Abstract

We develop a fluoride-based intra-cavity pumped Ho laser for the first time, where the severe thermal lensing of the intra-cavity pumping mechanism can be compensated by the negative thermal-optical property of the ${\rm{YLi}}{{\rm{F}}_4}$ (YLF) host. A maximum output power of 11.3 W ($\pi$-pol) at 2062 nm, corresponding to a conversion efficiency of 28.2% from the incident diode laser to the Ho laser, was obtained with a power instability below 0.5% and a near diffraction limited beam quality with ${M^2}$ of 1.06 and 1.25 in the horizontal and vertical directions, respectively. These are the maximum power and the best beam quality for the reported compact intra-cavity pumped Ho lasers, to the best of our knowledge.

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