Abstract

We have demonstrated a Cs vapor laser with an unstable resonator transversely pumped by 15 narrowband laser diode arrays. A slope efficiency of 43%, a total optical efficiency of 31% and a maximum output power 49 W were obtained with a pump power of 157 Watts.

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  1. B. V. Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, “Efficient Diode Pumped Cesium Vapor Amplifier,” Opt. Commun. 281(15-16), 4068–4070 (2008).
    [CrossRef]
  2. B. V. Zhdanov, M. K. Shaffer, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Cesium Vapor Laser with Transverse Pumping by Multiple Laser Diode Arrays,” Opt. Commun. 281(23), 5862–5863 (2008).
    [CrossRef]
  3. B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Highly Efficient Optically Pumped Cesium Vapor Laser,” Opt. Commun. 260(2), 696–698 (2006).
    [CrossRef]
  4. B. V. Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, “Diode-pumped 10 W continuous wave cesium laser,” Opt. Lett. 32(15), 2167–2169 (2007).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. A. E. Siegman, Lasers (Mill Valley, CA, Univ. Science Books, 1986).
  6. B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Narrowband external cavity laser diode array,” Electron. Lett. 43(4), 221–222 (2007).
    [CrossRef]
  7. B. V. Zhdanov, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Multiple Laser Diode Array Pumped Cs laser with 48 W Output Power,” Electron. Lett. 44(9), 582–583 (2008).
    [CrossRef]
  8. M. V. Zagidullin, V. D. Nikolaev, M. I. Svistun, and N. A. Khvatov, “Efficient chemical oxygen - iodine laser with longitudinal flow of the active medium,” Quantum Electron. 29(2), 114–116 (1999).
    [CrossRef]

2008 (3)

B. V. Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, “Efficient Diode Pumped Cesium Vapor Amplifier,” Opt. Commun. 281(15-16), 4068–4070 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, M. K. Shaffer, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Cesium Vapor Laser with Transverse Pumping by Multiple Laser Diode Arrays,” Opt. Commun. 281(23), 5862–5863 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Multiple Laser Diode Array Pumped Cs laser with 48 W Output Power,” Electron. Lett. 44(9), 582–583 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2007 (2)

B. V. Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, “Diode-pumped 10 W continuous wave cesium laser,” Opt. Lett. 32(15), 2167–2169 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Narrowband external cavity laser diode array,” Electron. Lett. 43(4), 221–222 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006 (1)

B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Highly Efficient Optically Pumped Cesium Vapor Laser,” Opt. Commun. 260(2), 696–698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

1999 (1)

M. V. Zagidullin, V. D. Nikolaev, M. I. Svistun, and N. A. Khvatov, “Efficient chemical oxygen - iodine laser with longitudinal flow of the active medium,” Quantum Electron. 29(2), 114–116 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Ehrenreich, T.

B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Narrowband external cavity laser diode array,” Electron. Lett. 43(4), 221–222 (2007).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Highly Efficient Optically Pumped Cesium Vapor Laser,” Opt. Commun. 260(2), 696–698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Khvatov, N. A.

M. V. Zagidullin, V. D. Nikolaev, M. I. Svistun, and N. A. Khvatov, “Efficient chemical oxygen - iodine laser with longitudinal flow of the active medium,” Quantum Electron. 29(2), 114–116 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Knize, R. J.

B. V. Zhdanov, M. K. Shaffer, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Cesium Vapor Laser with Transverse Pumping by Multiple Laser Diode Arrays,” Opt. Commun. 281(23), 5862–5863 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, “Efficient Diode Pumped Cesium Vapor Amplifier,” Opt. Commun. 281(15-16), 4068–4070 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Multiple Laser Diode Array Pumped Cs laser with 48 W Output Power,” Electron. Lett. 44(9), 582–583 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Narrowband external cavity laser diode array,” Electron. Lett. 43(4), 221–222 (2007).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, “Diode-pumped 10 W continuous wave cesium laser,” Opt. Lett. 32(15), 2167–2169 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Highly Efficient Optically Pumped Cesium Vapor Laser,” Opt. Commun. 260(2), 696–698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Nikolaev, V. D.

