Abstract

A directly diode-laser-pumped Ti:Al2O3 laser is demonstrated. Using a 1W, 452nm GaN diode laser, 19mW of cw output power is achieved in a potentially portable format. Pumping at this short wavelength induces a loss at the laser wavelength that is not seen for the more typical green pump wavelengths. This effect is characterized and discussed.

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