Abstract

We report a narrow-linewidth, tunable, gain-switched Cr:ZnSe laser operating between 2255 and 2455 nm. The spectral width of the laser was reduced from 125 nm to 0.3 nm by using injection seeding. Seeding was achieved with a second tunable CW Cr:ZnSe laser. The output wavelength was varied by tuning the wavelength of the seed laser. The seeded oscillator produced as high as 157 µJ pulses with 598 µJ incident pump pulse energy at a repetition rate of 1 kHz. The slope efficiency was determined to be 26%.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. DeLoach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K.-T. Chen, and A. Burger, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 609 (1997).
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G. J. Wagner, B. G. Tiemann, W. J. Alford, and T. J. Carring, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (TOPS), G. Quarles, ed., Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper 371.

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R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. DeLoach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K.-T. Chen, and A. Burger, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 609 (1997).
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Demirbas, U.

Erdamar, A. K.

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Hansch, T. W.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picque, and T. W. Hansch, Appl. Phys. B 100, 3 (2010).
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Jacquet, P.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picque, and T. W. Hansch, Appl. Phys. B 100, 3 (2010).
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Ju, Y. L.

C. H. Zhang, P. B. Meng, B. Q. Yao, G. Li, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. 21, 44 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Krupke, W. F.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. DeLoach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K.-T. Chen, and A. Burger, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 609 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 885 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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C. H. Zhang, P. B. Meng, B. Q. Yao, G. Li, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. 21, 44 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Meng, P. B.

C. H. Zhang, P. B. Meng, B. Q. Yao, G. Li, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. 21, 44 (2011).
[CrossRef]

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Moskalev, I. S.

Page, R. H.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. DeLoach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K.-T. Chen, and A. Burger, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 609 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 885 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Patel, F. D.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. DeLoach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K.-T. Chen, and A. Burger, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 609 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Payne, S. A.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. DeLoach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K.-T. Chen, and A. Burger, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 609 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 885 (1996).
[CrossRef]

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W. S. Pelouch, G. J. Wagner, T. J. Carrig, and W. J. Scharpf, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, S. Payne and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 46 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics(Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 670–674.

Picque, N.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picque, and T. W. Hansch, Appl. Phys. B 100, 3 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Schaffers, K. I.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. DeLoach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K.-T. Chen, and A. Burger, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 609 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Scharpf, W. J.

W. S. Pelouch, G. J. Wagner, T. J. Carrig, and W. J. Scharpf, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, S. Payne and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 46 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics(Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 670–674.

Sennaroglu, A.

Sigrist, M. W.

C. Fischer, E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, and M. W. Sigrist, Opt. Lasers Eng. 43, 573 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Sorokin, E.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picque, and T. W. Hansch, Appl. Phys. B 100, 3 (2010).
[CrossRef]

C. Fischer, E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, and M. W. Sigrist, Opt. Lasers Eng. 43, 573 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Sorokina, I. T.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picque, and T. W. Hansch, Appl. Phys. B 100, 3 (2010).
[CrossRef]

C. Fischer, E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, and M. W. Sigrist, Opt. Lasers Eng. 43, 573 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Tassano, J. B.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. DeLoach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K.-T. Chen, and A. Burger, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 609 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Thon, R.

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picque, and T. W. Hansch, Appl. Phys. B 100, 3 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Tiemann, B. G.

G. J. Wagner, B. G. Tiemann, W. J. Alford, and T. J. Carring, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (TOPS), G. Quarles, ed., Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper 371.

Wagner, G. J.

G. J. Wagner, B. G. Tiemann, W. J. Alford, and T. J. Carring, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (TOPS), G. Quarles, ed., Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper 371.

W. S. Pelouch, G. J. Wagner, T. J. Carrig, and W. J. Scharpf, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, S. Payne and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 46 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics(Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 670–674.

Wang, Y. Z.

C. H. Zhang, P. B. Meng, B. Q. Yao, G. Li, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. 21, 44 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Wilke, G. D.

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. DeLoach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K.-T. Chen, and A. Burger, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 609 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 885 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Yao, B. Q.

C. H. Zhang, P. B. Meng, B. Q. Yao, G. Li, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. 21, 44 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, C. H.

C. H. Zhang, P. B. Meng, B. Q. Yao, G. Li, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. 21, 44 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (1)

B. Bernhardt, E. Sorokin, P. Jacquet, R. Thon, T. Becker, I. T. Sorokina, N. Picque, and T. W. Hansch, Appl. Phys. B 100, 3 (2010).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

L. D. DeLoach, R. H. Page, G. D. Wilke, S. A. Payne, and W. F. Krupke, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 885 (1996).
[CrossRef]

R. H. Page, K. I. Schaffers, L. D. DeLoach, G. D. Wilke, F. D. Patel, J. B. Tassano, S. A. Payne, W. F. Krupke, K.-T. Chen, and A. Burger, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 33, 609 (1997).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Laser Phys. (1)

C. H. Zhang, P. B. Meng, B. Q. Yao, G. Li, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. 21, 44 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lasers Eng. (1)

C. Fischer, E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, and M. W. Sigrist, Opt. Lasers Eng. 43, 573 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Other (2)

G. J. Wagner, B. G. Tiemann, W. J. Alford, and T. J. Carring, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics (TOPS), G. Quarles, ed., Vol. 94 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper 371.

W. S. Pelouch, G. J. Wagner, T. J. Carrig, and W. J. Scharpf, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, S. Payne and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 46 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics(Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 670–674.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic of the injection-seeded, gain-switched tunable Cr:ZnSe laser.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Spectra of the unseeded and injection-seeded gain-switched Cr:ZnSe laser on linear and logarithmic (inset) scales.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Tuning curve of the injection-seeded, gain-switched Cr:ZnSe laser. By tuning the CW seed laser, a narrow-line output could be obtained from the seeded Cr:ZnSe laser between 2255 and 2455 nm.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Efficiency curve of the injection-seeded and unseeded Cr:ZnSe laser as a function of the incident pump pulse energy.

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