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Compact, efficient Tm:YAP pumped mid-IR OPO
Author(s): Brian Cole; Lew Goldberg; Kevin T. Zawilski; Leonard A. Pomeranz; Peter G. Schunemann; John C. McCarthy
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Paper Abstract

We describe mid-IR sources utilizing a CSP Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO) directly pumped by a high efficiency 1.94 μm Tm:YAP Q-switched laser. The OPOs, constructed using the latest generation CSP crystals with low 1.94 μm absorption, were operated at near-degeneracy with mid-IR output in the 3.6-4.2 μm range. Compact Q-switched Tm:YAP lasers, implemented using both a Cr:ZnS saturable absorber Q-switch or a mechanical Q-switching (MQS) technique, were constructed with the Q-switching method’s impact on OPO performance evaluated. Resonant effects were observed for MQS that were absent in the passively Qswitched (PQS) experiment. It was determined that optimizing the OPO resonator length, relative to the cavity length of the Tm:YAP laser, maximized the OPO conversion efficiency. An optimized OPO, pumped at an incident 1.94μm MQS laser power of 7.6W, generated an average mid-IR power of 4.6 W, corresponding to an optical conversion efficiency of 60%, and an overall optical efficiency for mid-IR generation of 21% relative to diode power incident on the Tm:YAP.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10896, Solid State Lasers XXVIII: Technology and Devices, 108960A (7 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2508822
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Brian Cole, U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC NVESD (United States)
Lew Goldberg, U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC NVESD (United States)
Kevin T. Zawilski, BAE Systems (United States)
Leonard A. Pomeranz, BAE Systems (United States)
Peter G. Schunemann, BAE Systems (United States)
John C. McCarthy, BAE Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10896:
Solid State Lasers XXVIII: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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