Abstract

A compact diode-end-pumped Nd3+:YLF laser oscillator capable of delivering 100 mJ of energy in a 4-ns pulse is demonstrated. A scalable pump architecture is used in which the output from a cylindrical-microlens conditioned-diode array is delivered to the laser rod via a lens duct. As a pump technology, this architecture may permit new applications for diode lasers that were previously not possible.

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1992 (7)

R. Beach, J. Davin, S. Mitchell, W. Benett, B. Freitas, R. Solarz, P. Avizonis, Opt. Lett. 17, 124 (1992).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

L. Holder, C. Kennedy, L. Long, G. Dubé, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 986 (1992).
[Crossref]

J. Kasinski, W. Hughes, D. DiBiase, P. Bournes, R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 977 (1992).
[Crossref]

F. Brioschi, E. Nava, G. Reali, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1070 (1992).
[Crossref]

R. Beach, W. Benett, B. Freitas, D. Mundinger, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, M. Emanuel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 966 (1992).
[Crossref]

F. Salin, J. Squier, Opt. Lett. 17, 1352 (1992).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

J. Ryan, R. Beach, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 9, 1883 (1992).
[Crossref]

1991 (1)

1989 (1)

W. F. Krupke, L. L. Chase, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1040, 68 (1989).

Avizonis, P.

Baer, T.

Beach, R.

Benett, W.

R. Beach, W. Benett, B. Freitas, D. Mundinger, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, M. Emanuel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 966 (1992).
[Crossref]

R. Beach, J. Davin, S. Mitchell, W. Benett, B. Freitas, R. Solarz, P. Avizonis, Opt. Lett. 17, 124 (1992).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Bournes, P.

J. Kasinski, W. Hughes, D. DiBiase, P. Bournes, R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 977 (1992).
[Crossref]

Brioschi, F.

F. Brioschi, E. Nava, G. Reali, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1070 (1992).
[Crossref]

Burnham, R.

J. Kasinski, W. Hughes, D. DiBiase, P. Bournes, R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 977 (1992).
[Crossref]

Chase, L. L.

W. F. Krupke, L. L. Chase, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1040, 68 (1989).

Comaskey, B.

R. Beach, W. Benett, B. Freitas, D. Mundinger, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, M. Emanuel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 966 (1992).
[Crossref]

Davin, J.

DiBiase, D.

J. Kasinski, W. Hughes, D. DiBiase, P. Bournes, R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 977 (1992).
[Crossref]

Dubé, G.

L. Holder, C. Kennedy, L. Long, G. Dubé, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 986 (1992).
[Crossref]

Emanuel, M.

R. Beach, W. Benett, B. Freitas, D. Mundinger, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, M. Emanuel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 966 (1992).
[Crossref]

Freitas, B.

R. Beach, J. Davin, S. Mitchell, W. Benett, B. Freitas, R. Solarz, P. Avizonis, Opt. Lett. 17, 124 (1992).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

R. Beach, W. Benett, B. Freitas, D. Mundinger, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, M. Emanuel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 966 (1992).
[Crossref]

Holder, L.

L. Holder, C. Kennedy, L. Long, G. Dubé, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 986 (1992).
[Crossref]

Hughes, W.

J. Kasinski, W. Hughes, D. DiBiase, P. Bournes, R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 977 (1992).
[Crossref]

Kaminski, A. A.

A. A. Kaminski, Laser Crystals, 2nd ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1990), p. 122.

Kasinski, J.

J. Kasinski, W. Hughes, D. DiBiase, P. Bournes, R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 977 (1992).
[Crossref]

Kennedy, C.

L. Holder, C. Kennedy, L. Long, G. Dubé, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 986 (1992).
[Crossref]

Krupke, W. F.

W. F. Krupke, L. L. Chase, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1040, 68 (1989).

Long, L.

L. Holder, C. Kennedy, L. Long, G. Dubé, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 986 (1992).
[Crossref]

Mitchell, S.

Mundinger, D.

R. Beach, W. Benett, B. Freitas, D. Mundinger, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, M. Emanuel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 966 (1992).
[Crossref]

Nava, E.

F. Brioschi, E. Nava, G. Reali, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1070 (1992).
[Crossref]

Reali, G.

F. Brioschi, E. Nava, G. Reali, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1070 (1992).
[Crossref]

Reichert, P.

Ryan, J.

Salin, F.

Snyder, J. J.

Solarz, R.

R. Beach, J. Davin, S. Mitchell, W. Benett, B. Freitas, R. Solarz, P. Avizonis, Opt. Lett. 17, 124 (1992).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

R. Beach, W. Benett, B. Freitas, D. Mundinger, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, M. Emanuel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 966 (1992).
[Crossref]

Squier, J.

Appl. Opt. (1)

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (4)

R. Beach, W. Benett, B. Freitas, D. Mundinger, B. Comaskey, R. Solarz, M. Emanuel, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 966 (1992).
[Crossref]

L. Holder, C. Kennedy, L. Long, G. Dubé, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 986 (1992).
[Crossref]

J. Kasinski, W. Hughes, D. DiBiase, P. Bournes, R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 977 (1992).
[Crossref]

F. Brioschi, E. Nava, G. Reali, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1070 (1992).
[Crossref]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. (1)

W. F. Krupke, L. L. Chase, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 1040, 68 (1989).

Other (1)

A. A. Kaminski, Laser Crystals, 2nd ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1990), p. 122.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Optical schematic of the end-pumped laser. The laser bars lie in the vertical direction in the drawing.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Side view of a microchannel-cooled laser-diode assembly with a cylindrical microlens attached.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Contour plot of the imaged 4F3/24I11/2 Nd3+ fluorescence looking down the bore of the laser rod.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Temporal envelope (2 ns/division) of a 100-mJ, 1047-nm, Q-switched output pulse having a 3.9-ns FWHM. (b) Temporal envelope (200 μs/division) of 4F3/24I11/2Nd3+ fluorescence looking at the side of the laser rod near the output-coupler end on the same shot as in (a), demonstrating an extraction efficiency of 77% at this location in the rod.

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