Abstract

We describe efficient cw operation of a Nd:YLF laser end pumped by two beam-shaped 20-W diode bars on the 1.053µm transition. Fundamental transverse-mode operation with output power of 11.1  W for 29.5  W of incident pump power was demonstrated. In Q-switched operation 8.4  W of average power at a pulse repetition frequency of 40  kHz and 2.6mJ pulse energy at a pulse repetition frequency of 1  kHz were achieved.

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E. C. Honea, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, J. A. Speth, S. C. Mitchell, J. A. Skidmore, M. A. Emanuel, and S. A. Payne, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1592 (1997).
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C. Pfistner, R. Weber, H. P. Weber, S. Merazzi, and R. Gruber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 1605 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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Beach, R. J.

E. C. Honea, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, J. A. Speth, S. C. Mitchell, J. A. Skidmore, M. A. Emanuel, and S. A. Payne, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1592 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Bowers, M. S.

Brauch, U.

M. Karszewski, U. Brauch, K. Contag, I. Johannsen, C. Stewen, and A. Voss, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), paper AMC3-1.

Clarkson, W. A.

Contag, K.

M. Karszewski, U. Brauch, K. Contag, I. Johannsen, C. Stewen, and A. Voss, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), paper AMC3-1.

Dudley, D.

W. L. Nighan, D. Dudley, and M. S. Keirstead, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 17.

Emanuel, M. A.

E. C. Honea, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, J. A. Speth, S. C. Mitchell, J. A. Skidmore, M. A. Emanuel, and S. A. Payne, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1592 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Gruber, R.

C. Pfistner, R. Weber, H. P. Weber, S. Merazzi, and R. Gruber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 1605 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Hanna, D. C.

Honea, E. C.

E. C. Honea, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, J. A. Speth, S. C. Mitchell, J. A. Skidmore, M. A. Emanuel, and S. A. Payne, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1592 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Johannsen, I.

M. Karszewski, U. Brauch, K. Contag, I. Johannsen, C. Stewen, and A. Voss, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), paper AMC3-1.

Karszewski, M.

M. Karszewski, U. Brauch, K. Contag, I. Johannsen, C. Stewen, and A. Voss, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), paper AMC3-1.

Keirstead, M. S.

W. L. Nighan, D. Dudley, and M. S. Keirstead, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 17.

Koechner, W.

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering, 4th ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1996), p. 183.

Merazzi, S.

C. Pfistner, R. Weber, H. P. Weber, S. Merazzi, and R. Gruber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 1605 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Mitchell, S. C.

E. C. Honea, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, J. A. Speth, S. C. Mitchell, J. A. Skidmore, M. A. Emanuel, and S. A. Payne, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1592 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Nighan, W. L.

W. L. Nighan, D. Dudley, and M. S. Keirstead, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 17.

Payne, S. A.

E. C. Honea, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, J. A. Speth, S. C. Mitchell, J. A. Skidmore, M. A. Emanuel, and S. A. Payne, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1592 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Pfistner, C.

C. Pfistner, R. Weber, H. P. Weber, S. Merazzi, and R. Gruber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 1605 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Seamans, J. F.

Skidmore, J. A.

E. C. Honea, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, J. A. Speth, S. C. Mitchell, J. A. Skidmore, M. A. Emanuel, and S. A. Payne, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1592 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Speth, J. A.

E. C. Honea, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, J. A. Speth, S. C. Mitchell, J. A. Skidmore, M. A. Emanuel, and S. A. Payne, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1592 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Stewen, C.

M. Karszewski, U. Brauch, K. Contag, I. Johannsen, C. Stewen, and A. Voss, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), paper AMC3-1.

Sutton, S. B.

E. C. Honea, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, J. A. Speth, S. C. Mitchell, J. A. Skidmore, M. A. Emanuel, and S. A. Payne, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1592 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Tidwell, S. C.

Voss, A.

M. Karszewski, U. Brauch, K. Contag, I. Johannsen, C. Stewen, and A. Voss, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), paper AMC3-1.

Weber, H. P.

C. Pfistner, R. Weber, H. P. Weber, S. Merazzi, and R. Gruber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 1605 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Weber, R.

C. Pfistner, R. Weber, H. P. Weber, S. Merazzi, and R. Gruber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 1605 (1994).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

C. Pfistner, R. Weber, H. P. Weber, S. Merazzi, and R. Gruber, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 1605 (1994).
[CrossRef]

E. C. Honea, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, J. A. Speth, S. C. Mitchell, J. A. Skidmore, M. A. Emanuel, and S. A. Payne, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 1592 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Other

M. Karszewski, U. Brauch, K. Contag, I. Johannsen, C. Stewen, and A. Voss, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), paper AMC3-1.

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering, 4th ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1996), p. 183.

W. L. Nighan, D. Dudley, and M. S. Keirstead, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 17.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the Nd:YLF laser resonator under cw operation. HR’s, high reflectors; Rc, radius of curvature, 100  mm; O/P, output.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output power versus incident pump power under cw operation with three values of output coupler T.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Schematic diagram of the Nd:YLF laser resonator under Q-switched operation. Rc=200  mm. AO, acousto-optic.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Average power and pulse energy versus pulse repetition rate under Q-switching operation.

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