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Sample records for pumped dye laser

  1. Feasibility of solar-pumped dye lasers

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    Lee, Ja H.; Kim, Kyung C.; Kim, Kyong H.

    1987-01-01

    Dye laser gains were measured at various pump-beam irradiances on a dye cell in order to evaluate the feasibility of solar pumping. Rhodamine 6G dye was considered as a candidate for the solar-pumped laser because of its high utilization of the solar spectrum and high quantum efficiency. Measurements show that a solar concentration of 20,000 is required to reach the threshold of the dye.

  2. Threshold pump power of a solar-pumped dye laser

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    Lee, Ja H.; Kim, Kyung C.; Kim, Kyong H.

    1988-01-01

    Threshold solar power for dye laser pumping has been determined by measuring the gain of a rhodamine 6G dye laser amplifier at various solar-simulated irradiances on an amplifier cell. The measured threshold was 20,000 solar constants (2.7 kW/sq cm) for the dye volume of 2 x 5 x 40 cu mm and the optimum dye concentration of 0.001 M. The threshold is about one-third of that achievable with a high-intensity solar concentrator.

  3. Titanium: sapphire laser with dye-laser pumping

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    Payne, Michael J.; Lowde, N. A.

    1990-08-01

    A simple laser of titanium-doped sapphire in a plane mirror res9nator was pumped by a flashlamp pumped dye laser. The dye laser emitted pulses of duration 2 js (FWHM) and energy close to one joule at 490 nm. Values for the lasing threshold and slope efficiency (well above threshold) for the titanium :sapphire laser were derived by two methods. Firstly the experimental data were fitted by theory which took account of the spatial and temporal properties of the pump beam and had only the threshold and slope as adjustable parameters. Secondly, the parameters were calculated from the measured spectroscopic properties of the resonator mirrors and the crystal. The sets of derived parameters agreed within about I 5%. Two crystals were employed, with low figure of merit (27 for the higher-doped sample). The greatest overall efficiency was limited principally by the pump beam properties and not by losses in the crystals.

  4. Continuous wave visible diode-pumped dye laser

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    Benfey, D.P.; Boyd, R.E.; Brown, D.C.; Watkins, J.C.; Kessler, W.J.; Davis, S.J.; Otis, C.; Pedulla, L.

    1994-12-31

    The authors describe experimental results of cw laser operation using a red (670 nm) laser diode pumping two near-infrared dyes (Rd-800 and Rd-700). Red diode lasers operating with 300 mW cw power were characterized, paying particular attention to beam quality. Collimating optics and a highly astigmatic focusing system were designed and demonstrated, producing an approximately 50 pm diameter focal spot, resulting in over 15 kW/cm{sup 2} pump intensity (per diode). The resulting diode/optical system was used to pump a commercial Coherent Model 599 cw dye laser utilizing a flowing dye jet.

  5. Diode-pumped dye laser analysis and design

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    Benfey, D. P.; Brown, D. C.; Davis, S. J.; Piper, L. G.; Foutter, R. F.

    1992-11-01

    A feasibility study of diode pumping organic dye lasers (DPDL) is presented. Two dyes were selected from a number of candidate laser dyes operating in the visible to near-infrared spectrum to obtain the critical parameters including absorption/emission spectra, radiative lifetimes, and quantum yields. These parameters were used in the design analysis for efficient operation of a DPDL. A conceptual design for a synchronously pumped dye laser has been developed which is based on diode arrays modulated in such a way that an array pulse width is of the order of a nanosecond, and a repetition rate is adjusted so that the pump pulse arrives at the dye cell coincident with the circulating dye pulse.

  6. Tunable repetitively pulsed flashlamp-pumped dye lasers

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    Dzyubenko, M I; Maslov, V V; Pelipenko, V P; Shevchenko, V V

    1998-12-31

    An experimental investigation was made of the spatioangular and spectral-energy characteristics of high-power tunable repetitively pulsed flashlamp-pumped dye lasers. A high directionality of the output radiation was attained in a wide range of the concentrations of the active molecules when aqueous solutions of dyes, in particular an inclusion complex of coumarin-120 and {beta}-cyclodextrin, were used. Such high directionality was obtained for alcohol and water-alcohol solutions only when the concentrations of these molecules were low. Continuous variation of the tuning range of lasers of this class should be possible by the use of suitable mixtures of efficient donor and acceptor dyes. (lasers)

  7. Comparative laser performances of pyrromethene 567 and rhodamine 6G dyes in copper vapour laser pumped dye lasers

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    Ray, A. K.; Kundu, S.; Sasikumar, S.; Rao, C. S.; Mula, S.; Sinha, S.; Dasgupta, K.

    2007-05-01

    Narrowband laser performances and photochemical stability of alcoholic solutions of pyrromethene 567 and rhodamine 6G dyes, under high-repetition rate copper vapour laser (at 510 nm), as well as, high-peak intensity Nd:YAG laser (at 532 nm) excitation have been investigated. We have observed that pyrromethene 567 dye solutions offer higher efficiency, wider tuning range, but lower photochemical stability and higher lasing threshold than that of rhodamine 6G dye solutions. An addition of about 100 mM DABCO, as a singlet oxygen quencher, in pyrromethene 567 dye solutions improved its photochemical stability close to that of rhodamine 6G. The observation of higher slope efficiency, in spite of higher threshold pump energy for pyrromethene 567 dye than that of rhodamine 6G dye solutions, was explained by a predictive model on gain characteristics of both dye solutions as a function of pump energy.

  8. Passive apparatus for stabilizing a flashlamp-pumped dye laser

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    De Wilde, M.A.; Decker, L.J.

    1986-04-29

    A flash lamp pumped, dye laser apparatus is described which consists of a flash lamp and a liquid dye solution in a transparent compartment proximate to the flash lamp. The compartment is also connected to a tubular circulatory system for moving the liquid dye. The dye solution is activated by flashing of the lamp for lasing to emit light, the lamp and compartment enclosed in a cooling first water jacket, the jacket enclosing deionized water for cooling, an improved cooling system wherein the temperature of the deionized water and the liquid dye solution are maintained within 0.5/sup 0/C of one another, enabling the laser for pulsing at a stabilized 10 pulses per second rate.

  9. Laser head for simultaneous optical pumping of several dye lasers. [with single flash lamp

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    Mumola, P. B.; Mcalexander, B. T. (Inventor)

    1975-01-01

    The invention is a laser head for simultaneous pumping several dye lasers with a single flash lamp. The laser head includes primarily a multi-elliptical cylinder cavity with a single flash lamp placed along the common focal axis of the cavity and with capillary tube dye cells placed along each of the other focal axes of the cavity. The inside surface of the cavity is polished. Hence, the single flash lamp supplies the energy to the several dye cells.

  10. Compact high flow dye cell for laser-pumped dye lasers

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    Stankov, K.A.

    1988-04-01

    The rotor of a split-pole asynchronous motor is used to circulate a dye solution in a cylindrical dye cell. A compact high flow dye cell which is suitable for high repetition rate (>100 Hz ) pumping has been thus developed.

  11. Ar-ion-laser-pumped infrared dye laser at 875-1084 nm

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    Kato, K.

    1984-12-01

    High-efficiency high-power cw dye-laser operation has been acheived from 875 to 1084 nm by pumping two styryl derivatives with an Ar-ion laser. Peak output powers as high as 900 and 750 mW were obtained around 925 and 980 nm, respectively.

  12. Laser dye stability, part 10. Effects of DABCO on flashlamp pumping of coumarin dyes

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    Fletcher, A. N.; Pietrak, M. E.

    1985-07-01

    1,4-Diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO) was tested as a flashlamp-pumped laser lifetime-extender with a variety of coumarin dyes and solvents under both air and argon. In a few cases, DABCO could be considered to have extended the lifetime as much as threefold; however, the selection of the appropriate cover gas and/or solvent could often yield a much greater improvement in the absence of DABCO. In general, DABCO was not found to be very valuable as a lifetime-extender. Furthermore, under some conditions DABCO was found to markedly reduce the laser lifetime and output.

  13. Pulse linewidth and lifetime broadening study of multi-pulse pumped distributed feedback dye lasers

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    Khan, N.; Hall, T. A.

    2004-10-01

    Results on characterization of spectral width and lifetime broadening mechanism in picoseconds multiple-pulse pumped distributed feedback dye lasers (DFDL) is presented. An experimental study was carried out to investigate the impact of pump pulse energy, dynamic grating length and dye concentration on the spectral width and lifetime characteristics of single and multi-pulse pumped DFDL. To implement this study the solution of Rh6G in ethanol was pumped by 2nd harmonic of a passively q.switched and modelocked ND:YAG laser. Further to study the effect of grating chirp factor on spectral characteristics of the luminescence spectra of the DFDL, the dye cell was pumped by multiple time delayed pulses. Results show that pump power, grating length, dye concentrations and temperature effects cause spectral and life time broadening of simultaneously oscillating multiple lasing lines.

  14. Intensity and absorbed-power distribution in a cylindrical solar-pumped dye laser

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    Williams, M. D.

    1984-01-01

    The internal intensity and absorbed-power distribution of a simplified hypothetical dye laser of cylindrical geometry is calculated. Total absorbed power is also calculated and compared with laboratory measurements of lasing-threshold energy deposition in a dye cell to determine the suitability of solar radiation as a pump source or, alternatively, what modifications, if any, are necessary to the hypothetical system for solar pumping.

  15. Pulse-width stabilization of a synchronously pumped mode-locked dye laser

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    Rotman, S. R.; Roxlo, C. B.; Salour, M. M.; Bebelaar, D.

    1980-06-01

    Using an analog feedback loop acting on the mode-locker frequency of a synchronously pumped mode-locked dye laser, a substantial decrease of pulse-width variations at frequencies up to 10 kHz at the cost of an increase in higher-frequency noise was observed. A digital loop acting on the cavity length decreased noise at low frequencies. Using these methods, reproducible and stabilized frequency-tunable subpicosecond pulses were generated, and the effects of noise in the mode-locking frequency of the pumping Ar(+) laser and drift in the cavity length of the dye laser were determined.

  16. Synchronously pumped mode-locked dye laser pumped by a frequency-doubled mode-locked and /ital Q/-switched diode laser pumped Nd:YAG laser

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    Maker, G. T.; Ferguson, A. I.

    1989-08-07

    We have developed a powerful and efficient mode-locked and /ital Q/-switched diode laser pumped Nd:YAG laser. Mode locking has been accomplished using intracavity frequency modulation (FM) to produce continuous-wave mode-locked pulses of 12 ps duration. Acousto-optic pre-lase /ital Q/ switching has produced a train of pulses of about 25 ps average duration at a repetition rate of 360 MHz in an envelope of 75 ns duration. When pumped with a 500 mW diode laser array, the energy in the /ital Q/-switched envelope was 15 /mu/J giving a peak power in the largest pulse of 19 kW. The laser has been frequency doubled in a crystal of potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) with an efficiency of 36%. The doubled radiation at 532 nm has been used to synchronously pump a mode-locked rhodamine 6G dye laser to produce a train of tunable pulses. The pulse duration of the dye laser was 3.2 ps and the peak power of the largest pulse in the train was 10 kW.

  17. Spectral characteristics of a ternary-mixture of dyes in a dye laser pumped by copper vapor laser

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    Khare, R.; Shukla, P. K.; Shrivastava, V. K.; Nakhe, S. V.

    2014-02-01

    The spectral characteristics of a ternary-mixture, composed of Rhodamine 640, Rhodamine 6G and DCM in ethanol and excited by copper vapor laser, are reported. The concentration of each dye in the ternary-mixture was optimized to provide peak emission at 633 nm and absorb both wavelengths of copper vapor laser, i.e. 510.6 and 578.2 nm. A fluorescence range of 612-679 nm with a relatively broad peak at 631-634 nm was obtained when concentrations of Rhodamine 640, Rhodamine 6G and DCM in the ternary-mixture were 0.90 mM, 0.30 mM and 0.90 mM respectively. This ternary-mixture of dyes in ethanol, when used as a gain medium in a narrowband, tunable dye laser oscillator, transversely pumped by both wavelengths of a copper vapor laser, provided a spectral tuning range of 620-665 nm with an almost flat peak at 630-634 nm.

  18. Performance of an array of plasma pinches as a new optical pumping source for dye lasers

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    Rieger, H.; Kim, K.

    1983-11-01

    A new optical pumping source consisting of an array of plasma pinches in the hypocycloidal-pinch geometry is employed to pump a variety of dye lasers. A dye cuvette is inserted along the symmetry axis of the plasma device such that it may be surrounded by the plasma pinch. The light from the plasma pinch is very intense and rich in ultraviolet, which makes it an attractive optical pumping source for dye lasers, particularly in the blue-green spectral region. Control of the plasma fluorescence is achieved by the choice of gas, its fill pressure, and the capacitor bank voltage and its stored energy. The rise time of this ''plasma flashlamp'' depends mainly on the gas species and the fill pressure. Output energy of approx.2 mJ per cm/sup 3/ of lasing medium, or 2 kW/cm/sup 3/ for a 1-..mu..s laser pulse, is obtained from rhodamine 6G, coumarin 480, LD 490, and coumarin 504 dyes. That both the coumarin 480 and rhodamine 6G lasers have the comparable output power is a direct proof that the present optical pumping source is more efficient than the commercial xenon flashlamps in pumping lasers in the blue-green spectral region.

  19. Mirrorless laser action from optically pumped dye-treated animal tissues

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    Siddique, Masood; Yang, Li.; Wang, Q. Z.; Alfano, R. R.

    1995-02-01

    Significant narrowing of the spectral and temporal profiles of emission radiation was observed from optically pumped chicken tissue and pig fat samples treated with rhodamine 640 dye solution. This narrowing of the emission response is attributed to mirrorless laser action from multiple scattering of radiation from within the excited dye regions of the animal tissue. These studies yield insight into the mechanisms of nonlinear optical interaction with continuously disordered heterogeneous active scattering structures of various sizes such as in animal tissues.

  20. Synchronous pumping of picosecond dye laser using high efficiency second harmonic generation from optical fibres

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    Lawandy, N. M.; Bernardin, J. P.; Macdonald, R. L.; Demouchy, G.

    1991-01-01

    The stable operation of a mode-locked dye laser synchronously pumped by the second harmonic of an Nd:YAG laser produced in an Nd codoped germanosilicate optical fiber is reported. The optical fiber preparation technique, which results in a second harmonic conversion efficiency of 2 percent, is described. This optical fiber SHG conversion efficiency is the highest reported to date using a continuous-wave mode-locked laser.

  1. Anomalous dependence of the lasing parameters of dye solutions on the spectrum of microsecond pump laser pulses

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    Tarkovsky, V V; Kurstak, V Yu; Anufrik, S S

    2003-10-31

    The anomalous dependence of the lasing parameters of ethanol solutions of coumarin, rhodamine, oxazine, and laser dyes of other classes on the spectrum of microsecond pump laser pulses is found. The dependence is determined by the shape of the induced singlet - singlet absorption spectra and absorption spectra of short-lived photoproducts. The elucidation of the influence of these factors makes it possible to choose optimal pump spectra and to enhance the efficiency and stability of microsecond dye lasers. (active media)

  2. Update on flashlamp pumped pulsed dye laser treatment for port wine stains (capillary malformation) patients

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    Hsiao, Yen-Chang; Chang, Cheng-Jen

    2011-01-01

    Background and Aims: Currently, the method of choice for the treatment of port-wine stains is laser photocoagulation. Because of evolving treatment options, it is no longer enough for port-wine stains merely to be lightened through laser treatment. The best course of management consists of the most appropriate laser that will produce the most complete clearing of a lesion in the fewest treatment sessions with the least morbidity. The goal is generally accomplished with the use of yellow-light lasers. Materials (Subjects) and Methods: Absorption of laser energy by melanin causes localized heating in the epidermis, which may, if not controlled, produce permanent complications such as hypertrophic scarring or dyspigmentation. Refinements of the results can be achieved by using the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser (FLPDL) in conjunction with the cryogen spray cooling (CSC) system. In our related studies, the infrared thermal image instrument is used for doctors in determining the optimum laser light dosage and preventing the side effects caused by FLPDL. Topic application of angiogenesis inhibitor (Imiquimod) in conjunction with pulsed dye laser treatment for the PWS patients has been assessed for improvement of FLPDL treatment. Results: We present the clinical effect of FLPDL, and the efficacy and safety of cooled laser treatment of PWS birthmarks. Our clinical outcome in the laser treatment of patients with PWS has been achieved to maximize thermal impact on targeted vessels, while minimizing adverse complications. Conclusions: CSC in conjunction with FLPDL can improve the treatment of PWS. The infrared image instrument is helpful for doctors in determining the optimum laser light dosage. Topic application of angiogenesis inhibitor (Imiquimod) in conjunction with laser treatment for the PWS patients is promising in the near future. PMID:24155536

  3. Oxazine laser dyes

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    Hammond, Peter R.; Field, George F.

    1992-01-01

    New oxazine compounds useful as dye laser media in solution, are superiior to prior art materials. The oxazine dyes useful when pumped by the 578.2 nm copper line to operate in the 700-800 nm range are described by formula I ##STR1##

  4. Monolithic dye laser amplifier

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    Kuklo, Thomas C.

    1993-01-01

    A fluid dye laser amplifier for amplifying a dye beam by pump beams has a channel structure defining a channel through which a laseable fluid flows and the dye and pump beams pass transversely to one another through a lasing region. The channel structure is formed with two pairs of mutually spaced-apart and mutually confronting glass windows, which are interlocked and make surface-contacts with one another and surround the lasing region. One of the glass window pairs passes the dye beam and the other passes the pump beams therethrough and through the lasing region. Where these glass window pieces make surface-contacts, glue is used to join the pieces together to form a monolithic structure so as to prevent the dye in the fluid passing through the channel from entering the space between the mutually contacting glass window pieces.

  5. Monolithic dye laser amplifier

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    Kuklo, T.C.

    1993-03-30

    A fluid dye laser amplifier for amplifying a dye beam by pump beams has a channel structure defining a channel through which a laseable fluid flows and the dye and pump beams pass transversely to one another through a lasing region. The channel structure is formed with two pairs of mutually spaced-apart and mutually confronting glass windows, which are interlocked and make surface-contacts with one another and surround the lasing region. One of the glass window pairs passes the dye beam and the other passes the pump beams therethrough and through the lasing region. Where these glass window pieces make surface-contacts, glue is used to join the pieces together to form a monolithic structure so as to prevent the dye in the fluid passing through the channel from entering the space between the mutually contacting glass window pieces.

  6. Adaptation for improving lifetime of dye laser using coumarin dyes

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    Fletcher, A.N.

    1984-10-23

    The effective lasing lifetime of laser dyes including coumarin dyes are significantly extended by the use of an inert cover gas for the laser dye solution such as argon in combination with the employment of a glass filter such as Pyrex disposed between the pumping flash lamp and the dye laser cavity capable of absorbing electromagnetic radiation of about 300 nanometers or shorter wavelength.

  7. Two-step photoactivation of hematoporphyrin by excimer-pumped dye-laser pulses.

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    Andreoni, A

    1987-12-01

    The selective excitation of high lying singlet or triplet states of hematoporphyrin has been achieved using high peak-power nanosecond pulses generated by excimer-pumped dye lasers. The interaction involves two steps: a pulse at 630 nm raises the molecules to the S1 state and a second one, at 481 nm, further excites them either to a higher singlet state if shed simultaneously or to a triplet state higher in energy than T1 if it arrives delayed with respect to the pulse at 630 nm by a time interval longer than the S1 lifetime. Photodegradation of L-tryptophan (100 microM in 30vol.%methanol-70vol.% buffer, pH 7.4) sensitized by 21 microM hematoporphyrin is reported. While a pure type-II mechanism, which obeys the time-intensity reciprocity law up to peak-intensity values of about 20 MW cm-2, is photosensitized by pulses at 630 nm, strong non-linearities are found for pulsed irradiation at both 630 nm and 481 nm, i.e. when the sensitizer is pumped to high lying singlet states and when it is pumped to high lying triplet states. The dependence of the subsequent reactions on the presence of oxygen and their competition with the photodynamic action has been investigated; in particular, a pathway was observed in which an electron was photoejected from a hematoporphyrin high energy triplet, showing maximum efficiency when the pulses were delayed by 16.4 ns. PMID:3149983

  8. A air-bearing based, random orbital drive system for a longitudinally pumped solid state dye laser

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    de Armond, Fredrik; Dill, Robert; Suelzer, Joseph; Masters, Mark

    2008-05-01

    We present our results of an investigation of organic dye doped plastics as a lasing medium. The host materials we have examined are poly(methyl methacrylate) [acrylic], epoxy, polyester and polyurethane. Various solvents have been used to improve dye dispersion within the material. We produce plastic doped disks which are contained in a Littman configuration cavity. Longitudinal pumping with a frequency doubled pulsed Nd:YAG laser is used. To improve the lifetime of the doped disks we have incorporated the disk into an air-bearing assembly. By introducing translational motion with a solenoid, the disk undergoes random orbital motion with respect to the pump laser beam. Lifetime of the disk, lasing quality parameters (bandwidth, tunability, power) are examined.

  9. Laser beam control and diagnostic systems for the copper-pumped dye laser system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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    Bliss, E.S.; Peterson, R.L.; Salmon, J.T.; Thomas, R.A.

    1992-11-01

    The laser system described in the previous paper is used for experiments in which success requires tight tolerances on beam position, direction, and wavefront. Indeed, the optimum performance of the laser itself depends on careful delivery of copper laser light to the dye amplifiers, precise propagation of dye laser beams through restricted amplifier apertures, and accurate monitoring of laser power at key locations. This paper describes the alignment systems, wavefront correction systems, and laser diagnostics systems which ensure that the control requirements of both the laser and associated experiments are met. Because laser isotope separation processes utilize more than one wavelength, these systems monitor and control multiple wavelengths simultaneously.

  10. The flashlamp-pumped dye laser and dermabrasion in psoriasis--further studies on the reversed Köbner phenomenon.

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    Bjerring, P; Zachariae, H; Søgaard, H

    1997-01-01

    Eleven patients with chronic plaque psoriasis were treated with the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser and 6 of the same patients were at the same time treated by dermabrasion. Complete remissions were observed in 3 patients following laser-treatment and in 5 of 6 after dermabrasion. The observation periods were from 4 to 9 months. Our data suggest that the mechanism of the reversed Köbner phenomenon, which is thought to be responsible for the results of dermabrasion, is partly due to destruction of the dermal papillary vasculature. Partial responses were seen in 6 laser-treated and in one patient treated by dermabrasion. Two patients showed no response to laser treatment. These clinically unsatisfactory results can be explained by the great variety in thickness of plaques and in variability of penetration of the laser light. Measurements of absorption and scattering properties of plaques scheduled for laser treatment could probably allow improvements in the technique by optimizing laser beam diameter and pulse duration as well as wavelength and energy levels. The use of the dye laser is far less traumatic to the patient than dermabrasion. PMID:9059681

  11. Dye system for dye laser applications

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    Hammond, Peter R.

    1991-01-01

    A dye of the DCM family, [2-methyl-6-[2-(1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1-methyl-6-quinolinyl)ethenyl]-4H-pyran -4-ylidene]-propanedinitrile, dissolved in 2-phenoxyethanol, is non-mutagenic, stable and efficient, particularly in a pumped continuous wave laser system.

  12. Dye laser amplifier

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    Moses, E.I.

    1992-12-01

    An improved dye laser amplifier is disclosed. The efficiency of the dye laser amplifier is increased significantly by increasing the power of a dye beam as it passes from an input window to an output window within the dye chamber, while maintaining the intensity of the dye beam constant. 3 figs.

  13. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, Kwang S.; Kim, K. H.; Stock, L. V.

    1986-01-01

    In order to evaluate the feasibility of the solar pumped dye laser, the parametric study of a dye laser amplifier pumped by a solar simulator and flashlamp was carried out, and the amplifier gains were measured at various pump beam irradiances on the dye cell. Rhodamine 6G was considered as a candidate for the solar pumped laser because of its good utilization of the solar spectrum and high quantum efficiency. The measurement shows that a solar concentration of 20,000 is required to reach the threshold of the dye. The work to construct a kinetic model algorithm which predicts the output parameter of laser was progressed. The kinetic model was improved such that there is good agreement between the theoretical model and experimental data for the systems defined previously as flashlamp pumped laser oscillator, and the long path length solar pumped laser.

  14. Modification to a flashlamp-pumped dye laser to increase stability of the spatial mode. Final report

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    DeWilde, M.A.; Decker, L.J.

    1983-05-01

    It was determined by Fitzpatrick and Piepmeier that the spatial mode structure of the beam from a CMX-4 dye laser (Chromatix, Sunnyvale, CA) could be stabilized by maintaining a precise relationship between dye loop and cooling water loop temperatures. A passive modification to the laser is described that eliminates the active heating and cooling mechanisms that were employed by the initial investigators to accomplish this.

  15. Medium performance effect on the high output energy from a xenon lamp-pumped pyrromethene-567 solid-state dye laser

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    Wang, Lei; Chen, De-Ying; Fan, Rong-Wei; He, Wei-Ming

    2012-04-01

    In order to obtain a high output energy from a xenon lamp-pumped solid-state dye laser, homogeneities of laser mediums and flatnesses of medium faces with different processing treatments are discussed in the paper. The mediums without aging treatment, which are prepared by using a prepolymer process and have diamond-machined end faces to produce the required optical finish, give a highest laser output of 281.9 mJ with 0.215% slope efficiency at 2.0 × 10-4 mol/L. The best medium lifetime is 21 shots to 50% of original output equating 74.6 kJ/liter.

  16. Argon-pumped tunable dye laser therapy for facial port-wine stain hemangiomas in adults--a new technique using small spot size and minimal power

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    Scheibner, A.; Wheeland, R.G.

    1989-03-01

    A low power, argon-pumped tunable dye laser was used to deliver yellow light of 577 nm. Individual blood vessels within port-wine stain hemangiomas were treated with a 0.1-mm beam of light using 8 X magnification. This technique permits excellent resolution of facial and nuchal port-wine stain hemangiomas in adults without the adverse complications of textural change, permanent pigmentation abnormality, or hypertrophic scarring.

  17. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, K. S.

    1985-01-01

    This semiannual progress report covers the period from April 1, 1985 to Sept. 30, 1985 under NASA grant NAS1-441 entitled direct solar pumped iodine laser amplifier. During this period the parametric studies of the iodine laser oscillator pumped by a Vortek simulator was carried out before the amplifier studies. The amplifier studies are postponed to the extended period following completion of the parametric studies. In addition, the kinetic modeling of a solar pumped iodine laser amplifier, and the experimental work for a solar pumped dye laser amplifier are in progress. This report contains three parts: (1) the radiation characteristics of solar simulator and the parametric characteristics of photodissociation iodine laser continuously pumped by a Vortek solar simulator; (2) kinetic modeling of a solar pumped iodine laser amplifier; and (3) the study of the dye laser amplifier pumped by a Tamarack solar simulator.

  18. Optofluidic circular grating distributed feedback dye laser

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    Chen, Yan; Li, Zhenyu; Henry, M. David; Scherer, Axel

    2009-07-01

    We demonstrate an optically pumped surface emitting optofluidic dye laser using a second-order circular grating distributed feedback resonator. We present a composite bilayer soft lithography technique specifically developed for the fabrication of our dye laser and investigate a hybrid polymer material system [poly(dimethylsiloxane)/perfluoropolyether] to construct high-resolution Bragg gratings. Our lasers emit single frequency light at low lasing thresholds of 6 μJ/mm2. These optofluidic dye lasers can serve as low-cost and compact coherent light sources that are fully integrated within microfluidic analysis chips and provide an efficient approach to construct compact spectroscopy systems.

  19. A tunable dual frequency dye laser

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    Aubry, Y.

    1981-12-01

    The tunable oscillator part of a pulsed dye laser was modified for emission of two wavelengths. The dye laser, including the oscillator followed by three amplifiers, is pumped by a dual frequency Nd-YAG laser. Tuning along with spectral width are controlled by a holographic network which is connected with a high power telescope. The modified two-wavelength dye laser allows absorption lidar techniques for remote sensing of the atmosphere. Rapid line switching is achieved by electro-optical commutation. are presented.

  20. Dabco stabilization of coumarin dye lasers

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    Von Trebra, Robert; Koch, Tad H.

    1982-12-01

    1.4-diazabicyclo [2.2.2] octane (DABCO) has been shown to extend the lifetime of several coumarin dyes in nitrogen-laser-pumped and flash-lamp-pumped dye lasers. With 0.010 M DABCO average power output remains at better than 907 of initial power at least three times longer than without DABCO.DABCO is effective in stabilizing dye solutions which are not oxygen degassed and to a lesser extent, in stabilizing oxygen degassed dye solutions. Average power output, pulse duration, and spectral linewidth are not significantly affected. Stabilization is proposed to occur through a combination of dye triplet excited state quenching and quenching of singlet oxygen which results from oxygen quenching of dye triplet states.

  1. Fiber optics interface for a dye laser oscillator and method

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    Johnson, S.A.; Seppala, L.G.

    1984-06-13

    A dye laser oscillator in which one light beam is used to pump a continuous stream of dye within a cooperating dye chamber for producing a second, different beam is generally disclosed herein along with a specific arrangement including an optical fiber and a fiber optics interface for directing the pumping beam into the dye chamber. The specific fiber optics interface illustrated includes three cooperating lenses which together image one particular dimension of the pumping beam into the dye chamber from the output end of the optical fiber in order to insure that the dye chamber is properly illuminated by the pumping beam.

  2. Fiber optics interface for a dye laser oscillator and method

    DOEpatents

    Johnson, Steve A.; Seppala, Lynn G.

    1986-01-01

    A dye laser oscillator in which one light beam is used to pump a continuous tream of dye within a cooperating dye chamber for producing a second, different beam is generally disclosed herein along with a specific arrangement including an optical fiber and a fiber optics interface for directing the pumping beam into the dye chamber. The specific fiber optics interface illustrated includes three cooperating lenses which together image one particular dimension of the pumping beam into the dye chamber from the output end of the optical fiber in order to insure that the dye chamber is properly illuminated by the pumping beam.

  3. Characteristics of a Broadband Dye Laser Using Pyrromethene and Rhodamine Dyes

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    Tedder, Sarah A.; Danehy, Paul M.; Wheeler, Jeffrey L.

    2011-01-01

    A broadband dye laser pumped by a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser with a full-width half-maximum (FWHM) from 592 to 610 nm was created for the use in a dual-pump broadband CARS system called WIDECARS. The desired broadband dye laser was generated with a mixture of Pyrromethene dyes as an oscillator gain medium and a spectral selective optic in the oscillator cavity. A mixture of Rhodamine dyes were used in the amplifier dye cell. To create this laser a study was performed to characterize the spectral behavior of broadband dye lasers created with Rhodamine dyes 590, 610, and 640, Pyrromethene dyes 597 and 650 as well as mixture of these dyes.

  4. Generation of spectrally adjustable picosecond pulses using STS dye laser

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    Long, Pham; Hoa, Do Q.; Hai, Le H.; Hung, Nguyen D.

    2000-04-01

    The spectral evolution of broadband dye laser emissions generated from low-Q, short laser resonators have been investigated experimentally and theoretically with a rate equation model extended to a multiwavelength analysis. The influences of cavity quality and pumping parameters on the spectral dynamics of the broadband dye laser emissions are studied. From these results, the development of a picosecond pulse compressor and direct generation of tunable picosecond (< 90 ps) dye laser pulses are demonstrated using a single nanosecond pumping laser and a spectro-temporal selection of dye broadband laser emission.

  5. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Han, K. S.

    1986-01-01

    During this period the parametric studies of the iodine laser oscillator pumped by a Vortek simulator were carried out before amplifier studies. The amplifier studies are postponed to the extended period after completing the parametric studies. In addition, the kinetic modeling of a solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier, and the experimental work for a solar pumped dye laser amplifier are in progress. This report contains three parts: (1) a 10 W CW iodine laser pumped by a Vortek solar simulator; (2) kinetic modeling to predict the time to lasing threshold, lasing time, and energy output of solar-pumped iodine laser; and (3) the study of the dye laser amplifier pumped by a Tamarack solar simulator.

  6. Dye laser traveling wave amplifier

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    Davidson, F.; Hohman, J.

    1985-01-01

    Injection locking was applied to a cavity-dumped coaxial flashlamp pumped dye laser in an effort to obtain nanosecond duration pulses which have both high energy and narrow-linewidth. In the absence of an injected laser pulse, the cavity-dumped dye laser was capable of generating high energy (approx. 60mJ) nanosecond duration output pulses. These pulses, however, had a fixed center wavelength and were extremely broadband (approx. 6nm FWHM). Experimental investigations were performed to determine if the spectral properties of these outputs could be improved through the use of injection-locking techniques. A parametric study to determine the specific conditions under which the laser could be injection-locked was also carried out. Significant linewidth reduction to 0.0015nm) of the outputs was obtained through injection-locking but only at wavelengths near the peak lasing wavelength of the dye. It was found, however; that by inserting weakly dispersive tuning elements in the laser cavity, these narrow-linewidth outputs could be obtained over a wide (24nm) tuning range. Since the tuning elements had low insertion losses, the tunability of the output was obtained without sacrificing output pulse energy.

  7. Solid state dye laser for medical applications

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    Aldag, Henry R.

    1994-06-01

    The development of solid state dye lasers could lead to a major breakthrough in the cost and compactness of a medical device. Advantages include: elimination of the flow system for the gain medium; ease with which to implement wavelength agility or the replacement of a degraded rod or sheet; and toxicity and flammability become a non-issue. Dye lasers have played a role in cardiology, dermatology, and urology. Of these cardiology is of interest to Palomar. The Palomar Model 3010 flashlamp-pumped dye laser medical device was used during phase 1 FDA clinical trials to break-up blood clots that cause heart attacks, a process known as coronary laser thrombolysis. It is the objective of this research and development effort to produce solid matrix lasers that will replace liquid dye lasers in these medical specialties.

  8. Treatment of Port-Wine Stains with Flash Lamp Pumped Pulsed Dye Laser on Indian Skin: A Six Year Study

    PubMed Central

    Thajudheen, Chandroth Ponnambath; Jyothy, Kannangath; Priyadarshini, Arul

    2014-01-01

    Context: Port-wine stain (PWS) is one of the commonly encountered congenital cutaneous vascular lesions, with an equal sex distribution. Pulsed dye lasers (PDL) have revolutionized the treatment of both congential and acquired cutaneous vascular lesions. The pulsed dye lasers owing to its superior efficacy and safety profile have become the gold standard for the management of port-wine stains. Aims: To evaluate the efficacy and side effects of pulsed dye laser for the management of Port-wine stain on Indian skin. Materials and Methods: Seventy five patients of Fitzpatrick skin types IV&V with PWS underwent multiple treatments with PDL (V beam-Candela) over a period of six years at monthly intervals. Laser parameters were wavelength 595nm, spot sizes 7-10mm, fluence 6-12 j/cm2, pulse duration 0.45-10ms, along with cryogen cooling. Serial photographs were taken before and after every session. Clinical improvement scores of comparable photographs using a quartile grading (o=<20%, 1=21-40%, 2=41-60%, 3=61-80%, 4=>80%) were judged independently by two dermatologists after the series of treatment. Minimum number of treatments was 6 and maximum 17. They were followed up at six monthly intervals to observe re darkening of PWS. Results: No patient showed total clearance.Grade3 improvement was observed in 70 % of children and 50% of adults after 8-10 sessions. Children showed better and faster response than adults. Thirty percent of patients developed post inflammatory hyper pigmentation which resolved over a period of six to eight weeks. Two patients had superficial scarring due to stacking of pulses. None of the patients showed re darkening of PWS till now. Conclusion: Pulsed dye laser is an effective and safe treatment for port-wine stain in Indian skin. PMID:24761097

  9. Chemical stabilization of laser dyes

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    Koch, Tad H.

    1987-05-01

    Coumarin laser dyes upon excitation degrade to produce products which absorb at the lasing wavelength. This results in attenuation of dye laser output through interference of stimulated emission. The roles of singlet oxygen and excitation intensity on dye degradation were explored. Singlet oxygen is formed but its reactions with the dye do not appear to be a major cause of dye laser output deterioration. High light intensity results in dye sensitized, solvent oligomerization to yield materials which interfere with dye stimulated emission. 1, 4-Diazabicyclo2,2,2octane (DABCO)inhibits this oligomerization.

  10. Continuous-wave organic dye lasers and methods

    DOEpatents

    Shapira, Ofer; Chua, Song-Liang; Zhen, Bo; Lee, Jeongwon; Soljacic, Marin

    2014-09-16

    An organic dye laser produces a continuous-wave (cw) output without any moving parts (e.g., without using flowing dye streams or spinning discs of solid-state dye media to prevent photobleaching) and with a pump beam that is stationary with respect to the organic dye medium. The laser's resonant cavity, organic dye medium, and pump beam are configured to excite a lasing transition over a time scale longer than the associated decay lifetimes in the organic dye medium without photobleaching the organic dye medium. Because the organic dye medium does not photobleach when operating in this manner, it may be pumped continuously so as to emit a cw output beam. In some examples, operation in this manner lowers the lasing threshold (e.g., to only a few Watts per square centimeter), thereby facilitating electrical pumping for cw operation.

  11. Green pumped Alexandrite lasers

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    Kuper, Jerry W.; Brown, David C.

    2005-04-01

    Initial experiments with pulsed and CW pumping an alexandrite laser rod at 532 nm are presented. This pumping architecture holds promise for the production of scalable diode-pumped, tunable alexandrite laser systems operating in the near infrared (750 nm), and the ultraviolet (375 and 250 nm) spectral regions.

  12. Upconversion dye-doped polymer fiber laser

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    He, Guang S.; Bhawalkar, Jayant D.; Zhao, Chan F.; Park, Chi K.; Prasad, Paras N.

    1996-06-01

    Two-photon pumped frequency upconversion cavity lasing at 610 nm is accomplished in a dye-doped polymer fiber system, pumped with 12 ns and 1.06 ?m IR laser pulses. The dopant is a novel dye, trans-4-[p-(N-hydroxyethyl-N-methylamino)styryl]-N-methylpyridinium iodide, abbreviated as ASPI, which possesses a greater two-photon absorption cross section and stronger upconversion fluorescence emission compared to common commercial dyes (such as rhodamine 6G). Using a Q-switched Nd:YAG pulse laser as the pump source, cavity lasing could be achieved in a 3-cm-long ASPI-doped poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) solid fiber of 100 ?m diameter. The experimental results of spectral, temporal, spatial, and input-output characteristics of the cavity lasing are presented. The slope efficiency of upconversion lasing was 0.9%.

  13. Water soluble laser dyes

    DOEpatents

    Hammond, Peter R.; Feeman, James F.; Field, George F.

    1998-01-01

    Novel water soluble dyes of the formula I are provided ##STR1## wherein R.sup.1 and R.sup.4 are alkyl of 1 to 4 carbon atoms or hydrogen; or R.sup.1 -R.sup.2 or R.sup.2 -R.sup.4 form part of aliphatic heterocyclic rings; R.sup.2 is hydrogen or joined with R.sup.1 or R.sup.4 as described above; R.sup.3 is --(CH.sub.2).sub.m --SO.sub.3.sup.-, where m is 1 to 6; X is N, CH or ##STR2## where Y is 2 --SO.sub.3.sup.- ; Z is 3, 4, 5 or 6 --SO.sub.3.sup.-. The novel dyes are particularly useful as the active media in water solution dye lasers.

  14. Water soluble laser dyes

    DOEpatents

    Hammond, P.R.; Feeman, J.F.; Field, G.F.

    1998-08-11

    Novel water soluble dyes of the formula 1 are provided by the formula described in the paper wherein R{sup 1} and R{sup 4} are alkyl of 1 to 4 carbon atoms or hydrogen; or R{sup 1}--R{sup 2} or R{sup 2}--R{sup 4} form part of aliphatic heterocyclic rings; R{sup 2} is hydrogen or joined with R{sup 1} or R{sup 4} as described above; R{sup 3} is --(CH{sub 2}){sub m}--SO{sub 3}{sup {minus}}, where m is 1 to 6; X is N, CH or formula 2 given in paper where Y is 2 --SO{sub 3}{sup {minus}} ; Z is 3, 4, 5 or 6 --SO{sub 3}{sup {minus}}. The novel dyes are particularly useful as the active media in water solution dye lasers.

  15. Photochemistry of coumarin laser dyes

    SciTech Connect

    von Trebra, R.J.

    1984-01-01

    Coumarin laser dyes are widely used in dye lasers for the generation of tunable laser light in the blue-green spectral region. As in the case with most laser dyes, coumarin dyes undergo photochemical reactions that interfere with simulated emission and result in loss of laser power output. This thesis describes the photochemistry of coumarin laser dyes under both anaerobic and aerobic conditions and some attempts to extend the useful lifetime of several dyes in dye lasers. Irradiation of Coumarin 311, 7-dimethylamino-4-methyl-coumarin (15), in oxygen-free ethanol solution results in the inefficient dye destruction. Products formed absorb light at the lasing wavelength of the dye, interfere with stimulated emission, and decrease the power output of the dye laser. Addition of the sulfur free radical chain transfer agents ethanethiol and ethyl disulfide retard the rate of formation of photoproducts absorbing at the lasing wavelengths. Deuterium incorporation, from the irradiation of Coumarin 311 in the presence of ethanethiol-S-d and ethyl disulfide, indicates that photoproducts most likely result from the reactions of free radicals which are generated in a bimolecular reaction between excited Coumarin 311 and ground state Coumarin 311. Ethanethiol and ethyl disulfide are shown to decrease the rate of power loss from a Coumarin 1 (3) dye laser. The naturally occurring amino acid cysteine acts similarly.

  16. CW laser pumped emerald laser

    SciTech Connect

    Shand, M.L.; Lai, S.T.

    1984-02-01

    A CW laser-pumped emerald laser is reported. A 34 percent output power slope efficiency is observed with longitudinal pumping by a krypton laser in a nearly concentric cavity. The laser has been tuned from 728.8 to 809.0 nm. Losses in emerald are larger than those of alexandrite determined in a similar cavity. The present data also indicate that the excited state absorption minimum is shifted from that of alexandrite. 13 references.

  17. Nanoimprinted polymer photonic crystal dye lasers

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    Christiansen, Mads B.; Smith, Cameron L. C.; Buss, Thomas; Xiao, Sanshui; Mortensen, Niels A.; Kristensen, Anders

    2010-05-01

    Optically pumped polymer photonic crystal band-edge dye lasers are presented. The photonic crystal is a rectangular lattice providing laser feedback as well as an optical resonance for the pump light. The lasers are defined in a thin film of photodefinable Ormocore hybrid polymer, doped with the laser dye Pyrromethene 597. A compact frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser (352 nm, 5 ns pulses) is used to pump the lasers from above the chip. The laser devices are 450 nm thick slab waveguides with a rectangular lattice of 100 nm deep air holes imprinted into the surface. The 2-dimensional rectangular lattice is described by two orthogonal unit vectors of length a and b, defining the ΓP and ΓX directions. The frequency of the laser can be tuned via the lattice constant a (187 nm - 215 nm) while pump light is resonantly coupled into the laser from an angle (θ) depending on the lattice constant b (355 nm). The lasers are fabricated in parallel on a 10 cm diameter wafer by combined nanoimprint and photolithography (CNP). CNP relies on a UV transparent quartz nanoimprint stamp with an integrated metal shadow mask. In the CNP process the photonic crystal is formed by mechanical deformation (imprinting) while the larger features are defined by UV exposure through the combined mask/mold.

  18. Azacoumarin dye lasers

    DOEpatents

    Hammond, Peter R.; Atkins, Ronald L.; Henry, Ronald A.; Fletcher, Aaron N.

