Abstract

Continuous wave laser operation at 1.87 μm of liquid-phase epitaxially (LPE) grown Tm3+-doped YLiF4 (Tm:YLF) layers is demonstrated. The waveguide laser delivers 560 mW by pumping with a Ti:Sapphire laser at 780 nm leading to an efficiency of 76% with respect to the absorbed pump power. This constitutes the first Tm3+-doped crystalline fluoride waveguide laser ever demonstrated as well as a record in efficiency and output power for an LPE grown waveguide laser operating in the 2 μm spectral range.

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