Abstract

We describe a diode-pumped, room-temperature Ho:Tm:YLF power oscillator with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 0.03. A Q-switched output energy of as much as 125  mJ at 6  Hz with a pulse width of 170  ns was obtained. Single-frequency, nearly transform-limited operation of the laser was achieved by injection seeding. Laser performance as a function of laser rod temperature and pump intensity was also investigated. The high power and high beam quality of this laser make it well suited for use as a coherent wind lidar transmitter on a space platform.

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B. M. Walsh, N. P. Barnes, and B. D. Bartolo, J. Lumin. 75, 89 (1997).
[CrossRef]

U. N. Singh, J. A. Williams-Byrds, N. P. Barnes, J. Yu, M. Petros, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, Proc. SPIE 3104, 173 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

N. P. Barnes, E. D. Filer, C. A. Morrison, and C. J. Lee, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 92 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

1988 (1)

T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Barnes, N. P.

B. M. Walsh, N. P. Barnes, and B. D. Bartolo, J. Lumin. 75, 89 (1997).
[CrossRef]

U. N. Singh, J. A. Williams-Byrds, N. P. Barnes, J. Yu, M. Petros, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, Proc. SPIE 3104, 173 (1997).
[CrossRef]

N. P. Barnes, E. D. Filer, C. A. Morrison, and C. J. Lee, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 92 (1996).
[CrossRef]

M. G. Jani, F. Naranjo, N. P. Barnes, K. E. Murray, and G. E. Lockard, Opt. Lett. 20, 872 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. T. Meneely, N. P. Barnes, M. Petros, and M. E. Storm, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, T. Y. Fan and B. Chai, eds., Vol. 20 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), p. 123.

Bartolo, B. D.

B. M. Walsh, N. P. Barnes, and B. D. Bartolo, J. Lumin. 75, 89 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Byer, R. L.

T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Callenas, A.

G. Hansson, A. Callenas, and C. Nelsson, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, A. A. Pinto and T. Y. Fan, eds., Vol. 15 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), p. 446.

Fan, T. Y.

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[CrossRef]

Filer, E. D.

N. P. Barnes, E. D. Filer, C. A. Morrison, and C. J. Lee, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 92 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Hansson, G.

G. Hansson, A. Callenas, and C. Nelsson, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, A. A. Pinto and T. Y. Fan, eds., Vol. 15 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), p. 446.

Huber, G.

T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Jani, M. G.

Lee, C. J.

N. P. Barnes, E. D. Filer, C. A. Morrison, and C. J. Lee, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 92 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Lockard, G. E.

U. N. Singh, J. A. Williams-Byrds, N. P. Barnes, J. Yu, M. Petros, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, Proc. SPIE 3104, 173 (1997).
[CrossRef]

M. G. Jani, F. Naranjo, N. P. Barnes, K. E. Murray, and G. E. Lockard, Opt. Lett. 20, 872 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Meneely, C. T.

C. T. Meneely, N. P. Barnes, M. Petros, and M. E. Storm, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, T. Y. Fan and B. Chai, eds., Vol. 20 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), p. 123.

Mitzscherlich, P.

T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Modlin, E. A.

U. N. Singh, J. A. Williams-Byrds, N. P. Barnes, J. Yu, M. Petros, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, Proc. SPIE 3104, 173 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Morrison, C. A.

N. P. Barnes, E. D. Filer, C. A. Morrison, and C. J. Lee, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 92 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Murray, K. E.

Naranjo, F.

Nelsson, C.

G. Hansson, A. Callenas, and C. Nelsson, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, A. A. Pinto and T. Y. Fan, eds., Vol. 15 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), p. 446.

Petros, M.

U. N. Singh, J. A. Williams-Byrds, N. P. Barnes, J. Yu, M. Petros, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, Proc. SPIE 3104, 173 (1997).
[CrossRef]

C. T. Meneely, N. P. Barnes, M. Petros, and M. E. Storm, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, T. Y. Fan and B. Chai, eds., Vol. 20 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), p. 123.

Singh, U. N.

U. N. Singh, J. A. Williams-Byrds, N. P. Barnes, J. Yu, M. Petros, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, Proc. SPIE 3104, 173 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Storm, M. E.

C. T. Meneely, N. P. Barnes, M. Petros, and M. E. Storm, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, T. Y. Fan and B. Chai, eds., Vol. 20 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), p. 123.

Walsh, B. M.

B. M. Walsh, N. P. Barnes, and B. D. Bartolo, J. Lumin. 75, 89 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Williams-Byrds, J. A.

U. N. Singh, J. A. Williams-Byrds, N. P. Barnes, J. Yu, M. Petros, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, Proc. SPIE 3104, 173 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Yu, J.

U. N. Singh, J. A. Williams-Byrds, N. P. Barnes, J. Yu, M. Petros, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, Proc. SPIE 3104, 173 (1997).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

T. Y. Fan, G. Huber, R. L. Byer, and P. Mitzscherlich, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 24, 924 (1988).
[CrossRef]

N. P. Barnes, E. D. Filer, C. A. Morrison, and C. J. Lee, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 92 (1996).
[CrossRef]

J. Lumin. (1)

B. M. Walsh, N. P. Barnes, and B. D. Bartolo, J. Lumin. 75, 89 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Proc. SPIE (1)

U. N. Singh, J. A. Williams-Byrds, N. P. Barnes, J. Yu, M. Petros, G. E. Lockard, and E. A. Modlin, Proc. SPIE 3104, 173 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

G. Hansson, A. Callenas, and C. Nelsson, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, A. A. Pinto and T. Y. Fan, eds., Vol. 15 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), p. 446.

C. T. Meneely, N. P. Barnes, M. Petros, and M. E. Storm, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, T. Y. Fan and B. Chai, eds., Vol. 20 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), p. 123.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the Ho:Tm:YLF power oscillator. DET's, detectors.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output energy (solid curves) and pulse width (dashed curves) as functions of pump energy. Filled circles, temperature of the laser rod at 14 °C. Filled squares and triangles, temperature of the laser rod at 19 °C.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Schematic diagram of the pulse laser linewidth measurement.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Pulse spectrum of the laser output.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Spatial profile of the laser output beam. Dotted curve, recorded intensity profile; solid curve, theoretical Gaussian curve.

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