    1978-01-01

    A dye laser comprising a laser dye solution of a compound having the general structure: ##STR1## wherein at least one of the 5, 6 and 8 ring positions is occupied by a nitrogen atom in lieu of the corresponding CR group and X is OH, alkoxy, or amino including amino substituted by at least one of the following: alkyl, aryl, acyl, aracyl, a group which taken together with the nitrogen atom of the amino group forms a heterocyclic ring, or part of one or two 5 or 6 membered aliphatic heterocyclic rings attached to ring A at positions 6 or 8 or both depending on where the N in ring A is located. R.sub.3, R.sub.4, R.sub.5, R.sub.6 and R.sub.8 are hydrogen or other groups as defined below. The compounds lase in the blue-green to near ultraviolet region.

  19. Azaquinolone dye lasers

    DOEpatents

    Hammond, Peter R.; Atkins, Ronald L.; Henry, Ronald A.; Fletcher, Aaron N.

    1978-01-01

    A dye laser comprising a laser dye solution of a compound having the general structure: ##STR1## wherein at least one of the 5, 6 and 8 ring positions is occupied by a nitrogen atom in lieu of the corresponding CR group and X is OH, alkoxy, or amino including amino substituted by at least one of the following: alkyl, aryl, acyl, aracyl, a group which taken together with the nitrogen atom of the amino group forms a heterocyclic ring, or part of one or two 5 or 6 membered aliphatic heterocyclic rings attached to ring A at positions 6 or 8 or both depending on where the N in ring A is located. R.sub.1, R.sub.3, R.sub.4, R.sub.5, R.sub.6 and R.sub.8 are hydrogen or other groups as defined below. The compounds lase in the blue to near ultraviolet region.

  20. Solid state dye lasers with scattering feedback

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    Costela, A.; Cerdán, L.; García-Moreno, I.

    2013-11-01

    Over the last decade, significant advances have been made toward the development of practical, tunable solid state dye lasers, which resulted in improved lasing efficiency with reduced dye photodegradation. To achieve this goal, a “chemical” approach was followed, where attention was focused onto the particular dye/host interaction and compatibility, specifically choosing already existing hosts for a given dye, synthesizing new dyes and/or matrices, or chemically modifying existing ones. Nevertheless, this approach was limited by a single fact learnt from the experience: there is no universal matrix which optimizes the efficiency and photostability of all dyes. This limitation could be overcome by following a “physical” approach, where the emission properties of the active medium are tailored by means of physical and structural modifications of the dye host. Following this approach, in this paper recent theoretical and experimental work is reviewed where it is demonstrated that following a simultaneous “physical” and “chemical” approach to tailor the emission properties of the host materials for solid state dye lasers, may lead, under specific circumstances, to the improvement of both the laser efficiency and photostability. In particular, it is demonstrated that optical scattering is not always detrimental either to conventional bulk lasers (laser rods or colloidal suspensions) or to integrated devices, but may give place, on the contrary, to dramatic improvements in the laser operation of organic (hybrid) laser rods, and to alternative ways of obtaining laser light from integrated devices based on the phenomenon of coherent random lasing, where feedback is provided by light scattering in an appropriate medium, without the need to manufacture complex periodic structures in the substrate. The processing and pumping flexibility of these materials, together with their low cost and capability of efficient emission across the whole visible spectrum makes them very attractive for the fabrication and development of coherent light sources suitable for integration in optoelectronic and disposable spectroscopic and sensing devices.

  1. Laser dye synthesis - group C compounds

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    Grubbs, E. J.

    1988-01-01

    Progress on the syntheses of a number of new potential laser dyes is described. The goal is to generate new structures allowing the upscaling of flashlamp pumped dye lasers to high energies. These systems ideally should show a lower laser action threshold, operate with high efficiencies, and exhibit greater photochemical stabilities than do those presently available. Pavlopoulos has proposed: (1) that the parent aromatic chromophores be substituted by auxochromic groups such as hydroxy, alkoxy, and dialkylamino, and (2) that improvement should result by restricting the chromophore and auxochromic group to coplanarity. This should reduce intersystem crossing and thus improve the quantum fluorescence yield. The potential dye lasers described below are designed to meet these objectives.

  2. Chemical stabilization of the coumarin 1 dye laser

    SciTech Connect

    von Trebra, R.J.; Koch, T.H.

    1983-01-15

    The chemical stabilization of coumarin 1, 7-diethylamino-4-methylcoumarin, in a nitrogen laser pumped dye laser and coumarin 311, 7-dimethylamino-4-methylcoumarin, under cw conditions with sulfur-free radical chain transfer agents, are described. The mechanism for stabilization involves encounter of triplet coumarin and ground state coumarin with subsequent radical formation and radical disproportionation catalyzed by the chain transfer agents. The output of the coumarin 1 dye laser decreased 10% when the dye solution was stabilized with cysteine hydrochloride over a 12-h period. The output of the unstabilized dye laser decreased 50% during a similar period of operation.

  3. A seeded dye laser cavity for intracavity experiments

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    Mohamed, Tarek; Andler, Guillermo; Schuch, Reinhold

    2015-09-01

    A seeded dye laser cavity, synchronously pumped by the 2nd harmonic of the Nd:YAG laser has been designed and experimentally tested. The used seed signal was the well defined narrow linewidth output laser signal (▵λ = 0.013 nm) from the excimer-dye laser system. Energy considerations showed that the intracavity laser energy, that can be used for an experimental section inside the cavity, can reach an efficiency of 20% of the pumping energy. The wavelength and linewidth are fully controlled by the wavelength and linewidth of the seeding laser.

  4. Solar pumped laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lee, J. H.; Hohl, F.; Weaver, W. R. (Inventor)

    1984-01-01

    A solar pumped laser is described in which the lasant is a gas that will photodissociate and lase when subjected to sunrays. Sunrays are collected and directed onto the gas lasant to cause it to lase. Applications to laser propulsion and laser power transmission are discussed.

  5. Fusion reactor pumped laser

    DOEpatents

    Jassby, Daniel L.

    1988-01-01

    A nuclear pumped laser capable of producing long pulses of very high power laser radiation is provided. A toroidal fusion reactor provides energetic neutrons which are slowed down by a moderator. The moderated neutrons are converted to energetic particles capable of pumping a lasing medium. The lasing medium is housed in an annular cell surrounding the reactor. The cell includes an annular reflecting mirror at the bottom and an annular output window at the top. A neutron reflector is disposed around the cell to reflect escaping neutrons back into the cell. The laser radiation from the annular window is focused onto a beam compactor which generates a single coherent output laser beam.

  6. Bichromatic emission in a ring dye laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lawandy, N. M.; Sohrab Afzal, R.; Rabinovich, W. S.

    1987-01-01

    An experimental study of a high-Q Rhodamine 6G ring dye laser has been performed, and bichromatic emission (BE) with wavelength spacings as large as 110 A when the laser operated bidirectionally has been measured. The BE vanished at all excitations when the laser was forced into unidirectional operation using a Faraday isolator. However, when a weak reflected beam was allowed to make a single pass in the direction opposite to that allowed by the Faraday device, BE is recovered at the higher pump powers.

  7. Explosively pumped laser light

    DOEpatents

    Piltch, Martin S. (Los Alamos, NM); Michelotti, Roy A. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1991-01-01

    A single shot laser pumped by detonation of an explosive in a shell casing. The shock wave from detonation of the explosive causes a rare gas to luminesce. The high intensity light from the gas enters a lasing medium, which thereafter outputs a pulse of laser light to disable optical sensors and personnel.

  8. Pumped up Lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2000-01-01

    Cutting Edge Optronics released the first of potentially three products to result from an SBIR contract with Goddard Space Flight Center. The first commercial result is the WhisperMiniSlab, a diode pump for high performance laser systems. The slab uses a zig-zag path through the laser crystal which eliminates the need for thermal lensing. The result is smaller lasers with better beam quality for use in medical and industrial applications.

  9. Electrically pumped random lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yu, S. F.

    2015-12-01

    Over the past decades extensive research has been carried out to study the lasing characteristics of random media. Some unexpected phenomena of random lasing action have also been discovered. Nevertheless, random laser technologies have never been commercialized for any practical application. So, is there anything missing in the study of random lasers? Will there be a solution to this dilemma? In this topical review, we will investigate the obstacles preventing the commercialization of random laser technologies, give an overview of the current progress of electrically pumped random lasers, and explain the reasons why it is necessary to further develop random laser diodes for practical applications.

  10. Laser optical pumping of sodium and lithium atom beams

    SciTech Connect

    Cusma, J.T.

    1983-01-01

    The method of optical pumping with a continuous wave dye laser has been used to produce beams of polarized /sup 23/Na atoms and polarized /sup 6/Li atoms. Optical pumping of a /sup 23/Na atom beam using either a multimode dye laser or a single frequency dye laser with a double passed acousto-optic modulator results in electron spin polarizations of 0.70-0.90 and nuclear spin polarizations of 0.75-0.90. Optical pumping of a /sup 6/Li atom beam using a single frequency dye laser either with an acousto-optic modulator or with Doppler shift pumping results in electron spin polarizations of 0.77-0.95 and nuclear spin polarizations greater than 0.90. The polarization of the atom beam is measured using either the laser induced fluorescence in an intermediate magnetic field or a 6-pole magnet to determine the occupation probabilities of the ground hyperfine sublevels following optical pumping. The results of the laser optical pumping experiments agree with the results of a rate equation analysis of the optical pumping process which predicts that nearly all atoms are transferred into a single sublevel for our values of laser intensity and interaction time. The use of laser optical pumping in a polarized ion source for nuclear scattering experiments is discussed. The laser optical pumping method provides a means of constructing an intense source of polarized Li and Na ions.

  11. Coumarin 6 as the active medium of a dye vapor laser with wide-band optical pumping and specific characteristics of such lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Trusov, K.K.

    1982-11-01

    An experimental investigation was made of the efficiency of conversion of flashlamp pump radiation to fluorescence of coumarin 6 at a buffer gas pressure of 0--1 MPa. The lasing dynamics of the flashlamp-pumped vapor of this compound was also studied. It was found that the fluorescence quantum efficiency averaged over the absorption spectrum, which characterized the pump conversion efficiency, was < or =0.3 at a buffer gas pressure of 0--1 MPa. Dependences of and the rate constant for optical bleaching of the dye on the buffer gas pressure were determined. A comparative analysis of the lasing dynamics of coumarin 6 in vapors and in an ether solution showed that the gas phase had a higher lasing threshold (18--20 times higher) and a larger increment of loss growth in the spectral range of lasing (four times higher). It also had a shorter maximum lasing duration (t/sub max/roughly-equal500 nsec).

  12. A tunable dual frequency dye laser - dual frequency oscillator design

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Abury, Y.

    1983-01-01

    The pulsed dye laser offers a tunable oscillator, followed by three amplifiers. It is pumped by a dual frequency Nd:YAG laser. Tuning and spectral width are controlled by a holographic network connected to a high power telescope. The modified two wavelength dye laser allows for absorption lidar techniques for remote sensing of the atmosphere. Line switching is achieved by electrooptical commutation. A feasibility experiment was performed with the original oscillator. A model was then built, and tested with different dyes. After a few modifications were made to improve the conversion efficiency, this oscillator was inserted in the laser to check whether the amplifier stages were correctly adjusted.

  13. A tunable dual frequency dye laser - dual frequency oscillator design

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abury, Y.

    1983-05-01

    The pulsed dye laser offers a tunable oscillator, followed by three amplifiers. It is pumped by a dual frequency Nd:YAG laser. Tuning and spectral width are controlled by a holographic network connected to a high power telescope. The modified two wavelength dye laser allows for absorption lidar techniques for remote sensing of the atmosphere. Line switching is achieved by electrooptical commutation. A feasibility experiment was performed with the original oscillator. A model was then built, and tested with different dyes. After a few modifications were made to improve the conversion efficiency, this oscillator was inserted in the laser to check whether the amplifier stages were correctly adjusted.

  14. Polarization of an atomic Na beam by laser optical pumping

    SciTech Connect

    Anderson, L.W.; Cusma, J.T.

    1984-05-25

    A highly polarized atomic /sup 23/Na beam is produced by optical pumping using either a multimode cw dye laser or a single mode ring dye laser followed by a double pass acousto-optic modulator. Electron spin polarizations of 0.72 to 0.90 are obtained.

  15. Polarization of an atomic sodium beam by laser optical pumping

    SciTech Connect

    Cusma, J.T.; Anderson, L.W.

    1983-08-01

    A highly polarized /sup 23/Na atomic beam is produced by optical pumping with the use of either a multimode cw dye laser or a single-mode ring dye laser followed by a double-passed acousto-optic modulator. Electron-spin polarizations of 0.72 to 0.90 are obtained.

  16. Single mode pulsed dye laser oscillator

    DOEpatents

    Hackel, R.P.

    1992-11-24

    A single mode pulsed dye laser oscillator is disclosed. The dye laser oscillator provides for improved power efficiency by reducing the physical dimensions of the overall laser cavity, which improves frequency selection capability. 6 figs.

  17. [Reticulohistiocytoma. Treatment with pulsed-dye laser].

    PubMed

    Warncke, S H; Greve, B; Raulin, C

    2004-05-01

    Reticulohistiocytoma is a rare non-Langerhans-cell histiocytosis. On exposed skin areas it is a cosmetic problem and can cause mechanical irritation due to its prominent nature. We successfully treated a histologically confirmed reticulohistiocytoma on the back of a 60 year old woman with a pulsed dye-laser (wavelength 585 nm, pulse 0.45 msec). The lesion regressed significantly after the first treatment (spot size: 7 mm, fluence 7.8 J/cm(2)). After another laser treatment, the lesion completely disappeared. At 28 month follow-up, no recurrence was seen. Permanent side effects were not observed. In our case report the use of the pumped pulsed dye-laser has proven to be an elegant and low risk treatment option for reticulohistiocytoma. The mechanism of action remains unknown. PMID:15138655

  18. Fusion reactor pumped laser

    DOEpatents

    Jassby, D.L.

    1987-09-04

    A nuclear pumped laser capable of producing long pulses of very high power laser radiation is provided. A toroidal fusion reactor provides energetic neutrons which are slowed down by a moderator. The moderated neutrons are converted to energetic particles capable of pumping a lasing medium. The lasing medium is housed in an annular cell surrounding the reactor. The cell includes an annular reflecting mirror at the bottom and an annular output window at the top. A neutron reflector is disposed around the cell to reflect escaping neutrons back into the cell. The laser radiation from the annular window is focused onto a beam compactor which generates a single coherent output laser beam. 10 figs.

  19. Progress in solid state dye laser development

    SciTech Connect

    Hermes, R.E.

    1990-01-01

    A triaxial flashlamp (15 cm) was used to optically pump laser rods prepared from an acrylate based copolymer (0.95 cm O.D. {times} 10.0 cm L.). The performance of 13 laser dyes incorporated into this polymeric solid host is reported. The best lasing performance was obtained with sulforhodamine-B, with a calculated slope efficiency of 0.52% and a maximum single pulse output energy of 580 mJ. A commercially available fluorescent polymeric material was also evaluated. 12 refs., 2 figs.

  20. Nuclear pumped laser II

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Deyoung, R. J.; Lee, J. H.; Pinkston, W. T.

    1977-01-01

    The first direct nuclear pumped laser using the He-2-(n,p) H-3 reaction is reported. Lasing took place on the 1.79 microns Ar I transition in a mixture of He-3-Ar at approximately 600 Torr total pressure. It was found that the electrically pulsed afterglow He-Ar laser had the same concentration profile as the nuclear pumped laser. As a result, nuclear lasing was also achieved in He-3-Xe (2.027 micron) and He-3-Kr (2.52 micron). Scaling of laser output with both thermal flux and total pressure as well as minority concentration has been completed. A peak output (He-3-Ar) of 3.7 watts has been achieved at a total pressure of 4 atm. Direct nuclear pumping of He-3-Ne has also been achieved. Nuclear pumping of a He-3-NF3 mixture was attempted, lasing in FI at approximately 7000 A, without success, although the potential lasing transitions appeared in spontaneous emission. Both NF3 and 238UF6 appear to quench spontaneous emission when they constitute more than 1% of the gas mixture.

  1. Gigawatt Picosecond Dye Lasers and Ultrafast Processes in Semiconductor Lasers.

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    Koch, Thomas Lawson

    1982-03-01

    This thesis is a theoretical and experimental investigation of a gigawatt picosecond dye laser oscillator -amplifier system, and the application of that system to the study of ultrafast lasing and carrier dynamics in semiconductor lasers. Beginning with a review of traveling wave rate equations, nonlinear pulse propagation in a generalized two-level amplifying/absorbing medium is discussed. This permits a qualitative treatment of synchronously mode-locked dye lasers. The formalism is then refined to provide a quantitative analysis of picosecond dye laser amplifier chains, including amplified spontaneous emission, saturable absorbers used for amplifier stage isolation, gain saturation with "angular hole-burning" and triplet losses, and linear and nonlinear pulse shaping effects. Experimentally, the construction and operation of a three stage Nd:YAG laser pumped picosecond dye laser amplifier chain is described. Numerical modeling is used to compare the theoretical analysis with the experimental results. In addition, a brief discussion of picosecond time domain measurement techniques is presented, focussing on nonlinear optical methods. This includes a parametric sum frequency upconversion gating technique used extensively in this work to provide linear, picosecond resolution temporal measurements of optical pulses which are synchronized to the dye laser pulses. The output of the picosecond dye laser system is used to optically generate high carrier densities in semiconductor lasers, and the ensuing short pulse lasing dynamics are investigated and compared to the predictions of a simple rate equation analysis. Novel effects are observed in the spectrally resolved temporal measurements of the lasing output from picosecond optically pumped buried heterostructure semiconductor lasers. A model is developed which includes both broad-band stimulated emission as well as many-valley and hot electron effects in the semiconductor, and the model is in close agreement with the observed behavior. The conclusion is drawn that the picosecond lasing dynamics of semiconductor lasers can be understood if the conventional rate equations are abandoned in favor of a more fundamental analysis which includes not just the dynamics of the optical energy exchange in the laser cavity, but the detailed picosecond dynamics of the semiconductor material as well.

  2. Design, modeling, and performance evaluation of a novel dye cell for a high repetition rate dye laser

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    Singh, Nageshwar; Patel, Hemant K.; Dixit, S. K.; Vora, H. S.

    2012-10-01

    In this paper, a new dye cell for transverse pumping was designed, modeled, and its performance in a narrow spectral width dispersive resonator, pumped by a high repetition rate copper vapor laser, was investigated. The scheme essentially involves the profiling of the cubical glass and stainless steel cylindrical surface such that convex-plano contour be present near the optical pumping region. The design is an amalgamation of straight and curved periphery to enhance the dye solution flow stabilities near the dye laser axis. A computational fluid dynamics analysis of the liquid flow through this dye cell has been carried out. The dye laser outputs such as optical average power, spectral width and wavelength stability, tuning range, pulse shape, through this new dye cell was evaluated. The dye laser average power about 30 mW was fairly steady over the observation period of more than an hour. The dye laser short-term (1 min) spectral width was within 0.824 ± 0.075 GHz, while, in a long-term, more than an hour, drifted by about 180 MHz. The dye laser wavelength in short-term fluctuates within ±0.0065 nm whereas in a long-term, more than an hour, drifted by about 0.0105 nm. The dye laser tuning range was 10 nm with a sub GHz spectral width operation. The pulse shape of the dye laser follows the pump laser pulse profile. Thus, the dye laser has demonstrated fairly long-term stability, without the use of either low expansion material or close loop control on the output.

  3. Nuclear pumping of lasers.

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    Russell, G. R.

    1971-01-01

    Summary of the theoretical and experimental work dealing with nuclear lasers that has been completed during the last year (1971), and review of some new work which may help to establish the direction research in this field may take in the future. So far, the most successful experiments have been carried out utilizing nuclear enhancement of electrically excited CO2 lasers. The goal of attaining lasing in gases utilizing nuclear pumping without an applied electric field is much more difficult to achieve but is being pursued. No experimental or theoretical work has been undertaken thus far in the study of the class of lasers where high-energy particles are produced internally in high-temperature multiple ionized plasmas. Some new approaches to high-power nuclear lasers are suggested.

  4. Theoretical studies of solar-pumped lasers

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    Harries, W. L.

    1983-01-01

    Possible types of lasers were surveyed for solar power conversion. The types considered were (1) liquid dye lasers, (2) vapor dye lasers, and (3) nondissociative molecular lasers. These are discussed.

  5. Alexandrite laser pumped by semiconductor lasers

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    Scheps, R.; Gately, B.M.; Myers, J.F. ); Krasinski, J.S. ); Heller, D.F. )

    1990-06-04

    We report the first operation of a direct diode-pumped tunable chromium-doped solid-state laser. A small alexandrite (Cr:BeAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) crystal was longitudinally pumped by two visible laser diodes. The threshold pump power was 12 mW using the {ital R}{sub 1} line at 680.4 nm for the pump transition, and the slope efficiency was 25%. The measured laser output bandwidth was 2.1 nm.

  6. SOLAR PUMPED LASER MICROTHRUSTER

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    Rubenchik, A M; Beach, R; Dawson, J; Siders, C W

    2010-02-05

    The development of microsatellites requires the development of engines to modify their orbit. It is natural to use solar energy to drive such engines. For an unlimited energy source the optimal thruster must use a minimal amount of expendable material to minimize launch costs. This requires the ejected material to have the maximal velocity and, hence, the ejected atoms must be as light as possible and be ejected by as high an energy density source as possible. Such a propulsion can be induced by pulses from an ultra-short laser. The ultra-short laser provides the high-energy concentration and high-ejected velocity. We suggest a microthruster system comprised of an inflatable solar concentrator, a solar panel, and a diode-pumped fiber laser. We will describe the system design and give weight estimates.

  7. Diode pumped solid-state laser oscillators for spectroscopic applications

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    Byer, R. L.; Basu, S.; Fan, T. Y.; Kozlovsky, W. J.; Nabors, C. D.; Nilsson, A.; Huber, G.

    1987-01-01

    The rapid improvement in diode laser pump sources has led to the recent progress in diode laser pumped solid state lasers. To date, electrical efficiencies of greater than 10 percent were demonstrated. As diode laser costs decrease with increased production volume, diode laser and diode laser array pumped solid state lasers will replace the traditional flashlamp pumped Nd:YAG laser sources. The use of laser diode array pumping of slab geometry lasers will allow efficient, high peak and average power solid state laser sources to be developed. Perhaps the greatest impact of diode laser pumped solid state lasers will be in spectroscopic applications of miniature, monolithic devices. Single-stripe diode-pumped operation of a continuous-wave 946 nm Nd:YAG laser with less than 10 m/w threshold was demonstrated. A slope efficiency of 16 percent near threshold was shown with a projected slope efficiency well above a threshold of 34 percent based on results under Rhodamine 6G dye-laser pumping. Nonlinear crystals for second-harmonic generation of this source were evaluated. The KNbO3 and periodically poled LiNbO3 appear to be the most promising.

  8. Random lasers from dye-doped chiral photonic crystal films

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    Huang, Yuhua; Zhou, Ying; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2007-02-01

    We have obtained a dye-doped chiral photonic crystal (PC) film with reflection band gap much wider than its original band gap without dye dopants by using multiple-step fabrication processes. Moreover, the dye-doped chiral PC films using our multiple-step fabrication processes exhibit many oscillations within the broadened reflection band gap. The abrupt change of the optical density of state (DOS) around the oscillations provides the possibility of generating laser emission when the dye-doped chiral PC film is pumped by a pulsed laser with wavelength in the absorption region of the laser dye. Based on this property, we demonstrated random lasers which exhibit different multiple-mode laser wavelength at different spatial positions. Different from the random lasers induced by the scattering mechanism, the random lasers from the dye-doped cholesteric polymer film exhibit Gaussian-like beam shape and specific propagation orientation which is normal to the cholesteric planar surface. It is foreseeable that a high efficiency and high power broadband laser can be generated using cholesteric polymer films.

  9. Linewidth of a high pulse repetition rate (~20 kHz) class dye laser

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    Mishra, G. K.; Kumar, Abhay; Prakash, O.; Biswal, R.; Dixit, S. K.; Nakhe, S. V.

    2016-01-01

    A theory is proposed for estimation of linewidth of an ~20 kHz class dye laser transversally pumped by nanosecond pulse width pump lasers such as frequency doubled Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (λ ~ 532 nm) and copper hydrogen bromide laser (λ ~ 510 nm). The experimental results are explained on the bases of dye solution’s thermal and flow parameters obtained by computational fluid dynamics simulation and the proposed theory. The fusion of experimental investigations, computational fluid dynamics simulation and the proposed theory has led to establishment of an empirical relationship to predict the linewidth of the dye laser.

  10. Dye laser tuning with pellicles.

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    Mumola, P. B.

    1973-01-01

    Thin nitrocellulose membranes (pellicles) are shown to exhibit properties which make them suitable for intracavity tuning elements in high-energy pulsed dye lasers. Uncoated pellicles of 2-micron and 8-micron thickness with surface figures of lambda/1 are shown to closely approximate the properties of low-finesse etalons with wide free spectral ranges. Pellicles of 8-micron thickness, coated on both surfaces with 50% reflectivity multilayer dielectrics, are shown to be effective as spectral narrowing elements with peak transmission greater than 80% and resultant laser linewidths of 0.57 nm full width at half-maximum.

  11. Increased laser action in commercial dyes from fluorination regardless of their skeleton

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    Duran-Sampedro, G.; Agarrabeitia, A. R.; Arbeloa Lopez, T.; Bañuelos, J.; López-Arbeloa, I.; Chiara, J. L.; Garcia-Moreno, I.; Ortiz, M. J.

    2014-11-01

    The direct and simple fluorination of representative organic laser dyes with emission covering the entire visible spectrum, from blue to red, including Coumarin 460, Pyrromethene 546, Rhodamine 6G and Perylene Red, enhances laser efficiencies by a factor up to 1.8 with respect to the corresponding non-fluorinated parent dyes. More importantly, fluorination also significantly enhances the photostability of the dyes, even under drastic laser pumping conditions.

  12. Selective photothermolysis of blood vessels following flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser irradiation: in vivo results and mathematical modelling are in agreement.

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    Babilas, Philipp; Shafirstein, Gal; Bäumler, Wolfgang; Baier, Jürgen; Landthaler, Michael; Szeimies, Rolf-Markus; Abels, Christoph

    2005-08-01

    Laser therapy using the pulsed dye laser is the standard treatment for port-wine stains (PWS). But the mechanism of action has not been elucidated completely, yet. The dorsal skin-fold chamber model in hamsters was used to investigate the effects of laser treatment (lambda(em)=585 nm; pulse duration: 0.45 ms; fluence: 6 J per cm2) on blood vessels. Vessels (n=3394) were marked with FITC dextran (MW 150 kDa) and diameters (2-186 microm) were measured using intravital fluorescence microscopy up to 24 h following irradiation. Histology (H&E, TUNEL, CD31) was taken 1 or 24 h after irradiation. The experimental results were compared with the predictions of a mathematical model based on the finite-element method. Following irradiation treatment the number of unperfused vessels decreases with decreasing vessel diameter in vivo. Histology indicated a restriction of tissue injury to the irradiated area after 1 h. Blood vessels contained aggregated red blood cells. After 24 h tissue damage occurred also outside the irradiated area and thrombus formation was visible. These results were in agreement with the mathematical calculations. In addition to initial physical effects after pulsed dye laser treatment delayed biological processes contribute significantly to the reduction of perfused blood vessels. Because of incomplete photocoagulation of smaller blood vessels (diameter 2-16 microm) a complete bleaching of PWS seems to be unlikely. PMID:16098046

  13. Two-photon pumped lasing dyes and their sol-gel glass/polymer composites

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    Zhao, Chanfeng; He, Guang S.; Bhawalkar, Jayant D.; Park, Chi-Kyun; Prasad, Paras N.

    1996-03-01

    A newly synthesized laser dye, trans-4-[P-(N-ethyl-N-hydroxyethylamino)styryl]- N-methylpyridinium tetraphenylborate (dye I), has high thermal- and photo-stability as well as strong two-photon-induced upconversion emission. Utilizing dye I doped bulk polymer rods, two-photo pumped frequency unconverted cavity lacing has been accomplished using a Q- switched Nd:YAG laser as the pump source. The upconversion lacing efficiency was 3.5%, and the cavity lacing lifetime, in terms of pulse numbers, was more than 4 by 104 pulses at 2 Hz repetition rate. By impregnating these dyes into a silica-gel:polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and Vycor-PMMA composite glasses, two-photon cavity lacing properties have also been studied.

  14. [Analysis on the spectral properties of the stilbene 420 laser dye].

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    Peng, Yu-Feng; Meng, De-Wen; Pan, Xiao-Li; Peng, Fang

    2012-07-01

    Stilbene 420 dye solution was prepared and the laser dye absorption spectrum was measured. Q-switched frequency-doubling Nd : YAG laser was used as the pumping source to realize the stilbene 420 dye laser and fluorescence spectra analysis. Laser spectroscopy reached the strongest peak at 425 nm and full width at half maximun (FWHM) is 1 nm. Spectral range was from 420 nm to 440 nm. Fluorescence spectrum peak was at 428.5 nm. Compared with the strongest peak laser, the wavelength difference was 3.5 nm. The highest dye conversion efficiency was 9.26%. PMID:23016355

  15. New efficient laser dyes for the red region: γ-pyrone derivatives and phenalemines

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    Komlev, I. V.; Mezentseva, G. A.; Ponomareva, O. V.; Reznichenko, A. V.; Savvina, L. P.; Khrolova, O. R.; Petukhov, V. A.; Zhukovsky, K. V.

    1995-08-01

    A number of new fluorescence compounds suitable as efficient laser dyes for the red spectral region have been synthesized and investigated. The new dyes are distinguished by good solubility in common organic solvents and high photostability. The laser effect of the dyes has been studied by the second harmonic of YAG:Nd3+ laser ((lambda) equals 532 nm) as a pump source. Some of the prepared DCM derivatives and pyridine analogues are efficient laser dyes. Two compounds from a new class of phenalemines possessing good photostability and excellent laser characteristics for the 600-690 nm spectral region are reported for the first time.

  16. Triplet-extinction coefficients of some laser dyes. 1

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    Pavlopoulos, T.G.; Golich, D.J.

    1989-03-01

    For flashlamp-pumped dye lasers, the negative effect of triplet-state losses on laser action efficiency is well known. Oscilloscope traces of laser pulses showed that laser action diminishes much sooner than the flashlamp excitation pulse. This effect was attributed to the buildup of triplet-state dye molecules during the excitation from the flashlamp pulse. Triplet-extinction coefficients epsilon(T) were measured over the laser-action spectral region of Rhodamine 6G; Rhodamine B; Rhodamine 110; Fluorol-7GA; Coumarin 540A; Coumarin 522; Coumarin 1; Coumarin 120; 4,4'-diphenyl stilbene; and 2,7-bis(4-methoxy-phenyl)-9,9-dipropylfluorene. The different lines from an argon-ion cw laser were employed for excitation. McClure's method was used to obtain the triplet extinction coefficients Epsilon(T). The method requires the measurement of triplet optical densities OD(T) as a function of different cw laser-excitation intensities (powers) I(ex). The importance of triplet-state losses on dye-laser efficiency is reviewed. The laser action properties of the laser dyes studied are briefly discussed as they relate to the measured epsilon=(T) values.

  17. Laser-dye synthesis - Group C compounds. Final report

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    Grubbs, E.J.

    1988-01-01

    This report describes progress on the syntheses of a number of new potential laser dyes. The goal is to generate new structures allowing the upscaling of flashlamp-pumped dye lasers to high energies. These systems ideally should show a lower laser-action threshold, operate with high efficiencies, and exhibit greater photochemical stabilities than do those presently available. Pavlopoulos has proposed a) that the parent aromatic chromophores be substituted by auxochromic groups such as hydroxy, alkoxy, and dialkylamino, and b) that improvement should result by restricting the chromophore and auxochromic group to coplanarity. This should reduce intersystem crossing and thus improve the quantum-fluorescence yield. The potential dye lasers described below are designed to meet these objectives.

  18. Simple tunable dye laser using a dielectric multilayer filter

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    Nomura, A.; Shimomura, Y.; Saito, Y.; Kano, T.

    1982-04-01

    We describe a nitrogen laser pumped dye laser tuned by a dielectric multilayer filter. The construction is simple and the adjustment of tuning is easy. It is found that the tuning is possible over a range of 10 nm from 445 to 455 nm in alcoholic solutions of coumarin 1, that the linewidth (0.8 nm) is independent of the filter tilt angle, and that the output intensity is remarkably flat over this tuning range.

  19. High-efficiency pyrromethene doped solid-state dye lasers

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    Hermes, R.E. ); Allik, T.H.; Chandra, S. ); Hutchinson, J.A. )

    1993-08-16

    Successful laser oscillation of various pyrromethene dyes doped in a modified acrylic plastic has been achieved. Pumped with a frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm, a slope efficiency of 85% has been obtained from one of the dyes in plastic, with an output beam energy of 128 mJ. A useful lifetime of greater than 20 000 shots at 3.33 Hz with output energies above 30 mJ has been demonstrated, with only a 34% loss in the available output energy.

  20. Polymeric-host sulforhodamine-B lasers - Doubled Nd:YAG pumped

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    Gettemy, D. J.; Hermes, R. E.; Barnes, N. P.

    1991-01-01

    Solid-state dye lasers, pumped by a doubled Nd:YAG laser, were evaluated as a function of concentration, output coupler reflectivity and oscillator dimensions. A slope efficiency of up to 62 pct was achieved. A maximum irradiance of 59 MW/sq cm to the dye laser cavity was achieved.

  1. Laser diode pumped solid state laser

    SciTech Connect

    Baer, T.M.; Keirstead, M.S.

    1987-04-07

    This patent describes a high-efficiency, laser diode pumped array, frequency doubled, compact solid state laser, comprising: a rare earth doped birefringent solid laser rod selected from the group consisting of Nd:YLF, Nd:YALO having a front end and a back end, the rod producing a polarized output beam; a housing with means holding the laser rod in fixed position in the housing with its front end forward; a laser array having a predetermined wavelength pumping the laser rod, having a output frequency sufficiently matched to the laser rod to pump the laser rod, secured in the housing behind and in optical alignment with the rod; laser cavity means defining a laser cavity mounted in the housing with the laser rod positioned within the cavity, the laser cavity means further including within the cavity an output coupler means; a frequency doubler, positioned to receive a suitably polarized output beam from the laser rod and to halve its wavelength and double its frequency; a polarization means for polarizing the output beam of the laser rod and substantially maintaining a polarization which optimizes frequency doubling at the frequency doubler and means for matching a focused image of the laser diode with a lasing volume of the laser cavity.

  2. Multichromatic operations in cw dye lasers

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    Fu, H.; Haken, H.

    1988-06-20

    A series of stable multichromatic solutions are presented explicitly on the basis of a band model for cw dye laser. The results explain recent experimental observations of bichromatic operation in cw dye lasers and predict still higher-order multichromatic steady states.

  3. Self-pulsing in a band model for dye lasers

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    Fu, H.; Haken, H. )

    1990-10-01

    We study the self-pulsing stemming from the Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken-type multimode instability in the dye laser described by a band model. Analytical self-pulsing solutions for arbitrary pumping are presented. A distinct feature of the pulsation is that it corresponds to a very low pumping threshold and the required cavity-mode condition can be satisfied in a conventional ring dye laser. Another distinct feature is that the phase velocity of the pulsation may be smaller than the light velocity in the medium. The simple rule, which tells us whether the pulsation is a super- or subcritical one and was found for the two-level model in a previous paper, has been extended to the band model. The results are relevant for experimental investigation of the Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken-type multimode instabilities, which are intrinsic to multimode lasers, but have not yet been identified in experiment.

  4. Photonics of laser-excited symmetric cationic polymethine dyes

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    Svetlichnyi, Valerii A; Maier, G V; Lapin, I N; Kopylova, T N; Derevyanko, Nadezhda A; Ishchenko, Aleksandr A

    2007-02-28

    Efficient lasing is obtained in the visible and near-IR spectral regions in solutions of symmetric polymethine dyes of the indolenine series (indocyanines) pumped by the second harmonic of a Nd{sup 3+}:YAG laser at 532 nm and an exciplex XeCl* laser at 308 nm into the first (long-wavelength) and higher-lying electronic absorption bands. The quantum lasing efficiency upon UV excitation achieves 37%. It is shown that these dyes can also limit the radiation power of these lasers. Polymethine dyes limit especially efficiently the second-harmonic power, their attenuation factor for the radiation power density of 100 MW cm{sup -2} achieving 14. The nanosecond flash-photolysis study of transient absorption spectra showed that the radiation power is limited by the mechanism of reverse saturated singlet-singlet absorption. It is established that the limiting ability of polymethines strongly depends on their structure. (active media)

  5. A binary solvent of water and propanol for use in high-average power dye lasers

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    Ray, A. K.; Sinha, S.; Kundu, S.; Kumar, S.; Dasgupta, K.

    2007-05-01

    Water is an inherently safe solvent for laser dyes and posses far better photo thermal characteristics in comparison to the commonly used organic solvents in dye lasers. However, water solution of dye needs a suitable deaggregating additive to suppress non-radiative dimers and to achieve similar laser efficiency. We have carried out systematic studies on comparative performances of dye lasers, pumped by low-repetition-rate Nd-YAG, as well as high-repetition-rate copper vapour lasers using Rhodamine 6G dye solutions in ethanol and various binary solvents of water. Among different additives in water, for the first time, the results of our studies on the application of water solvent in dye lasers could clearly establish that binary solvent comprising of normal or heavy water and about 18% to 25% n-propanol has produced similar efficiency, better photochemical stability and superior thermo-optic properties than ethanol solvent in high-repetition rate oscillator-amplifier operation.

  6. High brightness diode-pumped organic solid-state laser

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    Zhao, Zhuang; Mhibik, Oussama; Nafa, Malik; Chénais, Sébastien; Forget, Sébastien

    2015-02-02

    High-power, diffraction-limited organic solid-state laser operation has been achieved in a vertical external cavity surface-emitting organic laser (VECSOL), pumped by a low-cost compact blue laser diode. The diode-pumped VECSOLs were demonstrated with various dyes in a polymer matrix, leading to laser emissions from 540 nm to 660 nm. Optimization of both the pump pulse duration and output coupling leads to a pump slope efficiency of 11% for a DCM based VECSOLs. We report output pulse energy up to 280 nJ with 100 ns long pump pulses, leading to a peak power of 3.5 W in a circularly symmetric, diffraction-limited beam.

  7. Theoretical studies of solar pumped lasers

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    Harries, Wynford L.

    1990-01-01

    One concept for collecting solar energy is to use large solar collectors and then use lasers as energy converters whose output beams act as transmission lines to deliver the energy to a destination. The efficiency of the process would be improved if the conversion could be done directly using solar pumped lasers, and the possibility of making such lasers is studied. There are many applications for such lasers, and these are examined. By including the applications first, the requirements for the lasers will be more evident. They are especially applicable to the Space program, and include cases where no other methods of delivering power seem possible. Using the lasers for conveying information and surveillance is also discussed. Many difficulties confront the designer of an efficient system for power conversion. These involve the nature of the solar spectrum, the method of absorbing the energy, the transfer of power into laser beams, and finally, the far field patterns of the beams. The requirements of the lasers are discussed. Specific laser configurations are discussed. The thrust is into gas laser systems, because for space applications, the laser could be large, and also the medium would be uniform and not subject to thermal stresses. Dye and solid lasers are treated briefly. For gas lasers, a chart of the various possibilities is shown, and the various families of gas lasers divided according to the mechanisms of absorbing solar radiation and of lasing. Several specific models are analyzed and evaluated. Overall conclusions for the program are summarized, and the performances of the lasers related to the requirements of various applications.

  8. Multiline distributed feedback dye laser endorses Wien's displacement law

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    Khan, N.; Abas, N.; Kalair, A.

    2016-04-01

    Peak spectral intensity shifting in a distributed feedback dye laser (DFDL) supporting multiple lines in 550 to 570 nm range is reported. A 3 mM solution of Rh6G in ethanol is pumped with a complex interference pattern of multiple Q-switched and mode-locked frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser pulses for obtaining numerous discrete laser lines to study the impact of temperature buildup on resonant frequency shifting characteristics. Multiple pulses pumped DFDL are operated at five and nine wavelengths in two separate arrangements and spectra recorded without changing exciting pulses intensities and angles. Higher intensity lines are found to shift during operation from longer to shorter wavelengths due to gradual temperature rise in the dye solution. Laser lines associated with relatively higher intensities shift from lower to higher frequency parts of emission spectrum due to accumulative temperature rise. This temperature-dependent peak intensity drift occurrence becomes faster by reducing the pumping laser interpulse periods. This paper reports gradual heat accumulation stipulated spectral intensity shifts of laser lines in multiline DFDL, which appears to be compliant with Wien's displacement law.

  9. Technology and engineering aspects of high power pulsed single longitudinal mode dye lasers

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    Rawat, V. S.; Mukherjee, Jaya; Gantayet, L. M.

    2015-09-01

    Tunable single mode pulsed dye lasers are capable of generating optical radiations in the visible range having very small bandwidths (transform limited), high average power (a few kW) at a high pulse repetition rate (a few tens of kHz), small beam divergence and relatively higher efficiencies. These dye lasers are generally utilized laser dyes dissolved in solvents such as water, heavy water, ethanol, methanol, etc. to provide a rapidly flowing gain medium. The dye laser is a versatile tool, which can lase either in the continuous wave (CW) or in the pulsed mode with pulse duration as small as a few tens of femtoseconds. In this review, we have examined the several cavity designs, various types of gain mediums and numerous types of dye cell geometries for obtaining the single longitudinal mode pulsed dye laser. Different types of cavity configuration, such as very short cavity, short cavity with frequency selective element and relatively longer cavity with multiple frequency selective elements were reviewed. These single mode lasers have been pumped by all kinds of pumping sources such as flash lamps, Excimer, Nitrogen, Ruby, Nd:YAG, Copper Bromide and Copper Vapor Lasers. The single mode dye lasers are either pumped transversely or longitudinally to the resonator axis. The pulse repletion rate of these pump lasers were ranging from a few Hz to a few tens of kHz. Physics technology and engineering aspects of tuning mechanism, mode hop free scanning and dye cell designs are also presented in this review. Tuning of a single mode dye laser with a resolution of a few MHz per step is a technologically challenging task, which is discussed here.

  10. Selective Emitter Pumped Rare Earth Laser

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    Chubb, Donald L. (Inventor); Patton, Martin O. (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A selective emitter pumped rare earth laser provides an additional type of laser for use in many laser applications. Rare earth doped lasers exist which are pumped with flashtubes or laser diodes. The invention uses a rare earth emitter to transform thermal energy input to a spectral band matching the absorption band of a rare earth in the laser in order to produce lasing.

  11. Transverse pumped laser amplifier architecture

    DOEpatents

    Bayramian, Andrew James; Manes, Kenneth; Deri, Robert; Erlandson, Al; Caird, John; Spaeth, Mary

    2013-07-09

    An optical gain architecture includes a pump source and a pump aperture. The architecture also includes a gain region including a gain element operable to amplify light at a laser wavelength. The gain region is characterized by a first side intersecting an optical path, a second side opposing the first side, a third side adjacent the first and second sides, and a fourth side opposing the third side. The architecture further includes a dichroic section disposed between the pump aperture and the first side of the gain region. The dichroic section is characterized by low reflectance at a pump wavelength and high reflectance at the laser wavelength. The architecture additionally includes a first cladding section proximate to the third side of the gain region and a second cladding section proximate to the fourth side of the gain region.

  12. Transverse pumped laser amplifier architecture

    DOEpatents

    Bayramian, Andrew James; Manes, Kenneth R.; Deri, Robert; Erlandson, Alvin; Caird, John; Spaeth, Mary L.

