Abstract

We report the performance of a flashlamp-pumped Cr:LiSrAlF6 (Cr:LiSAF) laser developed and built by us. The pumping cavity incorporates filters that select the flashlamps’ emission spectrum to match the absorption bands of the gain medium, allowing control of the amount of nonradiactive decay heat contribution of the optical cycle, minimizing thermal effects on the laser operation. The laser generated 2J pulses at 15Hz, resulting in 30W of average power, the highest power extracted from a Cr:LiSAF rod laser to our knowledge. We were able to conclude that the laser efficiency is affected by resonator configuration changes due to thermal lens effects, and not to thermal quenching of the Cr:LiSAF luminescence.

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[CrossRef]

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D. E. Klimek and A. Mandl, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 1607 (2002).
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[CrossRef]

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T. Shimada, J. W. Early, and N. J. Cockroft, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, T.Y.Fan and B.Chai, eds., Vol. 20 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, 1994), pp. 188-191.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Transmission spectra of the intracavity filters and Cr:LiSAF π-polarization absorption spectrum (shaded, right-hand scale), showing the selection of the pumping bands.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Threshold gain per pass and (b) laser threshold pumping energy as functions of the output coupler reflectivity for each filter set.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Pulse energy dependence on the laser repetition rate for various pumping energies, filter set 2, and on R OC = 84.9 % output coupler.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Upper laser level transition lifetime as a function of the pumping energy, showing that the lifetime is not influenced by the repetition rate.

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g th l = 1 2 [ L ln ( R OC ) ] .

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