Abstract

We have demonstrated more than 3  W of average output power from a 2.94μm quasi-cw diode-pumped total internal reflection (TIR) Er:YAG laser operating at 100  Hz with a 4% duty cycle. Moreover, repetition rates of up to 600  Hz at more than 1.2-W output power have been achieved. The cavity consists of a plane-mirror resonator of 40-mm length and uses three of five TIR regions within the laser crystal as pump facets to efficiently couple the pump energy into the resonant laser mode. Differential efficiencies of up to 18.3% have been achieved at an optimum pump pulse width in the range of 300 μs.

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S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
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G. J. Kintz, R. Allen, and L. Esterowitz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 50, 1553 (1987).
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P. Al’bers, V. G. Ostroumov, A. F. Umyskov, S. Shnell, and I. A. Shcherbakov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 18, 558 (1988).
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G. J. Kintz, R. Allen, and L. Esterowitz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 50, 1553 (1987).
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Bartels, R. A.

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. Lasala, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C. R. Pollock and W. R. Bosenberg, eds., Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Beach, R. J.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
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C. E. Hamilton, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and W. F. Krupke, Opt. Lett. 19, 1627 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bibeau, C.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Butachin, A. V.

H. J. Eichler, J. Findeisen, B. Liu, A. A. Kaminskii, A. V. Butachin, and P. Peuser, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 90 (1997).
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Chai, B. H. T.

Chen, D. W.

Dergachev, A. Yu.

A. Yu. Dergachev, J. H. Flint, and P. F. Moulton, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2000 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), p. 564.

DeShazer, L. G.

W. A. Gollihar, S. T. Margo, L. G. DeShazer, and C. J. Kennedy, Proc. SPIE 2375, 184 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Diening, A.

T. Jensen, A. Diening, G. Huber, and B. H. T. Chai, Opt. Lett. 21, 585 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 306.

Dinerman, B. J.

Ebbers, C. A.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Eichler, H. J.

H. J. Eichler, J. Findeisen, B. Liu, A. A. Kaminskii, A. V. Butachin, and P. Peuser, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 90 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Emanuel, M. A.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Ertmer, W.

A. Högele, G. Hörbe, H. Lubatschowski, H. Welling, and W. Ertmer, Opt. Commun. 125, 90 (1996).
[CrossRef]

C. Ziolek, H. Lubatschowski, A. Högele, A. Heisterkamp, H. Welling, and W. Ertmer, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 298.

Esterowitz, L.

G. J. Kintz, R. Allen, and L. Esterowitz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 50, 1553 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Fields, R. A.

Fincher, C. L.

Findeisen, J.

H. J. Eichler, J. Findeisen, B. Liu, A. A. Kaminskii, A. V. Butachin, and P. Peuser, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 90 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Flint, J. H.

A. Yu. Dergachev, J. H. Flint, and P. F. Moulton, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2000 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), p. 564.

Furu, L. H.

C. E. Hamilton, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and W. F. Krupke, Opt. Lett. 19, 1627 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. Lasala, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C. R. Pollock and W. R. Bosenberg, eds., Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Georgescu, S.

V. Lupei and S. Georgescu, Opt. Eng. 35, 1265 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Gollihar, W. A.

W. A. Gollihar, S. T. Margo, L. G. DeShazer, and C. J. Kennedy, Proc. SPIE 2375, 184 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Hamilton, C. E.

Heisterkamp, A.

C. Ziolek, H. Lubatschowski, A. Högele, A. Heisterkamp, H. Welling, and W. Ertmer, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 298.

Högele, A.

A. Högele, G. Hörbe, H. Lubatschowski, H. Welling, and W. Ertmer, Opt. Commun. 125, 90 (1996).
[CrossRef]

C. Ziolek, H. Lubatschowski, A. Högele, A. Heisterkamp, H. Welling, and W. Ertmer, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 298.

Honea, E. C.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Hörbe, G.

