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A continuous wave Fe:ZnSe laser pumped by efficient Er:Y2O3 laser
Author(s): Jonathan W. Evans; Tigran Sanamyan; Patrick A. Berry
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Paper Abstract

Fe:ZnSe lasers have been pumped by several types of diode-pumped solid state laser, including Cr:Er:YSGG (2800 nm),1 Cr:CdSe (2970 nm),2 and Er:YAG (2698 nm,3 2936 nm4). None of these sources has exceeded 1.5 W of true continuous-wave (CW) output power. In this work, we report demonstration of a CW Fe:ZnSe laser pumped by a 10 W Er:Y2O3 laser emitting at 2740 nm,5 which had not been previously attempted. The Er:Y2O3 pump laser was characterized with respect to propagation losses, beam quality, mode size, and pointing stability. It was determined that the limit of output power from the Fe:ZnSe laser was limited by the output stability of the pump laser. The Fe:ZnSe laser operated with < 22% slope efficiency and 800 mW output power was achieved at approximately 4050 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9342, Solid State Lasers XXIV: Technology and Devices, 93420F (20 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2079757
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan W. Evans, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Tigran Sanamyan, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Patrick A. Berry, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9342:
Solid State Lasers XXIV: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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