Abstract

We report, to the best of our knowledge, the first light-emitting diode (LED)-pumped Cr:LiSAF laser, in both quasi-continuous-wave (QCW) and passively Q-switched operation. This Letter is based on the recent development of LED-pumped luminescent concentrators (LCs). Combining the capacity of high-density integration of blue LEDs with the excellent properties of Ce:YAG LCs, this new pump source can deliver high irradiance (7.3  kW/cm2) in the visible to pump Cr:LiSAF. The Cr:LiSAF laser demonstrates an energy of 8.4 mJ at 850 nm in QCW (250 μs pulses at 10 Hz). A small signal gain per roundtrip of 1.44 at 850 nm and a wavelength tunability between 810 and 960 nm have been performed. A passively Q-switched oscillator is also presented using a Cr:YAG saturable absorber. A peak power of 3.1 kW is obtained with a pulse energy of 130 μJ and duration of 41.6 ns.

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