Abstract

Continuous-wave laser oscillations in LiF:F2 crystal optically pumped by a laser diode at 970nm were demonstrated for what is believed to be the first time. The slope efficiency of 14% and conversion efficiency of 5.5% were achieved for 80μs pump pulse duration and 5Hz pulse repetition rate. An efficiency twice as low was measured at a 6.25kHz pulse repetition rate (50% off-duty factor) and in cw mode of laser operation.

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