Abstract

Spectroscopic properties and continuous-wave laser performance of a new Yb0.009:Y0.575Gd0.416VO4 mixed vanadate crystal are reported. Purely σ-polarized laser oscillation at 1013–1009.5 nm, with quantum defect lower than 3%, is demonstrated at room temperature in free running mode under diode pumping, producing an output power of 1.55 W with optical-to-optical and slope efficiencies of 19% and 32%, respectively. At longer wavelengths where the π-polarized oscillation exhibited higher gain, the output power reached 2.5 W, with a slope efficiency of 41%.

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2008 (2)

2007 (1)

2006 (2)

2005 (1)

2004 (3)

1993 (1)

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, "Evaluation of absorption and emission properties of Yb doped crystals for laser applications," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179-1190 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1978 (1)

L. A. Lugiato, P. Mandel, S. T. Dembinski, and A. Kossakowski, "Semiclassical and quantum theories of bistability in lasers containing saturable absorbers," Phys. Rev. A 18, 238-254 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Bernhagen, M.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543−546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Bonelli, L.

Chase, L. L.

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, "Evaluation of absorption and emission properties of Yb doped crystals for laser applications," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179-1190 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Coluccelli, N.

DeLoach, L. D.

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, "Evaluation of absorption and emission properties of Yb doped crystals for laser applications," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179-1190 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Dembinski, S. T.

L. A. Lugiato, P. Mandel, S. T. Dembinski, and A. Kossakowski, "Semiclassical and quantum theories of bistability in lasers containing saturable absorbers," Phys. Rev. A 18, 238-254 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Di Lieto, A.

Fagundes-Peters, D.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543−546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Ferrand, B.

Fredrich, S. T.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543−546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Galzerano, G.

Goldner, P.

Griebner, U.

Han, W.

J. Liu, H. Zhang, X. Mateos, W. Han, and V. Petrov, "Bistable laser operation of a Yb0.0054:Y0.3481Gd0.6465VO4 mixed crystal," Opt. Lett. 33, 1810−1812 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Liu, W. Han, H. Zhang, X. Mateos, and V. Petrov, "Comparative study of high-power continuous-wave laser performance of Yb-doped vanadate crystals," IEEE J. Quantum Electron., submitted.
[PubMed]

Huber, G.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543−546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Jiang, M.

Johannsen, J.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543−546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kisel, V. E.

Kossakowski, A.

L. A. Lugiato, P. Mandel, S. T. Dembinski, and A. Kossakowski, "Semiclassical and quantum theories of bistability in lasers containing saturable absorbers," Phys. Rev. A 18, 238-254 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Kränkel, C.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543−546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Krupke, W. F.

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, "Evaluation of absorption and emission properties of Yb doped crystals for laser applications," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179-1190 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Kuleshov, N. V.

Kupchenko, M. I.

Kway, W. L.

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, "Evaluation of absorption and emission properties of Yb doped crystals for laser applications," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179-1190 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Laporta, P.

Liu, J.

Louiseau, P.

Lugiato, L. A.

L. A. Lugiato, P. Mandel, S. T. Dembinski, and A. Kossakowski, "Semiclassical and quantum theories of bistability in lasers containing saturable absorbers," Phys. Rev. A 18, 238-254 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Mandel, P.

L. A. Lugiato, P. Mandel, S. T. Dembinski, and A. Kossakowski, "Semiclassical and quantum theories of bistability in lasers containing saturable absorbers," Phys. Rev. A 18, 238-254 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Mateos, X.

Matrosov, V. N.

Matrosova, T. A.

Mond, M.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543−546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Noack, F.

Payne, S. A.

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, "Evaluation of absorption and emission properties of Yb doped crystals for laser applications," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179-1190 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Petit, J.

Petrov, V.

Shcherbitsky, V. G.

Smith, L. K.

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, "Evaluation of absorption and emission properties of Yb doped crystals for laser applications," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179-1190 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Tolstik, N. A.

Tonelli, M.

Troshin, A. E.

Uecker, R.

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543−546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Viana, B.

Vivien, D.

Wang, J.

Zhang, H.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

C. Kränkel, D. Fagundes-Peters, S. T. Fredrich, J. Johannsen, M. Mond, G. Huber, M. Bernhagen, and R. Uecker, "Continuous wave laser operation of Yb3+:YVO4," Appl. Phys. B 79, 543−546 (2004).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

L. D. DeLoach, S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, "Evaluation of absorption and emission properties of Yb doped crystals for laser applications," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1179-1190 (1993).
[CrossRef]

J. Liu, W. Han, H. Zhang, X. Mateos, and V. Petrov, "Comparative study of high-power continuous-wave laser performance of Yb-doped vanadate crystals," IEEE J. Quantum Electron., submitted.
[PubMed]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (6)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

L. A. Lugiato, P. Mandel, S. T. Dembinski, and A. Kossakowski, "Semiclassical and quantum theories of bistability in lasers containing saturable absorbers," Phys. Rev. A 18, 238-254 (1978).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Polarized absorption and emission spectra of Yb0.009:Y0.575Gd0.416VO4 at room temperature.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Output power versus P abs for different output couplings of T=0.5%, 2%, and 5%, measured with decreasing pump power.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Evolution of the laser emission spectrum with decreasing P abs recorded for T=0.5%. The polarization state switching occurs at P abs=2.15 W.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Evolution of the laser emission spectrum with decreasing P abs recorded for T=2%. The σ, π polarization states coexist in the range of P abs=4.5-3.2 W.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Evolution of the laser emission spectrum with decreasing P abs recorded for T=5%. The laser oscillation maintains the σ polarization state.

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