A. Högele, G. Hörbe, H. Lubatschowski, H. Welling, and W. Ertmer, Opt. Commun. 125, 90 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Huber, G.

T. Jensen, A. Diening, G. Huber, and B. H. T. Chai, Opt. Lett. 21, 585 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 306.

Jensen, T.

T. Jensen, A. Diening, G. Huber, and B. H. T. Chai, Opt. Lett. 21, 585 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Jensen, A. Diening, and G. Huber, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 306.

Kaminskii, A. A.

H. J. Eichler, J. Findeisen, B. Liu, A. A. Kaminskii, A. V. Butachin, and P. Peuser, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 90 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Kennedy, C. J.

W. A. Gollihar, S. T. Margo, L. G. DeShazer, and C. J. Kennedy, Proc. SPIE 2375, 184 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Kintz, G. J.

G. J. Kintz, R. Allen, and L. Esterowitz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 50, 1553 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Krupke, W. F.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

C. E. Hamilton, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and W. F. Krupke, Opt. Lett. 19, 1627 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kulevskii, L. A.

E. V. Zharikov, V. I. Zhekov, L. A. Kulevskiǐ, T. M. Murina, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, A. D. Savel’ev, V. V. Smirnov, B. P. Starikov, and M. I. Timoshechkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 4, 1039 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Lasala, J. E.

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. Lasala, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C. R. Pollock and W. R. Bosenberg, eds., Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Liu, B.

H. J. Eichler, J. Findeisen, B. Liu, A. A. Kaminskii, A. V. Butachin, and P. Peuser, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 90 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Lubatschowski, H.

A. Högele, G. Hörbe, H. Lubatschowski, H. Welling, and W. Ertmer, Opt. Commun. 125, 90 (1996).
[CrossRef]

C. Ziolek, H. Lubatschowski, A. Högele, A. Heisterkamp, H. Welling, and W. Ertmer, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 298.

Lukac, M.

B. Majaron, T. Rupnik, and M. Lukač, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 1636 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Lupei, V.

V. Lupei and S. Georgescu, Opt. Eng. 35, 1265 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Lüthy, W.

Majaron, B.

B. Majaron, T. Rupnik, and M. Lukač, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 1636 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Margo, S. T.

W. A. Gollihar, S. T. Margo, L. G. DeShazer, and C. J. Kennedy, Proc. SPIE 2375, 184 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Marshall, C. D.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Moulton, P. F.

B. J. Dinerman and P. F. Moulton, Opt. Lett. 19, 1143 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Yu. Dergachev, J. H. Flint, and P. F. Moulton, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2000 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), p. 564.

Murina, T. M.

E. V. Zharikov, V. I. Zhekov, L. A. Kulevskiǐ, T. M. Murina, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, A. D. Savel’ev, V. V. Smirnov, B. P. Starikov, and M. I. Timoshechkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 4, 1039 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Osiko, V. V.

E. V. Zharikov, V. I. Zhekov, L. A. Kulevskiǐ, T. M. Murina, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, A. D. Savel’ev, V. V. Smirnov, B. P. Starikov, and M. I. Timoshechkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 4, 1039 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Ostroumov, V. G.

P. Al’bers, V. G. Ostroumov, A. F. Umyskov, S. Shnell, and I. A. Shcherbakov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 18, 558 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Page, R. H.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. Lasala, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C. R. Pollock and W. R. Bosenberg, eds., Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Payne, S. A.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Peuser, P.

H. J. Eichler, J. Findeisen, B. Liu, A. A. Kaminskii, A. V. Butachin, and P. Peuser, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 90 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Pollnau, M.

Prokhorov, A. M.

E. V. Zharikov, V. I. Zhekov, L. A. Kulevskiǐ, T. M. Murina, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, A. D. Savel’ev, V. V. Smirnov, B. P. Starikov, and M. I. Timoshechkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 4, 1039 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Rose, T. S.

Rupnik, T.

