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Transverse-pumped Cs vapor laser
Author(s): B. V. Zhdanov; M. K. Shaffer; J. Sell; R. J. Knize
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Paper Abstract

Scaling of alkali lasers to higher powers requires combining beams of multiple diode laser pump sources. For longitudinal pumping this can be very complicated if more than four beams are to be combined. In this paper we report a first demonstration of a transversely pumped Cs laser with fifteen laser diode arrays. The LDA pump beams were individually collimated with a beam size of about 1 x 4 cm as measured at a 1 m distance from the diodes. All these beams were incident on a cylindrical lens to be focused and coupled through the side slit of a hollow, cylindrical diffuse reflector which contained the Cs vapor cell. We measured the output power and efficiency of the Cs laser for pump powers up to 200 W at different cell temperatures. Although the values of output power and slope efficiency obtained for this laser system were less than those for a longitudinally pumped alkali laser, these recent results can be significantly improved by using a more optimal laser cavity design. The demonstrated operation of Cs laser with transverse pumping opens new possibilities in power scaling of alkali lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2009
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7196, High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications III, 71960F (19 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.808264
Show Author Affiliations
B. V. Zhdanov, US Air Force Academy (United States)
M. K. Shaffer, US Air Force Academy (United States)
J. Sell, US Air Force Academy (United States)
R. J. Knize, US Air Force Academy (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7196:
High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications III
Steven J. Davis; Michael C. Heaven; J. Thomas Schriempf, Editor(s)

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