Abstract

High-energy laser operation of a ${{\rm Fe}^{2 +}}$-doped single-crystal CdTe is demonstrated at the temperature of 77 K. Pumped with 250 µs pulses of a 4.08 µm Fe:ZnSe laser, the Fe:CdTe laser produced a record output of 0.35 J, with a slope efficiency of 44%. A further up-scaling by employing high-energy pump sources is feasible, thus facilitating material-processing applications. The laser was tunable from 4.86 to 5.37 µm. In a nonselective cavity, the laser’s central wavelength was 5.03 µm at 77 K, and shifted to 5.23 µm at 215 K. At the later operation point, reachable using a Peltier element, the laser still produced 0.15 J of output energy with an efficiency of 22%.

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