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Scalable pulsed mid-infrared laser
Author(s): C. Randy Jones; R. Neil Campbell; Christopher S. Kletecka; Wolfgang G. Rudolph
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate the use of an Nd:YAG laser to optically pump an HBr gas laser, a concept combining the advanctages of solid-state and gas-laser technologies. A Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, tuned to 1.34 μm and frequency-stabilized, excites the v=3, J=5 state of HBr in a third-overtone transition. A diode laser locked to the HBr transition provides the seed signal for the Nd:YAG laser. Higher efficiencies than previously obtained for similar systems are expected in this concept because of the possibility of cascade lasing, which we have observed in our experiments and predicted in our simulations. Pump pulses of approximately 400-ns duration and 20-mJ energy are directed along the axis of a 1-m containing 15-torr HBr. In the currently unoptimized configuration, approximately 6 laser lines at about 4 μm are observed. The observed laser spectrum suggests collisional pumping for some lines and that intracavity atmospheric CO2 is a factor. We have developed and used a kinetic model, which shows good agreement with the experimental results. There is evidence of pure rotatioal lasing. Amplifiers are being added to increase the pump energy to 1 J.

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: 10.1117/12.518078
Show Author Affiliations
C. Randy Jones, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
R. Neil Campbell, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Christopher S. Kletecka, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Wolfgang G. Rudolph, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)


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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