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Experimental research on second harmonic generation conversion efficiency of the TEA CO2 laser
Author(s): Deming Ren; Xiaoyong Hu; Yuhong Wang; Yanchen Qu
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Paper Abstract

Second harmonic generation of tunable TEA CO2 laser has the greatest potential for providing the coherent radiation in the wave range of 3~5µm which has many virtues. But the low conversion efficiency has restricted its wide application. In order to raise the conversion efficiency by lengthening the nonlinear effecting extent, two crystals were used which were placed in symmetrical position. In this way the beam can be compressed at the same time. In our experiment, the conversion efficiency up to I .5 times that of one crystal was achieved. Another factor that can affect the conversion efficiency was the quality of the pumping laser, so a plasma shutter was used to shape the laser pulse. Through the shutter the pulse energy was decreased but the pulse width was compressed accordingly, so the pump power was enhanced. By means of this, the conversion efficiency was improved from less than 2% to 12.9% and the highest output energy of 1 .44mJ has been achieved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4914, High-Power Lasers and Applications II, (5 September 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.481793
Show Author Affiliations
Deming Ren, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Xiaoyong Hu, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Yuhong Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Yanchen Qu, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4914:
High-Power Lasers and Applications II
Dianyuan Fan; Keith A. Truesdell; Koji Yasui, Editor(s)

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