M. V. Zagidullin, V. D. Nikolaev, M. I. Svistun, and N. A. Khvatov, “Efficient chemical oxygen - iodine laser with longitudinal flow of the active medium,” Quantum Electron. 29(2), 114–116 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Sell, J.

B. V. Zhdanov, M. K. Shaffer, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Cesium Vapor Laser with Transverse Pumping by Multiple Laser Diode Arrays,” Opt. Commun. 281(23), 5862–5863 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Multiple Laser Diode Array Pumped Cs laser with 48 W Output Power,” Electron. Lett. 44(9), 582–583 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Shaffer, M. K.

B. V. Zhdanov, M. K. Shaffer, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Cesium Vapor Laser with Transverse Pumping by Multiple Laser Diode Arrays,” Opt. Commun. 281(23), 5862–5863 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Svistun, M. I.

M. V. Zagidullin, V. D. Nikolaev, M. I. Svistun, and N. A. Khvatov, “Efficient chemical oxygen - iodine laser with longitudinal flow of the active medium,” Quantum Electron. 29(2), 114–116 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Zagidullin, M. V.

M. V. Zagidullin, V. D. Nikolaev, M. I. Svistun, and N. A. Khvatov, “Efficient chemical oxygen - iodine laser with longitudinal flow of the active medium,” Quantum Electron. 29(2), 114–116 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Zhdanov, B. V.

B. V. Zhdanov, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Multiple Laser Diode Array Pumped Cs laser with 48 W Output Power,” Electron. Lett. 44(9), 582–583 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, “Efficient Diode Pumped Cesium Vapor Amplifier,” Opt. Commun. 281(15-16), 4068–4070 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, M. K. Shaffer, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Cesium Vapor Laser with Transverse Pumping by Multiple Laser Diode Arrays,” Opt. Commun. 281(23), 5862–5863 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, “Diode-pumped 10 W continuous wave cesium laser,” Opt. Lett. 32(15), 2167–2169 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Narrowband external cavity laser diode array,” Electron. Lett. 43(4), 221–222 (2007).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Highly Efficient Optically Pumped Cesium Vapor Laser,” Opt. Commun. 260(2), 696–698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (2)

B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Narrowband external cavity laser diode array,” Electron. Lett. 43(4), 221–222 (2007).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Multiple Laser Diode Array Pumped Cs laser with 48 W Output Power,” Electron. Lett. 44(9), 582–583 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (3)

B. V. Zhdanov and R. J. Knize, “Efficient Diode Pumped Cesium Vapor Amplifier,” Opt. Commun. 281(15-16), 4068–4070 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, M. K. Shaffer, J. Sell, and R. J. Knize, “Cesium Vapor Laser with Transverse Pumping by Multiple Laser Diode Arrays,” Opt. Commun. 281(23), 5862–5863 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. V. Zhdanov, T. Ehrenreich, and R. J. Knize, “Highly Efficient Optically Pumped Cesium Vapor Laser,” Opt. Commun. 260(2), 696–698 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Quantum Electron. (1)

M. V. Zagidullin, V. D. Nikolaev, M. I. Svistun, and N. A. Khvatov, “Efficient chemical oxygen - iodine laser with longitudinal flow of the active medium,” Quantum Electron. 29(2), 114–116 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

A. E. Siegman, Lasers (Mill Valley, CA, Univ. Science Books, 1986).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

The design of Cs laser with unstable resonator.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Cs laser output and pump power pulses. Assuming an exponential decay of the output power, the estimated decay time of the Cs laser power is 26 msec.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

The dependence of the Cs laser output power on pump power demonstrating 43% slope efficiency and 31% total optical efficiency. Maximum output power is 49 W at 157 W pump power.

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