Abstract

The spectral properties of a diode-pumped Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser are reported. We show experimentally that the instantaneous emission wavelengths of the laser change randomly with time, whereas its emission has fixed well-defined transverse modes. The central wavelength of the laser emission also shifts prominently with the increase of intracavity light intensity. It is found that the spectral properties of the laser can be explained well based on the strong reabsorption of light in the gain medium.

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[CrossRef]

2002 (1)

C. Lim and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 306 (2002).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

N. A. Brilliant and K. Lagonik, Opt. Lett. 26, 1669 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1997 (2)

1996 (2)

D. S. Wiersma and A. Lagendijk, Phys. Rev. E 54, 4256 (1996).
[CrossRef]

R. J. Beach, Opt. Commun. 123, 385 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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P. Peterson, A. Gavrielides, and P. M. Sharma, Opt. Commun. 109, 282 (1994).
[CrossRef]

N. M. Lawandy, R. M. Balachandran, A. S. L. Gomes, and E. Sauvain, Nature 368, 436 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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W. P. Risk, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 7, 1412 (1988).
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1987 (1)

T. Y. Fan and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 605 (1987).

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Balachandran, R. M.

N. M. Lawandy, R. M. Balachandran, A. S. L. Gomes, and E. Sauvain, Nature 368, 436 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Beach, R. J.

R. J. Beach, Opt. Commun. 123, 385 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Brilliant, N. A.

Byer, R. L.

T. Taira, W. M. Tulloch, and R. L. Byer, Appl. Opt. 36, 1867 (1997).
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T. Y. Fan and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 605 (1987).

Fan, T. Y.

T. Y. Fan and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 605 (1987).

Gavrielides, A.

P. Peterson, A. Gavrielides, and P. M. Sharma, Opt. Commun. 109, 282 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Gomes, A. S. L.

N. M. Lawandy, R. M. Balachandran, A. S. L. Gomes, and E. Sauvain, Nature 368, 436 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Honea, E. C.

F. D. Patel, E. C. Honea, and J. Speth, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 135 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Izawa, Y.

C. Lim and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 306 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Kaminskii, A. A.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Kong, J.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Lagendijk, A.

D. S. Wiersma and A. Lagendijk, Phys. Rev. E 54, 4256 (1996).
[CrossRef]

M. P. V. Albada and A. Lagendijk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 55, 2692 (1985).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lagonik, K.

Lawandy, N. M.

N. M. Lawandy, R. M. Balachandran, A. S. L. Gomes, and E. Sauvain, Nature 368, 436 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Lim, C.

C. Lim and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 306 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Lu, J.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Patel, F. D.

F. D. Patel, E. C. Honea, and J. Speth, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 135 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Peterson, P.

P. Peterson, A. Gavrielides, and P. M. Sharma, Opt. Commun. 109, 282 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Risk, W. P.

Sauvain, E.

N. M. Lawandy, R. M. Balachandran, A. S. L. Gomes, and E. Sauvain, Nature 368, 436 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Sharma, P. M.

P. Peterson, A. Gavrielides, and P. M. Sharma, Opt. Commun. 109, 282 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Shen, D. Y.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Speth, J.

F. D. Patel, E. C. Honea, and J. Speth, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 135 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Taira, T.

Takaichi, K.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Tang, D. Y.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Tulloch, W. M.

Ueda, K.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Uematsu, T.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Wiersma, D. S.

D. S. Wiersma and A. Lagendijk, Phys. Rev. E 54, 4256 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Yagi, H.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Yanagitani, T.

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

J. Kong, J. Lu, K. Takaichi, T. Uematsu, K. Ueda, D. Y. Tang, D. Y. Shen, H. Yagi, T. Yanagitani, and A. A. Kaminskii, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2556 (2003).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (3)

C. Lim and Y. Izawa, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 306 (2002).
[CrossRef]

F. D. Patel, E. C. Honea, and J. Speth, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 135 (2001).
[CrossRef]

T. Y. Fan and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 605 (1987).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Nature (1)

N. M. Lawandy, R. M. Balachandran, A. S. L. Gomes, and E. Sauvain, Nature 368, 436 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (2)

P. Peterson, A. Gavrielides, and P. M. Sharma, Opt. Commun. 109, 282 (1994).
[CrossRef]

R. J. Beach, Opt. Commun. 123, 385 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Phys. Rev. E (1)

D. S. Wiersma and A. Lagendijk, Phys. Rev. E 54, 4256 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

M. P. V. Albada and A. Lagendijk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 55, 2692 (1985).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the laser setup: LD, laser diode; L, coupling lenses; M1, cavity mirror; Yb:Y2O3, ceramic gain medium; M2, M3, alternative output couplers for the two experiments.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Emission spectra of the Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser and a Yb:YAG single-crystal laser with a fixed pump power of 10 W. (a)–(c) Spectra of the Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser recorded at three consecutive instants. (d)–(f) Emission spectra of the Yb:YAG laser also recorded at three different instants.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Emission spectra of the Yb:Y2O3 ceramic laser with different intracavity light intensities. (a)–(d) 98% reflectivity output coupler was used. (e)–(h) 99.9% reflectivity output coupler was used. From (a) to (h) the calculated intracavity intensity is threshold value, 0.15×103, 0.93×103, 2.3×103, threshold value, 2.0×103,5.6×103, and 9.0×103 kW/mm2.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Emission wavelength as a function of intracavity light intensity. Triangles correspond to the central lasing wavelength versus the intracavity light intensity.

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