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Femtosecond laser-written double-cladding waveguides in Nd:GdVO4 crystal: Raman analysis, guidance, and lasing
Author(s): Hongliang Liu; Javier R. Vázquez de Aldana; Magdalena Aguiló; Francesc Díaz; Feng Chen; Airán Ródenas Seguí
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Paper Abstract

We report on waveguide lasers at 1064.5 nm in femtosecond laser-written double-cladding waveguides in Nd:GdVO4 crystals. The cladding waveguides guide both transverse electric (TE)- and transverse magnetic (TM)-polarized modes with considerably symmetric single-modal profiles and show good transmission properties (propagation loss as low as 1.0  dB/cm). The detailed structure of the single and double claddings has been imaged by means of μ-Raman analysis, and the observed slight fabrication asymmetries with respect to an ideal circular cladding are in well agreement with the observed differences in TE/TM propagation losses. Importantly, the Raman imaging shows the complete absence of lattice defect at the laser active volume. Under the optical pumping at 808 nm, a maximum output power up to 0.43 W of the continuous wave waveguide laser with a slope efficiency of 52.3% has been achieved in the double-cladding waveguide, which is 21.6% and 23% higher than that from a single-inner cladding waveguide. Furthermore, the maximum output power of the waveguide laser is 72% higher than that of the double-line waveguide due to the double-cladding design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(9) 097105 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.9.097105
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 9
Show Author Affiliations
Hongliang Liu, Shandong Univ. (China)
Javier R. Vázquez de Aldana, Univ. de Salamanca (Spain)
Magdalena Aguiló, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
Francesc Díaz, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
Feng Chen, Shandong Univ. (China)
Airán Ródenas Seguí, Univ. Rovira i Virgili (Spain)

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