Abstract

We report on the high-energy laser operation of an Ho:YAG oscillator resonantly pumped by a GaSb-based laser diode stack at 1.9 μm. The output energy was extracted from a compact plano–concave acousto-optically Q-switched resonator optimized for low repetition rates. Operating at 100 Hz, pulse energies exceeding 30 mJ at a wavelength of 2.09 μm were obtained. The corresponding pulse duration at the highest pump power was 100 ns, leading to a maximum peak power above 300 kW. Different pulse repetition rates and output coupling transmissions of the Ho:YAG resonator were studied. In addition, intracavity laser-induced damage threshold measurements are discussed.

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2012 (1)

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, Appl. Phys. B, 106, 315 (2012).
[Crossref]

2011 (2)

N. P. Barnes, F. Amzajerdian, D. J. Reichle, W. A. Carrion, G. E. Busch, and P. Leisher, Appl. Phys. B 103, 57 (2011).
[Crossref]

M. Schellhorn, Appl. Phys. B 103, 777 (2011).
[Crossref]

2010 (1)

B. Q. Yao, G. Li, P. B. Meng, G. L. Zhu, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. Lett. 7, 857 (2010).
[Crossref]

2008 (2)

A. Dergachev, D. Armstrong, A. Smith, T. Drake, and M. Dubois, Proc. SPIE 6875, 687507 (2008).
[Crossref]

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2007 (1)

2003 (1)

Amzajerdian, F.

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Armstrong, D.

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Bollig, C.

H. J. Strauss, D. Preussler, O. J. Collett, M. J. Esser, C. Jacobs, C. Bollig, W. Koen, and K. Nyangaza, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuA4.

Budni, P. A.

Busch, G. E.

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Carrion, W. A.

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Castro, R. T.

Chicklis, E. P.

Collett, O. J.

H. J. Strauss, D. Preussler, O. J. Collett, M. J. Esser, C. Jacobs, C. Bollig, W. Koen, and K. Nyangaza, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuA4.

Dergachev, A.

A. Dergachev, D. Armstrong, A. Smith, T. Drake, and M. Dubois, Proc. SPIE 6875, 687507 (2008).
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Drake, T.

A. Dergachev, D. Armstrong, A. Smith, T. Drake, and M. Dubois, Proc. SPIE 6875, 687507 (2008).
[Crossref]

A. Dergachev, D. Armstrong, A. Smith, T. Drake, and M. Dubois, Opt. Express 15, 14404 (2007).
[Crossref]

Dubois, M.

A. Dergachev, D. Armstrong, A. Smith, T. Drake, and M. Dubois, Proc. SPIE 6875, 687507 (2008).
[Crossref]

A. Dergachev, D. Armstrong, A. Smith, T. Drake, and M. Dubois, Opt. Express 15, 14404 (2007).
[Crossref]

Eichhorn, M.

M. Eichhorn, Appl. Phys. B 93, 269 (2008).
[Crossref]

Esser, M. J.

H. J. Strauss, D. Preussler, O. J. Collett, M. J. Esser, C. Jacobs, C. Bollig, W. Koen, and K. Nyangaza, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuA4.

Fuhrberg, P.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, Appl. Phys. B, 106, 315 (2012).
[Crossref]

K. Scholle, S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, and P. Fuhrberg, Frontiers in Guided Wave Optics and Optoelectronics(InTech, 2010).

Gustafson, E. J.

Ibach, C. R.

Jacobs, C.

H. J. Strauss, D. Preussler, O. J. Collett, M. J. Esser, C. Jacobs, C. Bollig, W. Koen, and K. Nyangaza, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuA4.

Ju, Y. L.

B. Q. Yao, G. Li, P. B. Meng, G. L. Zhu, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. Lett. 7, 857 (2010).
[Crossref]

Koen, W.

H. J. Strauss, D. Preussler, O. J. Collett, M. J. Esser, C. Jacobs, C. Bollig, W. Koen, and K. Nyangaza, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuA4.

Koopmann, P.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, Appl. Phys. B, 106, 315 (2012).
[Crossref]

K. Scholle, S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, and P. Fuhrberg, Frontiers in Guided Wave Optics and Optoelectronics(InTech, 2010).

Lamrini, S.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, Appl. Phys. B, 106, 315 (2012).
[Crossref]

K. Scholle, S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, and P. Fuhrberg, Frontiers in Guided Wave Optics and Optoelectronics(InTech, 2010).

Leisher, P.

N. P. Barnes, F. Amzajerdian, D. J. Reichle, W. A. Carrion, G. E. Busch, and P. Leisher, Appl. Phys. B 103, 57 (2011).
[Crossref]

Li, G.

B. Q. Yao, G. Li, P. B. Meng, G. L. Zhu, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. Lett. 7, 857 (2010).
[Crossref]

Massmann, F.

K. Schmidt, C. Reiter, H. Voss, F. Massmann, and M. Ostermeyer, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA3_4.

Meng, P. B.

