, and W. F. Krupke, "Multimode-diode-pumped gas (alkali-vapor) laser," Opt. Lett. 31, 353-355 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2004 (2)

W. F. Krupke, R. J. Beach, V. K. Kanz, and S. A. Payne, "DPAL: A new class of CW, near-infrared high-power diode pumped alkali (vapor) lasers," Proc. of SPIE 5334, 156-167 (2004).
[CrossRef]

R. J. Beach, W. F. Krupke, V. K. Kanz, and S. A. Payne, "End-pumped continous-wave alkali vapor lasers: experiment, model, and power scaling," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 2151-2163 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (1)

1979 (1)

D. J. Ehrlich and R. M. Osgood, Jr., "Alkali-metal resonance-line lasers based on photodissociation," Appl. Phys. Lett. 34, 655-658 (1979).
[CrossRef]

1971 (1)

P. P. Sorokin and J. R. Lankard, "Infrared lasers resulting from giant pulse laser excitation of alkali metal molecules," J. Chem. Phys. 54, 2184 - 2190 (1971).
[CrossRef]

1969 (1)

P. P. Sorokin and J. R. Lankard, "Infrared lasers resulting from photodissociation of Cs2 and Rb2," J. Chem. Phys. 51, 2929-2931 (1969).
[CrossRef]

1958 (1)

A. L. Schalow and C. H. Townes, "Infrared and optical masers," Phys. Rev. 112, 1940-1949 (1958).
[CrossRef]

Beach, R.

Beach, R. J.

Boyadjian, G.

Ehrenreich, T.

T. Ehrenreich, B. Zhdanov, T. Takekoshi, S. P. Phipps, and R. J. Knize, "Highly efficient optically pumped Cs vapor laser," Opt. Commun. 260, 696-698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Ehrlich, D. J.

D. J. Ehrlich and R. M. Osgood, Jr., "Alkali-metal resonance-line lasers based on photodissociation," Appl. Phys. Lett. 34, 655-658 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Fukuoka, H.

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Hiruma, T.

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kan, H.

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kanz, V.

Kanz, V. K.

Kasamatsu, T.

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Knize, R. J.

Krupke, W. F.

Kubomura, H.

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Lankard, J. R.

P. P. Sorokin and J. R. Lankard, "Infrared lasers resulting from giant pulse laser excitation of alkali metal molecules," J. Chem. Phys. 54, 2184 - 2190 (1971).
[CrossRef]

P. P. Sorokin and J. R. Lankard, "Infrared lasers resulting from photodissociation of Cs2 and Rb2," J. Chem. Phys. 51, 2929-2931 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Matsuoka, S.

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Mitchell, S.

Miyajima, H.

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Niigaki, M.

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Osgood, R. M.

D. J. Ehrlich and R. M. Osgood, Jr., "Alkali-metal resonance-line lasers based on photodissociation," Appl. Phys. Lett. 34, 655-658 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Page, R.

Page, R. H.

Payne, S. A.

Phipps, S. P.

T. Ehrenreich, B. Zhdanov, T. Takekoshi, S. P. Phipps, and R. J. Knize, "Highly efficient optically pumped Cs vapor laser," Opt. Commun. 260, 696-698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Schalow, A. L.

A. L. Schalow and C. H. Townes, "Infrared and optical masers," Phys. Rev. 112, 1940-1949 (1958).
[CrossRef]

Scott, C.

Sorokin, P. P.

P. P. Sorokin and J. R. Lankard, "Infrared lasers resulting from giant pulse laser excitation of alkali metal molecules," J. Chem. Phys. 54, 2184 - 2190 (1971).
[CrossRef]

P. P. Sorokin and J. R. Lankard, "Infrared lasers resulting from photodissociation of Cs2 and Rb2," J. Chem. Phys. 51, 2929-2931 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Soules, T.

Stooke, A.

Takekoshi, T.

T. Ehrenreich, B. Zhdanov, T. Takekoshi, S. P. Phipps, and R. J. Knize, "Highly efficient optically pumped Cs vapor laser," Opt. Commun. 260, 696-698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Townes, C. H.

A. L. Schalow and C. H. Townes, "Infrared and optical masers," Phys. Rev. 112, 1940-1949 (1958).
[CrossRef]

Voci, A.

Wang, Y.

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Wu, S.

Zhdanov, B.

T. Ehrenreich, B. Zhdanov, T. Takekoshi, S. P. Phipps, and R. J. Knize, "Highly efficient optically pumped Cs vapor laser," Opt. Commun. 260, 696-698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Zhdanov, B. V.

Zheng, Y.

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

D. J. Ehrlich and R. M. Osgood, Jr., "Alkali-metal resonance-line lasers based on photodissociation," Appl. Phys. Lett. 34, 655-658 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Y. Wang, T. Kasamatsu, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, H. Fukuoka, S. Matsuoka, M. Niigaki, H. Kubomura, and H. Kan, "Cesium Vapor Laser Pumped by a Volume-Bragg-Grating Coupled Quasi-Continuous-Wave Laser Diode Array," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88,141112-141112-3 (2006).
[CrossRef]

J. Chem. Phys. (2)

P. P. Sorokin and J. R. Lankard, "Infrared lasers resulting from photodissociation of Cs2 and Rb2," J. Chem. Phys. 51, 2929-2931 (1969).
[CrossRef]

P. P. Sorokin and J. R. Lankard, "Infrared lasers resulting from giant pulse laser excitation of alkali metal molecules," J. Chem. Phys. 54, 2184 - 2190 (1971).
[CrossRef]

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

Opt. Commun. (1)

T. Ehrenreich, B. Zhdanov, T. Takekoshi, S. P. Phipps, and R. J. Knize, "Highly efficient optically pumped Cs vapor laser," Opt. Commun. 260, 696-698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (5)

Phys. Lett. A (1)

Y. Wang, M. Niigaki, H. Fukuoka, Y. Zheng, H. Miyajima, S. Matsuoka, H. Kubomura, T. Hiruma, and H. Kan, "Approaches of output improvement for cesium vapor laser pumped by a volume-Bragg-grating coupled laser-diode-array," Phys. Lett. A 360,659-663 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. (1)

A. L. Schalow and C. H. Townes, "Infrared and optical masers," Phys. Rev. 112, 1940-1949 (1958).
[CrossRef]

Proc. of SPIE (1)

W. F. Krupke, R. J. Beach, V. K. Kanz, and S. A. Payne, "DPAL: A new class of CW, near-infrared high-power diode pumped alkali (vapor) lasers," Proc. of SPIE 5334, 156-167 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

T. A. Perschbacher, D. A. Hostutler, and T. M. Shay, "High-efficiency diode-pumped rubidium laser: experimental results," Proc. of SPIE 6346, 634607-1 - 634607-6 (2007).

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Optical setup for alkali laser MOPA

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Plots of power in vs. power out of the alkali amplifier for two lengths of gain medium.

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P out π r 2 = P in π r 2 × e ( α L )

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