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High-pulse energy Q-switched Tm3+:YAG laser for nonlinear frequency conversion to the mid-IR
Author(s): Georg Stöppler; Christelle Kieleck; Marc Eichhorn
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Paper Abstract

For some medical fields in laser surgery and as a pump source for nonlinear materials to generate mid-IR radiation, e.g. for countermeasure applications, it is very useful to have a solid-state laser with high pulse energy at 2 μm. The rare earth ion Thulium offers a cross relaxation and can thus be directly diode pumped with common laser diodes around 800 nm for an efficient pumping. However, it was not considered for high pulse energy operation due to the high saturation fluence of around 62 J/cm2 at 2 μm. A limiting factor has always been the damage threshold of the optical elements inside the cavity. One of the reasons is the strong thermal lens of YAG, which affects a change of the beam radius inside the resonator and additionally degrades the beam quality with increasing pump power. Using a new pump geometry of the Tm3+:YAG laser system, it is now possible to reach pulse energies > 13 mJ at a diffraction limited beam quality of M2 < 1.1. The Q-switched Tm3+:YAG laser system uses an AOM operating at 100 Hz and will be described in detail. Due to the high pulse energy and very good beam quality, this laser is very interesting for nonlinear parametric frequency conversion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7836, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VII, 783609 (12 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864435
Show Author Affiliations
Georg Stöppler, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)
Christelle Kieleck, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)
Marc Eichhorn, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7836:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VII
David H. Titterton; Mark A. Richardson, Editor(s)

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