B. Q. Yao, G. Li, P. B. Meng, G. L. Zhu, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. Lett. 7, 857 (2010).
[Crossref]

Nyangaza, K.

H. J. Strauss, D. Preussler, O. J. Collett, M. J. Esser, C. Jacobs, C. Bollig, W. Koen, and K. Nyangaza, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuA4.

Ostermeyer, M.

K. Schmidt, C. Reiter, H. Voss, F. Massmann, and M. Ostermeyer, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA3_4.

Preussler, D.

H. J. Strauss, D. Preussler, O. J. Collett, M. J. Esser, C. Jacobs, C. Bollig, W. Koen, and K. Nyangaza, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuA4.

Reichle, D. J.

N. P. Barnes, F. Amzajerdian, D. J. Reichle, W. A. Carrion, G. E. Busch, and P. Leisher, Appl. Phys. B 103, 57 (2011).
[Crossref]

Reiter, C.

K. Schmidt, C. Reiter, H. Voss, F. Massmann, and M. Ostermeyer, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA3_4.

Schäfer, M.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, Appl. Phys. B, 106, 315 (2012).
[Crossref]

Schellhorn, M.

M. Schellhorn, Appl. Phys. B 103, 777 (2011).
[Crossref]

Schmidt, K.

K. Schmidt, C. Reiter, H. Voss, F. Massmann, and M. Ostermeyer, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA3_4.

Scholle, K.

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, Appl. Phys. B, 106, 315 (2012).
[Crossref]

K. Scholle, S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, and P. Fuhrberg, Frontiers in Guided Wave Optics and Optoelectronics(InTech, 2010).

Setzler, S. D.

Smith, A.

A. Dergachev, D. Armstrong, A. Smith, T. Drake, and M. Dubois, Proc. SPIE 6875, 687507 (2008).
[Crossref]

A. Dergachev, D. Armstrong, A. Smith, T. Drake, and M. Dubois, Opt. Express 15, 14404 (2007).
[Crossref]

Strauss, H. J.

H. J. Strauss, D. Preussler, O. J. Collett, M. J. Esser, C. Jacobs, C. Bollig, W. Koen, and K. Nyangaza, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuA4.

Voss, H.

K. Schmidt, C. Reiter, H. Voss, F. Massmann, and M. Ostermeyer, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA3_4.

Wang, Y. Z.

B. Q. Yao, G. Li, P. B. Meng, G. L. Zhu, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. Lett. 7, 857 (2010).
[Crossref]

Yao, B. Q.

B. Q. Yao, G. Li, P. B. Meng, G. L. Zhu, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. Lett. 7, 857 (2010).
[Crossref]

Zhu, G. L.

B. Q. Yao, G. Li, P. B. Meng, G. L. Zhu, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. Lett. 7, 857 (2010).
[Crossref]

Appl. Phys. B (4)

M. Eichhorn, Appl. Phys. B 93, 269 (2008).
[Crossref]

M. Schellhorn, Appl. Phys. B 103, 777 (2011).
[Crossref]

N. P. Barnes, F. Amzajerdian, D. J. Reichle, W. A. Carrion, G. E. Busch, and P. Leisher, Appl. Phys. B 103, 57 (2011).
[Crossref]

S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, M. Schäfer, K. Scholle, and P. Fuhrberg, Appl. Phys. B, 106, 315 (2012).
[Crossref]

Laser Phys. Lett. (1)

B. Q. Yao, G. Li, P. B. Meng, G. L. Zhu, Y. L. Ju, and Y. Z. Wang, Laser Phys. Lett. 7, 857 (2010).
[Crossref]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Proc. SPIE (1)

A. Dergachev, D. Armstrong, A. Smith, T. Drake, and M. Dubois, Proc. SPIE 6875, 687507 (2008).
[Crossref]

Other (3)

H. J. Strauss, D. Preussler, O. J. Collett, M. J. Esser, C. Jacobs, C. Bollig, W. Koen, and K. Nyangaza, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper ATuA4.

K. Schmidt, C. Reiter, H. Voss, F. Massmann, and M. Ostermeyer, in CLEO/Europe and EQEC 2011, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper CA3_4.

K. Scholle, S. Lamrini, P. Koopmann, and P. Fuhrberg, Frontiers in Guided Wave Optics and Optoelectronics(InTech, 2010).

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Resonator of the Ho(0.5%):YAG laser formed by mirror M1 and mirror M3 (output coupler). The resonator length was approximately 90 cm.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Single pass transmitted pump power. The inset shows the spectrum of the pump diode (colored curves) and the absorption cross section spectrum of Ho:YAG (black curve).

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Input–output curves of the Ho(0.5%):YAG laser with TOC=41%. In Q-switched operation, mirror M2 was damaged at an intracavity fluence of 4J/cm2.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Input–output curves of the Ho(0.5%):YAG laser with TOC=50%.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Pulse energy and corresponding pulse duration of the Ho:YAG oscillator at 100 Hz.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Laser wavelength of the Q-switched Ho:YAG laser.

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