Abstract

An external-cavity diamond Raman laser generating up to 2.0W at 1240nm from 3.3W of 1064nm pump power is investigated as a function of pump polarization direction. The maximum conversion efficiency was 61%, and the slope efficiency of 84% closely approaches the quantum limit of 85.8%. The lowest threshold for Raman lasing is achieved for pump polarization parallel to the 111 axis, which we show is consistent with theory.

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