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Progress in alkali lasers development
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Paper Abstract

Diode pumped alkali vapor lasers developed during the last several years have the potential to achieve high power. Efficient operation of Rubidium, Cesium and Potassium lasers has been demonstrated. Laser slope efficiencies higher than 80% have been achieved. A diode laser pumping can provide high overall efficiency of these devices. A diode pumped continuous wave 10 W Cs laser and continuous wave 17 W Rb laser were demonstrated. In this paper we review the main results and recent achievements in high power alkali lasers development, discuss some problems existing in this field and ways to solve them.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6874, High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications II, 68740F (21 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.769064
Show Author Affiliations
B. V. Zhdanov, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
R. J. Knize, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6874:
High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications II
Steven J. Davis; Michael C. Heaven; J. Thomas Schriempf, Editor(s)

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