Abstract

We have investigated high-peak- and high-average-power operation of diode-pumped, thulium-sensitized, holmium 2.1-μm lasers. Free-running laser powers of 14 W at 29 Hz have been demonstrated with 2.6% electrical efficiency. Q-switched operation produced average powers in excess of 11 W in a burst of short pulses. Preliminary optical parametric oscillator frequency conversion of the holmium laser to 4 μm is also reported.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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