Abstract

We present in this Letter experimental results of a Yb:Sc2SiO5 (Yb:SSO) thin-disk laser. To our knowledge, this is the first lasing demonstration of this crystal in thin-disk configuration reported on to date. Preliminary tests regarding the characterization and the laser operation are presented. Two different resonator configurations, a simple linear multimode cavity, and a fundamental-mode folded resonator providing a double pass in the laser crystal were set up. The gain and the small signal gain of the available Yb:SSO sample were calculated using the experimental results of the multimode resonator. The operation in a fundamental-mode resonator with the double pass in the laser crystal led to 9.4W of output power with an optical efficiency of 25.4%.

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2011 (1)

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Hu, Proc. SPIE 7912, 791228 (2011).
[CrossRef]

2010 (2)

2008 (1)

L. Zheng, J. Xu, G. Zhao, L. Su, F. Wu, and X. Liang, Appl. Phys. B 91, 443 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2003 (1)

R. Gaume, B. Viana, J. Derouet, and D. Vivien, Opt. Mater. 22, 107 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Contag, C.

C. Contag, “Modellierung und numerische Auslegung des Yb:YAG Scheibenlasers,” Ph.D thesis (Universität Stuttgart, 2002).

Derouet, J.

R. Gaume, B. Viana, J. Derouet, and D. Vivien, Opt. Mater. 22, 107 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Erhard, S.

S. Erhard, “Pumpoptiken und Resonatoren für den Scheibenlaser,” Ph.D thesis (Universität Stuttgart, 2002).

Gaume, R.

R. Gaume, B. Viana, J. Derouet, and D. Vivien, Opt. Mater. 22, 107 (2003).
[CrossRef]

He, J.

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Hu, Proc. SPIE 7912, 791228 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, Z. Zhao, and J. Xu, Opt. Express 18, 18354 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Hu, J.

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Hu, Proc. SPIE 7912, 791228 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Koechner, W.

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering (Springer, 2006).

Li, J.

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Hu, Proc. SPIE 7912, 791228 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, Z. Zhao, and J. Xu, Opt. Express 18, 18354 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Liang, X.

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Hu, Proc. SPIE 7912, 791228 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, Z. Zhao, and J. Xu, Opt. Express 18, 18354 (2010).
[CrossRef]

L. Zheng, J. Xu, G. Zhao, L. Su, F. Wu, and X. Liang, Appl. Phys. B 91, 443 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Stewen, C.

C. Stewen, “Scheibenlaser mit Kilowatt-Dauerstrichleistung,” Ph.D thesis (Universität Stuttgart, 2000).

Su, L.

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Hu, Proc. SPIE 7912, 791228 (2011).
[CrossRef]

W. D. Tan, D. Tang, X. Xu, J. Zhang, C. Xu, F. Xu, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Xu, Opt. Express 18, 16739 (2010).
[CrossRef]

L. Zheng, J. Xu, G. Zhao, L. Su, F. Wu, and X. Liang, Appl. Phys. B 91, 443 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Tan, W. D.

Tang, D.

Viana, B.

R. Gaume, B. Viana, J. Derouet, and D. Vivien, Opt. Mater. 22, 107 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Vivien, D.

R. Gaume, B. Viana, J. Derouet, and D. Vivien, Opt. Mater. 22, 107 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Wu, F.

L. Zheng, J. Xu, G. Zhao, L. Su, F. Wu, and X. Liang, Appl. Phys. B 91, 443 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Xu, C.

Xu, F.

Xu, J.

Xu, X.

Zhang, J.

Zhao, G.

L. Zheng, J. Xu, G. Zhao, L. Su, F. Wu, and X. Liang, Appl. Phys. B 91, 443 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Zhao, Z.

Zheng, L.

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Hu, Proc. SPIE 7912, 791228 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, Z. Zhao, and J. Xu, Opt. Express 18, 18354 (2010).
[CrossRef]

W. D. Tan, D. Tang, X. Xu, J. Zhang, C. Xu, F. Xu, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Xu, Opt. Express 18, 16739 (2010).
[CrossRef]

L. Zheng, J. Xu, G. Zhao, L. Su, F. Wu, and X. Liang, Appl. Phys. B 91, 443 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

L. Zheng, J. Xu, G. Zhao, L. Su, F. Wu, and X. Liang, Appl. Phys. B 91, 443 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Mater. (1)

R. Gaume, B. Viana, J. Derouet, and D. Vivien, Opt. Mater. 22, 107 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE (1)

J. Li, X. Liang, J. He, L. Zheng, L. Su, and J. Hu, Proc. SPIE 7912, 791228 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Other (4)

C. Contag, “Modellierung und numerische Auslegung des Yb:YAG Scheibenlasers,” Ph.D thesis (Universität Stuttgart, 2002).

S. Erhard, “Pumpoptiken und Resonatoren für den Scheibenlaser,” Ph.D thesis (Universität Stuttgart, 2002).

C. Stewen, “Scheibenlaser mit Kilowatt-Dauerstrichleistung,” Ph.D thesis (Universität Stuttgart, 2000).

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering (Springer, 2006).

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Measured temperature at the surface of the disk in fluorescent and laser operation for 12 pump beam passes.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Schematic diagram of the pump and laser setup. (a) I-resonator; (b) V-resonator.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Modeled small signal gain in dependence of the absorbed pump power.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Power measurement of an I-resonator in multimode configuration with different output couplers.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Power measurement of a V-resonator in fundamental-mode configuration with different output couplers.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

CW laser emission spectrum with an output coupler of 1.5% transmission at 37.5W of output power.

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Table 1. Properties of Yb:YAG Compared with Yb:SSO

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