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Influence of temperature-dependent excited state absorption on a broadly tunable UV Ce:LiLuF laser
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Paper Abstract

We report the experimentally measured polarized small signal gain for Ce:LiLuF at 309 nm and 327 nm. The gain was found to be anisotropic and temperature dependent. Using a rate equation based model we have simulated the affect of excited state absorption (ESA) on the small signal gain in Ce:LiLuF. As a result we report the polarized emission and ESA cross-sections for Ce:LiLuF at 309 nm and 327 nm. We show the ESA to be temperature dependent and consequently demonstrate that ESA is the cause of the change in small signal gain with temperature in Ce:LiLuF. Further, we experimentally show the decrease, with temperature, of the ESA cross-sections at 309 nm causes a 70% increase in the laser output at 309 nm. We demonstrate how the introduction of a σ-biased loss into the cavity suppresses σ-polarized lasing at 327 nm. This counteracts the decrease in laser output below ~10°C caused by the anisotopic nature and temperature dependence of the ESA in Ce:LiLuF at 327 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5137, International Conference on Lasers, Applications, and Technologies 2002: Advanced Lasers and Systems, (6 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.517869
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Kristie S. Johnson, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
David W. Coutts, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5137:
International Conference on Lasers, Applications, and Technologies 2002: Advanced Lasers and Systems
Guenter Huber; Ivan A. Scherbakov; Vladislav Ya. Panchenko, Editor(s)

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