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Tunable solid state laser for HF mirror metrology
Author(s): AnnMarie L. Oien; Timothy J. Carrig; Gregory J. Wagner; Chris J. Urbina; Jonathan W. Arenberg; Jennifer A. Keene
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Paper Abstract

HF mirror metrology is currently costly and time consuming, requiring laser component delivery to an HF laser site, and operation of another HF laser to reach relevant wavelengths. Coherent Technologies, Inc. has developed a solid state Cr:ZnSe laser pumped by a Tm:YALO laser that provides up to 1.1W of output power with 1.1nm linewidth at 2.64micrometers , an HF laser line. The laser can also tune to other HF laser liens in the wavelength range of 2.64micrometers to 2.8micrometers . The Cr:ZnSe laser was used to measure the reflectivity of HF mirror samples provided by TRW. Examples of other possible applications of this source include beam train alignment and preliminary testing of diagnostic subsystems that measure HF laser output power, wavefronts, and beam profiles. Such a direct laser source is simple and can potentially achieve high intensity stability, allowing for a robust and compact HF laser surrogate. Moreover, power scaling is straightforward.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4631, Gas and Chemical Lasers and Intense Beam Applications III, (6 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.465769
Show Author Affiliations
AnnMarie L. Oien, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Timothy J. Carrig, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Gregory J. Wagner, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Chris J. Urbina, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Jonathan W. Arenberg, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Jennifer A. Keene, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4631:
Gas and Chemical Lasers and Intense Beam Applications III
Steven J. Davis; Michael C. Heaven, Editor(s)

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