    2015-05-19

    An optical gain architecture includes a pump source and a pump aperture. The architecture also includes a gain region including a gain element operable to amplify light at a laser wavelength. The gain region is characterized by a first side intersecting an optical path, a second side opposing the first side, a third side adjacent the first and second sides, and a fourth side opposing the third side. The architecture further includes a dichroic section disposed between the pump aperture and the first side of the gain region. The dichroic section is characterized by low reflectance at a pump wavelength and high reflectance at the laser wavelength. The architecture additionally includes a first cladding section proximate to the third side of the gain region and a second cladding section proximate to the fourth side of the gain region.

  13. A laser induced cavitation pump

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    Wang, G. R.; Santiago, J. G.; Mungal, M. G.; Young, B.; Papademetriou, S.

    2004-07-01

    We demonstrate and discuss a liquid pumping effect based on the interaction between periodically generated cavitation microbubbles and a millimeter diameter tube. The bubbles are generated by the heat of laser adsorption at the tip of an optical fiber immersed in liquid. When the bubbles are generated well away from the tube, a steady streaming flow with a relatively large and energetic ring vortex is observed. Coaxial placement of the fiber within the tube, with the fiber tip near one end of the tube, results in relatively weak pumping of liquid. In contrast, placement of the fiber outside the tube with a similar fiber tip position results in a synergetic and strong pumping effect. This paper presents quantitative measures of pumping performance as a function of relevant parameters including the axial fiber tip position, fiber orientation and laser duty cycle.

  14. New laser materials for laser diode pumping

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    Jenssen, H. P.

    1990-01-01

    The potential advantages of laser diode pumped solid state lasers are many with high overall efficiency being the most important. In order to realize these advantages, the solid state laser material needs to be optimized for diode laser pumping and for the particular application. In the case of the Nd laser, materials with a longer upper level radiative lifetime are desirable. This is because the laser diode is fundamentally a cw source, and to obtain high energy storage, a long integration time is necessary. Fluoride crystals are investigated as host materials for the Nd laser and also for IR laser transitions in other rare earths, such as the 2 micron Ho laser and the 3 micron Er laser. The approach is to investigate both known crystals, such as BaY2F8, as well as new crystals such as NaYF8. Emphasis is on the growth and spectroscopy of BaY2F8. These two efforts are parallel efforts. The growth effort is aimed at establishing conditions for obtaining large, high quality boules for laser samples. This requires numerous experimental growth runs; however, from these runs, samples suitable for spectroscopy become available.

  15. Electron beam pumped semiconductor laser

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    Hug, William F. (Inventor); Reid, Ray D. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    Electron-beam-pumped semiconductor ultra-violet optical sources (ESUVOSs) are disclosed that use ballistic electron pumped wide bandgap semiconductor materials. The sources may produce incoherent radiation and take the form of electron-beam-pumped light emitting triodes (ELETs). The sources may produce coherent radiation and take the form of electron-beam-pumped laser triodes (ELTs). The ELTs may take the form of electron-beam-pumped vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (EVCSEL) or edge emitting electron-beam-pumped lasers (EEELs). The semiconductor medium may take the form of an aluminum gallium nitride alloy that has a mole fraction of aluminum selected to give a desired emission wavelength, diamond, or diamond-like carbon (DLC). The sources may be produced from discrete components that are assembled after their individual formation or they may be produced using batch MEMS-type or semiconductor-type processing techniques to build them up in a whole or partial monolithic manner, or combination thereof.

  16. An electrically pumped polariton laser.

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    Schneider, Christian; Rahimi-Iman, Arash; Kim, Na Young; Fischer, Julian; Savenko, Ivan G; Amthor, Matthias; Lermer, Matthias; Wolf, Adriana; Worschech, Lukas; Kulakovskii, Vladimir D; Shelykh, Ivan A; Kamp, Martin; Reitzenstein, Stephan; Forchel, Alfred; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa; Höfling, Sven

    2013-05-16

    Conventional semiconductor laser emission relies on stimulated emission of photons, which sets stringent requirements on the minimum amount of energy necessary for its operation. In comparison, exciton-polaritons in strongly coupled quantum well microcavities can undergo stimulated scattering that promises more energy-efficient generation of coherent light by 'polariton lasers'. Polariton laser operation has been demonstrated in optically pumped semiconductor microcavities at temperatures up to room temperature, and such lasers can outperform their weak-coupling counterparts in that they have a lower threshold density. Even though polariton diodes have been realized, electrically pumped polariton laser operation, which is essential for practical applications, has not been achieved until now. Here we present an electrically pumped polariton laser based on a microcavity containing multiple quantum wells. To prove polariton laser emission unambiguously, we apply a magnetic field and probe the hybrid light-matter nature of the polaritons. Our results represent an important step towards the practical implementation of polaritonic light sources and electrically injected condensates, and can be extended to room-temperature operation using wide-bandgap materials. PMID:23676752

  17. Effects of pump modulation on a four-level laser amplifier

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    Chakmakjian, S.H.; Koch, K.; Papademetriou, S.; Stroud, C.R. Jr.

    1989-01-01

    A theory is developed to describe the way in which modulations in the pump intensity produce modulations in the gain of a four-level, homogeneously broadened laser amplifier. The theory is tested by carrying out an experiment using an alexandrite crystal pumped by a c-w dye laser. A second dye laser is used to measure the gain in the inverted laser transition. The dependence of the magnitude and the bandwidth of the gain on the pumping rate is determined. Agreement between theory and experiment is good.

  18. Effects of pump modulation on a four-level laser amplifier

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    Chakmakjian, S.H.; Koch, K.; Papademetriou, S.; Stroud, C.R. Jr. )

    1989-09-01

    A theory is developed to describe the way in which modulations in the pump intensity produce modulations in the gain of a four-level, homogeneously broadened laser amplifier. The theory is tested by carrying out an experiment using an alexandrite crystal pumped by a cw dye laser. A second dye laser is used to measure the gain in the inverted laser transition. The dependence of the magnitude and the bandwidth of the gain on the pumping rate is determined. Agreement between theory and experiment is good.

  19. Compact and highly efficient laser pump cavity

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    Chang, Jim J.; Bass, Isaac L.; Zapata, Luis E.

    1999-01-01

    A new, compact, side-pumped laser pump cavity design which uses non-conventional optics for injection of laser-diode light into a laser pump chamber includes a plurality of elongated light concentration channels. In one embodiment, the light concentration channels are compound parabolic concentrators (CPC) which have very small exit apertures so that light will not escape from the pumping chamber and will be multiply reflected through the laser rod. This new design effectively traps the pump radiation inside the pump chamber that encloses the laser rod. It enables more uniform laser pumping and highly effective recycle of pump radiation, leading to significantly improved laser performance. This new design also effectively widens the acceptable radiation wavelength of the diodes, resulting in a more reliable laser performance with lower cost.

  20. Approximate analytic solutions for the optical pumping of fluorescent dyes

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    Lawandy, N. M.

    1978-01-01

    A general technique for solving a system of rate equations describing the interaction of an electromagnetic field and a molecular system is presented. The method is used to obtain approximate time-dependent solutions for the upper-level population of fluorescent dyes in the presence of a pump field.

  1. Raman-shifted dye laser for water vapor DIAL measurements

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    Grossmann, B. E.; Singh, U. N.; Cotnoir, L. J.; Wilkerson, T. D.; Higdon, N. S.; Browell, E. V.

    1987-01-01

    For improved DIAL measurements of water vapor in the upper troposphere or lower stratosphere, narrowband (about 0.03/cm) laser radiation at 720- and 940-nm wavelengths was generated by stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), using the narrow linewidth (about 0.02/cm) output of a Nd:YAG-pumped dye laser. For a hydrogen pressure of 350 psi, the first Stokes conversion efficiencies to 940 nm were 20 percent and 35 percent, when using a conventional and waveguide Raman cell, respectively. The linewidth of the first Stokes line at high cell pressures, and the inferred collisional broadening coefficients, agree well with those previously measured in spontaneous Raman scattering.

  2. Dye laser remote sensing of marine plankton

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    Mumola, P. B.; Jarrett, O., Jr.; Brown, C. A., Jr.

    1973-01-01

    Dye laser, emitting four wavelengths sequentially in time, has been incorporated into helicopter-borne lidar flight package, for performing studies of laser-induced fluorescence of chlorophyll A in algae. Data obtained by multicolor lidar technique can provide water-resource management with rapid-access wide-area coverage of the impact of various environmental factors for any body of water.

  3. LASERS: Influence of absorption from excited singlet states on the lasing parameters of polymethine dyes

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    Svetlichnyi, Valerii A.; Bazyl', O. K.; Kashapova, E. R.; Derevyanko, Nadezhda A.; Ishchenko, Aleksandr A.

    2009-08-01

    The influence of absorption from excited singlet states (singlet—singlet absorption) on the lasing parameters of ionic (symmetric and asymmetric cationic) and intraionic (merocyanine) polymethine dyes excited by nanosecond 532-nm second-harmonic pulses from a Nd:YAG laser and 308-nm pulses from a XeCl laser is studied. It is shown that singlet—singlet absorption at the pump and lasing wavelengths affects the spectral and energy lasing parameters of organic dye solutions.

  4. Fusion pumped laser

    DOEpatents

    Pappas, D.S.

    1987-07-31

    The apparatus of this invention may comprise a system for generating laser radiation from a high-energy neutron source. The neutron source is a tokamak fusion reactor generating a long pulse of high-energy neutrons and having a temperature and magnetic field effective to generate a neutron flux of at least 10/sup 15/ neutrons/cm/sup 2//center dot/s. Conversion means are provided adjacent the fusion reactor at a location operable for converting the high-energy neutrons to an energy source with an intensity and energy effective to excite a preselected lasing medium. A lasing medium is spaced about and responsive to the energy source to generate a population inversion effective to support laser oscillations for generating output radiation. 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  5. Fusion pumped laser

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    Pappas, Daniel S.

    1989-01-01

    Apparatus is provided for generating energy in the form of laser radiation. A tokamak fusion reactor is provided for generating a long, or continuous, pulse of high-energy neutrons. The tokamak design provides a temperature and a magnetic field which is effective to generate a neutron flux of at least 10.sup.15 neutrons/cm.sup.2.s. A conversion medium receives neutrons from the tokamak and converts the high-energy neutrons to an energy source with an intensity and an energy effective to excite a preselected lasing medium. The energy source typically comprises fission fragments, alpha particles, and radiation from a fission event. A lasing medium is provided which is responsive to the energy source to generate a population inversion which is effective to support laser oscillations for generating output radiation.

  6. Diffusion driven optofluidic dye lasers encapsulated into polymer chips.

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    Wienhold, Tobias; Breithaupt, Felix; Vannahme, Christoph; Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Dörfler, Willy; Kristensen, Anders; Mappes, Timo

    2012-10-01

    Lab-on-a-chip systems made of polymers are promising for the integration of active optical elements, enabling e.g. on-chip excitation of fluorescent markers or spectroscopy. In this work we present diffusion operation of tunable optofluidic dye lasers in a polymer foil. We demonstrate that these first order distributed feedback lasers can be operated for more than 90 min at a pulse repetition rate of 2 Hz without fluidic pumping. Ultra-high output pulse energies of more than 10 μJ and laser thresholds of 2 μJ are achieved for resonator lengths of 3 mm. By introducing comparatively large on-chip dye solution reservoirs, the required exchange of dye molecules is accomplished solely by diffusion. Polymer chips the size of a microscope cover slip (18 × 18 mm(2)) were fabricated in batches on a wafer using a commercially available polymer (TOPAS(®) Cyclic Olefin Copolymer). Thermal imprinting of micro- and nanoscale structures into 100 μm foils simultaneously defines photonic resonators, liquid-core waveguides, and fluidic reservoirs. Subsequently, the fluidic structures are sealed with another 220 μm foil by thermal bonding. Tunability of laser output wavelengths over a spectral range of 24 nm on a single chip is accomplished by varying the laser grating period in steps of 2 nm. Low-cost manufacturing suitable for mass production, wide laser tunability, ultra-high output pulse energies, and long operation times without external fluidic pumping make these on-chip lasers suitable for a wide range of lab-on-a-chip applications, e.g. on-chip spectroscopy, biosensing, excitation of fluorescent markers, or surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). PMID:22820609

  7. Improving dye laser efficiency with uv absorbers and wavelength shifters. Final report

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    Matheson, K L; Thorne, J M

    1981-01-01

    The nonuniform heating in flashlamp pumped dye lasers forms refractive index gradients in the dye solution. These gradients distort the wavefront of the laser beam resulting in limited output power, limited pulse repetition rate, and limited attainable linewidth. The theorectical bases for using uv absorbers and wavelength shifters to eliminate light of detrimental wavelengths and thereby improve dye laser efficiency are described, and the results of experiments for evaluating 12 uv absorbers and 12 wavelength filters for use as possible pump light filters are presented. These experiments showed that the appropriate uv absorber or wavelength shifter to be used with a given laser dye is based on the absorption spectrum of the dye. If a uv absorber is needed, then the compound should be chosen so that its long wavelength absorption peak is just to the short wavelength side of the absorption peaks of the laser dye. If a wavelength shifter is needed, then the compound should be chosen so that there is maximum overlap between the fluorescence spectrum of the shifter and the absorption spectrum of the dye. Tabulated data are presented which can be used to selected protectors and shifters for specific dyes. (LCL)

  8. Biscoumarins: New laser dyes in Coumarin series

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    Padhye, M.R.; Varadarajan, T.S.; Deshpande, A.V.

    1984-06-01

    With a view to extend the tunability range using new derivatives in the coumarin series of dyes, a novel series have been synthesized, viz. the biscoumarins where two coumarin nuclei are coupled. These are studied for their lasing characteristics, optical spectra and quantum efficiencies. Laser spectra of these dyes in various solvents are also studied. Tunability range of these dyes have been found to cover blue green region of the spectrum and though there is shift to longer wavelength as compared to monocoumarins, extending the tunability range, it is not as much as would be normally expected with extended conjugation involving two coumarin nuclei.

  9. Dye laser amplifier including a dye cell contained within a support vessel

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    Davin, J.

    1992-12-01

    A large (high flow rate) dye laser amplifier in which a continuous replenished supply of dye is excited by a first light beam, specifically a copper vapor laser beam, in order to amplify the intensity of a second different light beam, specifically a dye beam, passing through the dye is disclosed herein. This amplifier includes a dye cell defining a dye chamber through which a continuous stream of dye is caused to pass at a flow rate of greater than 30 gallons/minute at a static pressure greater than 150 pounds/square inch and a specifically designed support vessel for containing the dye cell. 6 figs.

  10. Diode-pumped laser altimeter

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    Welford, D.; Isyanova, Y.

    1993-01-01

    TEM(sub 00)-mode output energies up to 22.5 mJ with 23 percent slope efficiencies were generated at 1.064 microns in a diode-laser pumped Nd:YAG laser using a transverse-pumping geometry. 1.32-micron performance was equally impressive at 10.2 mJ output energy with 15 percent slope efficiency. The same pumping geometry was successfully carried forward to several complex Q-switched laser resonator designs with no noticeable degradation of beam quality. Output beam profiles were consistently shown to have greater than 90 percent correlation with the ideal TEM(sub 00)-order Gaussian profile. A comparison study on pulse-reflection-mode (PRM), pulse-transmission-mode (PTM), and passive Q-switching techniques was undertaken. The PRM Q-switched laser generated 8.3 mJ pulses with durations as short as 10 ns. The PTM Q-switch laser generated 5 mJ pulses with durations as short as 5 ns. The passively Q-switched laser generated 5 mJ pulses with durations as short as 2.4 ns. Frequency doubling of both 1.064 microns and 1.32 microns with conversion efficiencies of 56 percent in lithium triborate and 10 percent in rubidium titanyl arsenate, respectively, was shown. Sum-frequency generation of the 1.064 microns and 1.32 microns radiations was demonstrated in KTP to generate 1.1 mJ of 0.589 micron output with 11.5 percent conversion efficiency.

  11. Far-red polyurethane-host solid-state dye laser

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    Nikolaev, S V; Pozhar, V V; Dzyubenko, M I; Doroshenko, A O

    2009-09-30

    The output energy and emission spectrum of a solid-state dye laser using Oxazine 1 in polyurethane as the gain medium have been measured. Under microsecond pumping, efficient lasing has been obtained in the range 700-745 nm. The highest conversion efficiency and output energy achieved are 23% and 127 mJ, respectively. (lasers)

  12. Spectroscopic properties and amplified spontaneous emission of fluorescein laser dye in ionic liquids as green media

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    AL-Aqmar, Dalal M.; Abdelkader, H. I.; Abou Kana, Maram T. H.

    2015-09-01

    The use of ionic liquids (ILs) as milieu materials for laser dyes is a promising field and quite competitive with volatile organic solvents and solid state-dye laser systems. This paper investigates some photo-physical parameters of fluorescein dye incorporated into ionic liquids; 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMIM Cl), 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrachloroaluminate (BMIM AlCl4) and 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BMIM BF4) as promising host matrix in addition to ethanol as reference. These parameters are: absorption and emission cross-sections, fluorescence lifetime and quantum yield, in addition to the transition dipole moment, the attenuation length and oscillator strength were also investigated. Lasing characteristics such as amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), the gain, and the photostability of fluorescein laser dye dissolved in different host materials were assessed. The composition and properties of the matrix of ILs were found that it has great interest in optimizing the laser performance and photostability of the investigated laser dye. Under transverse pumping of fluorescein dye by blue laser diode (450 nm) of (400 mW), the initial ASE for dye dissolved in BMIM AlCl4 and ethanol were decreased to 39% and 36% respectively as time progressed 132 min. Relatively high efficiency and high fluorescence quantum yield (11.8% and 0.82% respectively) were obtained with good photostability in case of fluorescein in BMIM BF4 that was decreased to ∼56% of the initial ASE after continuously pumping with 400 mW for 132 min.

  13. Volumetric direct nuclear pumped laser

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    Jalufka, N. W.; Hohl, F.; Deyoung, R. J.; Williams, M. D. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    A volumetric direct nuclear pumped laser was developed in which the gas is a mixture of He-3 and a minority gas from the group of argon, krypton, xenon, chlorine and fluorine. The mixture of He-3 and the minority gas produces lasing with a minority gas concentration of from 0.01 to 10 percent argon, 1 percent krypton, 0.01 to 5 percent xenon and small concentrations of chlorine or fluorine.

  14. Blackbody-pumped CO2 laser experiment

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    Christiansen, W. H.; Insuik, R. J.

    1983-01-01

    Thermal radiation from a high temperature oven was used as an optical pump to achieve lasing from CO2 mixtures. Laser output as a function of blackbody temperature and gas conditions is described. This achievement represents the first blackbody cavity pumped laser and has potential for solar pumping. Previously announced in STAR as N83-10420

  15. Blackbody-pumped CO2 laser experiment

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    Christiansen, W. H.; Insuik, R. J.

    1983-07-01

    Thermal radiation from a high temperature oven was used as an optical pump to achieve lasing from CO2 mixtures. Laser output as a function of blackbody temperature and gas conditions is described. This achievement represents the first blackbody cavity pumped laser and has potential for solar pumping. Previously announced in STAR as N83-10420

  16. Plasmonic enhancement of Rhodamine dye random lasers

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    Ismail, Wan Zakiah Wan; Vo, Thanh Phong; Goldys, Ewa M.; Dawes, Judith M.

    2015-08-01

    We demonstrate improved characteristics in Rhodamine dye random lasers with the addition of gold nanoparticles. As a result of the strong plasmonic enhancement induced by gold nanoparticles, Rhodamine 640/gold random lasers have less than half the lasing threshold compared with Rhodamine 640/alumina random lasers in the weakly scattering regime for 10-3 M dye concentration. The optimum concentration of gold nanoparticles occurs at ~8  ×  1010 cm-3, close to the transition between the weakly scattering and diffusive regimes. Rhodamine 640 has a better performance compared with Rhodamine 6G which is attributed to the greater spectral overlap of the Rhodamine 6G fluorescence spectrum with the plasmon resonance of gold, leading to an increased energy transfer and fluorescence quenching for Rhodamine 6G by gold. We also observe the contrasting trends of lasing threshold between random dye lasers incorporating dielectric and metal nanoparticles in the diffusive scattering regime. The effects of gold nanoparticles in random dye lasers are discussed in the context of the tradeoff between local field enhancement and fluorescence quenching.

  17. Single-mode operation of a standing wave miniature Nd laser pumped by laser diodes

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    Scheps, Richard; Heller, Donald F.

    1989-12-01

    Single-longitudinal-mode operation is reported for miniature Nd:YAG and Nd:BEL standing wave resonators. The best performance obtained was 18 mW with laser diode pumping and 31 mW with dye laser pumping. The miniature lasers were also operated multimode at power levels as high as 470 mW. A completely integrated, miniature Nd:BEL laser was constructed and is described. Results for several different resonator configurations are compared and it is concluded that the threshold pump power for multimode oscillation in each is consistent with an earlier observation that energy diffusion increases with absorbed pump power density. Thes allows single frequency oscillation to be obtained at high excitation rates with axially extended cavities.

  18. Lasers from fission. [nuclear pumping feasibility experiments

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    Schneider, R. T.; Thom, K.; Helmick, H. H.

    1975-01-01

    The feasibility of the nuclear pumping of lasers was demonstrated in three experiments conducted independently at three different laboratories. In this context nuclear pumping of lasers is understood to be the excitation of a laser by the kinetic energy of the fission fragments only. A description is given of research concerned with the use of nuclear energy for the excitation of gas lasers. Experimental work was supplemented by theoretical research. Attention is given to a nuclear pumped He-Xe laser, a nuclear pumped CO laser, and a neon-nitrogen laser pumped by alpha particles. Studies involving uranium hexafluoride admixture to laser media are discussed along with research on uranium hexafluoride-fueled reactors.

  19. Lasant Materials for Blackbody-Pumped Lasers

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    Deyoung, R. J. (Editor); Chen, K. Y. (Editor)

    1985-01-01

    Blackbody-pumped solar lasers are proposed to convert sunlight into laser power to provide future space power and propulsion needs. There are two classes of blackbody-pumped lasers. The direct cavity-pumped system in which the lasant molecule is vibrationally excited by the absorption of blackbody radiation and laser, all within the blackbody cavity. The other system is the transfer blackbody-pumped laser in which an absorbing molecule is first excited within the blackbody cavity, then transferred into a laser cavity when an appropriate lasant molecule is mixed. Collisional transfer of vibrational excitation from the absorbing to the lasing molecule results in laser emission. A workshop was held at NASA Langley Research Center to investigate new lasant materials for both of these blackbody systems. Emphasis was placed on the physics of molecular systems which would be appropriate for blackbody-pumped lasers.

  20. Intracavity absorption with a continuous wave dye laser - Quantification for a narrowband absorber

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    Brobst, William D.; Allen, John E., Jr.

    1987-01-01

    An experimental investigation of the dependence of intracavity absorption on factors including transition strength, concentration, absorber path length, and pump power is presented for a CW dye laser with a narrow-band absorber (NO2). A Beer-Lambert type relationship is found over a small but useful range of these parameters. Quantitative measurement of intracavity absorption from the dye laser spectral profiles showed enhancements up to 12,000 (for pump powers near lasing threshold) when compared to extracavity measurements. The definition of an intracavity absorption coefficient allowed the determination of accurate transition strength ratios, demonstrating the reliability of the method.

  1. Laser diode array pumped continuous wave Rubidium vapor laser.

    PubMed

    Zhdanov, B V; Stooke, A; Boyadjian, G; Voci, A; Knize, R J

    2008-01-21

    We have demonstrated continuous wave operation of a laser diode array pumped Rb laser with an output power of 8 Watts. A slope efficiency of 60% and a total optical efficiency of 45% were obtained with a pump power of 18 Watts. This laser can be scaled to higher powers by using multiple laser diode arrays or stacks of arrays. PMID:18542151

  2. Rubidium vapor laser pumped by two laser diode arrays.

    PubMed

    Zhdanov, Boris V; Stooke, Adam; Boyadjian, Gregory; Voci, Adam; Knize, R J

    2008-03-01

    Scaling of alkali lasers to higher powers requires using multiple diode lasers for pumping. The first (to our knowledge) results of a cw rubidium laser pumped by two laser diode arrays are presented. A slope efficiency of 53%, total optical efficiency of 46%, and output power of 17 W have been demonstrated. PMID:18311276

  3. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, Kwang S.; Kim, K. H.; Stock, L. V.

    1987-01-01

    The improvement on the collection system of the Tarmarack Solar Simulator beam was attemped. The basic study of evaluating the solid state laser materials for the solar pumping and also the work to construct a kinetic model algorithm for the flashlamp pumped iodine lasers were carried out. It was observed that the collector cone worked better than the lens assembly in order to collect the solar simulator beam and to focus it down to a strong power density. The study on the various laser materials and their lasing characteristics shows that the neodymium and chromium co-doped gadolinium scandium gallium garnet (Nr:Cr:GSGG) may be a strong candidate for the high power solar pumped solid state laser crystal. On the other hand the improved kinetic modeling for the flashlamp pumped iodine laser provides a good agreement between the theoretical model and the experimental data on the laser power output, and predicts the output parameters of a solar pumped iodine laser.

  4. Optically pumped isotopic ammonia laser system

    DOEpatents

    Buchwald, Melvin I.; Jones, Claude R.; Nelson, Leonard Y.

    1982-01-01

    An optically pumped isotopic ammonia laser system which is capable of producing a plurality of frequencies in the middle infrared spectral region. Two optical pumping mechanisms are disclosed, i.e., pumping on R(J) and lasing on P(J) in response to enhancement of rotational cascade lasing including stimulated Raman effects, and, pumping on R(J) and lasing on P(J+2). The disclosed apparatus for optical pumping include a hole coupled cavity and a grating coupled cavity.

  5. High power diode pumped alkali vapor lasers

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    Zweiback, J.; Krupke, B.

    2008-05-01

    Diode pumped alkali lasers have developed rapidly since their first demonstration. These lasers offer a path to convert highly efficient, but relatively low brightness, laser diodes into a single high power, high brightness beam. General Atomics has been engaged in the development of DPALs with scalable architectures. We have examined different species and pump characteristics. We show that high absorption can be achieved even when the pump source bandwidth is several times the absorption bandwidth. In addition, we present experimental results for both potassium and rubidium systems pumped with a 0.2 nm bandwidth alexandrite laser. These data show slope efficiencies of 67% and 72% respectively.

  6. Solar powered blackbody-pumped lasers

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    Christiansen, Walter H.; Sirota, J. M.

    1991-02-01

    A concept for a solar-powered laser is presented which utilizes an intermediate blackbody cavity to provide a uniform optical pumping environment for the lasant, typically CO or CO2 or possibly a solid state laser medium. High power cw blackbody- pumped lasers with efficiencies on the order of 20 percent or more are feasible. The physical basis of this idea is reviewed. Small scale experiments using a high temperature oven as the optical pump have been carried out with gas laser mixtures. Detailed calculations showing a potential efficiency of 35 percent for blackbody pumped Nd:YAG system are discussed.

  7. Studies of two-photon pumped frequency-upconverted lasing properties of a new dye material

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    He, G.S.; Yuan, L.; Cui, Y.; Li, M.; Prasad, P.N.

    1997-03-01

    The two-photon absorption (TPA), TPA-induced frequency upconversion emission, and two-photon-pumped (TPP) lasing properties of a new dye, {ital trans}-4[{ital p}-(N-hydroxyethylN-methylamino)stryryl]-N-methylpyridinium iodide (abbreviated as ASPI) were experimentally investigated. This new dye has a moderate TPA cross section ({sigma}{sub 2}{approx}3.9{times}20{sup {minus}20} cm{sup 4}/GW in benzyl alcohol), but exhibits a low lasing threshold and high lasing efficiency when pumped with a 1064 nm pulsed laser beam. Furthermore, the TPA-induced fluorescence yield is strongly dependent on the polarity of the solvent, making it a promising dye for sensing applications. The spectral, temporal, and spatial structures as well as the output/input characteristics of the TPP cavity lasing and the superradiant (cavityless) lasing are systematically measured using a 1 cm path quartz cuvette filled with the ASPI solution or a doped polymer rod. The net conversion efficiency from the absorbed 1064 nm pump pulse energy to the {approximately}615 nm upconverted cavity lasing energy was found to be as high as {approximately}17{percent}. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  8. Dye laser amplifier including a low turbulence, stagnation-free dye flow configuration

    DOEpatents

    Davin, J.

    1992-12-01

    A large (high flow rate) dye laser amplifier in which a continuous replenished supply of dye is excited by a first light beam, specifically a copper vapor laser beam, in order to amplify the intensity of a second different light beam, specifically a dye beam, passing through the dye is disclosed herein. This amplifier includes a dye cell defining a dye chamber through which a continuous stream of dye is caused to pass at a flow rate of for example 30 gallons/minute, a specifically designed support vessel for containing the dye cell and a screen device for insuring that the dye stream passes into the dye cell in a substantially turbulent free, stagnation-free manner. 9 figs.

  9. Dye laser amplifier including a low turbulence, stagnation-free dye flow configuration

    DOEpatents

    Davin, James

    1992-01-01

    A large (high flow rate) dye laser amplifier in which a continuous replenished supply of dye is excited by a first light beam, specifically a copper vapor laser beam, in order to amplify the intensity of a second different light beam, specifically a dye beam, passing through the dye is disclosed herein. This amplifier includes a dye cell defining a dye chamber through which a continuous stream of dye is caused to pass at a flow rate of for example 30 gallons/minute, a specifically designed support vessel for containing the dye cell and a screen device for insuring that the dye stream passes into the dye cell in a substantially turbulent free, stagnation-free manner.

  10. Intracavity sum-frequency generation of blue light in a synchronously mode-locked cw dye laser.

    PubMed

    Benicewicz, P K; McGraw, D

    1990-02-01

    Intracavity upconversion is demonstrated in a synchronously pumped Styryl 9M dye laser. Picosecond blue pulses at 463 nm are generated by type II nearly noncritical phase-matched intracavity sum-frequency mixing in KTiOPO(4) of the dye-laser pulses at 824 nm and injected pulses from a mode-locked cw Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm. PMID:19759745

  11. Photophysics of Laser Dye-Doped Polymer Membranes for Laser-Induced Fluorescence Photogrammetry

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    Dorrington, Adrian A.; Jones, Thomas W.; Danehy, Paul M.

    2004-01-01

    Laser-induced fluorescence target generation in dye-doped polymer films has recently been introduced as a promising alternative to more traditional photogrammetric targeting techniques for surface profiling of highly transparent or reflective membrane structures. We investigate the photophysics of these dye-doped polymers to help determine their long-term durability and suitability for laser-induced fluorescence photogrammetric targeting. These investigations included experimental analysis of the fluorescence emission pattern, spectral content, temporal lifetime, linearity, and half-life. Results are presented that reveal an emission pattern wider than normal Lambertian diffuse surface scatter, a fluorescence time constant of 6.6 ns, a pump saturation level of approximately 20 micro J/mm(exp 2), and a useful lifetime of more than 300,000 measurements. Furthermore, two demonstrations of photogrammetric measurements by laser-induced fluorescence targeting are presented, showing agreement between photogrammetric and physically measured dimensions within the measurement scatter of 100 micron.

  12. Solar-pumped solid state Nd lasers

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    Williams, M. D.; Zapata, L.

    1985-01-01

    Solid state neodymium lasers are considered candidates for space-based polar-pumped laser for continuous power transmission. Laser performance for three different slab laser configurations has been computed to show the excellent power capability of such systems if heat problems can be solved. Ideas involving geometries and materials are offered as potential solutions to the heat problem.

  13. Cladding For Transversely-Pumped Laser Rod

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    Byer, Robert L.; Fan, Tso Yee

    1989-01-01

    Combination of suitable dimensioning and cladding of neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet of similar solid-state laser provides for more efficient utilization of transversely-incident pump light from diode lasers. New design overcomes some of limitations of longitudinal- and older transverse-pumping concepts and promotes operation at higher output powers in TEM00 mode.

  14. Photoacoustic studies and selective ablation of vascular tissue using a pulsed dye laser

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    Al Dhahir, R. K.; Dyer, P. E.; Zhu, Z.

    1990-07-01

    The optical attenuation coefficient for human aorta has been measured in the 440 500 nm spectral region using the transient photoacoustic (thermoelastic) response produced by an excimer-laser-pumped dye laser. It is confirmed that diseased tissue has a significantly higher attenuation than normal samples in this spectral region. The maximum difference occurs at ˜480 nm and there is a lowering of the ablation threshold fluence for diseased tissue by a factor of ˜1.5 for dye laser ablation at this wavelength.

  15. Two-photon pumped cavity lasing in novel dye doped bulk matrix rods

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    He, Guang S.; Zhao, Chan F.; Bhawalkar, Jayant D.; Prasad, Paras N.

    1995-12-01

    Trans-4-[p-(N-ethyl-N-hydroxyethylamino)styryl]-N-methylpyridi that possesses a much greater two-photon absorption cross section and much stronger upconversion fluorescence emission than common organic dyes (such as rhodamine), when excited with near infrared laser radiation. Utilizing ASPT doped bulk polymer rods, two-photon pumped frequency upconverted cavity lasing has been accomplished using a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser as the pump source. The wavelength and pulse duration were 600 nm and 3-6 ns, respectively, for the cavity lasing; whereas the corresponding values for pump pulses were 1.06 ?m and 10 ns, respectively. For a 7 mm long sample rod with a dopant concentration d0=810-3 M/L, the conversion efficiency from the absorbed pump energy to the cavity lasing output was 3.5% at a pump energy level of 1.3 mJ. The lasing lifetime, in terms of pulse numbers, was more than 4104 pulses at 2 Hz repetition rate and room temperature.

  16. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, Kwang S.; Hwang, In Heon

    1990-01-01

    The optimum conditions of a solar pumped iodine laser are found in this research for the case of a continuous wave operation and a pulsed operation. The optimum product of the pressure(p) inside the laser tube and the tube diameter(d) was pd=40 approx. 50 torr-cm on the contrary to the case of a high intensity flashlamp pumped iodine laser where the optimum value of the product is known to be pd=150 torr-cm. The pressure-diameter product is less than 1/3 of that of the high power iodine laser. During the research period, various laser materials were also studied for solar pumping. Among the laser materials, Nd:YAG is found to have the lowest laser threshold pumping intensity of about 200 solar constant. The Rhodamine 6G was also tested as the solar pumped laser material. The threshold pumping power was measured to be about 20,000 solar constant. The amplification experiment for a continuously pumped iodine laser amplifier was performed using Vortek solar simulator and the amplification factors were measured for single pass amplification and triple pass amplification of the 15 cm long amplifier tube. The amplification of 5 was obtained for the triple pass amplification.

  17. Investigation of the kinetics of intracavity absorption in pulsed dye lasers

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    Burakov, V.S.; Malashonok, V.A.; Nechaev, S.V.; Puko, R.A.; Raikov, S.N.; Shedenkov, S.I.

    1986-10-01

    In this work the authors studied the kinetics of intracavity absorption in dye lasers pumped with a lamp (lasing pulse duration of 3 musec) and with the second harmonic of the ruby laser (25 nsec). Oscillograms are shown of the lasing pulse of the laser, obtained with single-pulse and lamp pumping, respectively. The results of the studies performed indicate the complicated nature of the process of intracavity absorption in pulsed dye lasers whose lasing duration is equal to 10/sup -8/-10/sup -6/ sec. The use of a recording system with time resolution of the lasing pulse of the laser enables increasing the sensitivity of intracavity measurements. Graphs are included.

  18. Two-threshold silver nanowire-based random laser with different dye concentrations

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    Wang, Zhaona; Shi, Xiaoyu; Wei, Sujun; Sun, Yanyan; Wang, Yanrong; Zhou, Jing; Shi, Jinwei; Liu, Dahe

    2014-09-01

    The feedback mechanisms of silver nanowire-based random lasers with different concentrations of laser dye rhodamine 6 G pumped by a nanosecond pulsed laser were demonstrated. It was shown that dye concentration greatly impacts on the optical amplification mechanism. At lower or higher dye concentrations, random lasers have a single threshold. At a proper concentration, the system shows transition from incoherent emission to coherent lasing and has two thresholds corresponding to incoherent feedback and coherent feedback, respectively. The corresponding physical mechanism was displayed. Also, the processes of fluorescence, incoherent feedback and coherent feedback were distinguished by the emission spectra in the time domain. The results will supply some guidance to clear the working mechanism of random lasers.

  19. Diode pumped alkali vapor fiber laser

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Beach, Raymond J.; Dawson, Jay W.; Krupke, William F.

    2007-10-23

    A method and apparatus is provided for producing near-diffraction-limited laser light, or amplifying near-diffraction-limited light, in diode pumped alkali vapor photonic-band-gap fiber lasers or amplifiers. Laser light is both substantially generated and propagated in an alkali gas instead of a solid, allowing the nonlinear and damage limitations of conventional solid core fibers to be circumvented. Alkali vapor is introduced into the center hole of a photonic-band-gap fiber, which can then be pumped with light from a pump laser and operated as an oscillator with a seed beam, or can be configured as an amplifier.

  20. Diode pumped alkali vapor fiber laser

    DOEpatents

    Payne, Stephen A.; Beach, Raymond J.; Dawson, Jay W.; Krupke, William F.

    2006-07-26

    A method and apparatus is provided for producing near-diffraction-limited laser light, or amplifying near-diffraction-limited light, in diode pumped alkali vapor photonic-band-gap fiber lasers or amplifiers. Laser light is both substantially generated and propagated in an alkali gas instead of a solid, allowing the nonlinear and damage limitations of conventional solid core fibers to be circumvented. Alkali vapor is introduced into the center hole of a photonic-band-gap fiber, which can then be pumped with light from a pump laser and operated as an oscillator with a seed beam, or can be configured as an amplifier.

  1. Solar-pumped solid-state lasers

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    Weksler, M.; Shwartz, J.

    1988-06-01

    Results are presented for direct solar pumping of a ND:YAG rod laser. Stable CW output of more than 60 W was obtained with a slope efficiency exceeding 2 percent. A compound parabolic concentrator, designed to increase the solar radiation coupled into the laser rod, was used in these experiments. The results are consistent with predictions based on a simple solar-pumped laser model, which is also presented. Using this model, it is shown that existing laser materials with broad-band absorption characteristics (e.g., alexandrite and Nd:Cr:GSGG) have a potential for better than 10 percent overall conversion efficiency when solar pumped.

  2. Diode laser--pumped solid-state lasers.

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    Byer, R L

    1988-02-12

    Diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers are efficient, compact, all solid-state sources of coherent optical radiation. Major advances in solid-state laser technology have historically been preceded by advances in pumping technology. The helical flash lamps used to pump early ruby lasers were superseded by the linear flash lamp and arc lamp now used to pump neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum-garnet lasers. The latest advance in pumping technology is the diode laser. Diode laser-pumped neodymium lasers have operated at greater than 10 percent electrical to optical efficiency in a single spatial mode and with linewidths of less than 10 kilohertz. The high spectral power brightness of these lasers has allowed frequency extension by harmonic generation in nonlinear crystals, which has led to green and blue sources of coherent radiation. Diode laser pumping has also been used with ions other than neodymium to produce wavelengths from 946 to 2010 nanometers. In addition, Q-switched operation with kilowatt peak powers and mode-locked operation with 10-picosecond pulse widths have been demonstrated. Progress in diode lasers and diode laser arrays promises all solid-state lasers in which the flash lamp is replaced by diode lasers for average power levels in excess of tens of watts and at a price that is competitive with flash lamp-pumped laser systems. Power levels exceeding 1 kilowatt appear possible within the next 5 years. Potential applications of diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers include coherent radar, global sensing from satellites, medical uses, micromachining, and miniature visible sources for digital optical storage. PMID:17832940

  3. GaAs laser diode pumped Nd:YAG laser

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    Conant, L. C.; Reno, C. W.

    1974-01-01

    A 1.5-mm by 3-cm neodymium-ion doped YAG laser rod has been side pumped using a GaAs laser diode array tuned to the 8680-A absorption line, achieving a multimode average output power of 120 mW for a total input power of 20 W to the final-stage laser diode drivers. The pumped arrangement was designed to take advantage of the high brightness of a conventional GaAs array as a linear source by introducing the pump light through a slit into a close-wrapped gold coated pump cavity. This cavity forms an integrating chamber for the pump light.

  4. Studies on the two-photon pumped upconverted fluorescence and superradiance of a new organic dye material in solutions

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    Zhou, Guangyong; Wang, Dong; Yang, Shengjun; Xu, Xinguang; Ren, Yan; Shao, Zongshu; Jiang, Minhua; Tian, Yupeng; Hao, Fuying; Li, Shengli

    2002-10-01

    The linear and nonlinear optical properties of a new organic dye, trans-4-p-(N-ethyl-N-ethylamino)-styryl-N-methyl-pyridinium tris(thiocyanato) cadmates (II), are reported in this paper. When pumped with a picosecond laser at the wavelength range of 850-1200 nm, intense upconversion fluorescence can be obtained. The upconversion efficiencies at different pump energies were measured when pumped with a 1064-nm laser beam from a mode-locked Nd:YAG laser. The highest upconversion efficiencies were measured to be 5.8% and 7.6% in dimethyl formamide (DMF) and methanol. The lifetime of the dye in DMF was measured to be 75 ps. The strongest nonlinear absorption was at the wavelength of 940 nm, and the highest upconversion efficiency was at the wavelength of 1030 nm. The difference of the two wavelengths was caused by excited state absorption in the dye at wavelengths shorter than 1000 nm. The dye solution in DMF and methanol show a clear optical power limiting effect.

  5. Studies on the two-photon pumped upconverted fluorescence and superradiance of a new organic dye material in solutions.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Guangyong; Wang, Dong; Yang, Shengjun; Xu, Xinguang; Ren, Yan; Shao, Zongshu; Jiang, Minhua; Tian, Yupeng; Hao, Fuying; Li, Shengli; Shi, Pengfei

    2002-10-20

    The linear and nonlinear optical properties of a new organic dye, trans-4-[p-(N-ethyl-N-ethylamino)-styryl]-N-methyl-pyridinium tris(thiocyanato) cadmates (II), are reported in this paper. When pumped with a picosecond laser at the wavelength range of 850-1200 nm, intense upconversion fluorescence can be obtained. The upconversion efficiencies at different pump energies were measured when pumped with a 1064-nm laser beam from a mode-locked Nd:YAG laser. The highest upconversion efficiencies were measured to be 5.8% and 7.6% in dimethyl formamide (DMF) and methanol. The lifetime of the dye in DMF was measured to be 75 ps. The strongest nonlinear absorption was at the wavelength of 940 nm, and the highest upconversion efficiency was at the wavelength of 1030 nm. The difference of the two wavelengths was caused by excited state absorption in the dye at wavelengths shorter than 1000 nm. The dye solution in DMF and methanol show a clear optical power limiting effect. PMID:12396187

  6. Mirrorless dye doped ionic liquid lasers.

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    Barna, Valentin; De Cola, Luisa

    2015-05-01

    The study of electromagnetic waves propagation in periodically structured dielectrics and the linear and nonlinear optical phenomena in disordered systems doped with gain media represent one of the most challenging and exciting scientific areas of the past decade. Lasing and Random Lasers (RL) are fascinating examples of topics that synergize multiple scattering of light and optical amplification and lately have been the subject of intense theoretical and experimental studies. In this manuscript we demonstrate laser action in a new category of materials, namely dye doped ionic liquids. Ionic liquids prove to be perfect candidates for building, as shown, a series of exotic boundaryless or confined compact laser systems. Lasing is presented in standard wedge cells, freely suspended ionic liquid films and droplets. The optical emission properties are investigated in terms of spectral analysis, below and above lasing energy threshold behavior, emission efficiency, far field spatial laser modes intensity profiling, temporal emission behavior etc. As demonstrated, these materials can be employed as optimal near future replacements of conventional flammable solvents in already available dye laser instruments. PMID:25969283

  7. Photolytic improvement of dye laser lifetimes

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    Fletcher, A. N.; Knipe, R. H.

