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Compositionally tuned Nd:(YxLu1-x)3Ga5O12-laser at 935 nm for H2O-dial systems
Author(s): Jens Löhring; Michael Schlösser; Hans-Dieter Hoffmann
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Paper Abstract

For future satellite based water vapor DIAL systems efficient and rugged sources preferably around 935 nm are required. Especially for the WALES system (Water Vapour Lidar Experiment in Space) four wavelengths between 935.561 nm and 935.906 nm (vac.) have to be addressed. A promising candidate for the direct generation within this spectral range is a simple diode pumped setup based on compositionally tuned neodymium-doped mixed garnet crystals. Within the scope of this work, novel Nd:(YxLu1-x)3Ga5O12-crystals (Nd:YLuGG) with different compositions (0≤x≤1) were investigated. Beside the characterization of some relevant crystal properties laser experiments in quasi-continuous operation, Qswitched operation and in single-longitudinal-mode operation were performed. By the R2-Z5-transition wavelengths between 935.3 nm and 936.6 nm (vac.) can be addressed with different compositions x. At a repetition rate of 100 Hz nearly 6 mJ were extracted in longitudinal multimode around 935.7 nm (vac.) from a Nd:(Y0.58Lu0.42)3Ga5O12-crystal. The cavity was injection seeded and stabilized with the ramp-and-fire-method to obtain single frequency radiation. At 935.7 nm more than 4.7 mJ were generated. The laser could be tuned over a range of about ± 0.22 nm in single-longitudinal- mode operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7912, Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices, 79121N (15 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.878478
Show Author Affiliations
Jens Löhring, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik (Germany)
Michael Schlösser, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik (Germany)
Hans-Dieter Hoffmann, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7912:
Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Norman Hodgson; Ramesh Shori, Editor(s)

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