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Photostability of dye-doped modified polymers at extremely high intensities: Medlite laser systems
Author(s): Robert S. Anderson; Robert E. Hermes; Gennady A. Matyushin; Vladimir S. Nechitailo; Stephen C. Picarello
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Paper Abstract

Presented here are experimental results for a high-energy solid-state dye laser with different laser resistant polymer active elements impregnated with pyrromethene and xanthene dyes. It was pumped by a unique frequency doubled MedliteTM IV Nd:YAG laser with pulse energies up to 660 mJ, pulse width 5 - 7 ns and pulse repetition rates up to 10 Hz developed by Continuum Biomedical. A dye laser output energy greater than or equal to 525 mJ in broad band operation mode and slope efficiency over 80% were demonstrated at pump fluences up to 3 J/cm$2). No laser-induced damage of the modified polymer elements was detected up to these levels of fluence. A stable output for more than 150,000 pulses at 585 nm, for a fixed area of the polymer element, at a pump fluence of 1.3 J/cm2 has been achieved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3265, Solid State Lasers VII, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308668
Show Author Affiliations
Robert S. Anderson, Continuum Biomedical (United States)
Robert E. Hermes, Agilase, Inc. (United States)
Gennady A. Matyushin, Research Institute for Medical Polymers (Russia)
Vladimir S. Nechitailo, Continuum Biomedical (United States)
Stephen C. Picarello, Continuum Biomedical (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3265:
Solid State Lasers VII
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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