    1985-12-31

    The effective lasing lifetime of coumarin 102 in 50:50 ethylene glycol is significantly extended by increasing the rate of pumping and photolysis, with a flashlamp in a laser system having a pyrex ultraviolet filter and an inert cover gas.

  8. Automated pressure scanning of tunable dye lasers

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    Gottscho, R. A.

    1985-04-01

    A method for the remote control of tunable laser frequency tuning is proposed in the framework of real-time monitoring of the chemistry and physics of plasma, combustion, and chemical vapor deposition reactions. The technique presented involves indirect frequency tuning and stabilization by direct control of the laser cavity pressure. The long-term drift in power, resulting from the grating and etalon misalignment is suggested to be correctable by using a second feedback circuit which would optimize laser power by finely tuning the etalon or grating. Experimental results obtained with a dye laser of Hansch type are included; a maximum variation in LIF signal of + or - 7 percent, which corresponds to a frequency drift of + or - 0.005/cm, over a 30-min interval was achieved. A block diagram of the feedback loop and the LIF apparatus are included.

  9. Energy transfer in solid-state dye lasers based on methyl methacrylate co-doped with sulforhodamine B and crystal violet

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    Geethu Mani, R. G.; Basheer, Ahamed M.

    2013-11-01

    Laser action in methyl methacrylate (MMA) co-doped with sulforhodamine B and crystal violet dyes was investigated. The dye mixture was incorporated into a solid polymeric matrix and was pumped by a 532-nm Nd:YAG laser. Distributed feedback dye laser (DFDL) action was induced in the dye mixture using a prism arrangement both in the donor and acceptor regions by an energy transfer mechanism. Theoretically, the characteristics of acceptor and donor DFDLs, and the dependence of their pulse widths and output powers on acceptor—donor concentrations and pump power, were studied. Experimentally, the output energy of DFDL was measured at the emission peaks of donor and acceptor dyes for different pump powers and different acceptor—donor concentrations. Tuning of the output wavelength was achieved by varying the period of the gain modulation of the laser medium. The laser wavelength showed continuous tunability from 563 nm to 648 nm.

  10. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, Kwang S.

    1987-01-01

    This semiannual progress report covers the period from March 1, 1987 to September 30, 1987 under NASA grant NAG1-441 entitled 'Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier'. During this period Nd:YAG and Nd:Cr:GSGG crystals have been tested for the solar-simulator pumped cw laser, and loss mechanisms of the laser output power in a flashlamp-pumped iodine laser also have been identified theoretically. It was observed that the threshold pump-beam intensities for both Nd:YAG and Nd:Cr:GSGG crystals were about 1000 solar constants, and the cw laser operation of the Nd:Cr:GSGG crystal was more difficult than that of the Nd:YAG crystal under the solar-simulator pumping. The possibility of the Nd:Cr:GSGG laser operation with a fast continuously chopped pumping was also observed. In addition, good agreement between the theoretical calculations and the experimental data on the loss mechanisms of a flashlamp-pumped iodine laser at various fill pressures and various lasants was achieved.

  11. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, Kwang S.

    1987-10-01

    This semiannual progress report covers the period from March 1, 1987 to September 30, 1987 under NASA grant NAG1-441 entitled 'Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier'. During this period Nd:YAG and Nd:Cr:GSGG crystals have been tested for the solar-simulator pumped cw laser, and loss mechanisms of the laser output power in a flashlamp-pumped iodine laser also have been identified theoretically. It was observed that the threshold pump-beam intensities for both Nd:YAG and Nd:Cr:GSGG crystals were about 1000 solar constants, and the cw laser operation of the Nd:Cr:GSGG crystal was more difficult than that of the Nd:YAG crystal under the solar-simulator pumping. The possibility of the Nd:Cr:GSGG laser operation with a fast continuously chopped pumping was also observed. In addition, good agreement between the theoretical calculations and the experimental data on the loss mechanisms of a flashlamp-pumped iodine laser at various fill pressures and various lasants was achieved.

  12. Preliminary investigation of the effects of dye concentration on the output of a multiwavelength dye laser

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    Clark, I. O.; Burney, L. G.

    1974-01-01

    The effects of dye concentration on the output wavelength and energy of a multiwavelength dye laser were investigated. The dyes tested were Coumarin 2 in methyl alcohol and Rhodomine 6G, Acridine Red, and 7-diethylamino-4-methyl Coumarin (7DA 4MC) in ethyl alcohol.

  13. Theoretcial studies of solar-pumped lasers

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    Harries, W. L.; Fong, Z. S.

    1984-01-01

    A method of pumping a COhZ laser by a hot cavity was demonstrated. The cavity, heated by solar radiation, should increase the efficiency of solar pumped lasers used for energy conversion. Kinetic modeling is used to examine the behavior of such a COhZ laser. The kinetic equations are solved numerically vs. time and, in addition, steady state solutions are obtained analytically. The effect of gas heating filling the lower laser level is included. The output power and laser efficiency are obtained as functions of black body temperature and gas ratios (COhZ-He-Ar) and pressures. The values are compared with experimental results.

  14. Compression mechanism of subpicosecond pulses by malachite green dye in passively mode-locked rhodamine 6G/DODCI CW dye lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Watanabe, A.; Hara, M.; Kobayashi, H.; Takemura, H.; Tanaka, S.

    1983-04-01

    The pulse width compression effect of a malachite green (MG) dye upon subpicosecond pulses has been experimentally investigated in a CW passively mode-locked rhodamine 6G/DODCI dye laser. The pulse width reduces as MG concentration increases, and reaches 0.34 ps at 1.5 X 10/sup -6/ M. By adding the MG dye, good mode locking is achieved in a rather wide pumping-power range. A computer simulation of pulse growth has also been carried out by using simple rate equations, in which the fast-recovery component of loss due to the MG dye is taken into account. The simulated results can explain some experimental results qualitatively such as pulse width compression and pumping-power restriction. The pulse width compression results essentially from the fast recovery of cavity loss caused by the MG dye.

  15. Infrared Pulse-laser Long-path Absorption Measurement of Carbon Dioxide Using a Raman-shifted Dye Laser

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    Minato, Atsushi; Sugimoto, Nobuo; Sasano, Yasuhiro

    1992-01-01

    A pulsed laser source is effective in infrared laser long-path absorption measurements when the optical path length is very long or the reflection from a hard target is utilized, because higher signal-to-noise ratio is obtained in the detection of weak return signals. We have investigated the performance of a pulse-laser long-path absorption system using a hydrogen Raman shifter and a tunable dye laser pumped by a Nd:YAG laser, which generates second Stokes radiation in the 2-micron region.

  16. Exploding conducting film laser pumping apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Ware, Kenneth D.; Jones, Claude R.

    1986-01-01

    Exploding conducting film laser optical pumping apparatus. The 342-nm molecular iodine and the 1.315-.mu.m atomic iodine lasers have been optically pumped by intense light from exploding-metal-film discharges. Brightness temperatures for the exploding-film discharges were approximately 25,000 K. Although lower output energies were achieved for such discharges when compared to exploding-wire techniques, the larger surface area and smaller inductance inherent in the exploding-film should lead to improved efficiency for optically-pumped gas lasers.

  17. Scaling studies of blackbody pumped lasers

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    Chang, Jim; Christiansen, Walter H.

    1986-01-01

    The scaling of blackbody pumped lasers to large powers is being studied. The computational results show the possibility of high pressure transverse flow blackbody pumped lasers. A nonsteady technique with metal shims heated rapidly to 1500 K as the blackbody pumping source is being used to carry out the experiment. Fast temperature rise of the shims creates pressure waves inside the laser cavity which destroy the resonance of the cavity. A new design with rectangular quartz tubing inside the cavity to prevent the waves from reaching the lasing region is under construction.

  18. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, Kwang S.; Hwang, In Heon; Stock, Larry V.

    1989-01-01

    This semiannual progress report covers the period from September 1, 1988 to February 28, 1989 under NASA grant NAG-1-441 entitled, Direct Solar-Pumped Iodine Laser Amplifier. During this period, the research effort was concentrated on the solar pumped master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) system using n-C3F7I. In the experimental work, the amplification measurement was conducted to identify the optimum conditions for amplification of the center's Vortek solar simulator pumped iodine laser amplifier. A modeling effort was also pursued to explain the experimental results in the theoretical work. The amplification measurement of the solar simulator pumped iodine laser amplifier is the first amplification experiment on the continuously pumped amplifier. The small signal amplification of 5 was achieved for the triple pass geometry of the 15 cm long solar simulator pumped amplifier at the n-C3F7I pressure of 20 torr, at the flow velocity of 6 m/sec and at the pumping intensity of 1500 solar constants. The XeCl laser pumped iodine laser oscillator, which was developed in the previous research, was employed as the master oscillator for the amplification measurement. In the theoretical work, the rate equations of the amplifier was established and the small signal amplification was calculated for the solar simulator pumped iodine laser amplifier. The amplification calculated from the kinetic equations with the previously measured rate coefficients reveals very large disagreement with experimental measurement. Moreover, the optimum condition predicted by the kinetic equation is quite discrepant with that measured by experiment. This fact indicates the necessity of study in the measurement of rate coefficients of the continuously pumped iodine laser system.

  19. Excitation efficiency of a side-pumped fiberized fluorescent dye microcapillary

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    Vladev, Veselin; Eftimov, Tinko; Nedev, Stefan

    2016-03-01

    In the present work we study the dependence of fluorescence spectra for different pump source characteristics on the length of a micro-capillary filled with a fluorescent dye solution. A standard fiber-optic glass ferrule with two parallel 125 μm inner diameter holes serving as capillary structures has been studied. One of the holes of the ferrule was filled with a solution of Rhodamine 6G in glycerin, while in the second hole an angle-polished single-mode pump optical fiber was placed. Experiments with pump fibers polished at 20°, 25°, 30°, 35°, 40° and 45° with a reflective aluminium coating have been conducted. The analysis of the experimental data shows differences in the behavior of the fluorescent spectra at different polished angles. Theoretical calculations for pump ray trajectories as well as overall power transmission for pump fibers polished at different angles have been made. The results show that the proposed construction could be used in optofluidic chemical and biosensors, microfluidic lasers or as a compact fluorescent source compatible with fiber-optic components.

  20. A novel, simple and efficient dye laser with low amplified spontaneous emission background for analytical fluorescence and ionization spectroscopy

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    Matveev, Oleg I.; Omenetto, Nicolo'

    1995-04-01

    A new, simple, compact and efficient, grazing- incidence type of dye laser is suggested which has a low level of Amplified Spontaneous Emission. By using a Coumarin dye (LD 5000) pumped with a 20 mJ XeCl excimer laser, and a diffraction grating with 3000 grooves/mm, an efficiency of 11%, a spectral bandwidth of 0.6 cm{sup -1} and a tuning range from 458 to 517 nm have been obtained.

  1. Research on solar pumped liquid lasers

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    Schneider, R. T.; Kurzweg, U. H.; Cox, J. D.; Weinstein, N. H.

    1983-01-01

    A solar pumped liquid laser that can be scaled up to high power (10Mw CW) for space applications was developed. Liquid lasers have the inherent advantage over gases in that they provide much higher lasant densities and thus high power densities. Liquids also have inherent advantages over solids in that they have much higher damage thresholds and are much cheaper to produce for large scale applications. Among the liquid laser media that are potential candidates for solar pumping, the POC13:Nd(3+):ZrC14 liquid was chosen for its high intrinsic efficiency as well as its relatively good stability against decomposition due to protic contamination. The development and testing of the laser liquid and the development of a large solar concentrator to pump the laser was emphasized. The procedure to manufacture the laser liquid must include diagnostic tests of the solvent purity (from protic contamination) at various stages in the production process.

  2. Analytic theory of laser pump systems

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    Naida, O.N.; Sergeev, A.M.

    1980-02-01

    Exact quadrature formulas are obtained for the calculation of the transfer coefficients of some systems for optical pumping of lasers. Allowance is made for the Fresnel effects at the boundaries between the media. The formulas obtained can be used in testing computer programs for the design of pump systems and in qualitative analysis of some of these systems.

  3. Laser-induced quantum pumping in graphene

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    San-Jose, Pablo; Prada, Elsa; Kohler, Sigmund; Schomerus, Henning

    2012-10-08

    We investigate non-adiabatic electron pumping in graphene generated by laser irradiation with linear polarization parallel or perpendicular to the transport direction. Transport is dominated by the spatially asymmetric excitation of electrons from evanescent into propagating modes. For a laser with parallel polarization, the pumping response exhibits a subharmonic resonant enhancement which directly probes the Fermi energy; no such enhancement occurs for perpendicular polarization. The resonance mechanism relies on the chirality of charge carriers in graphene.

  4. Exploding conducting film laser pumping apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Ware, K.D.; Jones, C.R.

    1984-04-27

    The 342-nm molecular iodine and the 1.315-..mu..m atomic iodine lasers have been optically pumped by intense light from exploding-metal-film discharges. Brightness temperatures for the exploding-film discharges were approximately 25,000 K. Although lower output energies were achieved for such discharges when compared to exploding-wire techniques, the larger surface area and smaller inductance inherent in the exploding-film should lead to improved efficiency for optically-pumped gas lasers.

  5. Diode pumped Nd:YAG laser development

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    Reno, C. W.; Herzog, D. G.

    1976-01-01

    A low power Nd:YAG laser was constructed which employs GaAs injection lasers as a pump source. Power outputs of 125 mW TEM CW with the rod at 250 K and the pump at 180 K were achieved for 45 W input power to the pump source. Operation of the laser, with array and laser at a common heat sink temperature of 250 K, was inhibited by difficulties in constructing long-life GaAs LOC laser arrays. Tests verified pumping with output power of 20 to 30 mW with rod and pump at 250 K. Although life tests with single LOC GaAs diodes were somewhat encouraging (with single diodes operating as long as 9000 hours without degradation), failures of single diodes in arrays continue to occur, and 50 percent power is lost in a few hundred hours at 1 percent duty factor. Because of the large recent advances in the state of the art of CW room temperature AlGaAs diodes, their demonstrated lifetimes of greater than 5,000 hours, and their inherent advantages for this task, it is recommended that these sources be used for further CW YAG injection laser pumping work.

  6. Research on solar pumped liquid lasers

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    Cox, J. D.; Kurzweg, U. H.; Weinstein, N. H.; Schneider, R. T.

    1985-01-01

    A solar pumped liquid laser that can be scaled up to high power (10 mW CW) for space applications was developed. Liquid lasers have the advantage over gases in that they provide much higher lasant densities and thus high-power densities. Liquids also have advantages over solids in that they have much higher damage thresholds and are much cheaper to produce for large scale applications. Among the liquid laser media that are potential candidates for solar pumping, the POC13: Nd sup 3+:ZrC14 liquid was chosen for its high intrinsic efficiency and its relatively good stability against decomposition due to protic contamination. The development of a manufacturing procedure and performance testing of the laser, liquid and the development of an inexpensive large solar concentrator to pump the laser are examined.

  7. lasants for transfer blackbody-pumped lasers

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    Deyoung, R. J.

    1985-01-01

    The concept of transfer blackbody-pumped lasers is outlined, recent research results concerning these lasers are presented and the search for new lasant materials for transfer blackbody-pumped lasers is expanded. There are two basic concepts for the blackbody-pumped transfer laser which are schematically drawn. The first concept is called the translational heating concept, an example being N2:CO2. Here the blackbody cavity is heated to approximately 2000 K by collected sunlight in space. An absorbing molecule would come in contact with the blackbody walls thus coming into equilibrium with the blackbody temperature. An alternative concept shown is called the vibrational heating transfer laser. Here the absorbing molecule is not translationally heated. Energy is coupled to the molecule only by optical absorption creating a high density of vibrational states. Thus the gas temperature is near room temperature whereas the vibrational temperature comes into equilibrium with the blackbody temperature.

  8. Amplification of nanosecond pulses in dye-laser amplifiers

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    Hnilo, A.A.; Manzano, F.A.; Martinez, O.E.

    1987-05-01

    The complete behavior of pulse dye-laser amplifiers is described by a set of integrodifferential equations that can be solved only numerically. However, by taking an averaged value for a geometrical weighting function, neglecting absorption, and assuming quasi-steady-state conditions, it is possible to obtain a simple analytical expression for the gain. The errors involved in those approximations can be corrected by an adjustable parameter. That analytical expression also permits one to calculate some dynamical properties, such as the gain as a function of the delay between pumping and input pulses and the shape of the output pulse. The model is checked against the predictions of a well-proved numerical simulation and also against experimental measurements.

  9. Frequency stabilization of diode-laser-pumped solid state lasers

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    Byer, Robert L.

    1988-01-01

    The goal of the NASA Sunlite program is to fly two diode-laser-pumped solid-state lasers on the space shuttle and while doing so to perform a measurement of their frequency stability and temporal coherence. These measurements will be made by combining the outputs of the two lasers on an optical radiation detector and spectrally analyzing the beat note. Diode-laser-pumped solid-state lasers have several characteristics that will make them useful in space borne experiments. First, this laser has high electrical efficiency. Second, it is of a technology that enables scaling to higher powers in the future. Third, the laser can be made extremely reliable, which is crucial for many space based applications. Fourth, they are frequency and amplitude stable and have high temporal coherence. Diode-laser-pumped solid-state lasers are inherently efficient. Recent results have shown 59 percent slope efficiency for a diode-laser-pumped solid-state laser. As for reliability, the laser proposed should be capable of continuous operation. This is possible because the diode lasers can be remote from the solid state gain medium by coupling through optical fibers. Diode lasers are constructed with optical detectors for monitoring their output power built into their mounting case. A computer can actively monitor the output of each diode laser. If it sees any variation in the output power that might indicate a problem, the computer can turn off that diode laser and turn on a backup diode laser. As for stability requirements, it is now generally believed that any laser can be stabilized if the laser has a frequency actuator capable of tuning the laser frequency as far as it is likely to drift in a measurement time.

  10. Temporal dynamics of a ring dye laser with a stimulated Brillouin scattering mirror

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    Barrientos, B.; Aboites, V.; Damzen, M.

    1996-09-01

    We present a numerical study of the temporal dynamics of a stimulated Brillouin scattering ring resonator. A coaxial flash-lamp-pumped Rh6G dye laser is assumed. The influence of the most important parameters on the temporal evolution of the resonator is analyzed, namely, the acoustic decay time of the nonlinear material, the features of the external injection pulse its pulse width, energy, and spatial quality and the coupling mirror reflectivity. We found the conditions to initiate and maintain laser oscillation in the ring resonator as long as the duration of the pumping system pulse persisted.

  11. Temporal dynamics of a ring dye laser with a stimulated Brillouin scattering mirror

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    Barrientos, Bernardino; Aboites, Vicente; Damzen, Michael J.

    1996-02-01

    We present a numerical study of the temporal dynamics of a stimulated-Brillouin-scattering ring resonator. A coaxial-flashlamp-pumped RH6g dye laser is assumed. The influence of the most important parameters on the temporal evolution of the resonator is analyzed, namely the acoustic decay time of the nonlinear material, the features of the external-injection pulse--its pulsewidth, energy, and spatial quality--and the coupling mirror reflectivity. The conditions to initiate and sustain laser oscillation in the ring resonator as long as the duration of the pumping-system pulse persists were found.

  12. Solar-pumped photodissociation iodine laser

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    Lee, J. H.; Weaver, W. R.; Humes, D. H.; Williams, M. D.; Lee, M. H.

    1986-01-01

    The scientific feasibility of a solar-pumped iodine photodissociation laser for space applications is under investigation. Recently, a 2-W CW output for more than one hour was achieved using n-C3F7I vapor as the laser material and a vortex-stabilized argon arc as the light source.

  13. Single mode operation of a narrow bandwidth dye laser using a single prism, grazing incidence grating long cavity

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    Singh, Nageshwar

    2007-09-01

    The single mode pulsed dye laser is an attractive tool for many spectroscopic applications. Long cavity tunable dye lasers generally operate in multi-longitudinal modes within the bandwidth of gain profile. Single longitudinal mode oscillation can be obtained by either making the cavity short enough or introducing an additional loss mechanism, in which all modes but one have a gain less than their loss. A new technique to achieve single mode operation in a long cavity dye laser, based on Rhodamine 6G dye in ethanol and ethylene glycol solution, pumped by a high repetition rate copper vapor laser, is reported. This laser, which operates in three modes in grazing incidence grating configuration (cavity length of 16 cm), has been made to lase in single mode by increasing the loss in the resonator through beam walk-off.

  14. Semiconductor disk laser-pumped subpicosecond holmium fibre laser

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    Chamorovskiy, A Yu; Marakulin, A V; Leinonen, T; Kurkov, Andrei S; Okhotnikov, Oleg G

    2012-01-31

    The first passively mode-locked holmium fibre laser has been demonstrated, with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) as a mode locker. Semiconductor disk lasers have been used for the first time to pump holmium fibre lasers. We obtained 830-fs pulses at a repetition rate of 34 MHz with an average output power of 6.6 mW.

  15. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, Kwang S.; Hwang, In Heon; Kim, Khong Hon; Stock, Larry V.

    1988-01-01

    A XeCl laser pumped iodine laser oscillator was developed which will be incorporated into the Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) system. The developed XeCl laser produces output energy of about 60 mJ per pulse. The pulse duration was about 10 nsec. The kinetic model for the solar-pumped laser was refined and the algorithm for the calculation of a set of rate equations was improved to increase the accuracy and the efficiency of the calculation. The improved algorithm was applied to explain the existing experimental data taken from a flashlamp pumped iodine laser for three kinds of lasants, i-C3F7I, n-C4F9I, and t-C4F9I. Various solid laser materials were evaluated for solar-pumping. The materials studied were Nd:YAG, Nd:YLF, and Cr:Nd:GSGG crystals. The slope efficiency of 0.17 percent was measured for the Nd:YLF near the threshold pump intensity which was 211 solar constants (29W/sq cm). The threshold pump intensity of the Nd:YAG was measured to be 236 solar constants (32W/sq cm) and the near-threshold slope efficiency was 0.12 percent. True CW laser operation of Cr:Nd:GSGG was possible only at pump intensities less than or equal to 1,500 solar constants (203 W/sq cm). This fact was attributed to the high thermal focusing effect of the Cr:Nd:GSGG rod.

  16. Reactor-pumped laser experimental results

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    Hebner, G.A.; Hays, G.N.

    1994-12-31

    Reactor pumped lasers have the potential to be scaled to multi-megawatt power levels with long run times. In proposed designs, the laser will be capable of output powers of several megawatts of power for run times of several hours. Such a laser would have many diverse applications such as material processing, space debris removal and power beaming to geosynchronous satellites or the moon. However, before such systems can be designed, fundamental laser parameters such as small signal gain, saturation intensity and efficiency must be determined over a wide operational parameter space. The authors have recently measured fundamental laser parameters for a selection of nuclear pumped visible and near IR laser transitions in atomic neon, argon and xenon. An overview of the results of this investigation will be presented.

  17. Stable, red laser pumped, multi-kilohertz Alexandrite laser

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    Ogilvy, Hamish; Withford, Michael J.; Piper, James A.

    2006-04-01

    Operation of a miniature Alexandrite laser pulse-pumped at 671 nm by a Q-switched, frequency-doubled, diode-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser is reported. Average power output ∼150 mW at 765 nm with optical-to-optical slope efficiencies of 28% has been demonstrated for gain-switched operation of the Alexandrite laser at 80 kHz. Q-switched pump-pulse stacking has been used to reduce output pulse width by a factor of 6 and increase peak power by a factor of 38 over gain-switched operation.

  18. Diode-pumped imaging laser radar

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    Cai, Xiping; Qiao, Lijie; Liu, Libao; Wang, Xiaoou; Huang, Jianming

    1999-09-01

    A point-scan based laser imaging system is described in this paper. A diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with high efficiency and high pulse repetition rate is used as the laser source. Any interested area of an object can be imaged and investigated with the system. The technique can have many applications in the field like industry, medical application, defense system and many other fields.

  19. Continuous-wave operation of a room-temperature, diode-laser-pumped, 946-nm Nd:YAG laser

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    Fan, T. Y.; Byer, Robert L.

    1987-01-01

    Single-stripe diode-laser-pumped operation of a continuous-wave 946-nm Nd:YAG laser with less than 10-mW threshold has been demonstrated. A slope efficiency of 16 percent near threshold was shown with a projected slope efficiency well above a threshold of 34 percent based on results under Rhodamine 6G dye-laser pumping. Nonlinear crystals for second-harmonic generation of this source were evaluated. KNbO3 and periodically poled LiNbO3 appear to be the most promising.

  20. Investigation of the pump wavelength influence on pulsed laser pumped Alexandrite lasers

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    Ogilvy, H.; Withford, M. J.; Mildren, R. P.; Piper, J. A.

    2005-09-01

    Recent theoretical modelling and experimental results have shown that excess lattice phonon energy created dur ing the non-radiative energy transfer from the 4T2 pump manifold to the 2E storage level in Alexandrite when pumped with wavelengths shorter than ˜645 nm causes chaotic lasing output. Shorter pump wavelengths have also been associated with increased non-radiative energy decay and reduced laser efficiency. We report studies of fluorescence emission spectra of Alexandrite illuminated at a range of wavelengths from green to red, which demonstrate reduced fluorescence yield for shorter pump wavelengths at elevated crystal temperatures. Investigations of pulsed laser pumping of Alexandrite over the same spectral range demonstrated reduced pump threshold energy for longer pump wavelengths. High repetition rate pulsed pumping of Alexandrite at 532, 578 and 671 nm showed stable and efficient laser performance was only achieved for red pumping at 671 nm. These results support the theoretical model and demonstrate the potential for scalable, red laser pumped, all-solid-state Alexandrite lasers.

  1. Diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers

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    Byer, Robert L.

    1988-01-01

    An evaluation is made of the consequences for solid-state lasers of novel diode laser-pumping technology. Diode laser-pumped neodymium lasers have operated at an electrical-to-optical efficiency of 10 percent in a single spatial mode, with linewidths of less than 10 kHz, and with a spectral power brightness sufficiently great to allow frequency extension by harmonic generation in nonlinear crystals; this has yielded green and blue sources of coherent radiation. Q-switched operation with kW peak powers and mode-locked operation with 10-picosec pulse widths have also been demonstrated. All-solid-state lasers at prices comparable to those of current flash-lamp-pumped laser systems are foreseen, as are power levels exceeding 1 kW, for coherent radar, global satellite sensing, and micromachining.

  2. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, Kwang S.; Hwang, In H.; Stock, Larry V.

    1988-01-01

    A XeCl laser which was developed earlier for an iodine laser oscillator was modified in order to increase the output pulse energy of XeCl laser so that the iodine laser output energy could be increased. The electrical circuit of the XeCl laser was changed from a simple capacitor discharge circuit of the XeCl laser to a Marx system. Because of this improvement the output energy from the XeCl laser was increased from 60 mj to 80 mj. Subsequently, iodine laser output energy was increased from 100 mj to 3 mj. On the other hand, the energy storage capability and amplification characteristics of the Vortek solar simulator-pumped amplifier was calculated expecting the calculated amplification factor is about 2 and the energy extraction efficiency is 26 percent due to the very low input energy density to the amplifier. As a result of an improved kinetic modeling for the iodine solar simulator pumped power amplifier, it is found that the I-2 along the axis of the tube affects seriously the gain profile. For the gas i-C3F7I at the higher pressures, the gain will decrease due to the I-2 as the pumping intensity increases, and at these higher pressures an increase in flow velocity will increase the gain.

  3. Solar Pumped Lasers and Their Applications

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    Lee, Ja H.

    1991-01-01

    Since 1980, NASA has been pursuing high power solar lasers as part of the space power beaming program. Materials in liquid, solid, and gas phases have been evaluated against the requirements for solar pumping. Two basic characteristics of solar insolation, namely its diffuse irradiance and 5800 K blackbody-like spectrum, impose rather stringent requirements for laser excitation. However, meeting these requirements is not insurmountable as solar thermal energy technology has progressed today, and taking advantage of solar pumping lasers is becoming increasingly attractive. The high density photons of concentrated solar energy have been used for mainly electric power generation and thermal processing of materials by the DOE Solar Thermal Technologies Program. However, the photons can interact with materials through many other direct kinetic paths, and applications of the concentrated photons could be extended to processes requiring photolysis, photosynthesis, and photoexcitation. The use of solar pumped lasers on Earth seems constrained by economics and sociopolitics. Therefore, prospective applications may be limited to those that require use of quantum effects and coherency of the laser in order to generate extremely high value products and services when conventional and inexpensive means are ineffective or impossible. The new applications already proposed for concentrated solar photons, such as destruction of hazardous waste, production of renewable fuel, production of fertilizer, and air/water pollution controls, may benefit from the use of inexpensive solar pumped laser matched with the photochemical kinetics of these processes.

  4. Nonlinear optical characterization of poly (methyl methacrylate) polymer doped with different dyes for laser waveguide fabrication

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    Sarkisov, Sergey S.; Darwish, Abdalla M.; Bryant, William; Venkateswarlu, Putcha; Abdeldayem, Hossin A.; Frazier, Donald O.

    1995-10-01

    The charactertization of light guiding and nonlinear optical properties of thin films based on poly(methyl methacrylate) doped with organic dyes 4-dicyanomethylene-2-methyl-6-p- dimethylaminostyryl-4H-pyran (DCM), Pyrromethene 567, and sulforhodamin was done using the prism coupling technique and nonlinear optical spectroscopy. Stimulated light emission in DCM doped waveguide with apparent pump threshold and spectrum narrowing was observed at transverse pumping with frequency doubled Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. PM-567 doped waveguide being transversely pumped with CW Ar+ laser at 514 nm demonstrated fluorescence with 0.19% energy conversion slope efficiency at 616 nm spectral peak. Upconverted fluorescence was found in the same waveguide at longitudinal CW infrared pumping. Sulforhodamin doped films demonstrated multiphoton excited fluorescence and surface enhanced second harmonic generation.

  5. Chemical stabilization of laser dyes. Final report, 1 July 1981-1 October 1984

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    Koch, T.H.

    1984-11-01

    Coumarin laser dyes upon excitation degrade to produce products which absorb at the lasing wavelength. This results in attenuation of dye laser output. Modes of degradation of coumarin dye lasers under both anaerobic and aerobic conditions were determined and methods of stabilization of dye lasers were established.

  6. Scalable diode array pumped Nd rod laser

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    Zenzie, H. H.; Knights, M. G.; Mosto, J. R.; Chicklis, E. P.; Perkins, P. E.

    1991-01-01

    Experiments were carried out on a five-array pump head which utilizes gold-coated reflective cones to couple the pump energy to Nd:YAG and Nd:YLF rod lasers, demonstrating high efficiency and uniform energy deposition. Because the cones function as optical diodes to light outside their acceptance angle (typically 10-15 deg), much of the diode energy not absorbed on the first pass can be returned to the rod.

  7. Studies of blackbody-pumped lasers

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    Christiansen, W. H.; Chang, J.; Sirota, M.

    1988-01-01

    Laser action was achieved in a large-scale pulsed system and meaningful experiments were carried out in the axial flow facility to understand the physics of solar-pumped lasers. Studies of the variation of laser mixture composition were done for mixtures of CO2 and N2O additions. Theoretical analysis and modeling of the system were also performed based on a model including radiative pumping, diffusion and wall deactivation, and vibrational energy transfer between two optically active species. Qualitative agreement between predictions in the parameter variation and the experimental results were obtained with CO and N2O mixtures. Several experimental studies were performed to quantify the properties of carbon monoxide as absorber and storage of energy in the blackbody pumped system.

  8. Solar pumped continuous wave carbon dioxide laser

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    Yesil, O.; Christiansen, W. H.

    1978-01-01

    In an effort to demonstrate the feasibility of a solar pumped laser concept, gain has been measured in a CO2-He laser medium optically pumped by blackbody radiation. Various gas mixtures of CO2 and He have been pumped by blackbody radiation emitted from an electrically heated oven. Using a CO2 laser as a probe, an optical gain coefficient of 1.8 x 10 to the -3rd/cm has been measured at 10.6 microns for a 9:1 CO2-He mixture at an oven temperature of about 1500 K, a gas temperature of about 400 K and a pressure of about 1 torr. This corresponds to a small signal gain coefficient when allowance is made for saturation effects due to the probe beam, in reasonable agreement with a theoretical value.

  9. Treatment of striae distensae using an ablative Erbium: YAG fractional laser versus a 585-nm pulsed-dye laser.

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    Gauglitz, Gerd G; Reinholz, Markus; Kaudewitz, Peter; Schauber, Jürgen; Ruzicka, Thomas

    2014-06-01

    Abstract Striae distensae (SD) represent a common disfiguring cutaneous condition characterized by linear reddish smooth bands of atrophic-appearing skin. Most often SD develop in areas of dermal damage produced by stretching. Numerous treatment modalities have been applied with varying success. Novel approaches include treatments with various types of lasers with the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser (PDL; 585 nm) being the most commonly reported. Very recently, fractional photothermolysis has been suggested as an effective method for the treatment of SD. Here, we report on the effect of an ablative Erbium:YAG fractional laser in two cases of axillary SD in comparison with a 585-nm PDL. PMID:24131065

  10. Intracavity absorption with a continuous wave dye laser: quantification for a narowband absorber

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    Brobst, W.D.; Allen J.E. Jr.

    1987-09-01

    Although it is recognized as a very sensitive detection technique, the general application of intracavity absorption to areas such as chemical kinetics and photochemistry has been somewhat limited. Concerns are frequently expressed about the nonlinear nature, experimental difficulty, and reliability of the technique. To allay some of these objections, the dependence of intracavity absorption on factors such as transition strength, concentration, absorber path length, and pump power has been investigated experimentally for a cw dye laser with a narrowband absorber (NO/sub 2/). For this case a Beer-Lambert type relationship has been confirmed over a useful range of these parameters. The extent of intracavity absorption was quantitatively measured directly from the dye laser spectral profiles and, when compared to extracavity measurements, indicated enhancements as high as 12,000 for pump powers near lasing threshold. By defining an intracavity absorption coefficient, it was possible to demonstrate the reliability of the method by obtaining accurate transition strength ratios.

  11. Fluorescence enhancement monitoring of pyrromethene laser dyes by metallic Ag nanoparticles.

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    Sakr, Mahmoud E M; Abou Kana, Maram T H; Abdel Fattah, Gamal

    2014-11-01

    Fluorescence enhancement monitoring of pyrromethene laser dyes using their complexation with Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) was studied. The size of the prepared Ag NPs was determined by transmission electron spectroscopy and UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy. Mie theory was also used to confirm the size of NPs theoretically. The effect of different nanoparticle concentrations on the optical properties of 1 10(-4) M PM dyes shows that 40%of Ag NPs concentration (40%C Ag NPs) in complex is the optimum concentration. Also, the effects of different concentrations of PM dyes in a complex was measured. Emission enhancement factors were calculated for all samples. Fluorescence enhancement efficiencies depended on the input pumping energy of a Nd-YAG laser (wavelength 532 nm and 8 ns pulse duration) were reported and showed the lowest energy (28 and 32 mJ) in the case of PM567 and PM597, respectively. PMID:24652745

  12. BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS: Single-frequency pulsed dye laser with injection of lowpower radiation

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    Kulikov, V. V.; Mikhaĭlov, L. K.; Seregin, S. L.; Cherednichenko, O. B.

    1980-02-01

    A description is given of a single-frequency dye laser in which the pump radiation is converted at an efficiency of 30% and which is characterized by a spectral power density of 1010 W/nm. Single-frequency emission is achieved by injection of 0.1 mW He-Ne laser radiation whose spectrum contains three longitudinal modes. The principal results are given of experimental investigations of the energy and spectral characteristics of the system. An analysis is made of the feasibility of constructing a tunable laser with similar parameters.

  13. Scaling studies of solar pumped lasers

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    Christiansen, W. H.; Chang, J.

    1985-01-01

    A progress report of scaling studies of solar pumped lasers is presented. Conversion of blackbody radiation into laser light has been demonstrated in this study. Parametric studies of the variation of laser mixture composition and laser gas temperature were carried out for CO2 and N2O gases. Theoretical analysis and modeling of the system have been performed. Reasonable agreement between predictions in the parameter variation and the experimental results have been obtained. Almost 200 mW of laser output at 10.6 micron was achieved by placing a small sapphire laser tube inside an oven at 1500 K the tube was filled with CO2 laser gas mixture and cooled by longitudinal nitrogen gas flow.

  14. Scaling studies of solar pumped lasers

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    Christiansen, W. H.; Chang, J.

    1985-08-01

    A progress report of scaling studies of solar pumped lasers is presented. Conversion of blackbody radiation into laser light has been demonstrated in this study. Parametric studies of the variation of laser mixture composition and laser gas temperature were carried out for CO2 and N2O gases. Theoretical analysis and modeling of the system have been performed. Reasonable agreement between predictions in the parameter variation and the experimental results have been obtained. Almost 200 mW of laser output at 10.6 micron was achieved by placing a small sapphire laser tube inside an oven at 1500 K the tube was filled with CO2 laser gas mixture and cooled by longitudinal nitrogen gas flow.

  15. Monitoring the ups and downs of pulsed dye laser energy output.

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    Wright, Philip A; Widdowson, Daniel C; Ahmed, Salim; Moore, Joan C

    2006-04-01

    The internal energy meter reading of a Chromos pulsed dye laser (PDL) set at 50% of maximum pumping energy was recorded at the start of every clinical session over an 898 day period and compared with the measurement from an Ophir Optronics 'Nova' external energy meter. This quick and inexpensive process improved quality control procedures for the use of the PDL and enabled the performance of laser components such as the dye, pumping mechanism and optics to be monitored. The stability of the laser output energy was also monitored during three simulated clinics on days 665, 870 and 898. External energy meter readings were recorded every 100 pulses during each simulated clinic comprising six series of 500 pulses. As the energy output was shown to be stable during each clinic (SD<4.7%) recalibration during treatments of up to 500 pulses with this laser was deemed to be unnecessary. However, it was noted that this output energy stability was maintained by varying the pumping energy from 42 to 88% of maximum. Subsequent measurements of pulse width conducted with an ET-2000 Silicon Photodetector demonstrated that although the nominal pulse width was 450 mus, this varied from 240 to 390 mus as the pumping energy increased from 20 to 50%. PMID:16583184

  16. Photoactive dye enhanced tissue ablation for endoscopic laser prostatectomy

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    Ahn, Minwoo; Nguyen, Trung Hau; Nguyen, Van Phuc; Oh, Junghwan; Kang, Hyun Wook

    2015-02-01

    Laser light has been widely used as a surgical tool to treat benign prostate hyperplasia with high laser power. The purpose of this study was to validate the feasibility of photoactive dye injection to enhance light absorption and eventually to facilitate tissue ablation with low laser power. The experiment was implemented on chicken breast due to minimal optical absorption Amaranth (AR), black dye (BD), hemoglobin powder (HP), and endoscopic marker (EM), were selected and tested in vitro with a customized 532-nm laser system with radiant exposure ranging from 0.9 to 3.9 J/cm2. Light absorbance and ablation threshold were measured with UV-VIS spectrometer and Probit analysis, respectively, and compared to feature the function of the injected dyes. Ablation performance with dye-injection was evaluated in light of radiant exposure, dye concentration, and number of injection. Higher light absorption by injected dyes led to lower ablation threshold as well as more efficient tissue removal in the order of AR, BD, HP, and EM. Regardless of the injected dyes, ablation efficiency principally increased with input parameter. Among the dyes, AR created the highest ablation rate of 44.2+/-0.2 μm/pulse due to higher absorbance and lower ablation threshold. Preliminary tests on canine prostate with a hydraulic injection system demonstrated that 80 W with dye injection yielded comparable ablation efficiency to 120 W with no injection, indicating 33 % reduced laser power with almost equivalent performance. In-depth comprehension on photoactive dye-enhanced tissue ablation can help accomplish efficient and safe laser treatment for BPH with low power application.

  17. Optically pumped microplasma rare gas laser.

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    Rawlins, W T; Galbally-Kinney, K L; Davis, S J; Hoskinson, A R; Hopwood, J A; Heaven, M C

    2015-02-23

    The optically pumped rare-gas metastable laser is a chemically inert analogue to three-state optically pumped alkali laser systems. The concept requires efficient generation of electronically excited metastable atoms in a continuous-wave (CW) electric discharge in flowing gas mixtures near atmospheric pressure. We have observed CW optical gain and laser oscillation at 912.3 nm using a linear micro-discharge array to generate metastable Ar(4s, 1s(5)) atoms at atmospheric pressure. We observed the optical excitation of the 1s(5) → 2p(9) transition at 811.5 nm and the corresponding fluorescence, optical gain and laser oscillation on the 2p(10) ↔ 1s(5) transition at 912.3 nm, following 2p(9)→2p(10) collisional energy transfer. A steady-state kinetics model indicates efficient collisional coupling within the Ar(4s) manifold. PMID:25836515

  18. Extended emission wavelength of random dye lasers by exploiting radiative and non-radiative energy transfer

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    Wan Ismail, Wan Zakiah; Goldys, Ewa M.; Dawes, Judith M.

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate long-wavelength operation (>700 nm) of random dye lasers (using a methylene blue dye) with the addition of rhodamine 6G and titania, enabled by radiative and non-radiative energy transfer. The pump energy is efficiently absorbed and transferred to the acceptors, to support lasing in random dye lasers in the near infrared. The optimum random laser performance with the highest emission intensity and the lowest lasing threshold was achieved for a concentration of methylene blue as the acceptor equal to 6× the concentration of rhodamine 6G (donor). Excessive levels of methylene blue increased the lasing threshold and broadened the methylene blue emission linewidth due to dye quenching from re-absorption. This is due to competition between the donor emission and energy transfer and between absorption loss and fluorescence quenching. The radiative and non-radiative energy transfer is analyzed as a function of the acceptor concentration and pump energy density, with consideration of the spectral overlap. The dependence of the radiative and non-radiative transfer efficiency on the acceptor concentration is obtained, and the energy transfer parameters, including the radiative and non-radiative energy transfer rate constants ( K R and K NR), are investigated using Stern-Volmer analysis. The analysis indicates that radiative energy transfer is the dominant energy transfer mechanism in this system.

  19. Heat pump processes induced by laser radiation

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    Garbuny, M.; Henningsen, T.

    1980-01-01

    A carbon dioxide laser system was constructed for the demonstration of heat pump processes induced by laser radiation. The system consisted of a frequency doubling stage, a gas reaction cell with its vacuum and high purity gas supply system, and provisions to measure the temperature changes by pressure, or alternatively, by density changes. The theoretical considerations for the choice of designs and components are dicussed.

  20. Solar-pumped CO laser

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    Treanor, Charles E.

    This paper describes a method of converting thermal radiation directly into laser radiation at a wavelength of about 5 micrometers. The working fluid for the laser operation is a mixture of carbon monoxide and argon. The source of thermal radiation is assumed to be a solar oven or electrical oven operating in the range of 2000 to 2500 K. The use of carbon monoxide as the lasing material presents the advantage that the absorbing lines can be pressure broadened to permit efficient absorption of the thermal radiation without unacceptable increases in vibrational relaxation. Estimates of the efficiency, size, and power loading of such a laser are discussed.

  1. Light-emitting diode pumped polymer lasers

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    Turnbull, G. A.; Yang, Y.; Shaw, P.; Ruseckas, A.; Samuel, I. D. W.

    2008-08-01

    Semiconducting polymers are very promising optoelectronic materials enabling the simple fabrication of devices such as light-emitting diodes, lasers and solar cells. However, the development of polymer lasers has been hampered by the low charge mobility of these materials preventing electrically driven lasers. We find that this problem can be overcome by taking advantage of the complementary properties of inorganic semiconductors. We show that by separating the charge transporting and lasing regions in a structure combining an indium gallium nitride light-emitting diode with a semiconducting polymer distributed feedback laser, an electrically pumped hybrid polymer laser can be made. This provides a new route to simple, convenient, compact and low-cost visible lasers with the potential for applications in security, sensing, spectroscopy, and medical diagnostics.

