Abstract

We report the design and experimental realization of a solar-pumped dimer gas-laser amplifier. The amplifying medium is Te2 gas, which is capable of amplifying laser signals over a broad spectral range. A gain of 42% was measured at a wavelength of 632.8  nm. We also present studies of the material characteristics and a brief review of the study of other candidate materials for solar pumping.

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[CrossRef]

N. Naftali, I. Pe’er, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 3139, 259 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

V. Krupkin, Proc. SPIE 2426, 491 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

R. J. De Young, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 2631 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1992 (1)

U. Brauch, J. Muckenschnabel, G. A. Thompson, H. Bernstein, A. Yogev, A. Reich, and M. Oron, Opt. Eng. 31, 1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1986 (1)

B. F. Gordiets and V. Ya. Panchenko, Sov. Phys. Ups. 29, 703 (1986).
[CrossRef]

1978 (1)

W. P. West and H. P. Broida, Chem. Phys. Lett. 56, 283 (1978).

1977 (1)

B. F. Gordiets, L. I. Gudzenko, and V. Ya. Panchenko, JEPT Lett. 26, 152 (1977).

Bernstein, H.

U. Brauch, J. Muckenschnabel, G. A. Thompson, H. Bernstein, A. Yogev, A. Reich, and M. Oron, Opt. Eng. 31, 1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Brauch, U.

U. Brauch, J. Muckenschnabel, G. A. Thompson, H. Bernstein, A. Yogev, A. Reich, and M. Oron, Opt. Eng. 31, 1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Broida, H. P.

W. P. West and H. P. Broida, Chem. Phys. Lett. 56, 283 (1978).

De Young, R. J.

R. J. De Young, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 2631 (1994).
[CrossRef]

R. J. De Young, “Second beamed space-power workshop,” Conf. Publ. 3037 (NASA, Washington, D.C., 1989).

Gordiets, B. F.

B. F. Gordiets and V. Ya. Panchenko, Sov. Phys. Ups. 29, 703 (1986).
[CrossRef]

B. F. Gordiets, L. I. Gudzenko, and V. Ya. Panchenko, JEPT Lett. 26, 152 (1977).

Gudzenko, L. I.

B. F. Gordiets, L. I. Gudzenko, and V. Ya. Panchenko, JEPT Lett. 26, 152 (1977).

Han, K. S.

K. S. Han and N. Jalufka, “Alkali metal vapors for solar pumped lasers,” (NASA, Washington, D.C., 1991).

Jalufka, N.

K. S. Han and N. Jalufka, “Alkali metal vapors for solar pumped lasers,” (NASA, Washington, D.C., 1991).

Koechner, W.

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1988).
[CrossRef]

Krupkin, V.

V. Krupkin, Proc. SPIE 2426, 491 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Muckenschnabel, J.

U. Brauch, J. Muckenschnabel, G. A. Thompson, H. Bernstein, A. Yogev, A. Reich, and M. Oron, Opt. Eng. 31, 1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Naftali, N.

I. Pe’er, N. Naftali, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 3139, 194 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. Naftali, I. Pe’er, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 3139, 259 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Oron, M.

U. Brauch, J. Muckenschnabel, G. A. Thompson, H. Bernstein, A. Yogev, A. Reich, and M. Oron, Opt. Eng. 31, 1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Panchenko, V. Ya.

B. F. Gordiets and V. Ya. Panchenko, Sov. Phys. Ups. 29, 703 (1986).
[CrossRef]

B. F. Gordiets, L. I. Gudzenko, and V. Ya. Panchenko, JEPT Lett. 26, 152 (1977).

Pe’er, I.

I. Pe’er, N. Naftali, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 3139, 194 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. Naftali, I. Pe’er, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 3139, 259 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Reich, A.

U. Brauch, J. Muckenschnabel, G. A. Thompson, H. Bernstein, A. Yogev, A. Reich, and M. Oron, Opt. Eng. 31, 1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Thompson, G. A.

U. Brauch, J. Muckenschnabel, G. A. Thompson, H. Bernstein, A. Yogev, A. Reich, and M. Oron, Opt. Eng. 31, 1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

West, W. P.

W. P. West and H. P. Broida, Chem. Phys. Lett. 56, 283 (1978).

Yogev, A.

N. Naftali, I. Pe’er, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 3139, 259 (1997).
[CrossRef]

I. Pe’er, N. Naftali, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 3139, 194 (1997).
[CrossRef]

U. Brauch, J. Muckenschnabel, G. A. Thompson, H. Bernstein, A. Yogev, A. Reich, and M. Oron, Opt. Eng. 31, 1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

R. J. De Young, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64, 2631 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Chem. Phys. Lett. (1)

W. P. West and H. P. Broida, Chem. Phys. Lett. 56, 283 (1978).

JEPT Lett. (1)

B. F. Gordiets, L. I. Gudzenko, and V. Ya. Panchenko, JEPT Lett. 26, 152 (1977).

Opt. Eng. (1)

U. Brauch, J. Muckenschnabel, G. A. Thompson, H. Bernstein, A. Yogev, A. Reich, and M. Oron, Opt. Eng. 31, 1072 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE (3)

I. Pe’er, N. Naftali, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 3139, 194 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. Naftali, I. Pe’er, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 3139, 259 (1997).
[CrossRef]

V. Krupkin, Proc. SPIE 2426, 491 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Sov. Phys. Ups. (1)

B. F. Gordiets and V. Ya. Panchenko, Sov. Phys. Ups. 29, 703 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Other (5)

G. S. Mecherle, ed., Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX, Proc. SPIE2990 (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Bellingham, Wash., 1997).

J. V. Walker and E. E. Montgomery, eds., Laser Power Beaming, Proc. SPIE2121 (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Bellingham, Wash., 1994).

R. J. De Young, “Second beamed space-power workshop,” Conf. Publ. 3037 (NASA, Washington, D.C., 1989).

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1988).
[CrossRef]

K. S. Han and N. Jalufka, “Alkali metal vapors for solar pumped lasers,” (NASA, Washington, D.C., 1991).

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Gain measured at different pump wavelengths: (a) 543.5  nm at a vapor pressure of 35  Torr and (b) 632.8  nm at a vapor pressure of 103  Torr. The measurements are calibrated to a pump power of 6 mJ/pulse. 1Å=0.1 nm.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Solar-pumped Te2 gas laser design.

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