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High-power Er:YAG laser at 1646 nm pumped by an Er,Yb fiber laser
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we describe an Er:YAG laser pumped by a tunable, cladding-pumped Er,Yb fiber laser and discuss factors affecting the laser performance. Crystals with different Er3+-concentrations in the range 0.5% to 4 at% and with crystal lengths selected for ~95% absorption of the pump light at 1532nm were used, and the laser performance was investigated for a range of output coupler transmissions (2-30%) at 1646nm. In preliminary experiments we have achieved a maximum output power of 4W at 1646nm for 11W of absorbed pump power corresponding to an efficiency of 36%, using a crystal with 0.5at% Er3+-concentration and an output coupler transmission of 10%. Our experiments have revealed that the cw efficiency decreases quite markedly for higher Er3+-concentrations. The origin this behavior is currently the subject of a detailed experimental investigation and our preliminary findings will be presented. The prospects for further increase in output power and efficiency will also be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5620, Solid State Laser Technologies and Femtosecond Phenomena, (23 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.578217
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Peter Jander, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Jayanta K. Sahu, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
W. Andrew Clarkson, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5620:
Solid State Laser Technologies and Femtosecond Phenomena
Jonathan A. C. Terry; W. Andrew Clarkson, Editor(s)

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