  2. [Extragenital lichen sclerosus et atrophicus - treatment with pulsed dye laser].

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    Greve, B; Hartschuh, W; Raulin, C

    1999-11-01

    A 17-year old female patient with extragenital lichen sclerosus et atrophicus was treated with the pulsed dye laser. Local and systemic therapy before treatment showed no effect. The lesions were removed completely with four treatment sessions. As for side effects, no pigment changes and no visible scarring was observed. The patient experienced no recurrence within a follow-up time of 7 months. The mechanism whereby lichen sclerosus et atrophicus is altered by the pulsed dye laser is unknown. PMID:10591791

  3. CW arc-lamp-pumped alexandrite lasers

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    Samelson, H.; Walling, J.C.; Wernikowski, T.; Harter, D.J.

    1988-06-01

    The performance characteristics of arc-lamp- (Xe and Hg) pumped, CW alexandrite lasers are described in detail. The modes of operation considered are free running, tuned, and repetitively Q-switched. The experimental arrangement and apparatus are also outlined. The experimental results are discussed in terms of a steady-state model, and the areas of agreement and difficulty are pointed out.

  4. High efficiency cw laser-pumped tunable alexandrite laser

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    Lai, S.T.; Shand, M.L.

    1983-10-01

    High efficiency cw alexandrite laser operation has been achieved. With longitudinal pumping by a krypton laser in a nearly concentric cavity, a 51% output power slope efficiency has been measured. Including the transmission at the input coupler mirror, a quantum yield of 85% has been attained above threshold. Tunability from 726 to 802 nm has also been demonstrated. The low loss and good thermal properties make alexandrite ideal for cw laser operation.

  5. Theoretical studies of solar-pumped lasers

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    Harries, W. L.

    1982-01-01

    Solar-pumped lasers were investigated by comparing experimental results from pulse experiments with steady state calculations. The time varying behavior of an IBr laser is studied. The analysis is only approximate, but indicates that conditions occurring in a pulsed experiment are quite different from those at steady state. The possibility of steady-state lasing in an IBr laser is determined. The effects of high temperatures on the quenching and recombination rates are examined. Although uncertainties in the values of the rate coefficients make it difficult to draw firm conclusions, it seems steady state running may be possible at high temperatures.

  6. Optical Features of Spherical Gold Nanoparticle-Doped Solid-State Dye Laser Medium

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    Hoa, D. Q.; Lien, N. T. H.; Duong, V. T. T.; Duong, V.; An, N. T. M.

    2016-05-01

    The development of a new laser medium based on gold nanoparticle/dye-doped polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) has been investigated. In particular, gold nanoparticles with small (16 nm diameter) spherical shape strongly influenced the absorption and fluorescence emission spectra of [2-[2-[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]ethenyl]-6-methyl-4 H-pyran-4-ylidene]-propanedinitrile (DCM) laser dye. Fluorescence quenching and enhancement of DCM emission were observed for various concentrations of gold nanoparticles (GNPs). Fluorescence intensity enhancement was recorded for the sample containing 1.5 × 1010 par/mL GNPs and doped with 3 × 10-5 mol/L DCM. Thermal photodegradation was significantly decreased by using low pump energy for laser emission.

  7. A frequency doubled pressure-tunable oscillator-amplifier dye laser system

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    Moriarty, A.; Heaps, W.; Davis, D. D.

    1976-01-01

    A tunable high-repetition-rate oscillator-amplifier dye-laser system is reported. The dye laser described was longitudinally pumped with the second harmonic of a Nd-YAG laser operating at 10 Hz. Using three Faraday-Perot etalons and pressure tuning, a maximum fundamental output power of the order of 6 MW with a corresponding spectral width of less than 0.003 nm at 564 nm was obtained. The fundamental at 564 nm was frequency doubled to give a maximum power level of 0.6 MW of second-harmonic output power with a spectral width less than 0.0015 nm at 282 nm. Frequency stability could be maintained to within approximately 15% of the line-width.

  8. Optical Features of Spherical Gold Nanoparticle-Doped Solid-State Dye Laser Medium

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    Hoa, D. Q.; Lien, N. T. H.; Duong, V. T. T.; Duong, V.; An, N. T. M.

    2016-02-01

    The development of a new laser medium based on gold nanoparticle/dye-doped polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) has been investigated. In particular, gold nanoparticles with small (16 nm diameter) spherical shape strongly influenced the absorption and fluorescence emission spectra of [2-[2-[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]ethenyl]-6-methyl-4H-pyran-4-ylidene]-propanedinitrile (DCM) laser dye. Fluorescence quenching and enhancement of DCM emission were observed for various concentrations of gold nanoparticles (GNPs). Fluorescence intensity enhancement was recorded for the sample containing 1.5 × 1010 par/mL GNPs and doped with 3 × 10-5 mol/L DCM. Thermal photodegradation was significantly decreased by using low pump energy for laser emission.

  9. Efficiency and threshold pump intensity of CW solar-pumped solid-state lasers

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    Hwang, I.H. . Dept. of Physics); Lee, J.H. . Langley Research Center)

    1991-09-01

    This paper reports on the efficiencies and threshold pump intensities of various solid-state laser materials that have been estimated to compare their performance characteristics as direct solar-pumped CW lasers. Among the laser materials evaluated in this research, alexandrite has the highest slope efficiency of about 12.6%; however, it does not seem to be practical for solar-pumped laser application because of its high threshold pump intensity. Cr:Nd:GSGG is the most promising for solar-pumped lasing. Its threshold pump intensity is about 100 air-mass-zero (AMO) solar constants and its slope efficiency is about 12% when thermal deformation is completely prevented.

  10. Prototype laser-diode-pumped solid state laser transmitters

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    Kane, Thomas J.; Cheng, Emily A. P.; Wallace, Richard W.

    1989-01-01

    Monolithic, diode-pumped Nd:YAG ring lasers can provide diffraction-limited, single-frequency, narrow-linewidth, tunable output which is adequate for use as a local oscillator in a coherent communication system. A laser was built which had a linewidth of about 2 kHz, a power of 5 milliwatts, and which was tunable over a range of 30 MHz in a few microseconds. This laser was phase-locked to a second, similar laser. This demonstrates that the powerful technique of heterodyne detection is possible with a diode-pumped laser used as the local oscillator. Laser diode pumping of monolithic Nd:YAG rings can lead to output powers of hundreds of milliwatts from a single laser. A laser was built with a single-mode output of 310 mW. Several lasers can be chained together to sum their power, while maintaining diffraction-limited, single frequency operation. This technique was demonstrated with two lasers, with a total output of 340 mW, and is expected to be practical for up to about ten lasers. Thus with lasers of 310 mW, output of up to 3 W is possible. The chaining technique, if properly engineered, results in redundancy. The technique of resonant external modulation and doubling is designed to efficiently convert the continuous wave, infrared output of our lasers into low duty-cycle pulsed green output. This technique was verified through both computer modeling and experimentation. Further work would be necessary to develop a deliverable system using this technique.

  11. The effects of optical pumping on laser enhanced electron impact ionization of atoms

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    Park, S. M.; Diebold, G. J.

    1989-01-01

    Excitation of an atom by optical radiation reduces the atomic ionization energy thereby increasing its electron impact ionization cross section. Since the enhancement in the ionization rate depends on the population of atoms that can be maintained in the excited state, optical pumping of the ground state hyperfine levels can have pronounced effect on the magnitude of the observed signal. Here, experiments with Na atoms pumped by a narrowband dye laser are reported. Optical pumping is shown to have a significant effect on the signal-to-noise ratio in transitions that do not constitute a two level system.

  12. Optimisation of a multistage pulsed dye laser system

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    Vasil'ev, S V; Kuz'mina, M A; Mishin, V A

    2001-06-30

    A multistage narrow-band dye laser amplifying system with an output power of up to several kilowatts is considered as a whole. Such systems became necessary due to the development of the method of laser isotope separation (the AVLIS method). The use of the simplified model of an amplifying cell allowed us to solve analytically the equations describing the laser system and to determine optimal parameters of each stage. The dye laser system with an output power of 1 kW is optimised based on the model proposed. The accuracy of the obtained estimates was verified by a direct numerical simulation of the system based on a rigorous solution of the equations describing the interaction of radiation with the dye solution. (lasers, active media)

  13. Microwave accelerator E-beam pumped laser

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    Brau, Charles A.; Stein, William E.; Rockwood, Stephen D.

    1980-01-01

    A device and method for pumping gaseous lasers by means of a microwave accelerator. The microwave accelerator produces a relativistic electron beam which is applied along the longitudinal axis of the laser through an electron beam window. The incident points of the electron beam on the electron beam window are varied by deflection coils to enhance the cooling characteristics of the foil. A thyratron is used to reliably modulate the microwave accelerator to produce electron beam pulses which excite the laser medium to produce laser pulse repetition frequencies not previously obtainable. An aerodynamic window is also disclosed which eliminates foil heating problems, as well as a magnetic bottle for reducing laser cavity length and pressures while maintaining efficient energy deposition.

  14. Optically pumped rare-gas lasers

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    Mikheyev, P. A.

    2015-08-01

    The modern state of the research of a new promising optically pumped laser system with an active medium formed by metastable rare-gas atoms is briefly reviewed. The kinetics of these media is similar to that of laser media based on alkali metal vapour; however, the gas medium is inert. Metastable atoms can be produced in an electric discharge. As in alkali lasers, the specific laser power output under atmospheric pressure can be several hundreds of watts per 1 cm3. The lasing wavelengths lie in the near-IR range and fall in the transparency window of the terrestrial atmosphere. This new concept makes it possible to develop a closed-cycle cw laser with megawatt power levels and high beam quality.

  15. High power diode lasers for solid-state laser pumps

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    Linden, Kurt J.; Mcdonnell, Patrick N.

    1994-01-01

    The development and commercial application of high power diode laser arrays for use as solid-state laser pumps is described. Such solid-state laser pumps are significantly more efficient and reliable than conventional flash-lamps. This paper describes the design and fabrication of diode lasers emitting in the 780 - 900 nm spectral region, and discusses their performance and reliability. Typical measured performance parameters include electrical-to-optical power conversion efficiencies of 50 percent, narrow-band spectral emission of 2 to 3 nm FWHM, pulsed output power levels of 50 watts/bar with reliability values of over 2 billion shots to date (tests to be terminated after 10 billion shots), and reliable operation to pulse lengths of 1 ms. Pulse lengths up to 5 ms have been demonstrated at derated power levels, and CW performance at various power levels has been evaluated in a 'bar-in-groove' laser package. These high-power 1-cm stacked-bar arrays are now being manufactured for OEM use. Individual diode laser bars, ready for package-mounting by OEM customers, are being sold as commodity items. Commercial and medical applications of these laser arrays include solid-state laser pumping for metal-working, cutting, industrial measurement and control, ranging, wind-shear/atmospheric turbulence detection, X-ray generation, materials surface cleaning, microsurgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, and dental procedures.

  16. A modified pump laser system to pump the titanium sapphire laser

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    Petway, Larry B.

    1990-01-01

    As a result of the wide tunability of the titanium sapphire laser NASA has sited it to be used to perform differential absorption lidar (DIAL) measurements of H2O vapor in the upper and lower troposphere. The titanium sapphire laser can provide a spectrally narrow (0.3 to 1.0 pm), high energy (0.5 to 1.0 J) output at 727, 762, and 940 nm which are needed in the DIAL experiments. This laser performance can be obtained by addressing the line-narrowing issues in a master oscillator and the high energy requirement in a fundamental mode oscillator. By injection seeding, the single frequency property of the master oscillator can produce a line narrow high energy power oscillator. A breadboard model of the titanium sapphire laser that will ultimately be used in NASA lidar atmospheric sensing experiment is being designed. The task was to identify and solve any problem that would arise in the actual laser system. One such problem was encountered in the pump laser system. The pump laser that is designed to pump both the master oscillator and power oscillator is a Nd:YLF laser. Nd:YLF exhibits a number of properties which renders this material an attractive option to be used in the laser system. The Nd:YLF crystal is effectively athermal; it produces essentially no thermal lensing and thermally induced birefringence is generally insignificant in comparison to the material birefringence resulting from the uniaxial crystal structure. However, in application repeated fracturing of these laser rods was experience. Because Nd:YLF rods are not commercially available at the sizes needed for this application a modified pump laser system to replace the Nd:YLF laser rod was designed to include the more durable Nd:YAG laser rods. In this design, compensation for the thermal lensing effect that is introduced because of the Nd:YAG laser rods is included.

  17. A modified pump laser system to pump the titanium sapphire laser

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    Petway, Larry B.

    1990-09-01

    As a result of the wide tunability of the titanium sapphire laser NASA has sited it to be used to perform differential absorption lidar (DIAL) measurements of H2O vapor in the upper and lower troposphere. The titanium sapphire laser can provide a spectrally narrow (0.3 to 1.0 pm), high energy (0.5 to 1.0 J) output at 727, 762, and 940 nm which are needed in the DIAL experiments. This laser performance can be obtained by addressing the line-narrowing issues in a master oscillator and the high energy requirement in a fundamental mode oscillator. By injection seeding, the single frequency property of the master oscillator can produce a line narrow high energy power oscillator. A breadboard model of the titanium sapphire laser that will ultimately be used in NASA lidar atmospheric sensing experiment is being designed. The task was to identify and solve any problem that would arise in the actual laser system. One such problem was encountered in the pump laser system. The pump laser that is designed to pump both the master oscillator and power oscillator is a Nd:YLF laser. Nd:YLF exhibits a number of properties which renders this material an attractive option to be used in the laser system. The Nd:YLF crystal is effectively athermal; it produces essentially no thermal lensing and thermally induced birefringence is generally insignificant in comparison to the material birefringence resulting from the uniaxial crystal structure. However, in application repeated fracturing of these laser rods was experience. Because Nd:YLF rods are not commercially available at the sizes needed for this application a modified pump laser system to replace the Nd:YLF laser rod was designed to include the more durable Nd:YAG laser rods. In this design, compensation for the thermal lensing effect that is introduced because of the Nd:YAG laser rods is included.

  18. Photophysical, photochemical and laser behavior of some diolefinic laser dyes in sol-gel and methyl methacrylate/2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate copolymer matrices

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    Sakr, Mahmoud A. S.; Abdel Gawad, El-Sayed A.; Abou Kana, Maram T. H.; Ebeid, El-Zeiny M.

    2015-08-01

    The photophysical properties such as singlet absorption, molar absorptivity, fluorescence spectra, dipole moment, fluorescence quantum yields, fluorescence lifetimes and laser activity of 1,4-bis (β-Pyridyl-2-Vinyl) Benzene (P2VB), 2,5-distyryl-pyrazine (DSP) and 1,4-bis(2-methylstyryl)benzene(MSB) diolefineic laser dyes have been measured in different restricted hosts. (P2VB), (DSP) and (MSB) are embedded in transparent sol-gel glass and a copolymer of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) media. The absorption and fluorescence properties of these laser dyes in sol-gel glass matrices are compared with their respective properties in copolymer host. The photostability of these laser dyes in sol-gel glass and (MMA/HEMA) copolymer samples are measured in terms of half-life method (using nitrogen laser 337.1 nm in pumping), as the number of pulses necessary to reduce the dye laser intensity to 50% of its original value. The gel laser materials show improved photostability upon pumping by nitrogen laser compared with those in organic polymeric host matrix.

  19. Room-temperature, continuous-wave, 946-nm Nd:YAG laser pumped by laser-diode arrays and intracavity frequency doubling to 473 nm

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    Risk, W.P.; Lenth, W.

    1987-12-01

    We report the use of GaAlAs laser-diode arrays to pump a cw Nd:YAG laser operating on the 946-nm /sup 4/F/sub 3/2/..-->../sup 4/I/sub 9/2/ transition. At room temperature, the lasing threshold was reached with 58 mW of absorbed pump power, and, with 175 mW of absorbed pump power, 42 mW of output power at 946 nm was obtained in a TEM/sub 00/ mode by using 0.7% output coupling. In addition, pumping with an infrared dye laser operating in a pure TEM/sub 00/ mode was used to investigate the effects of reabsorption loss that are characteristic of the 946-nm laser transition. LiIO/sub 3/ was used as an intracavity doubling crystal, and 100 ..mu..W of blue light was generated by using diode-laser pumping in a nonoptimized cavity.

  20. [Segmental Darier disease : treatment with pulsed dye laser].

    PubMed

    Schmitt, L; Roos, S; Raulin, C; Karsai, S

    2009-12-01

    Darier disease is often associated with pruritus and an unpleasant odor, causing medical and emotional problems. Ablative laser therapy has proven effective in ameliorating these symptoms. Side effects of this approach include permanent hypopigmentation and a risk of scarring. We present two cases where non-ablative therapy with pulsed dye lasers proved a safe and effective way to manage the intertriginous lesions. Although the mechanism of action is unclear, our success indicates that pulsed dye laser therapy is an option in Darier disease. Larger numbers of patients, ideally in multicenter studies, must be treated in this way to confirm our results. PMID:19367372

  1. High resolution tuning system for pulsed dye lasers

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    Hnilo, Alejandro A.; Manzano, Francisco A.; Martinez, Oscar E.

    1991-06-01

    The mechanical requirements of a 0.15-pm wavelength-scan resolution in high-precision tuning multimode pulsed dye laser oscillators are presently satisfied by placing a prism at the minimum deviation angle in the dye laser cavity; it thereby acts as an optical reductor of the variation in the angle between the tuning mirror and the grating. Since the reduction factor varies with angle of incidence, large spectral scans are inconvenient. The present device is not restricted to laser applications, and may be employed wherever one-dimensional, high resolution rotational positioning is required.

  2. Laser photolysis of fluorone dyes in a chitosan matrix

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    Slyusareva, E A; Sizykh, A G; Gerasimova, M A; Slabko, V V; Myslivets, S A

    2012-08-31

    Kinetics of laser-induced photobleaching of fluorone dyes (fluorescein, dibromofluorescein, eosin Y, erythrosin B, Rose Bengal) is studied in a chitosan matrix. For all dyes the bleaching kinetics at the intensities of laser radiation 0.7 - 11.9 W cm{sup -2} demonstrates quasi-monomolecular behaviour. The results are analysed using a kinetic model, based on the four-level (S{sub 0}, S{sub 1}, T{sub 1}, T{sub n}) scheme of the dye with chemically active triplet states taken into account. It is shown that the rate constants of the chemical reaction involving higher triplet states in the dyes studied amount to (3.9 - 18.6) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 6} s{sup -1} and exceed the analogous values for the reaction involving the first lower triplet states by nine orders of magnitude. The rate of reaction involving the first triplet states appeared to be higher by one - two orders of magnitude than that in the case of higher triplet states involved because of low population of the latter. The possible mechanism of dye bleaching with participation of chitosan that consists in reduction of the dye to the leuco form by transfer of hydrogen from the chitosan matrix is discussed. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasmas)

  3. Terahertz graphene lasers: Injection versus optical pumping

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    Ryzhii, Victor; Otsuji, Taiichi; Ryzhii, Maxim; Mitin, Vladimir

    2013-12-04

    We analyze the formation of nonequilibrium states in optically pumped graphene layers and in forward-biased graphene structures with lateral p-i-n junctions and consider the conditions of population inversion and lasing. The model used accounts for intraband and interband relaxation processes as well as deviation of the optical phonon system from equilibrium. As shown, optical pumping suffers from a significant heating of both the electron-hole plasma and the optical phonon system, which can suppress the formation of population inversion. In the graphene structures with p-i-n junction, the injected electrons and holes have relatively low energies, so that the effect of cooling can be rather pronounced, providing a significant advantage of the injection pumping in realization of graphene terahertz lasers.

  4. Direct nuclear-pumped laser amplifier

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    Jalufka, N. W.

    1981-01-01

    A (He-3)-Xe gas mixture, excited by the He-3(n,p)H-3 reaction, has been employed to amplify the output of a (He-3)Xe direct nuclear-pumped laser. Lasing occurred at the 2.63 micron line of XeI in the oscillator. The oscillator output was reflected through 180 deg and passed through the amplifier system. Power measurements of the oscillator output and the amplifier output show the laser power to be amplified by a factor of 3 for the (He-3)-Xe system. Amplification by a factor of 5 was obtained for a (He-3)-CO system.

  5. Efficiency and threshold pump intensity of CW solar-pumped solid-state lasers

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    Hwang, In H.; Lee, Ja H.

    1991-01-01

    The authors consider the relation between the threshold pumping intensity, the material properties, the resonator parameters, and the ultimate slope efficiencies of various solid-state laser materials for solar pumping. They clarify the relation between the threshold pump intensity and the material parameters and the relation between the ultimate slope efficiency and the laser resonator parameters such that a design criterion for the solar-pumped solid-state laser can be established. Among the laser materials evaluated, alexandrite has the highest slope efficiency of about 12.6 percent; however, it does not seem to be practical for a solar-pumped laser application because of its high threshold pump intensity. Cr:Nd:GSGG is the most promising for solar-pumped lasing. Its threshold pump intensity is about 100 air-mass-zero (AM0) solar constants and its slope efficiency is about 12 percent when thermal deformation is completely prevented.

  6. The pump parameters optimization in LDA pumped solid-state laser

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    Han, Yaofeng; Zhang, Ruofan; Yang, Hongru

    2015-02-01

    Based on the propagation of Gaussian light, Zemax program is used to simulate the pump light propagating process and absorbing distribution for LDA side-pump laser rod,and the corresponding heat load distribution analysis of the rod is done by using Lascad program.On the basis of simulation results,the pump parameters of LDA side-pump Nd:YAG are optimized which provide valuable guidances for side-pump LDA designing and pump module engineering.

  7. Electrically pumped mid-infrared random lasers.

    PubMed

    Liang, Hou Kun; Meng, Bo; Liang, Guozhen; Tao, Jin; Chong, Yidong; Wang, Qi Jie; Zhang, Ying

    2013-12-17

    Electrically pumped random lasers, operating in the mid-infrared regime at λ ≈ 10 μm, are realized for the first time. Randomly distributed air holes are patterned onto a quantum cascade wafer emitting in the transverse-magnetic (TM) polarization. The advantage of employing TM polarized gain medium is that TM modes are more effectively confined in the gain region, and thus improve lasing efficiency and vertical confinement compared to TE modes. PMID:24030916

  8. Semiconductor Laser Diode Pumps for Inertial Fusion Energy Lasers

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    Deri, R J

    2011-01-03

    Solid-state lasers have been demonstrated as attractive drivers for inertial confinement fusion on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and at the Omega Facility at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) in Rochester, NY. For power plant applications, these lasers must be pumped by semiconductor diode lasers to achieve the required laser system efficiency, repetition rate, and lifetime. Inertial fusion energy (IFE) power plants will require approximately 40-to-80 GW of peak pump power, and must operate efficiently and with high system availability for decades. These considerations lead to requirements on the efficiency, price, and production capacity of the semiconductor pump sources. This document provides a brief summary of these requirements, and how they can be met by a natural evolution of the current semiconductor laser industry. The detailed technical requirements described in this document flow down from a laser ampl9ifier design described elsewhere. In brief, laser amplifiers comprising multiple Nd:glass gain slabs are face-pumped by two planar diode arrays, each delivering 30 to 40 MW of peak power at 872 nm during a {approx} 200 {micro}s quasi-CW (QCW) pulse with a repetition rate in the range of 10 to 20 Hz. The baseline design of the diode array employs a 2D mosaic of submodules to facilitate manufacturing. As a baseline, they envision that each submodule is an array of vertically stacked, 1 cm wide, edge-emitting diode bars, an industry standard form factor. These stacks are mounted on a common backplane providing cooling and current drive. Stacks are conductively cooled to the backplane, to minimize both diode package cost and the number of fluid interconnects for improved reliability. While the baseline assessment in this document is based on edge-emitting devices, the amplifier design does not preclude future use of surface emitting diodes, which may offer appreciable future cost reductions and increased reliability. The high-level requirements on the semiconductor lasers involve reliability, price points on a price-per-Watt basis, and a set of technical requirements. The technical requirements for the amplifier design in reference 1 are discussed in detail and are summarized in Table 1. These values are still subject to changes as the overall laser system continues to be optimized. Since pump costs can be a significant fraction of the overall laser system cost, it is important to achieve sufficiently low price points for these components. At this time, the price target for tenth-of-akind IFE plant is $0.007/Watt for packaged devices. At this target level, the pumps account for approximately one third of the laser cost. The pump lasers should last for the life of the power plant, leading to a target component lifetime requirement of roughly 14 Ghosts, corresponding to a 30 year plant life and 15 Hz repetition rate. An attractive path forward involes pump operation at high output power levels, on a Watts-per-bar (Watts/chip) basis. This reduces the cost of pump power (price-per-Watt), since to first order the unit price does not increase with power/bar. The industry has seen a continual improvement in power output, with current 1 cm-wide bars emitting up to 500 W QCW (quasi-continuous wave). Increased power/bar also facilitates achieving high irradiance in the array plane. On the other hand, increased power implies greater heat loads and (possibly) higher current drive, which will require increased attention to thermal management and parasitic series resistance. Diode chips containing multiple p-n junctions and quantum wells (also called nanostack structures) may provide an additional approach to reduce the peak current.

  9. Applications for reactor-pumped lasers

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    Lipinski, R.J.; McArthur, D.A.

    1994-10-01

    Nuclear reactor-pumped lasers (RPLs) have been developed in the US by the Department of Energy for over two decades, with the primary research occurring at Sandia National Laboratories and Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. The US program has experimentally demonstrated reactor-pumped lasing in various mixtures of xenon, argon, neon, and helium at wavelengths of 585, 703, 725, 1,271, 1,733, 1,792, 2,032, 2,630, 2,650, and 3,370 nm with intrinsic efficiency as high as 2.5%. The major strengths of a reactor-pumped laser are continuous high-power operation, modular construction, self-contained power, compact size, and a variety of wavelengths (from visible to infrared). These characteristics suggest numerous applications not easily accessible to other laser types. The continuous high power of an RPL opens many potential manufacturing applications such as deep-penetration welding and cutting of thick structures, wide-area hardening of metal surfaces by heat treatment or cladding application, wide-area vapor deposition of ceramics onto metal surfaces, production of sub-micron sized particles for manufacturing of ceramics, and 3-D ceramic lithography. In addition, a ground-based RPL could beam its power to space for such activities as illuminating geosynchronous communication satellites in the earth`s shadow to extend their lives, beaming power to orbital transfer vehicles, removing space debris, and providing power (from earth) to a lunar base during the long lunar night.

  10. Grating THz laser with optical pumping

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    Khoury, Jed; Haji-saeed, Bahareh; Woods, Charles; Kierstead, John

    2010-04-01

    In this paper, we present a design for a widely tunable solid-state optically and electrically pumped THz laser based on the Smith-Purcell free-electron laser. In the free-electron laser, an energetic electron beam pumps a metallic grating to generate surface plasmons. Our solid-state optically pumped design consists of a thin layer of dielectic, such as SiNx, sandwiched between a corrugated structure and a thin metal or semiconductor layer. The lower layer is for current streaming, and replaces the electron beam in the original design. The upper layer consists of one micro-grating for coupling the electromagnetic field in, another for coupling out, and a nano-grating for coupling with the current in the lower layer for electromagnetic field generation. The surface plasmon waves generated from the upper layer by an external electromagnetic field, and the lower layer by the applied current, are coupled. Emission enhancement occurs when the plasmonic waves in both layers are resonantly coupled.

  11. Optically (solar) pumped oxygen-iodine lasers

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    Danilov, O. B.; Zhevlakov, A. P.; Yur'ev, M. S.

    2014-07-01

    We present the results of theoretical and experimental studies demonstrating the possibility of developing an oxygen-iodine laser (OIL) with direct optical pumping of molecular oxygen involving inter-molecular interaction with charge transfer from donor molecule (buffer gas) to acceptor molecule (oxygen). This interaction lifts degeneracy of the lower energy states of molecular oxygen and increases its absorption cross section in the visible spectral region and the UV Herzberg band, where high quantum yield of singlet oxygen is achieved (QY ˜ 1 and QY ˜ 2, respectively) at the same time. A pulse-periodic optical pump sources with pulse energy of ˜50 kJ, pulse duration of ˜25 μs, and repetition rate of ˜10 Hz, which are synchronized with the mechanism of singlet oxygen generation, are developed. This allows implementation of a pulse-periodic oxygen-iodine laser with an efficiency of ˜25%, optical efficiency of ˜40%, and parameter L/ T ˜ 1/1.5, where T is the thermal energy released in the laser active medium upon generation of energy L. It is demonstrated that, under direct solar pumping of molecular oxygen, the efficiency parameter of the OIL can reach L/ T ˜ 1/0.8 in a wide range of scaling factors.

  12. Triplet extinction coefficients of some laser dyes I

    SciTech Connect

    Pavlopoulos, T.G.; Golich, D.J.

    1988-07-15

    We measured the triplet extinction coefficients epsilon/sub T/ over the laser action spectral region of Rhodamine 6G; Rhodamine B; Rhodamine 110; Fluorol-7GA; Coumarin 540A; Coumarin 522; Coumarin 1; Coumarin 120; 4,4'-diphenyl stilbene; and 2,7-bis-(4-methoxy-phenyl)-9,9-dipropylfluorene. We employed the different lines from an argon ion cw laser for excitation. McClure's method was used to obtain the triplet extinction coefficients epsilon/sub T/. The method requires the measurement of triplet optical densities OD/sub T/ as a function of different cw laser excitation intensities (powers) I/sub ex/ . The importance of triplet-state losses on dye laser efficiency is reviewed. The laser action properties of the laser dyes we studied are briefly discussed as they relate to the measured epsilon/sub T/ values.

  13. Dye laser spectrometer for ultrahigh spectral resolution: design and performance.

    PubMed

    Helmcke, J; Lee, S A; Hall, J L

    1982-05-01

    A dye laser spectrometer for ultrahigh spectral resolution is described. The laser frequency is stabilized to the side of a transmission fringe of an optical cavity by means of the usual differencing servo technique. With an intralaser-cavity AD(*)P phase modulator, driven by improved fast servo electronics, the linewidth of the jet stream dye laser was reduced to 1.8 kHz rms. With fast amplitude stabilization a 1.0-kHz line-width was observed. Good long-term stability and digital frequency scanning (with a step resolution of 1 kHz and a continuous tuning range of 900 MHz) are accomplished by transferring the long-term stability of an I(2)-stabilized He-Ne laser to the dye laser via a second optical cavity and an offset locked He-Ne laser. A drift rate of <1 kHz/min was obtained while using this dye laser spectrometer to investigate two-photon optical Ramsey fringes. A fringe width of the Ramsey features of 17 kHz has been observed, confirming for the first time the high resolution capability of two-photon optical Ramsey resonances. PMID:20389917

  14. A blackbody radiation-pumped CO2 laser experiment

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    Christiansen, W. H.; Insuik, R. J.; Deyoung, R. J.

    1982-01-01

    Thermal radiation from a high temperature oven was used as an optical pump to achieve lasing from CO2 mixtures. Laser output as a function of blackbody temperature and gas conditions is described. This achievement represents the first blackbody cavity pumped laser and has potential for solar pumping.

  15. A blackbody radiation-pumped CO2 laser experiment

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    Christiansen, W. H.; Insuik, R. J.; Deyoung, R. J.

    1982-09-01

    Thermal radiation from a high temperature oven was used as an optical pump to achieve lasing from CO2 mixtures. Laser output as a function of blackbody temperature and gas conditions is described. This achievement represents the first blackbody cavity pumped laser and has potential for solar pumping.

  16. Nd laser pumped by laser diodes. Professional paper

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    Scheps, R.

    1989-08-01

    Performance data for laser diode pumped cw Nd:BEL and Nd :YAG lasers are presented. Two phased laser diode arrays are used as the pump source, each emitting 500 mW. The heat sink for the arrays is temperature controlled to allow for wavelength tunability. A Nd:YAG rod was pumped under similiar conditions and the results are compared. Although the absorption bandwidth for Nd:BEL is substantially broader than for Nd:YAG, the Nd:BEL was found to have a higher threshold for lasing. Both rods had slope efficiencies of 42 percent. The dependence of the output mirror reflectivity was measured, with Nd:BEL showing a greater sensitivity to reflectivity than Nd:YAG. The optimum reflectivities were found to be .98 and .97 for Nd:BEL and Nd:YAG respectively. The maximum TEMOO cw power achieved for each rod at these reflectivities was 250 mW for Nd:BEL and 283 mW for Nd:YAG. We conclude that under the conditions used in this work, both BEL and YAG hosts perform comparably. Measurements of higher output power and efficiency have recently been made using two 1-watt single stripe laser diodes as the pump source, and these results are given as well.

  17. Build-up time of the random laser in R6G dye solution with TiO2 scatters

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    Fan, Shuzhen; Zhang, Xingyu; Wang, Qingpu; Zhang, Chen; Wang, Zhengping

    2010-11-01

    The dynamic properties of the laser emission are very important in studying the characteristics of the laser and may reveal the underlying operating mechanism. Here we report a more precise measurement of the build-up time of random laser pumped by picosecond pulse laser. The build-up time is defined as the time delay from the peak of the pumping pulse to that of the emission. The random laser is R6G dye solutions with nanometer size TiO 2 as the scatterer. Various dye concentrations and scatterer density are tried and measured. A specially customized fiber and a streak camera with a spectrometer are employed to make the simultaneous measurement. The fiber has two branches and the lengths of both branches are made equal with a difference of much less than 1 mm. The dispersion of the fiber, which introduces much error in the results, is also measured and later compensated in the following data processing. The streak camera with spectrometer can catch the random laser pulse and the pumping pulse signal in one shot with a resolution of less than 2 picoseconds. The results show that the build-up time changes evidently with the dye concentration, while it changes a little along with the scatterer density. The pulse width almost remains the same in our experiment considering the errors.

  18. Advanced solar energy conversion. [solar pumped gas lasers

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    Lee, J. H.

    1981-01-01

    An atomic iodine laser, a candidate for the direct solar pumped lasers, was successfully excited with a 4 kW beam from a xenon arc solar simulator, thus proving the feasibility of the concept. The experimental set up and the laser output as functions of operating conditions are presented. The preliminary results of the iodine laser amplifier pumped with the HCP array to which a Q switch for giant pulse production was coupled are included. Two invention disclosures - a laser driven magnetohydrodynamic generator for conversion of laser energy to electricity and solar pumped gas lasers - are also included.

  19. Optically pumped distributed feedback dye lasing with slide-coated TiO₂ inverse-opal slab as Bragg reflector.

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    Han, Sung Gu; Lim, Jongchul; Shin, Jinsub; Lee, Sung-Min; Park, Taiho; Yoon, Jongseung; Woo, Kyoungja; Lee, Hyunjung; Lee, Wonmok

    2014-08-15

    We demonstrate an optical amplification of organic dye within a TiO2 inverse-opal (IO) distributed feedback (DFB) reflector prepared by a slide-coating method. Highly reflective TiO2 IO film was fabricated by slide coating the binary aqueous dispersions of polystyrene microspheres and charge-stabilized TiO2 nanoparticles on a glass slide and subsequently removing the polymer-opal template. TiO2 IO film was infiltrated, in turn, with the solutions of DCM, a fluorescent dye in various solvents with different indices of refraction. Optical pumping by frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser resulted in amplified spontaneous emission in each dye solution. In accordance with the semi-empirical simulation by the FDTD method, DCM in ethanol showed the best emission/stopband matching for the TiO2 IO film used in this study. Therefore, photo excitation of a DCM/ethanol cavity showed a single-mode DFB lasing at 640 nm wavelength at moderate pump energy. PMID:25121863

  20. Preparation of 6-hydroxyindolines and their use for preparation of novel laser dyes

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    Field, G.F.; Hammond, P.R.

    1993-10-26

    A novel method is described for the synthesis of 6-hydroxyindolines and new fluorescent dyes produced therefrom, which dyes are ring-constrained indoline-based rhodamine class dyes. These dyes have absorption and emission spectra which make them particularly useful in certain dye laser applications.

  1. Preparation of 6-hydroxyindolines and their use for preparation of novel laser dyes

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    Field, George F.; Hammond, Peter R.

    1993-01-01

    A novel method for the synthesis of 6-hydroxyindolines and new fluorescent dyes produced therefrom, which dyes are ring-constrained indoline-based rhodamine class dyes. These dyes have absorption and emission spectra which make them particularly useful in certain dye laser applications.

  2. Linewidth characteristics of Raman-shifted dye laser output at 720 and 940 nm

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    Grossmann, B. E.; Singh, U. N.; Cotnoir, L. J.; Wilkerson, T. D.; Higdon, N. S.; Browell, E. V.

    1986-01-01

    Raman conversion efficiency and line broadening are reported for Stokes operation at 720 and 940 nm, with hydrogen and deuterium as the Raman source, and using an Nd:YAG pumped Quanta-Ray PDL-2 dye laser. The dye laser linewidth is 0.2/cm (FWHM) with the grating alone as an intracavity element, and the conversion efficiency at 400 psi was found to be 40 and 20 percent for outputs of 720 and 940 nm, respectively. Pressure broadening coefficients of (9.2 + or - 0.9) x 10 to the -5th per cm/psi for hydrogen, and 7.7 x 10 to the -5th per cm/psi for deuterium, were obtained in good agreement with previous results. The linewidth at the first Stokes wavelength was shown to be determined by pressure broadening in the Raman medium.

  3. Experimental and theoretical investigation of a multipass, plane mirror, femtosecond dye laser amplifier

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    Wittmann, M.; Penzkofer, A.; Gössl, G.

    1995-08-01

    Femtosecond pulses of a passive mode-locked Rhodamine-6G dye laser are amplified in a double-stage, three-pass, plane mirror, Sulforhodamine-101 amplifier system. Saturable filters (Schott glass RG645 and Malachite Green) are used to suppress amplified spontaneous emission. Input pulses of 110-fs duration are broadened to 240 fs in the amplifier system and recompressed to 75 fs in a prism-pair compressor. Using a 20-Hz Q-switched Nd:YAG pump laser of 50-mJ second-harmonic output energy, we obtained amplified and recompressed pulses of 180- mu J energy at 625 nm starting with 40-pJ input pulses. The small-signal amplification dynamics is studied numerically. Relevant gain dye and saturable filter parameters are derived. The influence of amplified spontaneous emission is analyzed.

  4. UV laser interaction with a fluorescent dye solution studied using pulsed digital holography.

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    Amer, Eynas; Gren, Per; Sjdahl, Mikael

    2013-10-21

    A frequency tripled Q-switched Nd-YAG laser (wavelength 355 nm, pulse duration 12 ns) has been used to pump Coumarin 153 dye solved in ethanol. Simultaneously, a frequency doubled pulse (532 nm) from the same laser is used to probe the solvent perpendicularly resulting in a gain through stimulated laser induced fluorescence (LIF) emission. The resulting gain of the probe beam is recorded using digital holography by blending it with a reference beam on the detector. Two digital holograms without and with the pump beam were recorded. Intensity maps were calculated from the recorded digital holograms and used to calculate the gain of the probe beam due to the stimulated LIF. In addition numerical data of the local temperature rise was calculated from the corresponding phase maps using Radon inversion. It was concluded that about 15% of the pump beam energy is transferred to the dye solution as heat while the rest is consumed in the radiative process. The results show that pulsed digital holography is a promising technique for quantitative study of fluorescent species. PMID:24150372

  5. Skin closure with dye-enhanced laser welding and fibrinogen.

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    Wider, T M; Libutti, S K; Greenwald, D P; Oz, M C; Yager, J S; Treat, M R; Hugo, N E

    1991-12-01

    The topical application of wavelength-specific dye and fibrinogen has been used to enhance laser closure of vascular anastomoses. We compared the closure of skin incisions by two different dye-enhanced, fibrinogen-based laser welding systems [argon laser (power density 4.78 W/cm2) with fluorescein isothiocyanate dye (n = 32) and diode laser (power density 9.55 W/cm2) with indocyanine green dye (n = 32)] with closure by interrupted 5-0 nylon suture (n = 64) and examined tensile strength, hydroxyproline production, histology, and cosmesis. Two 3-cm full-thickness incisions were made on the shaved backs of 64 rats. One incision was closed with suture, whereas the other, after treatment with the appropriate dye, was welded with either argon- or diode-lasered fibrinogen. At postoperative days 5, 10, 15, and 28, the closure sites were harvested and sectioned for analysis. Initially, wounds closed with argon-lasered fibrinogen showed less inflammatory response, greater collagen production (34.61 +/- 0.74 mg/gm), and greater mean peak stress at rupture (64.85 lbs/in2) than those closed with suture (16.42 +/- 3.20 mg/gm, 26.68 lbs/in2) (p less than 0.05). By 15 days, both argon and diode laser closures are superior in strength and collagen production to suture closure (p less than 0.05). At 28 days, diode laser closures (1315.60 lbs/in2) are stronger than suture closures (998.09 lbs/in2), whereas both are stronger than argon laser closures (813.16 lbs/in2) (p less than 0.05). Cosmetically, argon-welded wounds consistently appeared finer and lacked cross-hatched suture scars.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1946752

  6. Polarized three-photon-pumped laser in a single MOF microcrystal

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    He, Huajun; Ma, En; Cui, Yuanjing; Yu, Jiancan; Yang, Yu; Song, Tao; Wu, Chuan-De; Chen, Xueyuan; Chen, Banglin; Qian, Guodong

    2016-03-01

    Higher order multiphoton-pumped polarized lasers have fundamental technological importance. Although they can be used to in vivo imaging, their application has yet to be realized. Here we show the first polarized three-photon-pumped (3PP) microcavity laser in a single host-guest composite metal-organic framework (MOF) crystal, via a controllable in situ self-assembly strategy. The highly oriented assembly of dye molecules within the MOF provides an opportunity to achieve 3PP lasing with a low lasing threshold and a very high-quality factor on excitation. Furthermore, the 3PP lasing generated from composite MOF is perfectly polarized. These findings may eventually open up a new route to the exploitation of multiphoton-pumped solid-state laser in single MOF microcrystal (or nanocrystal) for future optoelectronic and biomedical applications.

  7. Polarized three-photon-pumped laser in a single MOF microcrystal.

    PubMed

    He, Huajun; Ma, En; Cui, Yuanjing; Yu, Jiancan; Yang, Yu; Song, Tao; Wu, Chuan-De; Chen, Xueyuan; Chen, Banglin; Qian, Guodong

    2016-01-01

    Higher order multiphoton-pumped polarized lasers have fundamental technological importance. Although they can be used to in vivo imaging, their application has yet to be realized. Here we show the first polarized three-photon-pumped (3PP) microcavity laser in a single host-guest composite metal-organic framework (MOF) crystal, via a controllable in situ self-assembly strategy. The highly oriented assembly of dye molecules within the MOF provides an opportunity to achieve 3PP lasing with a low lasing threshold and a very high-quality factor on excitation. Furthermore, the 3PP lasing generated from composite MOF is perfectly polarized. These findings may eventually open up a new route to the exploitation of multiphoton-pumped solid-state laser in single MOF microcrystal (or nanocrystal) for future optoelectronic and biomedical applications. PMID:26983592

  8. Polarized three-photon-pumped laser in a single MOF microcrystal

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    He, Huajun; Ma, En; Cui, Yuanjing; Yu, Jiancan; Yang, Yu; Song, Tao; Wu, Chuan-De; Chen, Xueyuan; Chen, Banglin; Qian, Guodong

    2016-01-01

    Higher order multiphoton-pumped polarized lasers have fundamental technological importance. Although they can be used to in vivo imaging, their application has yet to be realized. Here we show the first polarized three-photon-pumped (3PP) microcavity laser in a single host–guest composite metal–organic framework (MOF) crystal, via a controllable in situ self-assembly strategy. The highly oriented assembly of dye molecules within the MOF provides an opportunity to achieve 3PP lasing with a low lasing threshold and a very high-quality factor on excitation. Furthermore, the 3PP lasing generated from composite MOF is perfectly polarized. These findings may eventually open up a new route to the exploitation of multiphoton-pumped solid-state laser in single MOF microcrystal (or nanocrystal) for future optoelectronic and biomedical applications. PMID:26983592

  9. Efficiency of Nd laser materials with laser diode pumping

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    Barnes, Norman P.; Cross, Patricia L.; Skolaut, Milton W., Jr.; Storm, Mark E.

