Abstract

We present an all-passive efficient KGW Raman laser with an external-cavity configuration in the 2 µm spectral regime. The Raman laser was pumped by a passively ${Q}$-switched Tm:YAP laser emitting at 1935 nm. Due to the bi-axial properties of the KGW crystal, the laser exhibits stimulated Raman emission at two separate spectral lines: 2272 nm and 2343 nm. The output energies achieved at these two lines are 340 µJ/pulse and 450 µJ/pulse, accordingly. The seed to Raman laser conversion efficiencies achieved of 19.2% and 23.5%, respectively, are comparable to actively ${ Q}$-switched laser arrangements. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time an efficient Raman laser in the 2 µm regime is demonstrated in a completely passive configuration.

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