B. Majaron, T. Rupnik, and M. Lukač, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 1636 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Savel’ev, A. D.

E. V. Zharikov, V. I. Zhekov, L. A. Kulevskiǐ, T. M. Murina, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, A. D. Savel’ev, V. V. Smirnov, B. P. Starikov, and M. I. Timoshechkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 4, 1039 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Schaffers, K. I.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Shcherbakov, I. A.

P. Al’bers, V. G. Ostroumov, A. F. Umyskov, S. Shnell, and I. A. Shcherbakov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 18, 558 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Shnell, S.

P. Al’bers, V. G. Ostroumov, A. F. Umyskov, S. Shnell, and I. A. Shcherbakov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 18, 558 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Skidmore, J. A.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Smirnov, V. V.

E. V. Zharikov, V. I. Zhekov, L. A. Kulevskiǐ, T. M. Murina, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, A. D. Savel’ev, V. V. Smirnov, B. P. Starikov, and M. I. Timoshechkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 4, 1039 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Spring, R.

Starikov, B. P.

E. V. Zharikov, V. I. Zhekov, L. A. Kulevskiǐ, T. M. Murina, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, A. D. Savel’ev, V. V. Smirnov, B. P. Starikov, and M. I. Timoshechkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 4, 1039 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Sutton, S. B.

S. A. Payne, R. J. Beach, C. Bibeau, C. A. Ebbers, M. A. Emanuel, E. C. Honea, C. D. Marshall, R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, J. A. Skidmore, S. B. Sutton, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 71 (1997).
[CrossRef]

C. E. Hamilton, R. J. Beach, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and W. F. Krupke, Opt. Lett. 19, 1627 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. H. Page, R. A. Bartels, S. B. Sutton, L. H. Furu, and J. E. Lasala, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C. R. Pollock and W. R. Bosenberg, eds., Vol. 10 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), p. 214.

Timoshechkin, M. I.

E. V. Zharikov, V. I. Zhekov, L. A. Kulevskiǐ, T. M. Murina, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, A. D. Savel’ev, V. V. Smirnov, B. P. Starikov, and M. I. Timoshechkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 4, 1039 (1975).
[CrossRef]

Umyskov, A. F.

P. Al’bers, V. G. Ostroumov, A. F. Umyskov, S. Shnell, and I. A. Shcherbakov, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 18, 558 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Vernon, F. L.

Weber, H. P.

Welling, H.

A. Högele, G. Hörbe, H. Lubatschowski, H. Welling, and W. Ertmer, Opt. Commun. 125, 90 (1996).
[CrossRef]

C. Ziolek, H. Lubatschowski, A. Högele, A. Heisterkamp, H. Welling, and W. Ertmer, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 298.

Wittwer, S.

Zharikov, E. V.

E. V. Zharikov, V. I. Zhekov, L. A. Kulevskiǐ, T. M. Murina, V. V. Osiko, A. M. Prokhorov, A. D. Savel’ev, V. V. Smirnov, B. P. Starikov, and M. I. Timoshechkin, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 4, 1039 (1975).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Setup of the TIR Er:YAG laser being pumped at three of five TIR facets, with a total absorbed peak power of 570  W. The laser crystal is mounted between two water-cooled copper heat sinks to efficiently remove the deposited heat. The geometrical resonator length is 40 mm. HR, high-reflection; OC, output coupler.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Input–output energy curves at 100  Hz and a pump duration of 400 μs for an uncoated (squares) and an AR-coated (circles) TIR Er:YAG laser. The maximum average output power is 3.2  W at 18.3% differential and 13.6% optical efficiency.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Mean output peak power of the TIR Er:YAG laser as a function of the pump-pulse width. The total absorbed pump peak power is kept constant at 540  W. (b) System’s 3τ rise time at different pump peak powers.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Maximum average output power of the AR-coated TIR Er:YAG laser as a function of repetition rate. The decrease in power is caused by shortening of the pump pulses. The total absorbed pump peak power is 570  W.

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