    1990-03-01

    For pulsed laser-diode-pumped lasers, where efficiency is the most important issue, the choice of the Nd laser material makes a significant difference. The absorption efficiency, storage efficiency, and extraction efficiency for Nd:YAG, Nd:YLF, Nd:GSGG, Nd:BEL, Nd:YVO4, and Nd:glass are calculated. The materials are then compared under the assumption of equal quantum efficiency and damage threshold. Nd:YLF is found to be the best candidate for the application discussed here.

  10. Efficiency of Nd laser materials with laser diode pumping

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    Barnes, Norman P.; Cross, Patricia L.; Skolaut, Milton W., Jr.; Storm, Mark E.

    1990-01-01

    For pulsed laser-diode-pumped lasers, where efficiency is the most important issue, the choice of the Nd laser material makes a significant difference. The absorption efficiency, storage efficiency, and extraction efficiency for Nd:YAG, Nd:YLF, Nd:GSGG, Nd:BEL, Nd:YVO4, and Nd:glass are calculated. The materials are then compared under the assumption of equal quantum efficiency and damage threshold. Nd:YLF is found to be the best candidate for the application discussed here.

  11. Solution-processable, photo-stable, low-threshold, and broadly tunable thin film organic lasers based on novel high-performing laser dyes

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    Díaz-García, María. A.; Morales-Vidal, Marta; Ramírez, Manuel G.; Villalvilla, José M.; Boj, Pedro G.; Quintana, José A.; Retolaza, A.; Merino, S.

    2015-09-01

    Thin film organic lasers (TFOLs) represent a new generation of inexpensive, mechanically flexible devices with demonstrated applicability in numerous applications in the fields of spectroscopy, optical communications and sensing requiring an organic, efficient, stable, wavelength-tunable and solution-processable laser material. A distributed feedback (DFB) laser is a particularly attractive TFOL because it shows single mode emission, low pump energy, easy integration with other devices, mechanical flexibility and potentially low production cost. Here, amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) and DFB laser applications of novel high performing perylene dyes and p-phenylenevinylene (PV) oligomers, both dispersed in thermoplastic polymers, used as passive matrixes, are reported. Second-order DFB lasers based on these materials show single mode emission, wavelength tunability across the visible spectrum, operational lifetimes of >105 pump pulses, larger than previously reported PV oligomers or polymers, and thresholds close to pumping requirements with light-emitting diodes.

  12. Pyrromethene-BF2 complexes as laser dyes

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    Shah, Mayur; Thangaraj, Kannappan; Soong, Mou-Ling; Wolford, Lionel T.; Boyer, Joseph H.; Politzer, Ieva R.; Pavlopoulos, Theodore G.

    1990-05-01

    In 1984, less than two decades after its discovery, a review described the dye laser as one of the most useful and practical of tunable coherent sources. Laser dye activity was presumed to reflect a casual relationship with various ancillary properties including photostability, solubility and other interactions with solvent, fluorescence quantum yield, molar extinction of absorption, and minimal overlap of fluorescence with onset of absorption spectral regions, (S-S) and triplet-triplet (T-T). Bathochromic and hyperchromic shifts were introduced by the substitution of auxochromic and antiauxochromic groups but this benefit was often offset by the ability of certain groups, e.g., nitro, cyano, and heavy atoms, to quench laser activity. Since the known dyes were each deficient in one or more properties, the search for new structures to offer superior performance standards was undertaken.

  13. a Blackbody-Pumped Carbon Dioxide Laser

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    Insuik, Robin Joy

    A proof of concept experiment has been carried out to demonstrate the feasibility of using blackbody radiation to pump a gas laser. Building on earlier experiments in which optical gain was measured in a CO(,2) laser mixture exposed to blackbody radiation at a temperature of 1500(DEGREES)K, continuous wave oscillation of CO(,2) has been achieved, for the first time, using radiation from a blackbody cavity as the pump source. This was made possible by actively cooling the laser mixture as it was exposed to the radiation field of an electrically heated oven. Output power measurements are presented from a series of experiments using mixtures of CO(,2), He, and Ar. Maximum output power was obtained with a 20%CO(,2) - 15%He- 65%Ar mixture at pressures around 6-10 Torr. The output power was found to vary greatly with the gas temperature and the blackbody temperature. By varying these parameters output powers up to 8 mW have been achieved. The effects of the buffer gas are also shown to be important. Based on the experimental results, it is believed that the buffer gas is needed to inhibit diffusion of the excited species out of the laser mode volume. This diffusion leads to deactivation at the walls. Adding more CO(,2) results in a decrease in output power, indicating that the gas has a finite optical depth and the mode volume is not pumped if too much CO(,2) is present. A model which incorporates these effects is presented. The predicted small signal gains and powers based on this model adequately match the trends observed experimentally.

  14. Nuclear-pumped CO2 laser

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    Rowe, M.

    1979-01-01

    The He-3 (n,p)T reaction was examined as an energy source for a CO2 laser. For this purpose He-3 was added to a functioning CO2 electrically excited laser. Initially the laser was run electrically with 12 torr total pressure. The gas mixture was 1:1:8, CO2:N2:He. At zero reactor power, the laser was tested in place next to the core of the Georgia Tech. Research Reactor. After verification of laser action He-3 was added to the system. The He-3 partial pressures of 10 torr, 50 torr, and 300 torr were added in three separate reactor runs. Reactor power ranged from zero to 5 million watts, which corresponds to a peak flux of 10 to the 14th power/sq cm. At reactor powers greater than 10 kW, gain of up to 30 percent was shown. However, indications are this may be due to gamma excitation rather than caused by the He-3 (n,p)T reaction. These results do agree with the data of past CO2 nuclear pumped laser experiments.

  15. Amplified spontaneous emission in solar-pumped iodine laser

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    Cho, Yong S.; Hwang, In H.; Han, Kwang S.; Lee, Ja H.

    1992-01-01

    The amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) from a long pulse, solar-simulating radiation pumped iodine laser amplifier is studied. The ASE threshold pump intensity is almost proportional to the inverse of the laser gain length when the gas pressure is constant in the laser tube.

  16. Pulsed mononode dye laser developed for a geophysical application

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    Jegou, J. P.; Pain, T.; Megie, G.

    1986-01-01

    Following the extension of the lidar technique in the study of the atmosphere, the necessity of having a high power pulsed laser beam with a narrowed bandwidth and the possibility of selecting a particular wavelength within a certain spectral region arises. With the collaboration of others, a laser cavity using the multiwave Fizeau wedge (MWFW) was developed. Using the classical method of beam amplification with the aid of different stages, a new pulsed dye laser device was designed. The originality resides in the use of reflecting properties of the MFWF. Locally a plan wave coming with a particular angular incidence is reflected with a greater than unity coefficient; this is the consequence of the wedge angle which doubles the participation of every ray in the interferometric process. This dye laser operation and advantages are discussed. The feasibility of different geophysical applications envisageable with this laser is discussed.

  17. Solid-state laser pumping by light guides

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    Bernardes, Pedro H.; Liang Dawei

    2006-06-01

    What we believe to be novel pumping schemes for lamp-pumped solid-state lasers are proposed. Based on the refractive and total internal reflection principles, curved fused-silica light guides of rectangular cross sections are used to couple the pump radiation from an arc lamp into a laser crystal. The performances of light-guide pumping schemes are analyzed through a nonsequential ray-trace program and are compared to that of a single elliptical cavity. Improved pump radiation distribution around the laser crystal was registered. The light-guide cavities also permit tailoring the pump flux distribution within the active medium. A lamp-pumped Nd:YAG laser by alight-guide cavity was built and tested. An overall laser efficiency of 1.1% was measured.

  18. Chemical stabilization of laser dyes. Final report, 1 April 1987-31 March 1990

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    Koch, T.H.

    1990-04-10

    Irradiation of ethanol solutions of coumarin laser dye lasers produces products which absorb at the lasing wavelength. This results in attenuation of dye laser output through interference of stimulated emission. A major photoprocess which produces material which absorbs at the lasing wavelength is dye sensitized solvent oxidative oligomerization, producing aldehydic and ketonic products. A dye laser stabilization technique is removal of these carbonyl compounds as they are formed by reduction with a polymer bound borohydride reducing agent.

  19. Feasibility study: Monodisperse polymer particles containing laser-excitable dyes

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    Vanderhoff, John W.; Chen, Jing-Hong

    1993-01-01

    The objective was to determine the feasibility of the preparation of monodisperse spherical poly(methyl methacrylate) and polystyrene particles that contain laser-excitable dyes in the size range 0.1 microns to 1 cm. Poly(methyl methacrylate) and polystyrene were chosen because of their excellent optical properties. The sphericity was required for uniformity of spectral output of re-irradiated light from the dye-containing particles. The monodispersity was required to give each particle the same optical properties when exposed to laser light.

  20. Multimode-diode-pumped gas (alkali-vapor) laser

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    Page, R H; Beach, R J; Kanz, V K

    2005-08-22

    We report the first demonstration of a multimode-diode-pumped gas laser--Rb vapor operating on the 795 nm resonance transition. Peak output of {approx}1 Watt was obtained using a volume-Bragg-grating stabilized pump diode array. The laser's output radiance exceeded the pump radiance by a factor greater than 2000. Power scaling (by pumping with larger diode arrays) is therefore possible.

  1. Multimode-diode-pumped gas (alkali-vapor) laser.

    PubMed

    Page, Ralph H; Beach, Raymond J; Kanz, V Keith; Krupke, William F

    2006-02-01

    We report what we believe to be the first demonstration of a multimode-diode-pumped gas laser: Rb vapor operating on the 795 nm D1 resonance transition. Peak output of approximately 1 W was obtained using a volume-Bragg-grating stabilized pump diode array. The laser's output radiance exceeded the pump radiance by a factor greater than 2000. Power scaling (by pumping with larger diode arrays) is therefore possible. PMID:16480206

  2. Diode-pumped 10 W continuous wave cesium laser.

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    Zhdanov, Boris; Knize, R J

    2007-08-01

    An efficient cesium vapor laser pumped with a continuous wave laser diode array has been demonstrated. The linewidth of the pump source was narrowed using the external cavity to match it to the cesium absorption line. The output power of the continuous wave cesium laser was 10 W, which exceeds previous results by more than a factor of 10, and the slope efficiency was 68%. The overall optical efficiency was 62%, which is a factor of 6 higher than previous pulsed laser results for alkali lasers with diode laser array pumping. PMID:17671572

  3. Chemical stabilization of laser dyes. Final report, 1 December 1984-28 February 1987

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    Koch, T.H.

    1987-05-07

    Coumarin laser dyes upon excitation degrade to produce products that absorb at the lasing wavelength. This results in attenuation of dye laser output through interference of stimulated emission. The roles of singlet oxygen and excitation intensity on dye degradation were explored. Singlet oxygen is formed but its reactions with the dye do not appear to be a major cause of dye laser output deterioration. High light intensity results in dye-sensitized, solvent oligomerization to yield materials that interfere with dye-stimulated emission. 1, 4-Diazabicyclo2,2,2octane (DABCO)inhibits this oligomerization.

  4. Phase control of the competition between electronic transitions in a solvated laser dye

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    Carroll, Elizabeth C.; Florean, Andrei C.; Bucksbaum, Philip H.; Spears, Kenneth G.; Sension, Roseanne J.

    2008-06-01

    Excited state population can be manipulated by resonant chirped laser pulses through pump-dump processes. We investigate these processes in the laser dye LD690 as a function of wavelength by monitoring the saturated absorption of chirped ultrafast pulses. The resulting nonlinear absorption spectrum becomes increasingly complex as the pulse is tuned to shorter wavelengths. However, fluorescence measurements indicate that the excited state population depends weakly on chirp when the pump wavelength is far from the lowest order electronic transition. Using a learning algorithm and closed-loop control, we find nonlinear chirp parameters that optimize features in the transmission spectrum. The results are discussed in terms of competition between excited state absorption and stimulated resonant Raman scattering.

  5. High-energy transversely pumped alkali vapor laser

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    Zweiback, J.; Komashko, A.

    2011-03-01

    We report on the results from our transversely pumped alkali laser. This system uses an Alexandrite laser to pump a stainless steel laser head. The system uses methane and helium as buffer gasses. Using rubidium, the system produced up to 40 mJ of output energy when pumped with 63 mJ. Slope efficiency was 75%. Using potassium as the lasing species the system produced 32 mJ and a 53% slope efficiency.

  6. DOE reactor-pumped laser program

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    Felty, J.R.; Lipinski, R.J.; McArthur, D.A.; Pickard, P.S.

    1994-12-31

    FALCON is a high-power, steady-state, nuclear reactor-pumped laser (RPL) concept that is being developed by the Department of Energy. The FALCON program has experimentally demonstrated reactor-pumped lasing in various mixtures of xenon, argon, neon, and helium at wavelengths of 585, 703, 725, 1271, 1733, 1792, 2032, 2630, 2650, and 3370 nm with intrinsic efficiency as high as 2.5%. The major strengths of a reactor-pumped laser are continuous highpower operation, modular construction, self-contained power, compact size, and a variety of wavelengths (from visible to infrared). These characteristics suggest numerous applications not easily accessible to other laser types. A ground-based RPL could beam its power to space for such activities as illuminating geosynchronous communication satellites in the earth`s shadow to extend their lives, beaming power to orbital transfer vehicles, removing space debris, and providing power (from earth) to a lunar base during the long lunar night. The compact size and self-contained power also makes an RPL very suitable for ship basing so that power-beaming activities could be situated around the globe. The continuous high power of an RPL opens many potential manufacturing applications such as deep-penetration welding and cutting of thick structures, wide-area hardening of metal surfaces by heat treatment or cladding application, wide-area vapor deposition of ceramics onto metal surfaces, production of sub-micron sized particles for manufacturing of ceramics, wide-area deposition of diamond-like coatings, and 3-D ceramic lithography.

  7. DOE reactor-pumped laser program

    SciTech Connect

    Felty, J.R.; Lipinski, R.J.; McArthur, D.A.; Pickard, P.S.

    1993-12-31

    FALCON is a high-power, steady-state, nuclear reactor-pumped laser (RPL) concept that is being developed by the Department of Energy. The FALCON program has experimentally demonstrated reactor-pumped lasing in various mixtures of xenon, argon, neon, and helium at at wavelengths of 585, 703, 725, 1271, 1733, 1792, 2032, 2630, 2650, and 3370 nm with intrinsic efficiency as high as 2.5%. The major strengths of a reactor-pumped laser are continuous high-power operation, modular construction, self-contained power, compact size, and a variety of wavelengths (from visible to infrared). These characteristics suggest numerous applications not easily accessible to other laser types. A ground-based RPL could beam its power to space for such activities as illuminating geosynchronous communication satellites in the earth`s shadow to extend their lives, beaming power to orbital transfer vehicles, removing space debris, and providing power (from earth) to a lunar base during the long lunar night. The compact size and self-contained power also makes an RPL very suitable for ship basing so that power-beaming activities could be situated around the globe. The continuous high power of an RPL opens many potential manufacturing applications such as deep-penetration welding and cutting of thick structures, wide-area hardening of metal surfaces by heat treatment or cladding application, wide-area vapor deposition of ceramics onto metal surfaces, production of sub-micron sized particles for manufacturing of ceramics, wide-area deposition of diamond-like coatings, and 3-D ceramic lithography.

  8. DOE reactor-pumped laser program

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    Felty, James R.; Lipinski, Ronald J.; McArthur, David A.; Pickard, Paul S.

    1994-05-01

    FALCON is a high-power, steady-state, nuclear reactor-pumped laser (RPL) concept that is being developed by the Department of Energy. The FALCON program has experimentally demonstrated reactor-pumped lasing in various mixtures of xenon, argon, neon, and helium at wavelengths of 585, 703, 725, 1271, 1733, 1792, 2032, 2630, 2650, and 3370 nm with intrinsic efficiency as high as 2.5%. The major strengths of a reactor-pumped laser are continuous high-power operation, modular construction, self-contained power, compact size, and a variety of wavelengths (from visible to infrared). These characteristics suggest numerous applications not easily accessible to other laser types. A ground-based RPL could beam its power to space for such activities as illuminating geosynchronous communication satellites in the earth's shadow to extend their lives, beaming power to orbital transfer vehicles, removing space debris, and providing power (from earth) to a lunar base during the long lunar night. The compact size and self-contained power also makes an RPL very suitable for ship basing so that power-beaming activities could be situated around the globe. The continuous high power of an RPL opens many potential manufacturing applications such as deep-penetration welding and cutting of thick structures, wide-area hardening of metal surfaces by heat treatment or cladding application, wide-area vapor deposition of ceramics onto metal surfaces, production of sub-micron sized particles for manufacturing of ceramics, wide-area deposition of diamond- like coatings, and 3-D ceramic lithography.

  9. Fissioning uranium plasmas and nuclear-pumped lasers

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    Schneider, R. T.; Thom, K.

    1975-01-01

    Current research into uranium plasmas, gaseous-core (cavity) reactors, and nuclear-pumped lasers is discussed. Basic properties of fissioning uranium plasmas are summarized together with potential space and terrestrial applications of gaseous-core reactors and nuclear-pumped lasers. Conditions for criticality of a uranium plasma are outlined, and it is shown that the nonequilibrium state and the optical thinness of a fissioning plasma can be exploited for the direct conversion of fission fragment energy into coherent light (i.e., for nuclear-pumped lasers). Successful demonstrations of nuclear-pumped lasers are described together with gaseous-fuel reactor experiments using uranium hexafluoride.

  10. High efficiency CW green-pumped alexandrite lasers

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    Kuper, J. W.; Brown, D. C.

    2006-02-01

    High power, CW and pulsed alexandrite lasers were produced by pumping the laser rod with a high quality diode pumped 532 nm laser sources. This pumping architecture provides stable performance with output power > 1.4 W at 767nm in the free running mode and 0.78W at 1000 Hz. An output of 80 mW at 375.5 nm was achieved at 500 Hz. This approach holds promise for the production of a scalable diode-pumped, tunable alexandrite laser systems operating in the near infrared (750 nm), and the ultraviolet (375 and 250 nm) spectral regions.

  11. Pulsed dye laser fragmentation of ureteral calculi: initial clinical experience.

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    Dretler, S P; Watson, G; Parrish, J A; Murray, S

    1987-03-01

    The pulsed dye laser, emitting at wavelengths of 504 nm. for 1 microsecond. at a frequency of 5 Hz. transmitted via a 250 mu in diameter silicon-coated quartz fiber, was passed into the ureter through the working channel of a 9.5F rigid ureteroscope. Seventeen patients with ureteral calculi too large to be extracted directly, who were unable to be treated by extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy or who otherwise would have required transureteral or percutaneous ultrasonic stone removal, underwent attempted stone fragmentation by pulsed dye laser application. Of the 17 calculi 16 were fragmented to spontaneously passable or easily extractable fragments. There was no significant ureteral injury, thermal or otherwise, attributable to laser energy action. At 3-month followup 15 of the 17 ureters had improved and 2 showed evidence of ureterscopic injury. The mechanism of stone fragmentation by laser is small volume "shock wave" formation. PMID:3820363

  12. Quasi-aromatic heterocyclics as laser dyes. Interim technical report

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    Pavlopoulos, T.G.; Boyer, J.H.

    1989-04-19

    Superior laser dyes were recently discovered in the quasi-aromatic families of syn-dioxabimanes and pyrromethene-BF/sub 2/ complexes. The representative new dye mu-bis-(carboethoxy) methylene-syn-(methylene, methyl) bimane lased at 507 nm with 50% greater efficiency than was obtained with Coumarin 30. A similar determination showed 4, 4-difluoro-1,3,5,7,8-pentamethyl-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene to lase at 546 nm with about 300% greater efficiency than was obtained from Coumarin 545. These quasi-aromatic systems are readily available and offer desirable properties of stability (photo, thermal, and chemical), solubility, and diminished triplet-triplet absorption in the lasing spectral region. Selected spectroscopic and lasing properties of these new laser dyes are presented.

  13. Efficient tunable near-infrared solid-state dye laser with good beam quality

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    Russell, Jeffrey A.; Pacheco, Dennis P.; Aldag, Henry R.

    2005-04-01

    We have demonstrated a laser-pumped, near-infrared solid-state dye laser (SSDL) with a slope efficiency approximately equal to 35%, tunability over approximately equal to 40 nm (from 710 to 750 nm) and M2 < 1.3. This device utilizes a folded three-mirror resonator containing a tight focus for the gain medium and a collimated section for the tuning element. The folded cavity is astigmatically compensated through proper choice of sample thickness and cavity fold angle. We achieved low-threshold operation through the tight intracavity focus and by mounting the sample at Brewster"s angle. Two pump lasers were used in this study: (1.) a flashlamp-pumped dye laser (FPDL) with an output wavelength of 630 nm and a pulse duration of approximately equal to 1 microsecond; and (2.) a pulsed red diode laser with an output wavelength of 671 nm and a pulse duration of approximately equal to 200 ns. The gain medium consists of the near-infrared dye Oxazine 725 in the solid host modified PMMA. With the FPDL as the pump source, slope efficiencies up to approximately equal to 35% were measured at the center of the tuning range. A single-plate birefringent filter (BRF) was used to tune the output from approximately equal to 710 to 750 nm with a single output wavelength. The BRF narrowed the spectral output from approximately equal to 15 to approximately equal to 0.8 nm, and provided smooth, continuous tuning over the 40-nm range. Lasing was observed outside this range, but the output consisted of two wavelengths separated by approximately equal to 50 nm (the free spectral range of the BRF). Time-resolved data showed that, for these cases, the laser switches from the shorter to the longer wavelength during the pulse. Input/output curves were generated as a function of resonator feedback for several output wavelengths. Findlay-Clay analyses were used to determine the round-trip cavity loss at each wavelength. The results correlate well with known losses in the resonator, including dye self-absorption losses. Beam-quality measurements were made near the peak of the tuning curve (lambda approximately equal to 727 nm) with a cavity feedback of 95%. At 1.5x threshold, the laser output had an M2 value of approximately equal to 1.06. At 7x threshold, the beam quality degraded slightly to M2 approximately equal to 1.26. Good temporal tracking was observed between the pump and output pulses, once the SSDL turned on. With design improvements to reduce the threshold, the tunable SSDL was also lased using the diode laser as the pump source. Further characterization of this device under direct diode-pumping is in process.

  14. Squeezed light from conventionally pumped multi-level lasers

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    Ralph, T. C.; Savage, C. M.

    1992-01-01

    We have calculated the amplitude squeezing in the output of several conventionally pumped multi-level lasers. We present results which show that standard laser models can produce significantly squeezed outputs in certain parameter ranges.

  15. Passively mode-locked cw Coumarin 6 ring dye laser

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    French, P.M.W.; Opalinska, M.M.; Taylor, J.

    1989-02-15

    The passive mode locking of a cw Coumarin 6 dye laser in a colliding-pulse ring configuration is reported. Pulses of less than 500-fsec duration have been obtained from 518 to 554 nm, with the shortest pulses obtained being of 96-fsec duration.

  16. Convenient Microscale Synthesis of a Coumarin Laser Dye Analog

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    Aktoudianakis, Evangelos; Dicks, Andrew P.

    2006-01-01

    Coumarin (2H-1-benzopyran-2-one) and its derivatives constitute a fascinating class of organic substances that are utilized industrially in areas such as cosmetics, food preservatives, insecticides and fluorescent laser dyes. The product can be synthesized, purified, and characterized within two hours with benefits of microscale reactivity being

  17. Convenient Microscale Synthesis of a Coumarin Laser Dye Analog

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    Aktoudianakis, Evangelos; Dicks, Andrew P.

    2006-01-01

    Coumarin (2H-1-benzopyran-2-one) and its derivatives constitute a fascinating class of organic substances that are utilized industrially in areas such as cosmetics, food preservatives, insecticides and fluorescent laser dyes. The product can be synthesized, purified, and characterized within two hours with benefits of microscale reactivity being…

  18. Nd:BEL laser pumped by laser diodes

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    Scheps, R.; Myers, J.; Schimitschek, E.J.; Heller, D.F.

    1988-01-01

    Performance data for a laser-diode-pumped c-w Nd:BEL laser is presented. Two phased laser-diode arrays are used as the pump source, each emitting 500 mW. The heat sink for the arrays is temperature controlled to allow for wavelength tunability. A Nd:YAG rod was pumped under similar conditions and the results are compared. Although the absorption bandwidth for Nd:BEL is substantially broader than for Nd:YAG, the Nd:BEL was found to have a higher threshold for lasing. Both rods gave slope efficiencies of 42%. The dependence of the output power on output mirror reflectivity was measured, with Nd:BEL showing a greater sensitivity to reflectivity than Nd:YAG. The optimum reflectivities were found to be .98 and .97 for Nd:BEL and Nd:YAG respectively. The maximum TEMoo c-w power achieved for each rod at these reflectivities was 250 mW for Nd:BEL and 283 mW for Nd:YAG. The observed electrical to optical conversion efficiency was factored into a product of analytic component terms and excellent agreement was found between observed and calculated efficiencies. Under the conditions used in this work, both BEL and YAG hosts perform comparably.

  19. Nuclear pumped laser research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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    Russell, G. R.

    1979-01-01

    Using a partially nuclear excited xenon flashlamp to pump an iodine laser, laser pulse shapes were analyzed with and without nuclear flashlamp augmentation. The pulse shapes indicate that the deposition of nuclear energy is equally as effective as electrical energy deposition in producing laser pulse energy output. The amplification of the E-beam pumped CF3I was measured at pressures of several atmospheres. Preliminary data shows that, for a part of the iodine laser pulse, amplification of almost a factor of two is measured. This measurement indicates that the gain in an E-beam pumped CF3I is an order of magnitude greater than in the coaxial laser tube.

  20. Recycle Rate in a Pulsed, Optically Pumped Rubidium Laser

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    Miller, Wooddy S.; Sulham, Clifford V.; Holtgrave, Jeremy C.; Perram, Glen P.

    2010-10-08

    A pulsed, optically pumped rubidium laser operating in analogy to the diode pumped alkali laser (DPAL) system at pump intensities as high as 750 kW/cm{sup 2} has been demonstrated with output energies of up to 13 {mu}J/pulse. Output energy is dramatically limited by spin-orbit relaxation rates under these high intensity pump conditions. More than 250 photons are available for every rubidium atom in the pumped volume, requiring a high number of cycles per atom during the 2-8 ns duration of the pump pulse. At 550 Torr of ethane, the spin-orbit relaxation rate is too slow to effectively utilize all the incident pump photons. Indeed, a linear dependence of output energy on pump pulse duration for fixed pump energy is demonstrated.

  1. Study of photoproducts of Rhodamine 6G in ethanol upon powerful laser pumping

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    Batishche, S.A.; Malevich, N.A.; Mostovnikov, V.A.

    1995-04-01

    Absorption spectra of rhodamine 6G in ethanol solution are measured using, the technique of laser probing upon pumping by a doubled Nd {sup 3+}:YAG laser with pulse length{tau}{sub 01}{approx_equal}16ns. It is shown that, at the pumping energy density {ge}1.5 J/cm{sup 2}, short-lived ({tau} < 25 ns) and long-lived photoproducts formed in the dye solution, which absorbed in a wide spectral range, including the lasing region. The estimates show that the probability of rhodamine 6G transformation to the photoproduct upon three-step excitation at 532 nm achieves {approximately}2.5 X 10{sup -3}. It is noted that, in order to obtain reliable spectroscopic information using this technique, one should take into account the intense scattering of probing radiation by thermal noise gratings, which are formed due to self-diffraction of the pumping radiation into noise components.

  2. Tuning laser output characteristics of a pyrotechnically pumped free-running Nd:YAG laser in terms of pumping kinetics

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    Kang, Xiaoli; Yang, Fan; Luo, Jiangshan; Tang, Yongjian

    2015-02-01

    Using light radiation directly produced by combustion of some pyrotechnics as pumping sources of solid state lasers is a potentially effective way to obtain compact and high energy lasers. Kinetics of this kind of pumping is studied in terms of pulse energy and pulse time characteristics as well as laser output energy. Pumping kinetics is turned through changing fabrication methods of the pumping modules. It was found that the useful light energy and pulse time for the pyrotechnic pumping light showed opposite changing trend. Compressing pulse duration from 45 ms to about 10 ms would simultaneously cause 20%~ 50% decreases in useful light radiation energy. However, the laser output energy produced by these pumping sources only had a variation 9%, ranging from 427 mJ to 468 mJ. Reasons were related to the decrease in fluorescence loss in pumping energy below the threshold for the pyrotechnic modules having shorter pulse duration but higher radiation power.

  3. Key techniques for space-based solar pumped semiconductor lasers

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    He, Yang; Xiong, Sheng-jun; Liu, Xiao-long; Han, Wei-hua

    2014-12-01

    In space, the absence of atmospheric turbulence, absorption, dispersion and aerosol factors on laser transmission. Therefore, space-based laser has important values in satellite communication, satellite attitude controlling, space debris clearing, and long distance energy transmission, etc. On the other hand, solar energy is a kind of clean and renewable resources, the average intensity of solar irradiation on the earth is 1353W/m2, and it is even higher in space. Therefore, the space-based solar pumped lasers has attracted much research in recent years, most research focuses on solar pumped solid state lasers and solar pumped fiber lasers. The two lasing principle is based on stimulated emission of the rare earth ions such as Nd, Yb, Cr. The rare earth ions absorb light only in narrow bands. This leads to inefficient absorption of the broad-band solar spectrum, and increases the system heating load, which make the system solar to laser power conversion efficiency very low. As a solar pumped semiconductor lasers could absorb all photons with energy greater than the bandgap. Thus, solar pumped semiconductor lasers could have considerably higher efficiencies than other solar pumped lasers. Besides, solar pumped semiconductor lasers has smaller volume chip, simpler structure and better heat dissipation, it can be mounted on a small satellite platform, can compose satellite array, which can greatly improve the output power of the system, and have flexible character. This paper summarizes the research progress of space-based solar pumped semiconductor lasers, analyses of the key technologies based on several application areas, including the processing of semiconductor chip, the design of small and efficient solar condenser, and the cooling system of lasers, etc. We conclude that the solar pumped vertical cavity surface-emitting semiconductor lasers will have a wide application prospects in the space.

  4. Average power limits of diode-laser-pumped solid state lasers.

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    Basu, S; Byer, R L

    1990-04-20

    We investigated the average power limits of diode laser pumped slab lasers and present design calculations for several laser configurations. In the laser designs, a number of diode lasers, each one of which is coupled to an optical fiber are employed to pump a solid state laser material in a zigzag slab or a disk geometry. The systems described here can produce multiple kilowatts of average output power with currently available diode lasers in a cost-effective manner. PMID:20563080

  5. Cascaded Energy Transfer for Efficient Broad-Band Pumping of High Quality, Micro Lasers

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    Rotschild, Carmel; Tomes, M.; Mendoza, H.; Andrew, T. L.; Swager, Timothy M.; Carmon, T.; Baldo, Marc

    2011-05-24

    Micro-ring lasers that exhibit a quality factor (Q) larger than 5.2 × 10{sup 6} with a direct-illumination, non-resonant pump are demonstrated. The micro-rings are coated with three organic dyes forming a cascaded energy-transfer, which reduces material-losses by a factor larger than 10{sup 4}, transforming incoherent light to coherent light with high quantum-efficiency. The operating principle is general and can enable fully integrated on-chip, high-Q micro-lasers.

  6. Dye-enhanced laser welding for skin closure.

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    DeCoste, S D; Farinelli, W; Flotte, T; Anderson, R R

    1992-01-01

    The use of a laser to weld tissue in combination with a topical photosensitizing dye permits selective delivery of energy to the target tissue. A combination of indocyanine green (IG), absorption peak 780 nm, and the near-infrared (IR) alexandrite laser was studied with albino guinea pig skin. IG was shown to bind to the outer 25 microns of guinea pig dermis and appeared to be bound to collagen. The optical transmittance of full-thickness guinea pig skin in the near IR was 40% indicating that the alexandrite laser should provide adequate tissue penetration. Laser "welding" of skin in vivo was achieved at various concentrations of IG from 0.03 to 3 mg/cc using the alexandrite at 780 nm, 250-microseconds pulse duration, 8 Hz, and a 4-mm spot size. A spectrum of welds was obtained from 1- to 20-W/cm2 average irradiance. Weak welds occurred with no thermal damage obtained at lower irradiances: stronger welds with thermal damage confined to the weld site occurred at higher irradiances. At still higher irradiances, local vaporization occurred with failure to "weld." Thus, there was an optimal range of irradiances for "welding," which varied inversely with dye concentration. Histology confirmed the thermal damage results that were evident clinically. IG dye-enhanced laser welding is possible in skin and with further optimization may have practical application. PMID:1377319

  7. Interface module for transverse energy input to dye laser modules

    DOEpatents

    English, R.E. Jr.; Johnson, S.A.

    1994-10-11

    An interface module for transverse energy input to dye laser modules is provided particularly for the purpose of delivering enhancing transverse energy beams in the form of illumination bar to the lasing zone of a dye laser device, in particular to a dye laser amplifier. The preferred interface module includes an optical fiber array having a plurality of optical fibers arrayed in a co-planar fashion with their distal ends receiving coherent laser energy from an enhancing laser source, and their proximal ends delivered into a relay structure. The proximal ends of the optical fibers are arrayed so as to be coplanar and to be aimed generally at a common point. The transverse energy beam array delivered from the optical fiber array is acted upon by an optical element array to produce an illumination bar which has a cross section in the form of a elongated rectangle at the position of the lasing window. The illumination bar is selected to have substantially uniform intensity throughout. 5 figs.

  8. Interface module for transverse energy input to dye laser modules

    DOEpatents

    English, Jr., Ronald E.; Johnson, Steve A.

    1994-01-01

    An interface module (10) for transverse energy input to dye laser modules is provided particularly for the purpose of delivering enhancing transverse energy beams (36) in the form of illumination bar (54) to the lasing zone (18) of a dye laser device, in particular to a dye laser amplifier (12). The preferred interface module (10) includes an optical fiber array (30) having a plurality of optical fibers (38) arrayed in a co-planar fashion with their distal ends (44) receiving coherent laser energy from an enhancing laser source (46), and their proximal ends (4) delivered into a relay structure (3). The proximal ends (42) of the optical fibers (38) are arrayed so as to be coplanar and to be aimed generally at a common point. The transverse energy beam array (36) delivered from the optical fiber array (30) is acted upon by an optical element array (34) to produce an illumination bar (54) which has a cross section in the form of a elongated rectangle at the position of the lasing window (18). The illumination bar (54) is selected to have substantially uniform intensity throughout.

  9. Treatment of basal-cellular skin cancer and heavy concomitant diseases by a photodynamic therapeutic method with a dye laser LITT-PDT

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    Evtushenko, V. A.; Soldatov, A. N.; Vusik, M. V.; Reimer, I. V.

    2008-01-01

    Experimental results of initial testing dye-laser "LITT-PDT" pumped by a copper vapor laser are presented. "LITT PDT" is a modern laser medical complex on CVL-pumped dye laser, generating radiation in a red spectrum area with a tuning wavelength of 630 - 700 nm and preserving high intensity of radiation on each wavelength, necessary for treatment by a photodynamic therapeutic method (PDM). Radiation in a red spectrum area (630 - 700 nm) enables treatment for oncological diseases by PDM using any photosensitizer. The given laser medical complex, generating radiation simultaneously on yellow and green discrete spectrum lines, makes methods of low intensive laser therapy for treatment of precancer and dermatological diseases possible.

  10. Photostability enhancement of Pyrromethene 567 and Perylene Orange in oxygen-free liquid and solid dye lasers

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    Rahn, Mark D.; King, Terence A.; Hamblett, Ian

    1997-08-01

    We investigated the effect of oxygen on the photostability of the laser dyes Pyrromethene 567, Perylene Orange, and Rhodamine 590 by determining their longevity of laser operation when pumped by the second harmonic of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. In solution, dissolved oxygen accelerated the photodegradation of Pyrromethene 567 and Perylene Orange but not Rhodamine 590. The photostability of Pyrromethene 567 was also found to be dependent on the solvent and on the lifetime of singlet oxygen. Deoxygenated Pyrromethene 567 doped polycom glass and modified poly(methyl methacrylate) (MPMMA) samples were tested for longevity of laser operation. A factor of 6 improvement in photostability was found for Pyrromethene 567 in MPMMA upon deoxygenation, and the total absorbed energy per mole of dye molecules to one-half output pulse energy was 36 GJ mol{sup {minus}1}. {copyright} 1997 Optical Society of America

  11. CO.sub.2 optically pumped distributed feedback diode laser

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    Rockwood, Stephen D.

    1980-01-01

    A diode laser optically pumped by a CO.sub.2 coherent source. Interference fringes generated by feeding the optical pumping beam against a second beam, periodically alter the reflectivity of the diode medium allowing frequency variation of the output signal by varying the impingent angle of the CO.sub.2 laser beams.

  12. Resonantly pumped continuous wave Er:YAP laser

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    Yao, B. Q.; Liu, X. L.; Yu, L. X.; Sun, X. H.; Chen, Z. Y.; Wang, Y. Z.

    2012-04-01

    A continuous wave Er:YAP laser pumped by Mgo:PPLN laser locked at 1535 nm was reported. 170 mW of 1609 nm output was achieved under total incident pump power of 7 W at 77 K. The slope efficiency were 5.0 and 3.1% with the cavity length 75 and 140 mm.

  13. CW YVO4:Er Laser with Resonant Pumping

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    Gorbachenya, K. N.; Kisel, V. E.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Matrosov, V. N.; Tolstik, N. A.; Kuleshov, N. V.

    2015-05-01

    The lasing characteristics of a YVO4:Er laser with resonant pumping in the 1.5-1.6 μm range are studied. Lasing is obtained at λ = 1603 nm with a differential efficiency of up to 61%. YVO4:Er crystals are found to offer promise for use in efficient resonantly (in-band) pumped lasers.

  14. Vanadium-pumped titanium x-ray laser

    DOEpatents

    Nilsen, Joseph

    1992-01-01

    A resonantly photo-pumped x-ray laser (10) is formed of a vanadium (12) and titanium (14) foil combination (16) that is driven by two beams (18, 20) of intense line focused (22, 24) optical laser radiation. Ground state neon-like titanium ions (34) are resonantly photo-pumped by line emission from fluorine-like vanadium ions (32).

  15. Vanadium-pumped titanium x-ray laser

    DOEpatents

    Nilsen, J.

    1992-05-26

    A resonantly photo-pumped x-ray laser is formed of a vanadium and titanium foil combination that is driven by two beams of intense line focused optical laser radiation. Ground state neon-like titanium ions are resonantly photo-pumped by line emission from fluorine-like vanadium ions. 4 figs.

  16. Linewidth-tunable laser diode array for rubidium laser pumping

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    Li Zhiyong; Tan Rongqing; Xu Cheng; Li Lin

    2013-02-28

    To optimise the pump source for a high-power diodepumped rubidium vapour laser, we have designed a laser diode array (LDA) with a narrowed and tunable linewidth and an external cavity formed by two volume Bragg gratings (VBGs). Through controlling the temperature differences between the two VBGs, the LDA linewidth, which was 1.8 nm before mounting the two VBGs, was tunable from 100 pm to 0.2 nm, while the output power changed by no more than 4 %. By changing simultaneously the temperature in both VBGs, the centre wavelength in air of the linewidth-tunable LDA was tunable from 779.40 nm to 780.05 nm. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  17. Simultaneous three primary color laser emissions from dye mixtures

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    Saito, Y.; Kato, M.; Nomura, A.; Kano, T. )

    1990-02-26

    Simultaneous two- and three-band laser emissions were obtained in a process of mixing two and three kinds of dyes excited by a nitrogen laser. They were blue, green, and yellow in a coumarin 460 (C460)/disodium fluorescein (DF)/rhodamine 610 (R610) dye mixture, and blue, green, and red in a C460/DF/rhodamin 640 (R640) dye mixture. Strong energy transfers from DF to R610 and to R640 were shown. R610 and R640 laser emissions on mixing with DF were obtained at very low concentrations. They were 4{times}10{sup {minus}6} mol/l for R610 and 1{times}10{sup {minus}5} mol/l for R640, compared to the lasing threshold concentration of 1{times}10{sup {minus}4} and 2{times}10{sup {minus}4} mol/l of each dye alone. Also, the R610 radiation moved about 35 nm to a shorter wavelength at the reduced concentration.

  18. Efficient optical filter for TEA CO sub 2 laser pumped mid IR molecular lasers

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    Sarkar, S.K.; Biswas, D.J.; Nayak, A. )

    1990-04-20

    Trifluoromethyl iodide, CF{sub 3}I, has been shown to be an efficient optical filter for TEA CO{sub 2} laser pumped several mid IR molecular lasers. Its absorption characteristics and effectiveness of filtering capacity were examined using a pump TEA CO{sub 2} laser and a 12.08-{mu}m NH{sub 3} laser.

  19. Long-Lifetime Laser Materials For Effective Diode Pumping

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    Barnes, Norman P.

    1991-01-01

    Long quantum lifetimes reduce number of diodes required to pump. Pumping by laser diodes demonstrated with such common Nd laser materials as neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) and Nd:YLiF4, but such materials as Nd:LaF3, Nd:NaF.9YF3, and possibly Nd:YF3 more useful because of long lifetimes of their upper laser energy levels. Cost effectiveness primary advantage of solid-state laser materials having longer upper-laser-level lifetimes. Because cost of diodes outweighs cost of laser material by perhaps two orders of magnitude, cost reduced significantly.

  20. Distributed feedback dye laser holographically induced in improved organic-inorganic photocurable nanocomposites

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    Sakhno, O. V.; Stumpe, J.; Smirnova, T. N.

    2011-06-01

    Distributed feedback (DFB) lasing in permanent volume transmission gratings formed in a laser dye-doped organic-inorganic nanocomposite has been investigated. DFB laser cavities were fabricated using one-step two-beam holographic exposure of Pyrromethene 567 (PM567) doped photopolymerizable acrylate monomers containing inorganic (LaPO4) nanoparticles. Compared to the formulation previously utilized, the material composition presented provides longer lifetime of the laser. Spectral and polarization properties, input-output and stability characteristics of the laser output have been investigated by varying the material composition and the patterning parameters. DFB lasing emission of the second and the third diffraction orders has been demonstrated. The spectral linewidth of ˜0.08 nm has been observed at a pump energy threshold of about 0.2 μJ/pulse for the second-order DFB lasing when pumped with 532 nm 500 ps laser pulses. Spectral tuning of the lasing output over ˜56 and ˜7 nm was obtained by varying the grating period and the content of inorganic nanoparticles in the polymer matrix, respectively.

  1. Solar Pumped Nd:Cr:GSGG Laser

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    Noter, Yoram; Oron, Moshe; Shwartz, Josef; Weksler, Meyer; Yogev, Amnon

    1989-07-01

    Direct solar illumination was used to pump a 1/4" x 3" Nd:Cr:GSGG rod and achieved quasi CW laser action at average powers of 20 watt. The solar radiation was chopped at a duty cycle of 20% to avoid crystal fracture. Peak power outputs were as high as 100 watt on a clear day. Slope efficiencies, relative to the solar power reaching the crystal, were close to 10%. Near field and far field beam patterns were recorded by a TV system in order to study the thermal behavior of the crystal. At maximum irradiation levels, the output from a 25 cm long flat concave cavity, had a beam divergence on the order of 30 mrad. Details of the experimental system and the calibration procedures are given.

  2. Laser pumping in the scheme of an Mx-magnetometer

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    Aleksandrov, E.B.; Balabas, M.V.; Ivanov, A.E.

