Abstract

A 2 μm Ho-doped ytrrium lithium fluoride (Ho:YLF) laser end-pumped by a 1.94 μm Tm:fiber laser was developed. A laser system of a ring resonator oscillator and amplifier was operated at repetition rates of 200–5000 Hz at room temperature. The Q-switched outputs were 7.4 W at 5000 Hz and 4.25 W at 200 Hz. Injection seeding was applied to the ring resonator, and single-mode laser emission was obtained. The Tm:fiber-laser-pumped Ho:YLF laser was first used for Doppler wind lidar measurements, and wind profiles were obtained up to ranges of about 15 km in a range resolution of 96 m and an integration time of 1 s.

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