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Performance of a flashlamp-pumped solid state dye laser
Author(s): Stephen W. Minnigh; Dennis P. Pacheco; James G. Burke; Paul J. Dunleavy; Henry R. Aldag; John J. Ehrlich
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes an ongoing study of dye-doped polymer materials as gain media in flashlamp-pumped systems. In this work, we have demonstrated 300 mJ/pulse at 0.4% energy efficiency using PM-597 in modified PMMA. The slope efficiency was maintained at 0.46%, except at the highest input energies. These results are quite comparable to those obtained for the same dye in liquid solution. Two important materials considerations in achieving these results are to keep the bulk transmission losses below 0.5%/cm, and to design the resonator in accord with the static as well as the dynamic lensing of the rod.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2698, Solid State Lasers V, (25 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236175
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen W. Minnigh, Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Dennis P. Pacheco, Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (United States)
James G. Burke, Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Paul J. Dunleavy, Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Henry R. Aldag, Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (United States)
John J. Ehrlich, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2698:
Solid State Lasers V
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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