    1995-02-01

    This paper is devoted to the development of monochromatic radiation sources based on injection lasers intended for optical pumping of alkali metal vapors used in quantum magnetometry. The construction of a single-mode injection laser with an external resonator stabilized by the resonance of saturated absorption in the D{sub 1}-line of the K atom is described. The results of investigating fluctuation characteristics of a stabilized laser with an external resonator and the efficiency of laser pumping in comparison with conventional methods. Laser pumping made it possible to obtain the record value of sensitivity of a magnetometric sensor 1.8x10{sup -15} T Hz{sup -1/2}. In the range of intensities necessary for optical pumping of {sup 39}K, it is shown that amplitude fluctuations of laser radiation can be reduced to the shot noise. 13 refs., 10 figs.

  3. Continuous wave Cs diode pumped alkali laser pumped by single emitter narrowband laser diode

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    Zhdanov, B. V.; Venus, G.; Smirnov, V.; Glebov, L.; Knize, R. J.

    2015-08-01

    This paper presents results of cooperative efforts on development of a continuous wave Cs diode pumped alkali laser with moderate output power, which can be considered as a prototype of the commercial device. The developed system operates at 895 nm with output power about 4 W and slope efficiency 28%. Measured turn on time of this system from the standby mode is about a minute.

  4. Continuous wave Cs diode pumped alkali laser pumped by single emitter narrowband laser diode.

    PubMed

    Zhdanov, B V; Venus, G; Smirnov, V; Glebov, L; Knize, R J

    2015-08-01

    This paper presents results of cooperative efforts on development of a continuous wave Cs diode pumped alkali laser with moderate output power, which can be considered as a prototype of the commercial device. The developed system operates at 895 nm with output power about 4 W and slope efficiency 28%. Measured turn on time of this system from the standby mode is about a minute. PMID:26329171

  5. Studies on thermo-optic characteristics of a high repetition rate dye laser

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    Singh, Nageshwar; Jain, Rajiv; Dixit, S. K.; Vora, H. S.

    2013-06-01

    In this paper, an investigation on the thermo-optic characteristics of dye solution of a high repetition rate narrow spectral width dye laser has been carried out. The dye laser characteristics such as spectral width, wavelength, average optical power, pulse width and beam divergence are studied for dye solution bulk temperature alteration in 23-35 °C range. The dye gain medium temperature was altered through the additional heat supplied to the gain medium. The dye solution temperature at the dye cell was monitored through a PC based temperature data acquisition system. It was observed that there is no appreciable change in the spectral width; however, the dye laser wavelength is shifted by 0.0567 nm, in the temperature range investigated. The dye laser average power was decreased by nearly 36% for an increase of 12 °C dye solution temperature, above the cavity/room temperature. The dye laser pulse width slightly increases, whereas area under the pulse width decreased from 8850 to 7650 counts in the 23-35 °C temperature range. The dye laser horizontal beam divergence increased from 6 to 8.5 mrad, while the vertical beam divergence from 1.2 to 1.5 mrad, for the increase of temperature by 12 °C. Apart from these statistical transforms, fluctuations of the characteristics parameter increased with the rising dye solution bulk temperature.

  6. A direct nuclear-pumped He-3-CO laser

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    Jalufka, N. W.; Hohl, F.

    1981-01-01

    Direct nuclear pumping of a low-temperature (150 K) He-3-CO laser has been achieved using the volumetric He-3(n,p)H-3 nuclear reaction. Lasing occurred on the vibrational bands of CO at about 5 microns. Effects of N2 on the system were investigated, as well as scaling of laser output with CO concentration, thermal neutron flux, and total pressure. This is the first volume-pumped, nuclear powered CO laser.

  7. Diode pumped alkali vapor lasers for high power applications

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    Zweiback, J.; Krupke, B.; Komashko, A.

    2008-02-01

    General Atomics has been engaged in the development of diode pumped alkali vapor lasers. We have been examining the design space looking for designs that are both efficient and easily scalable to high powers. Computationally, we have looked at the effect of pump bandwidth on laser performance. We have also looked at different lasing species. We have used an alexandrite laser to study the relative merits of different designs. We report on the results of our experimental and computational studies.

  8. Diode-pumped continuous-wave Nd:glass laser

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    Kozlovsky, W. J.; Fan, T. Y.; Byer, R. L.

    1986-01-01

    The paper reports on diode-laser pumping of monolithic Nd:glass laser oscillators. End pumping with a single-stripe diode laser, a threshold of 2.2 mW, and a slope efficiency of 42 percent were observed on a 2-mm-long oscillator with a mode radius of 35 microns. The oscillator generated 2.5 mW of single-ended output power in many axial modes.

  9. Recent nuclear pumped laser results. [gas mixtures and laser plasmas

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    Miley, G. H.; Wells, W. E.; Akerman, M. A.; Anderson, J. H.

    1976-01-01

    Recent direct nuclear pumped laser research has concentrated on experiments with three gas mixtures (Ne-N2, He-Ne-O2, and He-Hg). One mixture has been made to lase and gain has been achieved with the other two. All three of these mixtures are discussed with particular attention paid to He-Hg. Of interest is the 6150-angstroms ion transition in Hg(+). The upper state of this transition is formed directly by charge transfer and by Penning ionization.

  10. Resonant tandem pumping of Tm-doped fiber lasers

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    Creeden, Daniel; Johnson, Benjamin R.; Rines, Glen A.; Setzler, Scott D.

    2014-06-01

    We have demonstrated efficient lasing of a Tm-doped fiber when pumped with another Tm-doped fiber. In these experiments, we use a 1908 nm Tm-doped fiber laser as a pump source for another Tm-doped fiber laser, operating at a slightly longer wavelength (~2000 nm). Pumping in the 1900 nm region allows for very high optical efficiencies, low heat generation, and significant power scaling potential due to the use of fiber laser pumping. The trade-off is that the ground-state pump absorption at 1908 nm is ~37 times lower than at 795nm. However, the absorption cross-section is still sufficiently high enough to achieve effective pump absorption without exceedingly long fiber lengths. This may also be advantageous for distributing the thermal load in higher power applications.

  11. Photophysical characterization of pyrromethene 597 laser dye in cross-linked silicon-containing organic copolymers

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    Tyagi, A.; del Agua, D.; Penzkofer, A.; García, O.; Sastre, R.; Costela, A.; García-Moreno, I.

    2007-12-01

    Samples of the dipyrromethene-BF 2 dye PM597 incorporated in copolymers of 3-trimethoxysilylpropyl 2-methylprop-2-enoate (TMSPMA, number of polymerizable CC double bonds: κ = 1) with 2-(2-methylprop-2-enoyloxy)ethyl 2-methylprop-2-enoate (EGDMA, κ = 2), [2-(hydroxymethyl)-3-prop-2-(prop-2-enoyloxymethyl)propyl] prop-2-enoate (PETA, κ = 3), and [3-prop-2-enoyloxy-2,2-bis(prop-2-2-enoyloxymethyl)propyl]prop-2-enoate (PETRA, κ = 4) are characterized. The fluorescence quantum distributions, fluorescence quantum yields, degrees of fluorescence polarization, and fluorescence lifetimes are measured. The radiative lifetimes are calculated from fluorescence lifetime and quantum yield. Absorption coefficient spectra are determined from transmission measurements. Absolute absorption cross-section spectra and dye concentrations are obtained by calibration to the radiative lifetimes and to saturable absorptions. Excited-state absorption cross-sections at 527 nm are determined by saturable absorption measurements. The photo-degradation is studied under cw laser excitation conditions and quantum yields of photo-degradation are extracted. The excited-state absorption cross-sections were found to be rather small, and the photo-stability turned out to be high (up to 3 million excitation cycles before degradation) making this class of dipyrromethene dye-doped polymers attractive active laser media. Structural and thermo-mechanical properties of the materials have been determined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetry, densitometry, and refractometry. They improve with increasing inter-crossing (copolymerization of TMSPMA with PETA and PETRA). The laser properties of the PM597 doped copolymers were evaluated by transverse pumping with 6 ns laser pulses at 532 nm. The best laser materials resulted to be the 7:3 and 9:1 TMSPMA-monomer copolymers.

  12. Diode pumped thin slab solid-state lasers

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    Cheng, Xiaojin; Wang, Zhiming; Chen, Fan; Xu, Jianqiu

    2008-12-01

    Thermal effect is a serious problem in solid-state lasers. Because of superior thermal property which owed to high aspect ratio of laser crystal, solid-state lasers with thin slab configuration can be scaling to high output power with different laser crystal material and pump structure. In this paper, we present side-pumped passive Q-switched and acousto-optic Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers and end-pumped Tm: YAP lasers. We got a maximum 70W output power of passive Q-switched Nd: YAG laser with 220W pump power, which the pulse duration is around 10ns and the pulse repetition rate is higher than 10kHz. And 73W output power is got while pump power is 200W in acousto-optic Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers. Especially, we also applied the thin slab configuration to end pumped Tm: YAP laser and got a maximum 9.6W output power which the doping concentrations is 4% and cut by c-axis.

  13. XeCl laser pumped iodine laser using t-C4F9I

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    Hwang, In Heon; Han, Kwang S.; Lee, Ja H.

    1989-01-01

    An iodine photodissociation laser using t-C4F9I as the active material was pumped by a XeCl laser. An iodine laser output energy of 3 mJ with pulse duration of 25 ns was obtained when the pumping pulse energy was 80 mJ, the iodine pressure was 70 torr, and the reflectance of the output mirror was 85 percent. The high pumping efficiency and low threshold pump power achieved in this experiment are attributable to the high absorption cross section at the pump laser wavelength (308 nm) of the iodide used.

  14. XeCl laser pumped iodine laser using t-C4F9I

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    Hwang, In Heon; Han, Kwang S.

    1989-01-01

    An iodine photodissociation laser using t-C4F9I as the active material was pumped by an XeCl laser. An iodine laser output energy of 3 mJ with pulse duration of 25 ns was obtained when the pumping pulse energy was 80 mJ, the iodide pressure was 70 torr, and the reflectance of the output mirror was 85 percent. The high pumping efficiency and low threshold pump power achieved in this experiment are attributable to the high absorption cross section at the pump laser wavelength (308 nm) of the iodide used.

  15. Nuclear-Pumped Lasers. [efficient conversion of energy liberated in nuclear reactions to coherent radiation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1979-01-01

    The state of the art in nuclear pumped lasers is reviewed. Nuclear pumped laser modeling, nuclear volume and foil excitation of laser plasmas, proton beam simulations, nuclear flashlamp excitation, and reactor laser systems studies are covered.

  16. DPSS Laser Beam Quality Optimization Through Pump Current Tuning

    SciTech Connect

    Omohundro, Rob; Callen, Alice; Sukuta, Sydney; /San Jose City Coll.

    2012-03-30

    The goal of this study is to demonstrate how a DPSS laser beam's quality parameters can be simultaneously optimized through pump current tuning. Two DPSS lasers of the same make and model were used where the laser diode pump current was first varied to ascertain the lowest RMS noise region. The lowest noise was found to be 0.13% in this region and the best M{sup 2} value of 1.0 and highest laser output power were simultaneously attained at the same current point. The laser manufacturer reported a M{sup 2} value of 1.3 and RMS noise value of .14% for these lasers. This study therefore demonstrates that pump current tuning a DPSS laser can simultaneously optimize RMS Noise, Power and M{sup 2} values. Future studies will strive to broaden the scope of the beam quality parameters impacted by current tuning.

  17. High-definition color image in dye thermal transfer printing by laser heating

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    Kitamura, Takashi

    1999-12-01

    In laser thermal transfer printing using dye sublimation type medium, a high definition and continuous tone image can be obtained easily because the laser beam is focused to small spot and heat energy can be controlled by the pulse width modulation of laser light. The donor ink sheet is composed of the laser absorbing layer and sublimation dye layer. The tone reproduction was depend on the mixture ratio of dye to binder and thickness of ink layer. The four color ink sheets such as cyan, magenta, yellow and black were prepared for color printing image which have a high resolution and good continuous tone reproduction using sublimation dye transfer printing by laser heating.

  18. Laser-Induced Fluorescence and Optical Reflection Spectra of Japanese Natural Dyes on Silk

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    Miyoshi, Tadaki; Matsuda, Yasunori

    1987-02-01

    Fluorescence spectra under nitrogen-laser excitation were measured for silk cloth dyed with Japanese natural dyes. An identification of the dyes on silk was carried out using a laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technique since dyed cloth has a characteristic fluorescence spectra. Moreover, it is possible to identify dyes on faded cloth and on cloth prepared by a combination dyeing using two kinds of dyes. The LIF technique can identify dyes on cloth which is difficult to identify using the reflection spectral method.

  19. Evolution of gain and absorption in a cw mode-locked dye laser

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    Wu, Y.X.; Ho, P.

    1989-04-01

    We have measured the evolution of the gain (Rhodamine) and absorber (DODCI) dyes inside a cw mode-locked dye laser. The recovery time of each dye after the passage of the intracavity pulse was much longer than 1 psec. However, a probe pulse passing through one dye and then through the other dye experienced a net gain that lasted only /similar to/1 psec, the duration of the pulse. The results are consistent with the mechanism of pulse formation in a dye laser mode locked by a slow saturable absorber proposed by New and Haus (IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-10, 115 (1974); QE-11, 736 (1975)).

  20. Method and apparatus for efficient operation of optically pumped laser

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    Sipes, Jr., Donald L. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    An optically pumped single mode laser, e.g., Nd:YAG crystal (20) with planoconcave mirrors is increased in efficiency by an order of magnitude to about 8% by optics (25, 27) for focusing the high power multimode output of laser diode arrays (21, 22) into the mode volume (20') of the laser medium (20). A plurality of these optically pumped single mode lasers (1-4) may be cascaded in a ring with dichroic mirrors (M.sub.1 -M.sub.4) at the corners for coupling in the laser diode arrays, each having its own means for spatially tailoring its beam to concentrate pump distribution inside the lasing mode volume of the medium. An InGaAlAs pump diode (30) with its wavelength the same as the lasing medium makes the ring unidirectional.

  1. Accurate wavelength calibration of an etalon-tuned dye laser

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    Beenen, G.J.; Hosch, J.W.; Piepmeier, E.H.

    1981-11-01

    A method to set accurately an etalon-tuned dye laser to any preselected wavelength within its lasing region is presented. The method involves a unique procedure to determine accurately the etalon thickness, so that the correction etalon order can be found for each wavelength and corresponding etalon setting. An equation relating the dial reading on the optical mount of the intracavity etalon to lasing wavelength is derived and evaluated for the Chromatix CMX-4 pulsed tunable dye laser. The procedure used to evaluate the equation parameters is described in detail. After establishing the value of all the equation parameters, a comparison is made between lasing wavelengths as predicted by the equation and as experimentally determined using laser-induced impedance changes to detect spectral line in hollow cathode lamps. Agreement is found to be better than +- 0.05 A for all spectral lines used, with 68% of the predicted wavelengths within +- 0.02 A of their actual values. The micrometer drive for the birefringent filter, used in the CMX-4 to select an etalon order, is also calibrated using a quadratic polynomial equation, which gives predictions better than +- 0.25 A for all wavelengths tried in the regions of 5890 A to 6050 A to 6720 A, corresponding to the dyes R6G and R640, respectively.

  2. Dye laser amplifier including an improved window configuration for its dye beam

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    O'Neil, Richard W.; Davin, James M.

    1992-01-01

    A dye laser amplifier in which a continuously replenished supply of dye is excited with a first light beam in order to amplify the intensity of a second different light beam passing therethrough is disclosed herein. This amplifier includes a cell though which a continuous stream of the dye is caused to pass, and means for directing the first beam into the cell while the second beam is directed into and through the same cell. There is also disclosed herein a specific improvement to this amplifier which resides in the use of a pair of particularly configured windows through which the second beam passes along fixed paths as the second beam enters and exits the dye cell. Each of these windows has a relatively thick main section which is substantially larger in dimensions transverse to its beam path than the cross section of the second beam itself, whereby to add structural integrity to the overall window. At the same time, the latter includes a second section which is disposed entirely within the confines of the main section and through which the second beam is intended to pass in its entirety. This second section is made substantially thinner than the main section in order to reduce optical distortion as the second beam passes therethrough.

  3. Dye laser amplifier including an improved window configuration for its dye beam

    DOEpatents

    O'Neil, R.W.; Davin, J.M.

    1992-12-01

    A dye laser amplifier in which a continuously replenished supply of dye is excited with a first light beam in order to amplify the intensity of a second different light beam passing therethrough is disclosed herein. This amplifier includes a cell though which a continuous stream of the dye is caused to pass, and means for directing the first beam into the cell while the second beam is directed into and through the same cell. There is also disclosed herein a specific improvement to this amplifier which resides in the use of a pair of particularly configured windows through which the second beam passes along fixed paths as the second beam enters and exits the dye cell. Each of these windows has a relatively thick main section which is substantially larger in dimensions transverse to its beam path than the cross section of the second beam itself, whereby to add structural integrity to the overall window. At the same time, the latter includes a second section which is disposed entirely within the confines of the main section and through which the second beam is intended to pass in its entirety. This second section is made substantially thinner than the main section in order to reduce optical distortion as the second beam passes therethrough. 4 figs.

  4. Laser photobleaching of dyes adsorbed in porous glass

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    Boyarskii, K. K.; Vorobev, A. Y.; Zemskii, V. I.; Kolesnikov, Y. L.; Meshkovskii, I. K.

    1988-10-01

    The kinetic dependences of transmission variation in porous glasses activated by various laser dyes (rhodamine 6G, coumarin 7, coumarin 30, oxazine 1, Nile blue B), on illumination by laser radiation with an energy density from 10/sup 18/ to 10/sup 21/ photons cm/sup /minus/2/ sec/sup /minus/1/ is studied. A technique is proposed for determining the quantum yield /gamma/ of photobleaching of the activated porous glasses from the dependences obtained in the work. The values of /gamma/ have been determined for the indicated compositions.

  5. LASERS, ACTIVE MEDIA: Optimisation of a multistage pulsed dye laser system

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    Vasil'ev, S. V.; Kuz'mina, M. A.; Mishin, V. A.

    2001-06-01

    A multistage narrow-band dye laser amplifying system with an output power of up to several kilowatts is considered as a whole. Such systems became necessary due to the development of the method of laser isotope separation (the AVLIS method). The use of the simplified model of an amplifying cell allowed us to solve analytically the equations describing the laser system and to determine optimal parameters of each stage. The dye laser system with an output power of 1 kW is optimised based on the model proposed. The accuracy of the obtained estimates was verified by a direct numerical simulation of the system based on a rigorous solution of the equations describing the interaction of radiation with the dye solution.

  6. High-power CW tunable solid state dye lasers: from the visible to UV

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    Bornemann, R.; Thiel, E.; Haring Bolívar, P.

    2012-06-01

    We describe a high power CW solid-state dye laser setup. With perylene orange in PMMA as gain medium an output power up to 800 mW at 576 nm and a tuning range between 565 and 595 nm is reached. The laser output shows good long time power stability. The durability can be adjusted by variation of the pump power. A feedback loop controls the laser output. At a setpoint of e.g. 100 mW, the laser output can be provided for more than eight hours with a low noise level (RMS < 10%). The spectral width of the laser emission is less than 3 GHz and can be tuned over more than 30 nm. A circular mode-profile is achieved with M2 < 1.4 [1]. Via intra-cavity second harmonic generation more than 1 mW of 290 nm UV-radiation is achieved. As nonlinear element a 7 mm BBO (Beta-Barium Borate) crystal is used. The UV laser radiation can be tuned over 10 nm. The theoretical limit of UV output is estimated to 3.5 mW. To our knowledge we present the first tunable CW polymer UV laser. While the output stability at the fundamental wavelength is reasonably good, in the UV region a significant enhancement of the noise level is observed. In addition to this the long time stability is reduced to few minutes. The limitation is mainly given by the photo-decomposition of the organic dye molecules.

  7. Direct solar pumping of semiconductor lasers: A feasibility study

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Anderson, Neal G.

    1992-01-01

    This report describes results of NASA Grant NAG-1-1148, entitled Direct Solar Pumping of Semiconductor Lasers: A Feasibility Study. The goals of this study were to provide a preliminary assessment of the feasibility of pumping semiconductor lasers in space with directly focused sunlight and to identify semiconductor laser structures expected to operate at the lowest possible focusing intensities. It should be emphasized that the structures under consideration would provide direct optical-to-optical conversion of sunlight into laser light in a single crystal, in contrast to a configuration consisting of a solar cell or storage battery electrically pumping a current injection laser. With external modulation, such lasers could perhaps be efficient sources for intersatellite communications. We proposed specifically to develop a theoretical model of semiconductor quantum-well lasers photopumped by a broadband source, test it against existing experimental data where possible, and apply it to estimating solar pumping requirements and identifying optimum structures for operation at low pump intensities. These tasks have been accomplished, as described in this report of our completed project. The report is organized as follows: Some general considerations relevant to the solar-pumped semiconductor laser problem are discussed in Section 2, and the types of structures chosen for specific investigation are described. The details of the laser model we developed for this work are then outlined in Section 3. In Section 4, results of our study are presented, including designs for optimum lattice-matched and strained-layer solar-pumped quantum-well lasers and threshold pumping estimates for these structures. It was hoped at the outset of this work that structures could be identified which could be expected to operate continuously at solar photoexcitation intensities of several thousand suns, and this indeed turned out to be the case as described in this section. Our project is summarized in Section 5, and information on publications resulting from this work is provided in Section 6.

  8. Thin-disk laser pump schemes for large number of passes and moderate pump source quality.

    PubMed

    Schuhmann, Karsten; Hänsch, Theodor W; Kirch, Klaus; Knecht, Andreas; Kottmann, Franz; Nez, Francois; Pohl, Randolf; Taqqu, David; Antognini, Aldo

    2015-11-10

    Thin-disk laser pump layouts yielding an increased number of passes for a given pump module size and pump source quality are proposed. These layouts result from a general scheme based on merging two simpler pump optics arrangements. Some peculiar examples can be realized by adapting standard, commercially available pump optics with an additional mirror pair. More pump passes yield better efficiency, opening the way for the usage of active materials with low absorption. In a standard multipass pump design, scaling of the number of beam passes brings about an increase in the overall size of the optical arrangement or an increase in the pump source quality requirements. Such increases are minimized in our scheme, making them eligible for industrial applications. PMID:26560764

  9. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETERS. [BR]ULTRASHORT RADIATION PULSES: Generation of ultrashort light pulses in a dye laser with injection of a stimulated seed signal

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    Rozuvan, S. G.; Tikhonov, E. A.

    1994-08-01

    An analysis is made of the conditions for the self-excitation of a dye laser subjected to extremely unsteady pumping when after each pump pulse the initial gain changes greatly during a round trip of a wave across the laser cavity. An analytic expression is obtained for the criterion of unsteady self-excitation which reduces in the limit to the familiar steady-state condition. Recurrence relationships are derived for the kinetics of the rise of the subthreshold gain when the pumping is provided by a train of ultrashort light pulses. These relationships can be used to calculate the number of pulses needed to attain the self-excitation conditions. The results of the analysis are used to study the realisation and characteristics of two new scenarios of the excitation of synchronously pumped lasers with injection of a seed signal which can be either superfluorescence or radiation from an auxiliary low-Q, but 'rapidly switched', laser. Important advantages of these scenarios are a large reduction in the lasing threshold and a widening of the range of active media which can be used in synchronously pumped lasers.

  10. Identification Of Natural Dyes On Archaeological Textile Objects Using Laser Induced Fluorescent Technique

    SciTech Connect

    Abdel-Kareem, O.; Eltokhy, A.; Harith, M. A.

    2011-09-22

    This study aims to evaluate the use of Laser Fluorescent as a non-destructive technique for identification of natural dyes on archaeological textile objects. In this study wool textile samples were dyed with 10 natural dyes such as cochineal, cutch, henna, indigo, Lac, madder, safflower, saffron, sumac and turmeric. These dyes common present on archaeological textile objects to be used as standard dyed textile samples. These selected natural dyes will be used as known references that can be used a guide to identify unknown archaeological dyes. The dyed textile samples were investigated with laser radiation in different wavelengths to detect the best wavelengths for identification each dye. This study confirms that Laser Florescent is very useful and a rapid technique can be used as a non-destructive technique for identification of natural dyes on archaeological textile objects. The results obtained with this study can be a guide for all conservators in identification of natural organic dyes on archaeological textile objects.

  11. Identification Of Natural Dyes On Archaeological Textile Objects Using Laser Induced Fluorescent Technique

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    Abdel-Kareem, O.; Eltokhy, A.; Harith, M. A.

    2011-09-01

    This study aims to evaluate the use of Laser Fluorescent as a non-destructive technique for identification of natural dyes on archaeological textile objects. In this study wool textile samples were dyed with 10 natural dyes such as cochineal, cutch, henna, indigo, Lac, madder, safflower, saffron, sumac and turmeric. These dyes common present on archaeological textile objects to be used as standard dyed textile samples. These selected natural dyes will be used as known references that can be used a guide to identify unknown archaeological dyes. The dyed textile samples were investigated with laser radiation in different wavelengths to detect the best wavelengths for identification each dye. This study confirms that Laser Florescent is very useful and a rapid technique can be used as a non-destructive technique for identification of natural dyes on archaeological textile objects. The results obtained with this study can be a guide for all conservators in identification of natural organic dyes on archaeological textile objects.

  12. Absolute tracer dye concentration using airborne laser-induced water Raman backscatter

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hoge, F. E.; Swift, R. N.

    1981-01-01

    The use of simultaneous airborne-laser-induced dye fluorescence and water Raman backscatter to measure the absolute concentration of an ocean-dispersed tracer dye is discussed. Theoretical considerations of the calculation of dye concentration by the numerical comparison of airborne laser-induced fluorescence spectra with laboratory spectra for known dye concentrations using the 3400/cm OH-stretch water Raman scatter as a calibration signal are presented which show that minimum errors are obtained and no data concerning water mass transmission properties are required when the laser wavelength is chosen to yield a Raman signal near the dye emission band. Results of field experiments conducted with an airborne conical scan lidar over a site in New York Bight into which rhodamine dye had been injected in a study of oil spill dispersion are then indicated which resulted in a contour map of dye concentrations, with a minimum detectable dye concentration of approximately 2 ppb by weight.

  13. Development of a Coherent Subpicosecond Pulse Laser and the Determination of Dephasing Times of Dyes.

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    Menders, James Howard

    A sophisticated experiment has been used in an attempt to measure subpicosecond phase relaxation times of dyes. Although the unavailability of short optical pulses of sufficient intensity ultimately precluded this measurement, several interesting results have been obtained including the development of a subpicosecond pulse laser source, an extension of the conventional autocorrelative measure of short pulse characteristics, the theory of dephasing measurements by coherent absorption of phased pulses (CAPP) and several experimental techniques used to facilitate coherent amplication of phased pulses. The performance of the all optical mode-locked dye laser was refined by the addition of two electro-optic subsystems. Our observation of a correlation between the periodic variation in the pulse duration and a "relaxation oscillation" in the pulse train envelope was used to select the shortest pulses from the pulse train. A second refinement, based on the observation that the pulse duration was critically dependent on the pump power level, used feedback electronics to automatically adjust the pump power to minimize pulse duration. Laser output was characterized by the fourth order autocorrelation of its electric field, rather than the second order autocorrelation of its intensity as in conventional measurements. The amplitude autocorrelation has the advantage that it yields information about phase modulation within the pulse. The theory of phase relaxation time measurement in narrow and inhomogeneously broadened absorbers by coherent absorption of phase pulses (CAPP) was developed. ("Phased pulses" are two sequential pulses of well defined phase difference.) Absorption by atomic two level systems was studied in the framework of Bloch vector dynamics. Numerical analysis of CAPP by organic dyes modelled as inhomogeneously broadened absorbers showed that absorption of phased pulses depends strongly on the dephasing time of the dye. An experiment using coherent amplification of phased pulses to measure dephasing time was designed and partially implemented using a multiple pass ring amplifier. New experimental technique included using a cavity dumper for pulse selection as well as outcoupling synchronized to the laser pulse train. (Copies available exclusively from Micrographics Department, Doheny Library, USC, Los Angeles, CA 90089.).

  14. Intensity scaling of an optically pumped potassium laser

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    Hurd, Edward J.; Holtgrave, Jeremy C.; Perram, Glen P.

    2015-12-01

    A pulsed, optically pumped potassium laser has been demonstrated with output intensity exceeding 7 MW/cm2. By using a surrogate pump, heat pipe gain cell, and helium pressure of 2500 Torr, the intensity of Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers (DPAL) has been increased by a factor of 38. Bottlenecking due to slow fine structure mixing can be avoided without hydrocarbon buffer gases with as many as 375 lasing photons obtained per potassium atom following a 7.4 ns pump pulse. A slope efficiency of 9.4% is achieved and primarily limited by a mismatch between pumped and cavity mode volumes. Laser performance is well described by a three-level, longitudinally averaged model without ionization.

  15. High-intensity coherent vacuum ultraviolet source using unfocussed commercial dye lasers.

    PubMed

    Albert, Daniel R; Proctor, David L; Davis, H Floyd

    2013-06-01

    Using two or three commercial pulsed nanosecond dye lasers pumped by a single 30 Hz Nd:YAG laser, generation of 0.10 mJ pulses at 125 nm (6 10(13) photons?pulse) has been demonstrated by resonance enhanced four-wave mixing of collimated (unfocussed) laser beams in mercury (Hg) vapor. Phase matching at various vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) wavelengths is achieved by tuning one laser in the vicinity of the 6 (1)S0 ? 6 (3)P1 resonance near 253.1 nm. A number of different mixing schemes are characterized. Our observations using broadband lasers (~0.15 cm(-1) bandwidths) are compared to previous calculations pertaining to four-wave mixing of low intensity narrowband laser beams. Prospects for further increases in pulse energies are discussed. We find that VUV tuning curves and intensities are in good agreement with theoretical predictions. The utility of the VUV light source is demonstrated by "soft universal" single-photon VUV ionization in crossed molecular beam studies and for generation of light at 130.2 nm for oxygen atom Rydberg time-of-flight experiments. PMID:23822330

  16. Overview and future direction for blackbody solar-pumped lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Deyoung, R.J.

    1988-08-01

    A review of solar-pumped blackbody lasers is given which addresses their present status and suggests future research directions. The blackbody laser concept is one system proposed to scale to multimegawatt power levels for space-to-space power transmissions for such applications as onboard spacecraft electrical or propulsion needs. Among the critical technical issues are the scalability to high powers and the laser wavelength which impacts the transmission optics size as well as the laser-to-electric converter at the receiver. Because present blackbody solar-pumped lasers will have laser wavelengths longer than 4 microns, simple photovoltaic converters cannot be used, and transmission optics will be large. Thus, future blackbody laser systems should emphasize near visible laser wavelengths.

  17. Overview and future direction for blackbody solar-pumped lasers

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    Deyoung, R. J.

    1988-01-01

    A review of solar-pumped blackbody lasers is given which addresses their present status and suggests future research directions. The blackbody laser concept is one system proposed to scale to multimegawatt power levels for space-to-space power transmissions for such applications as onboard spacecraft electrical or propulsion needs. Among the critical technical issues are the scalability to high powers and the laser wavelength which impacts the transmission optics size as well as the laser-to-electric converter at the receiver. Because present blackbody solar-pumped lasers will have laser wavelengths longer than 4 microns, simple photovoltaic converters cannot be used, and transmission optics will be large. Thus, future blackbody laser systems should emphasize near visible laser wavelengths.

  18. Development of injection-seeded optical parametric laser systems with pulsed dye amplifiers for high-spectral-resolution combustion diagnostics

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    Bhuiyan, Aizaz Hossain

    The development and application of optical parametric (OP) systems with pulsed dye amplifiers producing single frequency mode (SFM), narrow linewidth, and tunable laser radiation for high-spectral-resolution laser diagnostics is described. An optical parametric generator (OPG) was developed, consisting of a pair of counter-rotating β barium borate (β-BBO) crystals pumped by third-harmonic output of an injection-seeded Nd:YAG laser. The OPG crystals themselves are injection-seeded using a continuous wave (cw) distributed feedback (DFB) diode laser or external cavity diode laser (ECDL) at idler wavelength. The OPG is converted for some applications into an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) by incorporating a feedback cavity. The signal output from the OP system is amplified using pulsed dye amplifiers. The PDAs are pumped either by second-harmonic or third-harmonic output of the Nd:YAG laser depending on the OP output wavelength and the dye solution used in PDAs. The linewidth of the laser beam produced using OP/PDA systems is 200 MHz and the spatial beam profile is nearly Gaussian. Initial application of OP/PDA system included two-photon laser induced fluorescence (LIF) of atomic oxygen in counter-flow flames, dual pump coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) for N2 and CO2, and nitric oxide (NO) planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF) in compressible flowfield. A two-photon pump polarization spectroscopy probe (TPP-PSP) laser system has also been developed using two SFM OPG/PDA systems for the detection of atomic hydrogen (H-atom) in flames. In TPP-PSP, a 243-nm pump beam excites the 1S-2S two photon transition and the excited atoms in 2S level are probed by polarization spectroscopy between n=2 and n=3 manifolds using a circularly polarized 656-nm pump and a linearly polarized 656-nm probe laser beam. Using the TPP-PSP scheme, atomic hydrogen was detected at concentrations as low as 11 ppm. The use of injection-seeded OPG/PDAs as SFM sources for the pump and probe beams allows accurate measurement of signal intensities and spectral lineshapes. A detailed investigation of the effect of 243-nm and 656-nm pump beam energies on the different transitions of atomic hydrogen was performed. TPP-PSP lineshapes for high energy 243-nm and 656-nm pump beams showed significant broadening when compared with lineshapes for lower energy 243-nm and 656-nm pump beams. A continuous shifting of the center of n=2-n=3 transition was also observed with increasing 243-nm pump beam energy. Sub-Doppler H-atom lineshapes were also investigated and exhibited significant narrowing. The effect of varying collisional environments on the TPP-PSP signal from atomic hydrogen was investigated by performing measurements in near-adiabatic hydrogen-air flames. The results of these measurements are very encouraging for quantitative measurements of atomic hydrogen in flames.

  19. Instabilities in a three-level coherently pumped laser

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    Ryan, J. C.; Lawandy, N. M.

    1987-01-01

    A theory for a coherently pumped, homogeneously broadened laser is developed which predicts instability at excitations 1.6 times threshold. The system exhibits a period-doubling sequence, chaos, and a period-three window.

  20. Beam intensity reshaping by pump modification in a laser amplifier.

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    Litvin, Igor A; Collet, Oliver J P; King, Gary; Strauss, Hencharl

    2015-11-16

    We propose a new technique for laser beam shaping into a desirable beam profile by using a laser amplifier with a pump beam that has a modified intensity profile. We developed the analytical formula, which describes the transformation of the seed beam into the desired beam profile in a four level amplifiers small signal regime. We propose a numerically method to obtain the required pump intensity profile in the case where high pump power saturated the laser crystal or for three level materials. The theory was experimentally verified by one dimensionally shaping a Gaussian shaped seed into a Flat-Top beam in a Ho:YLF amplifier pumped by a Tm:YLF laser with a HG(01) intensity profile. PMID:26698497

  1. AlGaAs diode pumped tunable chromium lasers

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    Krupke, William F.; Payne, Stephen A.

    1992-01-01

    An all-solid-state laser system is disclosed wherein the laser is pumped in the longwave wing of the pump absorption band. By utilizing a laser material that will accept unusually high dopant concentrations without deleterious effects on the crystal lattice one is able to compensate for the decreased cross section in the wing of the absorption band, and the number of pump sources which can be used with such a material increases correspondingly. In a particular embodiment a chromium doped colquiriite-structure crystal such as Cr:LiSrAlF.sub.6 is the laser material. The invention avoids the problems associated with using AlGaInP diodes by doping the Cr:LiSrAlF.sub.6 heavily to enable efficient pumping in the longwave wing of the absorption band with more practical AlGaAs diodes.

  2. High efficiency >26 W diode end-pumped Alexandrite laser.

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    Teppitaksak, Achaya; Minassian, Ara; Thomas, Gabrielle M; Damzen, Michael J

    2014-06-30

    We show for the first time that multi-ten Watt operation of an Alexandrite laser can be achieved with direct red diode-pumping and with high efficiency. An investigation of diode end-pumped Alexandrite rod lasers demonstrates continuous-wave output power in excess of 26W, more than an order of magnitude higher than previous diode end-pumping systems, and slope efficiency 49%, the highest reported for a diode-pumped Alexandrite laser. Wavelength tuning from 730 to 792nm is demonstrated using self-seeding feedback from an external grating. Q-switched laser operation based on polarization-switching to a lower gain axis of Alexandrite has produced ~mJ-pulse energy at 1kHz pulse rate in fundamental TEM(00) mode. PMID:24977887

  3. Laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry of dye-sensitized solar cells: identification of the dye-electrolyte interaction.

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    Ellis, Hanna; Leandri, Valentina; Hagfeldt, Anders; Boschloo, Gerrit; Bergquist, Jonas; Shevchenko, Denys

    2015-05-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) have great potential to provide sustainable electricity from sunlight. The photoanode in DSCs consists of a dye-sensitized metal oxide film deposited on a conductive substrate. This configuration makes the photoanode a perfect sample for laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (LDI-MS). We applied LDI-MS for the study of molecular interactions between a dye and electrolyte on the surface of a TiO2 photoanode. We found that a dye containing polyoxyethylene groups forms complexes with alkali metal cations from the electrolyte, while a dye substituted with alkoxy groups does not. Guanidinium ion forms adducts with neither of the two dyes. PMID:26259656

  4. Laser velocimetry with fluorescent dye-doped polystyrene microspheres.

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    Lowe, K Todd; Maisto, Pietro; Byun, Gwibo; Simpson, Roger L; Verkamp, Max; Danehy, Paul M; Tiemsin, Pacita I; Wohl, Christopher J

    2013-04-15

    Simultaneous Mie scattering and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) signals are obtained from individual polystyrene latex microspheres dispersed in an air flow. Microspheres less than 1 μm mean diameter were doped with two organic fluorescent dyes, Rhodamine B (RhB) and dichlorofluorescein (DCF), intended either to provide improved particle-based flow velocimetry in the vicinity of surfaces or to provide scalar flow information (e.g., marking one of two fluid streams). Both dyes exhibit measureable fluorescence signals that are on the order of 10(-3) to 10(-4) times weaker than the simultaneously measured Mie signals. It is determined that at the conditions measured, 95.5% of RhB LIF signals and 32.2% of DCF signals provide valid laser-Doppler velocimetry measurements compared with the Mie scattering validation rate with 6.5 W of 532 nm excitation, while RhB excited with 1.0 W incident laser power still exhibits 95.4% valid velocimetry signals from the LIF channel. The results suggest that the method is applicable to wind tunnel measurements near walls where laser flare can be a limiting factor and monodisperse particles are essential. PMID:23595429

  5. 1-mJ/pulse Tm:YAG laser pumped by a 3-W diode laser.

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    Suni, P J; Henderson, S W

    1991-06-01

    Efficient 2-microm lasers are needed for many eye-safe laser radar applications. Pumping of a Tm:YAG crystal with the output from a 3-W diode laser has resulted in a cw output power of 0.5 W and Q-switched pulse energies in excess of 1 mJ/pulse at 100 Hz. Improved pump absorption with a near-circular pump beam could result in 2-mJ pulse energies. PMID:19776795

  6. High-power synchronously pumped femtosecond Raman fiber laser.

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    Churin, D; Olson, J; Norwood, R A; Peyghambarian, N; Kieu, K

    2015-06-01

    We report a high-power synchronously pumped femtosecond Raman fiber laser operating in the normal dispersion regime. The Raman laser is pumped by a picosecond Yb(3+)-doped fiber laser. It produces highly chirped pulses with energy up to 18 nJ, average power of 0.76 W and 88% efficiency. The pulse duration is measured to be 147 fs after external compression. We observed two different regimes of operation of the laser: coherent and noise-like regime. Both regimes were experimentally characterized. Numerical simulations are in a good agreement with experimental results. PMID:26030549

  7. The LASL program in nuclear pumped liquid lasers

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    Mansfield, C. R.; Bird, P. F.; Davis, J. F.

    1979-01-01

    The development of nuclear-pumped, liquid-based lanthanide ion lasers is discussed. Early investigations of lanthanide ion lasers have lead to solid-state and gaseous neodymium lasers, and a demonstration of lasing in the liquid state. Solvents containing organic chelating agents have been employed in liquid Eu(+3) and Tb(+3) lasers to extend fluorescence lifetimes, however aprotic solvents have been found to enable the development of large-scale liquid lasers. The advantages to be gained from high-power nuclear-pumped lasers based on lanthanide solutions include the high density of fissile materials possible, and a nuclear pumping cell which can operate in either a nuclear or optical pumping mode is being fabricated at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory to investigate the nuclear pumping of liquid lanthanide ion lasers. Areas that need exploration before specific laser design features can be considered include energy channeling within the liquid upon excitation, radiation damage due to solvent dissociation, and reactor technology for the development of a self-critical liquid reactor.

  8. Ultraviolet lasers. Citations from the International Aerospace Abstracts data base

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    Mauk, S. C.

    1980-01-01

    Reports cited from the international literature describe various aspects of ultraviolet lasers including laser output, far ultraviolet radiation, electron pumping, optical pumping, and laser materials. Gas lasers, pulsed lasers, dye lasers, CO2 lasers, xenon fluoride lasers, and transversely excited atmospheric (TEA) lasers are considered. This updated bibliography contains 283 citations, 66 of which are new additions to the previous edition.

  9. Nuclear pumped lasers: Advantages of O2 (1 delta)

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    Taylor, J. J.

    1979-01-01

    Nuclear pumped laser technology was evaluated as a possible future weapons contender. It was determined that in order to become a primary weapon the following engineering problems must be solved: shielding, heat dissipation, high efficiency fixed focus pumping, good beam quality, and thermal blooming.

  10. Quantum mechanical features of optically pumped CW FIR lasers

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    Seligson, D.; Leite, J. R. R.; Sanchez, A.; Feld, M. S.; Ducloy, M.

    1977-01-01

    Quantum mechanical predictions for the gain of an optically pumped CW FIR laser are presented for cases in which one or both of the pump and FIR transitions are pressure or Doppler broadened. The results are compared to those based on the rate equation model. Some of the quantum mechanical predictions are verified in CH3OH.

  11. Efficient potassium diode pumped alkali laser operating in pulsed mode.

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    Zhdanov, Boris V; Rotondaro, Matthew D; Shaffer, Michael K; Knize, Randall J

    2014-07-14

    This paper presents the results of our experiments on the development of an efficient hydrocarbon free diode pumped alkali laser based on potassium vapor buffered by He gas at 600 Torr. A slope efficiency of more than 50% was demonstrated with a total optical conversion efficiency of 30%. This result was achieved by using a narrowband diode laser stack as the pump source. The stack was operated in pulsed mode to avoid limiting thermal effects and ionization. PMID:25090540

  12. Application of reactor-pumped lasers to power beaming

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    Repetti, T. E.

    1991-10-01

    Power beaming is the concept of centralized power generation and distribution to remote users via energy beams such as microwaves or laser beams. The power beaming community is presently performing technical evaluations of available lasers as part of the design process for developing terrestrial and space-based power beaming systems. This report describes the suitability of employing a nuclear reactor-pumped laser in a power beaming system. Although there are several technical issues to be resolved, the power beaming community currently believes that the AlGaAs solid-state laser is the primary candidate for power beaming because that laser meets the many design criteria for such a system and integrates well with the GaAs photodiode receiver array. After reviewing the history and physics of reactor-pumped lasers, the advantages of these lasers for power beaming are discussed, along with several technical issues which are currently facing reactor-pumped laser research. The overriding conclusion is that reactor-pumped laser technology is not presently developed to the point of being technically or economically competitive with more mature solid-state technologies for application to power beaming.

  13. Application of reactor-pumped lasers to power beaming

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    Repetti, T.E.

