Abstract

We report on a continuous-wave Ho:KLu(WO4)2 (KLuW) microchip laser with a record slope efficiency of 84%, the highest value among the holmium inband-pumped lasers, delivering 201 mW output power at 2105 nm. The Ho laser operating at room temperature on the I85I57 transition is in-band-pumped by a diode-pumped Tm:KLuW microchip laser at 1946 nm. Ho:KLuW laser operation at 2061 and 2079 nm is also demonstrated with a maximum slope efficiency of 79%. The microchip laser generates an almost diffraction-limited output beam with a Gaussian profile and a M2<1.1. The laser performance of the Ng-cut Ho:KLuW crystal is very similar for pump light polarizations Nm and Np. The positive thermal lens plays a key role in the laser mode stabilization and proper mode-matching. The latter, together with the low quantum defect under in-band-pumping (0.08), is responsible for the extraordinary high slope efficiency.

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