Abstract

A powerful and stable color-center laser based on a perturbed F2+ center has been demonstrated in additively color NaCl:OH crystals. The OH impurity has been positively identified as the key dopant for creating the color-center laser in NaCl. The laser tunes smoothly over the 1.41- to 1.81 -μm region with a maximum cw power of color-center W when pumped by a 9-W cw Nd:YAG laser operating at 1.06 μm. Laser operation for periods of several weeks has been monitored with no observable fading in output power. In addition, mode-locked pulses of 5-psec duration been generated in a synchronously pumped arrangement, tunable from 1.47 to 1.73 μm with an average power have of 450 mW at the peak of the tuning curve.

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1985 (1)

1983 (1)

I. Schneider, C. R. Pollock, J. Appl. Phys. 54, 6193 (1983).
[CrossRef]

1981 (2)

1980 (1)

S. P. Morato, F. Luty, Phys. Rev. B 22, 4980 (1980).
[CrossRef]

1978 (2)

L. F. Mollenauer, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 49, 809 (1978).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. M. Khulugurov, B. D. Lobanov, Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 4, 1471 (1978).

1969 (1)

B. Wedding, M. V. Klein, Phys. Rev. 177, 1274 (1969).
[CrossRef]

1968 (1)

G. Gummer, Z. Phys. 215, 256 (1968).
[CrossRef]

1961 (1)

J. Rolfe, F. R. Lipsett, W. J. King, Phys. Rev. 123, 447 (1961).
[CrossRef]

Gummer, G.

G. Gummer, Z. Phys. 215, 256 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Khulugurov, V. M.

V. M. Khulugurov, B. D. Lobanov, Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 4, 1471 (1978).

King, W. J.

J. Rolfe, F. R. Lipsett, W. J. King, Phys. Rev. 123, 447 (1961).
[CrossRef]

Klein, M. V.

B. Wedding, M. V. Klein, Phys. Rev. 177, 1274 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Lipsett, F. R.

J. Rolfe, F. R. Lipsett, W. J. King, Phys. Rev. 123, 447 (1961).
[CrossRef]

Lobanov, B. D.

V. M. Khulugurov, B. D. Lobanov, Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 4, 1471 (1978).

Luty, F.

S. P. Morato, F. Luty, Phys. Rev. B 22, 4980 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Mollenauer, L. F.

L. F. Mollenauer, Opt. Lett. 6, 342 (1981).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. F. Mollenauer, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 49, 809 (1978).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. F. Mollenauer, “Color center lasers,” in CRC Handbook of Laser Science and Technology, M. J. Weber, ed. (CRC, Boca Raton, Fla., 1982), Vol. 1.

L. F. Mollenauer, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, N.J. 07733, and K. Lykie, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo. (personal communication).

Morato, S. P.

S. P. Morato, F. Luty, Phys. Rev. B 22, 4980 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Pinto, J. F.

Pollock, C. R.

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J. Rolfe, F. R. Lipsett, W. J. King, Phys. Rev. 123, 447 (1961).
[CrossRef]

Schneider, I.

I. Schneider, C. R. Pollock, J. Appl. Phys. 54, 6193 (1983).
[CrossRef]

I. Schneider, Opt. Lett. 6, 157 (1981).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Stratton, L. W.

Wedding, B.

B. Wedding, M. V. Klein, Phys. Rev. 177, 1274 (1969).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

I. Schneider, C. R. Pollock, J. Appl. Phys. 54, 6193 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Phys. Rev. (2)

B. Wedding, M. V. Klein, Phys. Rev. 177, 1274 (1969).
[CrossRef]

J. Rolfe, F. R. Lipsett, W. J. King, Phys. Rev. 123, 447 (1961).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. B (1)

S. P. Morato, F. Luty, Phys. Rev. B 22, 4980 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. (1)

V. M. Khulugurov, B. D. Lobanov, Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 4, 1471 (1978).

Rev. Sci. Instrum. (1)

L. F. Mollenauer, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 49, 809 (1978).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Z. Phys. (1)

G. Gummer, Z. Phys. 215, 256 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

L. F. Mollenauer, “Color center lasers,” in CRC Handbook of Laser Science and Technology, M. J. Weber, ed. (CRC, Boca Raton, Fla., 1982), Vol. 1.

L. F. Mollenauer, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, N.J. 07733, and K. Lykie, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo. (personal communication).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Radiative lifetime of the NaCl:OH color-center crystal as a function of temperature. The crystal was pumped by a 10-nsec 1.06-μm Nd:YAG laser, and the fluorescent decay was measured by using an oscilloscope.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Power-tuning curves for the cw NaCl:OH color-center laser. Operating temperature for both curves was nominally 77 K, and the pump power was 9 W cw from a cw 1.06-μm Nd:YAG laser.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Output power as a function of incident UV power from a filtered Hg-arc lamp. The UV light was focused transversely to about a 3-mm spot size on the crystal.

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