Abstract

We report >50mJ Q-switched energy output from a 2.09µm Ho:YAG oscillator, resonantly pumped at 1.9µm by a diode-pumped Tm:YLF laser. We demonstrate a Q-switched-to-normal-mode extraction efficiency of 100% at an output energy of 30 mJ and over 64% at the 50-mJ output level. Operating at 50 mJ (60 Hz) of output, a pulse width of 14 ns is achieved from the holmium oscillator, which corresponds to 3.6 MW of peak power. At the 50-mJ output level, a beam-propagation factor M21.2 is achieved.

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[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723 (2000).
[CrossRef]

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S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2619 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Barnes, N. P.

D. W. Hart, M. Jani, and N. P. Barnes, Opt. Lett. 21, 728 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

U. N. Singh, J. Yu, M. Petros, N. P. Barnes, J. A. Williams-Byrd, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 194–196.

M. Petros, J. Yu, U. N. Singh, and N. P. Barnes, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 178–181.

Bowman, S. R.

S. R. Bowman, J. E. Tucker, and S. Kirkpatrick, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 519–523.

Budni, P. A.

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Byer, R. L.

T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Chase, L. L.

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2619 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Chicklis, E. P.

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Fan, T. Y.

T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Hart, D. W.

Huber, G.

T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Jani, M.

Kirkpatrick, S.

S. R. Bowman, J. E. Tucker, and S. Kirkpatrick, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 519–523.

Krupke, W. F.

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2619 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Kway, W. L.

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2619 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Lemons, M. L.

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Lockard, G. E.

U. N. Singh, J. Yu, M. Petros, N. P. Barnes, J. A. Williams-Byrd, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 194–196.

Miller, C. A.

Mitzscherlich, P.

T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Modlin, E. A.

U. N. Singh, J. Yu, M. Petros, N. P. Barnes, J. A. Williams-Byrd, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 194–196.

Mosto, J. R.

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629 (2000).
[CrossRef]

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, C. A. Miller, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 723 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Payne, S. A.

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2619 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Petros, M.

M. Petros, J. Yu, U. N. Singh, and N. P. Barnes, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 178–181.

U. N. Singh, J. Yu, M. Petros, N. P. Barnes, J. A. Williams-Byrd, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 194–196.

Pomeranz, L. A.

Singh, U. N.

U. N. Singh, J. Yu, M. Petros, N. P. Barnes, J. A. Williams-Byrd, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 194–196.

M. Petros, J. Yu, U. N. Singh, and N. P. Barnes, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 178–181.

Smith, L. K.

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2619 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Tucker, J. E.

S. R. Bowman, J. E. Tucker, and S. Kirkpatrick, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 519–523.

Williams-Byrd, J. A.

U. N. Singh, J. Yu, M. Petros, N. P. Barnes, J. A. Williams-Byrd, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 194–196.

Yu, J.

U. N. Singh, J. Yu, M. Petros, N. P. Barnes, J. A. Williams-Byrd, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 194–196.

M. Petros, J. Yu, U. N. Singh, and N. P. Barnes, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 178–181.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Payne, L. L. Chase, L. K. Smith, W. L. Kway, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2619 (1992).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron.

P. A. Budni, M. L. Lemons, J. R. Mosto, and E. P. Chicklis, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 629 (2000).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

Opt. Lett.

OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series

M. Petros, J. Yu, U. N. Singh, and N. P. Barnes, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 178–181.

OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series

S. R. Bowman, J. E. Tucker, and S. Kirkpatrick, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 519–523.

U. N. Singh, J. Yu, M. Petros, N. P. Barnes, J. A. Williams-Byrd, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), pp. 194–196.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Folded-cavity Q-switched Ho:YAG oscillator. 1.9µm pump radiation was injected through a thin-film polarizer (TFP) in a p-polarized state, the 2.1µm resonant field was s polarized. To increase absorption efficiency the 1.9µm pump was recycled through the Ho gain medium by reflection from the Ho high reflector (HR).

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

The resonantly pumped Q-switched Ho:YAG oscillator demonstrated over 50 mJ per pulse at 60 Hz with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 19%. Dotted curve, best fit to the data.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Q-switched Ho:YAG output average power versus temperature. Solid line, best fit to the data, with a slope of 10 mW/°C corresponding to 0.17 mJ/°C.

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