    1991-10-01

    Power beaming is the concept of centralized power generation and distribution to remote users via energy beams such as microwaves or laser beams. The power beaming community is presently performing technical evaluations of available lasers as part of the design process for developing terrestrial and space-based power beaming systems. This report describes the suitability of employing a nuclear reactor-pumped laser in a power beaming system. Although there are several technical issues to be resolved, the power beaming community currently believes that the AlGaAs solid-state laser is the primary candidate for power beaming because that laser meets the many design criteria for such a system and integrates well with the GaAs photodiode receiver array. After reviewing the history and physics of reactor-pumped lasers, the advantages of these lasers for power beaming are discussed, along with several technical issues which are currently facing reactor-pumped laser research. The overriding conclusion is that reactor-pumped laser technology is not presently developed to the point of being technially or economically competitive with more mature solid-state technologies for application to power beaming. 58 refs.

  14. Preparation of certain m-aminophenols and the use thereof for preparation of laser dyes

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    Hammond, P.R.

    1983-12-29

    Methods are provided for making certain m-aminophenols using a sulfonation/alkali fusion procedure. The aminophenols are key intermediates in the synthesis of dyes, particularly efficient, stable dyes for laser application. Preparations of some rhodamine and phenoxazone dyes from the m-aminophenols are described.

  15. Preparation of certain m-aminophenols and the use thereof for preparation of laser dyes

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    Hammond, Peter R.

    1986-01-01

    Methods are provided for making certain m-aminophenols using a sulfonation/alkali fusion procedure. The aminophenols are key intermediates in the synthesis of dyes, particularly efficient, stable dyes for laser application. Preparations of some rhodamine and phenoxazone dyes from the m-aminophenols are described.

  16. Feasibility of supersonic diode pumped alkali lasers: Model calculations

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    Barmashenko, B. D.; Rosenwaks, S.

    2013-04-08

    The feasibility of supersonic operation of diode pumped alkali lasers (DPALs) is studied for Cs and K atoms applying model calculations, based on a semi-analytical model previously used for studying static and subsonic flow DPALs. The operation of supersonic lasers is compared with that measured and modeled in subsonic lasers. The maximum power of supersonic Cs and K lasers is found to be higher than that of subsonic lasers with the same resonator and alkali density at the laser inlet by 25% and 70%, respectively. These results indicate that for scaling-up the power of DPALs, supersonic expansion should be considered.

  17. Feasibility of supersonic diode pumped alkali lasers: Model calculations

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    Barmashenko, B. D.; Rosenwaks, S.

    2013-04-01

    The feasibility of supersonic operation of diode pumped alkali lasers (DPALs) is studied for Cs and K atoms applying model calculations, based on a semi-analytical model previously used for studying static and subsonic flow DPALs. The operation of supersonic lasers is compared with that measured and modeled in subsonic lasers. The maximum power of supersonic Cs and K lasers is found to be higher than that of subsonic lasers with the same resonator and alkali density at the laser inlet by 25% and 70%, respectively. These results indicate that for scaling-up the power of DPALs, supersonic expansion should be considered.

  18. A Modular Control Platform for a Diode Pumped Alkali Laser

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    Shapiro, J.; Teare, S.

    Many of the difficulties of creating compact, high power laser systems can be overcome if the heat dissipating properties of chemical lasers can be combined with the efficiency of diode lasers. Recently, the novel idea of using solid state diode lasers to pump gaseous gain media, such as is done in diode pumped alkali lasers (DPALs), has been proposed and early experiments have shown promising results. However, a number of technical issues need to be overcome to realize high output power from these lasers. In order to achieve higher power, the efficiency of coupling between pump laser energy and the chemical cell must be increased, and eventually multiple high power diode pumps must be combined and synchronized so that their energy can pump the chemical cell. Additionally, an inter-cavity adaptive optics system may be a requirement to be able to propagate these lasers with high efficiency. DPAL systems are complex and require a significant amount of data fusion and active feedback to control and optimize their performance. There are a wide range of components including pump lasers, gain cells and monitoring points needed to study and refine the overall laser system. In support of this dynamic development environment, we have developed a hardware framework using commercial off the shelf (COTS) components which supports the rapid assembly of functional system blocks into a cohesive integrated system. Critical to this system are a simple communication protocol, industry standard communication pipes (USB, Bluetooth, etc), and flexible high level scripting. Simplifying the integration process has the benefit of allowing flexible "on the fly" modifications to adapt the system as needed and enhance available functionality. The modular nature of the architecture allows scalability and adaptability as more pieces are added to the system. Key components of this system are demonstrated for selected portions of a DPAL system using a USB backbone.

  19. Simulation and modeling of laser-tissue interactions based on a liposome-dye system.

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    Mensah, F E; Sridhar, R; Misra, P

    2010-12-01

    This work presents an overview of the use of liposomes for targeted delivery of photosensitizers to tumors for Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). It assesses the results of a quantitative model to explain the interaction of short-pulsed lasers (in the nanosecond and picosecond domains) with a liposome-dye complex in terms of a localized photo-induced thermal mechanism. Incorporation of an organic dye (sulforhodamine) within lipid vesicles has been investigated in conjunction with the effect of laser irradiation on the integrity of the liposome-dye complex. The variation of the absorption coefficient as a function of wavelength for dye-encapsulated liposomes before and after laser-induced release of dye was studied and modeled. The commercial software Mathematica was used to develop a Gaussian model for the energy absorption by the liposome-dye complex. Dye release from 3 microm - liposome encapsulating 25 mM aqueous solution of sulforhodamine dye was studied using 8 ns laser pulses at the second harmonic of the Nd:YAG laser (at 532 nm) and compared with dye release employing 25 ps - laser pulses. In addition, the temperature-dependence of the dye release has been included in the photo-thermal model. PMID:21141674

  20. Laser Assisted Cancer Immunotherapy: Optical Dye Distribution in Tumors

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    Swindle, Ryan

    2005-03-01

    Laser Assisted Cancer Immunotherapy is an experimental modality used to treat superficial tumors implanted on sterile Balb/C mice. The goal of the project is to induce a positive immune response toward a complete eradication of the primary tumor. Optimal necrosis results from depositing the maximum amount of thermal energy into the tumor without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. In our laboratory, the optical dye, indocyanine green (ICG), is injected into the center of the tumor prior to surface and interstitial laser irradiation. A diode laser operating at a wavelength near 804 nm exerts thermal energy into the tumor via ICG absorption at 790 nm. Maximum immune response should occur with a uniform distribution of ICG throughout the tumor. By mapping the ICG distribution, the spatial homogeneity of the dye can be determined, which, in turn, mimics the tumor temperature profile. After excision, the tumors were cut into samples of approximately 250 microns thick and dissolved in a chemical detergent. Each sample was run through an absorption spectrometer to determine the distribution of ICG throughout the tumor. Results for both radial and depth profiles of ICG tumor distribution will be presented.

  1. Stimulated Raman scattering of laser dye mixtures dissolved in multiple scattering media

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    Yashchuk, V P; Komyshan, A O; Tikhonov, E A; Olkhovyk, L A

    2014-10-31

    Stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) of a mixture of rhodamine 6G and pyrromethene 605 laser dyes in vesicular films is studied. It is shown that a peculiar interaction of dyes occurs under conditions of multiple scattering of light from vesicles. This interaction manifests itself as SRS excitation of one of the dyes by random lasing of the other dye, provided that the random lasing spectrum overlaps the Stokes lines of the first dye. In addition, there is energy transfer between molecules of these dyes if their luminescence and absorption spectra overlap. The results obtained confirm that the mechanism of SRS from laser dyes in multiple scattering media is similar to that in coherent-active Raman spectroscopy. These results extend the possibility of determining the vibrational spectrum of dye molecules from their secondary radiation in these media. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  2. Four-Pass Coupler for Laser-Diode-Pumped Solid-State Laser

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    Coyle, Donald B.

    2008-01-01

    A four-pass optical coupler affords increased (in comparison with related prior two-pass optical couplers) utilization of light generated by a laser diode in side pumping of a solid-state laser slab. The original application for which this coupler was conceived involves a neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) crystal slab, which, when pumped by a row of laser diodes at a wavelength of 809 nm, lases at a wavelength of 1,064 nm. Heretofore, typically, a thin laser slab has been pumped in two passes, the second pass occurring by virtue of reflection of pump light from a highly reflective thin film on the side opposite the side through which the pump light enters. In two-pass pumping, a Nd:YAG slab having a thickness of 2 mm (which is typical) absorbs about 84 percent of the 809-nm pump light power, leaving about 16 percent of the pump light power to travel back toward the laser diodes. This unused power can cause localized heating of the laser diodes, thereby reducing their lifetimes. Moreover, if the slab is thinner than 2 mm, then even more unused power travels back toward the laser diodes. The four-pass optical coupler captures most of this unused pump light and sends it back to the laser slab for two more passes. As a result, the slab absorbs more pump light, as though it were twice as thick. The gain and laser cavity beam quality of a smaller laser slab in conjunction with this optical coupler can thus be made comparable to those of a larger two-pass-pumped laser slab.

  3. Output power characteristics of diode-pumped cesium vapor laser

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    Endo, Masamori; Nagaoka, Ryuji; Nagaoka, Hiroki; Nagai, Toru; Wani, Fumio

    2015-12-01

    We examine the output power as a function of the cesium vapor density in a diode-pumped cesium vapor laser. Since the pump light bandwidth of our apparatus is considerably wider than the absorption bandwidth, a fair amount of the pump power is unabsorbed. An optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 70% is observed with respect to the absorbed pump power. Beyond a certain point, the output power starts to reduce despite linear increase in absorption power along with increase in the Cs number density. We perform a numerical simulation to study the observed phenomena, and it is found that spontaneous emission from the upper laser level is the main channel of the pump power loss.

  4. Passively Q-switched side pumped monolithic ring laser

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    Li, Steven X. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Disclosed herein are systems and methods for generating a side-pumped passively Q-switched non-planar ring oscillator. The method introduces a laser into a cavity of a crystal, the cavity having a round-trip path formed by a reflection at a dielectrically coated front surface, a first internal reflection at a first side surface of the crystal at a non-orthogonal angle with the front, a second internal reflection at a top surface of the crystal, and a third internal reflection at a second side surface of the crystal at a non-orthogonal angle with the front. The method side pumps the laser at the top or bottom surface with a side pump diode array beam and generates an output laser emanating at a location on the front surface. The design can include additional internal reflections to increase interaction with the side pump. Waste heat may be removed by mounting the crystal to a heatsink.

  5. Pulsed dye laser for the treatment of nail psoriasis.

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    Yin, Natalie; Choudhary, Sonal; Nouri, Keyvan

    2013-09-01

    Psoriasis can involve the skin, joints, and nails, either alone or in combination. Psoriasis of the nails can involve both the nail bed and nail matrix. The treatment of nail psoriasis largely depends on the severity of symptoms. The pulsed dye laser (PDL) recently has demonstrated efficacy in treating resistant plaque-type psoriasis and has been suggested as an alternative to conventional therapies. We review 4 studies of PDL for nail psoriasis and discuss the findings in relation to treatment recommendations. Ultimately, a standardized regimen for the treatment of nail psoriasis remains elusive. PMID:24153141

  6. Atomic lifetime measurements by beam-gas-dye laser spectroscopy

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    Schmoranzer, H.; Volz, U.

    1993-01-01

    Beam-gas-dye laser spectroscopy as a precise, cascade-free and collision-free method for measuring atomic lifetimes and individual oscillator strengths is described. Its recent application to fine-structure levels of the KrI 5p configuration is reported. The experimental uncertainty is reduced by one order of magnitude, with respect to previous work, down to 0.3% (1σ). The discussion of these results in comparison with experimental and theoretical ones from the literature underlines the precision of the method and its potential to guide future theoretical developments.

  7. Intracavity absorption in a double-cavity dye laser

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    Loloee, M.R.; Heider, S.M.; Brink, G.O.

    1984-01-01

    A double-cavity optical configuration designed to investigate the sensitivity of intracavity absorption in a cw multimode dye laser is reported. The configuration consists of two optical cavities coupled together through a common partially transmitting mirror. An atomic beam of sodium is used as a low-density absorber to compare the sensitivity of a double-cavity configuration with that of a single cavity. The results are that the sensitivity of the double-cavity system is about half of that obtained with the usual single cavity. An interpretation of the results is made in terms of the super regen model of intracavity absorption.

  8. Optimization of laser fibers for high pump light absorption

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    Bierlich, Jörg; Kobelke, Jens; Jetschke, Sylvia; Grimm, Stephan; Unger, Sonja; Schuster, Kay

    2014-03-01

    For the implementation of novel fiber laser concepts, such as extra-large mode area (X-LMA) fiber lasers or multi-core fiber lasers alternative manufacturing processes for highly-doped silica glasses and the laser fibers fabricated from it are required. For efficient laser operation a high absorption of pump power in the active fiber core is a necessary condition. To increase the pump light absorption the fiber development aimed at the preparation of laser-active and adapted passive single-large core fibers up to multi-core structures with 7 large cores showing broken circular fiber symmetry. The optimization of the optical fibers which will be shown in detail is based on the combination of several innovative manufacturing methods such as the powder sintering technology (REPUSIL), the preform preparation by stack-and-draw technique and the fiber drawing process. The described procedure is particularly suitable to produce multifilament glass preforms resp. laser fibers with large cores in which the radial and lateral indices of refraction can be adjusted homogeneously and reproducibly. Due to the realized increase of the laser-active core volume in these fibers the pump light absorption could be considerably increased and the resulting shorter fiber length allows the use of fibers with a moderate attenuation. The results concerning the characterization of materials science and the optical aspects e. g. the dopant concentration distributions and related refractive index profiles as well attenuation and pump absorption spectra will be presented.

  9. COMPUTER MODEL OF TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION IN OPTICALLY PUMPED LASER RODS

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    Farrukh, U. O.

    1994-01-01

    Managing the thermal energy that accumulates within a solid-state laser material under active pumping is of critical importance in the design of laser systems. Earlier models that calculated the temperature distribution in laser rods were single dimensional and assumed laser rods of infinite length. This program presents a new model which solves the temperature distribution problem for finite dimensional laser rods and calculates both the radial and axial components of temperature distribution in these rods. The modeled rod is either side-pumped or end-pumped by a continuous or a single pulse pump beam. (At the present time, the model cannot handle a multiple pulsed pump source.) The optical axis is assumed to be along the axis of the rod. The program also assumes that it is possible to cool different surfaces of the rod at different rates. The user defines the laser rod material characteristics, determines the types of cooling and pumping to be modeled, and selects the time frame desired via the input file. The program contains several self checking schemes to prevent overwriting memory blocks and to provide simple tracing of information in case of trouble. Output for the program consists of 1) an echo of the input file, 2) diffusion properties, radius and length, and time for each data block, 3) the radial increments from the center of the laser rod to the outer edge of the laser rod, and 4) the axial increments from the front of the laser rod to the other end of the rod. This program was written in Microsoft FORTRAN77 and implemented on a Tandon AT with a 287 math coprocessor. The program can also run on a VAX 750 mini-computer. It has a memory requirement of about 147 KB and was developed in 1989.

  10. Pump efficiency and beam quality control in an end-pumped Cr:LiSAF laser

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    Castillo-Matadamas, H.; Quintero-Torres, R.

    2008-05-01

    The laser radiation production in an end-pumped laser requires taking into consideration the following: (a) the optical pumping system, (b) the thermal and spectroscopic characteristics of the gain medium, (c) the mode overlap, and (d) the interaction with the optical resonator. The correlation between the previous four factors is needed to guide the design and evaluation of such a laser system. This suggestion is a better methodology than focusing the discussion on only one factor of the system ignoring interactions. Here, we use these arguments to supervise the complete process with a one-watt pump-diode laser largely astigmatic and a Cr:LiSAF gain medium highlighting the importance between interactions.

  11. Photovoltaic converters for solar-pumped lasers

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    Walker, Gilbert H.; Heinbockel, John H.

    1988-01-01

    The authors describe a mathematical parametric study of converters used to convert laser radiation to electricity for space-based laser power systems. Two different lasers, the 1.06-micron Nd laser and the 1.315-micron iodine laser, are used in the vertical junction converter. The calculated efficiency is 50 percent for a 100-junction Si photovoltaic converter when used with a Nd laser. The calculated efficiency for a 1000-junction Ga(0.53)In(0.47)As photovoltaic converter is 43 percent when used with an iodine laser.

  12. Diode-laser-pump module with integrated signal ports for pumping amplifying fibers and method

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    Savage-Leuchs; Matthias P.

    2009-05-26

    Apparatus and method for collimating pump light of a first wavelength from laser diode(s) into a collimated beam within an enclosure having first and second optical ports, directing pump light from the collimated beam to the first port; and directing signal light inside the enclosure between the first and second port. The signal and pump wavelengths are different. The enclosure provides a pump block having a first port that emits pump light to a gain fiber outside the enclosure and that also passes signal light either into or out of the enclosure, and another port that passes signal light either out of or into the enclosure. Some embodiments use a dichroic mirror to direct pump light to the first port and direct signal light between the first and second ports. Some embodiments include a wavelength-conversion device to change the wavelength of at least some of the signal light.

  13. Compact VCSEL pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers

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    Cole, Brian; Hays, Alan; McIntosh, Chris; Nettleton, John; Goldberg, Lew

    2012-03-01

    We have explored using 808nm Vertical Cavity Surface emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays for end-pumping of Nd:YAG lasers. A variety of laser designs were explored including a compact passively Q-switched lasers that produced a 22mJ pulse having a pulse width of <1.5ns, and an actively Q-switched laser that produced a 40mJ pulse having a 7 ns pulse width. The VCSEL pumped actively Q-switched laser was used as a source for sum frequency generation. Using a 2mm type II KTP and 3mm type I LBO, we generated greater than 5mJ at 355nm with a 21% THG conversion efficiency.

  14. Diode edge-pumped passively Q-switched microchip laser

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    Kong, Weipeng; Tsunekane, Masaki; Taira, Takunori

    2015-09-01

    There is an increasing demand for high-intensity subnanosecond lasers for emerging industrial applications. While femtosecond and picosecond laser sources are considered promising, they suffer from the significant drawbacks of increased complexity and cost. In this regard, we demonstrate a unique edge-pumped passively Q-switched Nd∶YAG/Cr4+∶YAG microchip laser. The microchip is made of a Nd∶YAG/Sm∶YAG composite ceramic, and a Sm∶YAG cladding is utilized as both the pump beam waveguide and amplified spontaneous emission absorber. With the use of a flat-concave laser cavity, we obtain single-pulse energy of 1.66 mJ for an absorbed pump energy of 24 mJ. Further, the resulting pulse width is 683 ps, and the repetition rate is 10 Hz.

  15. Design of ultrahigh brightness solar-pumped disk laser.

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    Liang, Dawei; Almeida, Joana

    2012-09-10

    To significantly improve the solar-pumped laser beam brightness, a multi-Fresnel lens scheme is proposed for side-pumping either a single-crystal Nd:YAG or a core-doped ceramic Sm(3+) Nd:YAG disk. Optimum laser system parameters are found through ZEMAX and LASCAD numerical analysis. An ultrahigh laser beam figure of merit B of 53 W is numerically calculated, corresponding to a significant enhancement of more than 180 times over the previous record. 17.7 W/m(2) collection efficiency is also numerically attained. The strong thermal effects that have hampered present-day rod-type solar-pumped lasers can also be largely alleviated. PMID:22968278

  16. Improving Reliability of High Power Quasi-CW Laser Diode Arrays for Pumping Solid State Lasers

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    Amzajerdian, Farzin; Meadows, Byron L.; Baker, Nathaniel R.; Barnes, Bruce W.; Baggott, Renee S.; Lockard, George E.; Singh, Upendra N.; Kavaya, Michael J.

    2005-01-01

    Most Lidar applications rely on moderate to high power solid state lasers to generate the required transmitted pulses. However, the reliability of solid state lasers, which can operate autonomously over long periods, is constrained by their laser diode pump arrays. Thermal cycling of the active regions is considered the primary reason for rapid degradation of the quasi-CW high power laser diode arrays, and the excessive temperature rise is the leading suspect in premature failure. The thermal issues of laser diode arrays are even more drastic for 2-micron solid state lasers which require considerably longer pump pulses compared to the more commonly used pump arrays for 1-micron lasers. This paper describes several advanced packaging techniques being employed for more efficient heat removal from the active regions of the laser diode bars. Experimental results for several high power laser diode array devices will be reported and their performance when operated at long pulsewidths of about 1msec will be described.

  17. Cs laser with unstable cavity transversely pumped by multiple diode lasers.

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    Zhdanov, B V; Shaffer, M K; Knize, R J

    2009-08-17

    We have demonstrated a Cs vapor laser with an unstable resonator transversely pumped by 15 narrowband laser diode arrays. A slope efficiency of 43%, a total optical efficiency of 31% and a maximum output power 49 W were obtained with a pump power of 157 Watts. PMID:19687954

  18. High power tandem-pumped thulium-doped fiber laser.

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    Wang, Yao; Yang, Jianlong; Huang, Chongyuan; Luo, Yongfeng; Wang, Shiwei; Tang, Yulong; Xu, Jianqiu

    2015-02-01

    We propose a cascaded tandem pumping technique and show its high power and high efficient operation in the 2-μm wavelength region, opening up a new way to scale the output power of the 2-μm fiber laser to new levels (e.g. 10 kW). Using a 1942 nm Tm(3+) fiber laser as the pump source with the co- (counter-) propagating configuration, the 2020 nm Tm(3+) fiber laser generates 34.68 W (35.15W) of output power with 84.4% (86.3%) optical-to-optical efficiency and 91.7% (92.4%) slope efficiency, with respect to launched pump power. It provides the highest slope efficiency reported for 2-μm Tm(3+)-doped fiber lasers, and the highest output power for all-fiber tandem-pumped 2-μm fiber oscillators. This system fulfills the complete structure of the proposed cascaded tandem pumping technique in the 2-μm wavelength region (~1900 nm → ~1940 nm → ~2020 nm). Numerical analysis is also carried out to show the power scaling capability and efficiency of the cascaded tandem pumping technique. PMID:25836159

  19. Laser performance of Coumarin 540A dye molecules in polymeric host media with different viscosities: From liquid solution to solid polymer matrix

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    Costela, A.; Garcia-Moreno, I.; Barroso, J.; Sastre, R.

    1998-01-01

    Photophysical parameters and lasing properties of Coumarin 540A dye molecules are studied in solutions of increasing viscosity, from liquid solutions in 1,4-dioxane to solid solutions in poly(methyl methacrylate). The fluorescence quantum yield and lasing efficiencies decrease as the viscosity of the solution increases, reflecting the strong influence of the rigidity of the medium on the radiative processes. The photodegradation mechanisms acting on the fluorophores are analyzed by following the dependence of laser induced fluorescence and laser output on the number of pump laser pulses. The fluorescence redistribution after pattern photobleaching technique is used, and Fick{close_quote}s second law is applied to study the diffusion of dye molecules in the highly viscous polymer solutions. The diffusion coefficients of the dye molecules as a function of the increased viscosity of the medium are determined. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  20. Laser performance of Coumarin 540A dye molecules in polymeric host media with different viscosities: From liquid solution to solid polymer matrix

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    Costela, A.; Garcia-Moreno, I.; Barroso, J.; Sastre, R.

    1998-01-01

    Photophysical parameters and lasing properties of Coumarin 540A dye molecules are studied in solutions of increasing viscosity, from liquid solutions in 1,4-dioxane to solid solutions in poly(methyl methacrylate). The fluorescence quantum yield and lasing efficiencies decrease as the viscosity of the solution increases, reflecting the strong influence of the rigidity of the medium on the radiative processes. The photodegradation mechanisms acting on the fluorophores are analyzed by following the dependence of laser induced fluorescence and laser output on the number of pump laser pulses. The fluorescence redistribution after pattern photobleaching technique is used, and Fick's second law is applied to study the diffusion of dye molecules in the highly viscous polymer solutions. The diffusion coefficients of the dye molecules as a function of the increased viscosity of the medium are determined.

  1. High average power diode pumped solid state lasers for CALIOPE

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    Comaskey, B.; Halpin, J.; Moran, B.

    1994-07-01

    Diode pumping of solid state media offers the opportunity for very low maintenance, high efficiency, and compact laser systems. For remote sensing, such lasers may be used to pump tunable non-linear sources, or if tunable themselves, act directly or through harmonic crystals as the probe. The needs of long range remote sensing missions require laser performance in the several watts to kilowatts range. At these power performance levels, more advanced thermal management technologies are required for the diode pumps. The solid state laser design must now address a variety of issues arising from the thermal loads, including fracture limits, induced lensing and aberrations, induced birefringence, and laser cavity optical component performance degradation with average power loading. In order to highlight the design trade-offs involved in addressing the above issues, a variety of existing average power laser systems are briefly described. Included are two systems based on Spectra Diode Laboratory`s water impingement cooled diode packages: a two times diffraction limited, 200 watt average power, 200 Hz multi-rod laser/amplifier by Fibertek, and TRW`s 100 watt, 100 Hz, phase conjugated amplifier. The authors also present two laser systems built at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) based on their more aggressive diode bar cooling package, which uses microchannel cooler technology capable of 100% duty factor operation. They then present the design of LLNL`s first generation OPO pump laser for remote sensing. This system is specified to run at 100 Hz, 20 nsec pulses each with 300 mJ, less than two times diffraction limited, and with a stable single longitudinal mode. The performance of the first testbed version will be presented. The authors conclude with directions their group is pursuing to advance average power lasers. This includes average power electro-optics, low heat load lasing media, and heat capacity lasers.

  2. Diode-pumped UV refractive surgery laser

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    Lin, Jui T.; Hwang, Ming-Yi; Huang, C. H.

    1993-07-01

    Ophthalmic applications of medical lasers have been extensively explored recently because of their market potential. Refractive surgical lasers represent one of the major development efforts due to the large population of eye disorders: about 160 million people in the USA and more than 2 billion worldwide. The first refractive laser developed was the ArF excimer laser at 193 nm in 1987 - 88 for a procedure called photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). More recently, solid state refractive lasers have also been explored for preliminary clinical trials. These lasers include Nd:YLF (picosecond at 1054 nm), doubled-Nd:YAG (nanosecond at 532 nm), Ho:YAG (microsecond at 2100 nm) and ultraviolet (UV) lasers generated from the harmonic of Ti:sapphire-laser (205 - 220 nm) and Nd:YAG (at 213 nm).

  3. Study of the mechanism of dye laser intracavity absorption

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    Kumar, P.

    1980-01-01

    The process of Intracavity Absorption (ICA) in a cw multimode dye laser is studied in an attempt to look for a possible mechanism of the process. An atomic beam of barium is used as an absorber because it very closely represents a two level atom, simplifying the interpretation of the data. The line shape of the signals observed by intracavity absorption is complex consisting of both absorption and enhancement features. The detailed line shape depends upon the absorber density in the path of the laser and the total optical power in the laser cavity. In the high absorber density and low cavity power regime, absorption feature is predominant whereas at low absorber density and high cavity power enhancement is observed. The absorber density and the cavity power dependence of the enhancement and the absorption features is experimentally determined. The line shape also depends upon the laser scan rate across the adsorption profile. All these results disagree with the existing steady state rate equation models. The newly developed Super-Regen model seems successful in qualitatively predicting the observed line shapes and the time dependent behavior. When the laser is not wavelength scanned, spectral condensation and locking of the laser to the absorption line occurs. This is termed as the Enhancement Effect. The enhancement signal is found to increase linearly with the absorber density at low densities, rises exponentially and then saturates at the highest densities used. Also the laser beam waist in the long leg of the cavity is found to be larger for frequencies locked to the absorption line compared to the ones away from it. No satisfactory explanation of the phenomenon is available at the present time.

  4. Single-frequency diode-pumped solid state lasers

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    Bollig, Christoph

    1997-11-01

    The work discussed in this thesis covers two broad areas: Novel techniques for the single-frequency operation of miniature, diode-pumped solid-state lasers and the high- power (i.e. multi-watt) operation of diode-bar end-pumped lasers in the eyesafe 2 ?m wavelength region. A monolithic Nd-doped phosphate glass laser is described, in which unidirectional, hence single-frequency operation is enforced by the acousto-optic effect in the laser medium. The loss difference for the two counter- propagating waves relies on an acousto-optic self- feedback mechanism which can yield high loss differences even for very small diffraction efficiencies. Reliable single-frequency output is maintained indefinitely with an applied radio-frequency power of 0.2 W. Single- frequency output powers up to 30 mW for 400 mW of pump power are demonstrated. A technique is developed which facilitates reliable single-frequency operation of actively Q-switched lasers at repetition rates beyond the inverse lifetime of the upper laser level. Stable single-frequency operation of a Q-switched laser requires the initial establishment of a stable prelase which is free from spiking. Relying on the natural decay of spiking limits repetition rates and hence average power. Using feedback suppression of spiking, a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is demonstrated which operates on a single frequency at repetition rates up to 25 kHz, with 88% of available cw power extracted. In the second part of this thesis, the high-power operation of diode-bar end-pumped solid-state lasers operating in the eyesafe 2 ?m wavelength region is discussed. Efficient operation of a Tm:YAG laser end- pumped by a beam-shaped 20 W diode bar is demonstrated. At a mount temperature of 20oC an output beam of 4.1 W with M2 values of 1.2 and 1.4 in the orthogonal planes is obtained for 13.5 W of diode power incident on the rod. This laser is then used to intracavity-pump a Ho:YAG laser, which avoids the upconversion problems usually associated with Tm3+-Ho3+-codoped lasers. At a mount temperature of 10oC for both the Tm:YAG and the Ho:YAG rods, an output power of the Ho:YAG of up to 2.1 W at 2097 nm is obtained for 9.2 W of diode power incident on the Tm:YAG rod.

  5. Potential of solar-simulator-pumped alexandrite lasers

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    Deyoung, Russell J.

    1990-01-01

    An attempt was made to pump an alexandrite laser rod using a Tamarak solar simulator and also a tungsten-halogen lamp. A very low optical laser cavity was used to achieve the threshold minimum pumping-power requirement. Lasing was not achieved. The laser threshold optical-power requirement was calculated to be approximately 626 W/sq cm for a gain length of 7.6 cm, whereas the Tamarak simulator produces 1150 W/sq cm over a gain length of 3.3 cm, which is less than the 1442 W/sq cm required to reach laser threshold. The rod was optically pulsed with 200 msec pulses, which allowed the alexandrite rod to operate at near room temperature. The optical intensity-gain-length product to achieve laser threshold should be approximately 35,244 solar constants-cm. In the present setup, this product was 28,111 solar constants-cm.

  6. Efficiency of continuous-wave solar pumped semiconductor lasers

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    Johnson, Stanley; Küppers, Franko; Pau, Stanley

    2013-04-01

    We report the results of an efficient solar pumped semiconductor laser system that uses high efficiency multi-junction photovoltaic cells and laser diodes in order to achieve the sunlight to laser light conversion efficiency of over 10% without any active cooling and concentration optics. Semiconductor lasers with wavelength from 445 nm to 1550 nm are powered directly by an array of photovoltaic (PV) cells under one sun illumination (100 mW/cm2). The maximum energy efficiency reaches 10.34% at 976 nm with an output power of 4.31 W. This system is inherently more efficient than direct solar pumped lasers that have been studied in the past and could play a key role in future renewable energy production and power beaming applications.

  7. Linewidth characteristics of Raman-shifted dye laser output at 720 and 940 nm

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    Grossmann, B. E.; Higdon, N. S.; Higdon, N. S.; Higdon, N. S.; Higdon, N. S.; Higdon, N. S.; Higdon, N. S.

    1986-01-01

    A compact and simple simultaneous multi-wavelength dye laser cavity was developed for a differential absorption technique. Dielectric multilayer interference filters were inserted inside the cavities as tuning elements, and two types of a DIAL system were constucted by using the dye laser tuned with dielectric multilayer filters to measure NO2 concentration. The usefulness of this dye laser was clarified for the differential absoroption technique in outdoor experiments. Some basic designs of the laser cavity with these filters to get simultaneously multi-wavelength output are summarized.

  8. Direct solar pumping of semiconductor lasers: A feasibility study

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    Anderson, Neal G.

    1991-01-01

    The primary goals of the feasibility study are the following: (1) to provide a preliminary assessment of the feasibility of pumping semiconductor lasers in space directly focused sunlight; and (2) to identify semiconductor laser structures expected to operate at the lowest possible focusing intensities. It should be emphasized that the structures under consideration would provide direct optical-to-optical conversion of sunlight into laser light in a single crystal, in contrast to a configuration consisting of a solar cell or battery electrically pumping a current injection laser. With external modulation, such lasers may prove to be efficient sources for intersatellite communications. We proposed to develop a theoretical model of semiconductor quantum-well lasers photopumped by a broadband source, test it against existing experimental data where possible, and apply it to estimating solar pumping requirements and identifying optimum structures for operation for operation at low pump intensities. This report outlines our progress toward these goals. Discussion of several technical details are left to the attached summary abstract.

  9. High power, high efficiency diode pumped Raman fiber laser

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    Glick, Yaakov; Fromzel, Viktor; Zhang, Jun; Dahan, Asaf; Ter-Gabrielyan, Nikolay; Pattnaik, Radha K.; Dubinskii, Mark

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate a high power high efficiency Raman fiber laser pumped directly by a laser diode module at 976 nm. 80 Watts of CW power were obtained at a wavelength of 1020 nm with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 53%. When working quasi-CW, at a duty cycle of 30%, 85 W of peak power was produced with an efficiency of 60%. A commercial graded-index (GRIN) core fiber acts as the Raman fiber in a power oscillator configuration, which includes spectral selection to prevent generation of the 2nd Stokes. In addition, significant brightness enhancement of the pump beam is attained due to the Raman gain distribution profile in the GRIN fiber. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest power Raman fiber laser directly pumped by laser diodes, which also exhibits a record efficiency for such a laser. In addition, it is the highest power Raman fiber laser (regardless of pumping source) demonstrated based on a GRIN fiber.

  10. New concepts for compact diode-pumped femtosecond lasers

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    Gaebel, Kai; Russbueldt, P.; Rotarius, G.; Bette, H.; Lebert, Rainer; Du, Keming; Loosen, Peter; Poprawe, Reinhart; Valster, Adriaan

    1997-08-01

    We report the successful implementation of Gires-Tournois and chirped mirrors in a diode-pumped, Kerr-lens mode-locked Cr:LiSGaF laser. The laser delivered 30 mW of 79 fs, nearly transform limited pulses at 855 nm and 90 MHz repetition rate. The mirror-dispersion controlled cavity is compared to our prism setup and pulse width limitations in diode pumped Cr:LiSGaF/Cr:LiSAF lasers are identified. Mode matching calculations of pump beam and cavity mode are presented to optimize low threshold, highly efficient fs-operation. Following this analysis a compact prismless design of roughly shoe box size is suggested, which incorporates an additional high n2 element to enhance stability.

  11. Concept of nuclear reactor pumped laser for ICF

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    Dyachenko, Peter P.

    1996-05-01

    It is well known that attempts of civil utilization of fusion energy encounter many difficulties. At the same time we know that creation of thermonuclear weapon had been possible by using of the nuclear fission reaction as ignition of the nuclear fusion. The question arises—can help us similar idea in civil case and how that can be realized? In paper, it is shown that such idea is useful in this case and can be realized using nuclear reactor pumped laser. Contemporary state of research in nuclear reactor pumped laser for ICF field is considered. Progress by IPPE (Obninsk, Russia) in the development of the energy model of pulse reactor pumped laser system with waiting output energy about 50 kJ is reported.

  12. Adaptive pumping for spectral control of random lasers

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    Bachelard, Nicolas; Gigan, Sylvain; Noblin, Xavier; Sebbah, Patrick

    2014-06-01

    A laser is not necessarily a sophisticated device: pumping an amplifying medium randomly filled with scatterers makes a perfectly viable `random laser'. The absence of mirrors greatly simplifies laser design, but control over the emission wavelength and directionality is lost, seriously hindering prospects for this otherwise simple laser. Recently, we proposed an approach to tame random lasers, inspired by coherent light control in complex media. Here, we implement this method in an optofluidic random laser where modes are spatially extended and overlap, making individual mode selection impossible, a priori. We show experimentally that control over laser emission can be regained even in this extreme case. By actively shaping the optical pump within the random laser, single-mode operation at any selected wavelength is achieved with spectral selectivity down to 0.06 nm and more than 10 dB side-lobe rejection. This method paves the way towards versatile tunable and controlled random lasers as well as the taming of other laser sources.

  13. Broadly tunable, longitudinally diode-pumped Alexandrite laser

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    Strotkamp, M.; Witte, U.; Munk, A.; Hartung, A.; Gausmann, S.; Hengesbach, S.; Traub, M.; Hoffmann, H.-D.; Hoeffner, J.; Jungbluth, B.

    2014-02-01

    We present design and first performance data of a broadly tunable Alexandrite laser longitudinally pumped by a newly developed high brightness single emitter diode laser module with output in the red spectral range. Replacing the flashlamps, which are usually used for pumping Alexandrite, will increase the efficiency and maintenance interval of the laser. The pump module is designed as an optical stack of seven single-emitter laser diodes. We selected an optomechanical concept for the tight overlay of the radiation using a minimal number of optical components for collimation, e.g. a FAC and a SAC lens, and focusing. The module provides optical output power of more than 14 W (peak pulse output in the focus) with a beam quality of M2 = 41 in the fast axis and M2 = 39 in the slow axis. The Alexandrite crystal is pumped from one end at a repetition rate of 35 Hz and 200μs long pump pulses. The temperature of the laser crystal can be tuned to between 30 °C and 190 °C using a thermostat. The diode-pumped Alexandrite laser reaches a maximum optical-optical efficiency of 20 % and a slope efficiency of more than 30 % in fundamental-mode operation (M2 < 1.10). When a Findlay-Clay analysis with four different output couplers is conducted, the round-trip loss of the cavity is determined to be around 1 %. The wavelength is tunable to between 755 and 788 nm via crystal temperature or between 745 and 805 nm via an additional Brewster prism.

  14. Highly efficient pumping configuration for microchip solid-state laser

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    Dascalu, T.; Taira, T.

    2006-01-01

    We present a new geometry for edge-pumping of a solid-state microchip laser. This design, which consists of a thin-disk gain crystal that has on top a diffusion bonded undoped material that guides the pump light, allows a good thermal heat management by reducing the thickness of the gain media, whereas the pump optics is kept simple. Simulations show that more than 0.95 of the pump radiation with uniformity coefficient in excess of 0.95 can be absorbed in an Yb:YAG/YAG composite device that has a 200-μm thick, 15-at.% Yb:YAG of 3.6-mm diameter. First experiments with this configuration produced on-time 34 W output power for 220 W on-time pump power and 0.26 slope efficiency. Power scaling possibilities are discussed.

  15. Pump and probe spectroscopy with continuous wave quantum cascade lasers

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    Kirkbride, James M. R.; Causier, Sarah K.; Dalton, Andrew R.; Ritchie, Grant A. D.; Weidmann, Damien

    2014-02-07

    This paper details infra-red pump and probe studies on nitric oxide conducted with two continuous wave quantum cascade lasers both operating around 5 μm. The pump laser prepares a velocity selected population in a chosen rotational quantum state of the v = 1 level which is subsequently probed using a second laser tuned to a rotational transition within the v = 2 ← v = 1 hot band. The rapid frequency scan of the probe (with respect to the molecular collision rate) in combination with the velocity selective pumping allows observation of marked rapid passage signatures in the transient absorption profiles from the polarized vibrationally excited sample. These coherent transient signals are influenced by the underlying hyperfine structure of the pump and probe transitions, the sample pressure, and the coherent properties of the lasers. Pulsed pump and probe studies show that the transient absorption signals decay within 1 μs at 50 mTorr total pressure, reflecting both the polarization and population dephasing times of the vibrationally excited sample. The experimental observations are supported by simulation based upon solving the optical Bloch equations for a two level system.

  16. Optically pumped semiconductor lasers for atomic and molecular physics

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    Burd, S.; Leibfried, D.; Wilson, A. C.; Wineland, D. J.

    2015-03-01

    Experiments in atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics rely on lasers at many different wavelengths and with varying requirements on spectral linewidth, power and intensity stability. Optically pumped semiconductor lasers (OPSLs), when combined with nonlinear frequency conversion, can potentially replace many of the laser systems currently in use. We are developing a source for laser cooling and spectroscopy of Mg+ ions at 280 nm, based on a frequency quadrupled OPSL with the gain chip fabricated at the ORC at Tampere Univ. of Technology, Finland. This OPSL system could serve as a prototype for many other sources used in atomic and molecular physics.

  17. A cladding-pumped, tunable holmium doped fiber laser.

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    Simakov, Nikita; Hemming, Alexander; Clarkson, W Andrew; Haub, John; Carter, Adrian

    2013-11-18

    We present a tunable, high power cladding-pumped holmium doped fiber laser. The laser generated >15 W CW average power across a wavelength range of 2.043 - 2.171 μm, with a maximum output power of 29.7 W at 2.120 μm. The laser also produced 18.2 W when operating at 2.171 µm. To the best of our knowledge this is the highest power operation of a holmium doped laser at a wavelength >2.15 µm. We discuss the significance of background losses and fiber design for achieving efficient operation in holmium doped fibers. PMID:24514352

  18. Stark effect in optically pumped molecular submillimeter lasers

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    Rak, V.G.; Dyubko, S.F.

    1980-06-01

    A theoretical analysis is made of the effects which take place in optically pumped lasers whose active medium is subjected to a dc electric field. The possibilities are discussed of tuning the frequency and modulating the intensity of the radiation emitted by a laser. The gain characteristics of an active medium in an electric field are calculated for a CH/sub 3/F laser operating on a wavelength of 496 ..mu... It is shown that the frequency tuning limits of the output radiation of such a laser can reach 3 GHz, if the active medium allows electric fields of up to 30 kV/cm to be applied.

  19. Products of photodegradation for coumarin laser dyes. Technical report No. 7, 1 January-31 October 1982

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    Jones, G. II; Jackson, W.R.; Kanoktanaporn, S.; Bergmark, W.R.

    1983-10-31

    The products of conventional photolysis of the coumarin laser dyes, C1, C35, C153, and C152 have been investigated, The previously reported dealkylation of C1 is documented for the fluorinated dyes, C35, and C152 in deaerated solvents. In addition, a reduction product is identified for C1, consistent with a radical mechanism for decomposition. Evidence is provided that the concentration quenching (self quenching) of singlet dye is important to the degradation mechanism. For the rigid dye, C153, a photooxidation product involving the amine functionality results from decomposition in aerated media. For several dyes, very low triplet yields have been measured.

  20. PicoGreen dye as an active medium for plastic lasers

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    Pradeep, C.; Vallabhan, C. P. G.; Radhakrishnan, P.; Nampoori, V. P. N.

    2015-08-01

    Deoxyribonucleic acid lipid complex thin films are used as a host material for laser dyes. We tested PicoGreen dye, which is commonly used for the quantification of single and double stranded DNA, for its applicability as lasing medium. PicoGreen dye exhibits enhanced fluorescence on intercalation with DNA. This enormous fluorescence emission is amplified in a planar microcavity to achieve yellow lasing. Here the role of DNA is not only a host medium, but also as a fluorescence dequencher. With the obtained results we have ample reasons to propose PicoGreen dye as a lasing medium, which can lead to the development of DNA based bio-lasers.

  1. Graphene surface emitting terahertz laser: Diffusion pumping concept

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    Davoyan, Arthur R.; Morozov, Mikhail Yu.; Popov, Vyacheslav V.; Satou, Akira; Otsuji, Taiichi

    2013-12-16

    We suggest a concept of a tunable graphene-based terahertz (THz) surface emitting laser with diffusion pumping. We employ significant difference in the electronic energy gap of graphene and a typical wide-gap semiconductor, and demonstrate that carriers generated in the semiconductor can be efficiently captured by graphene resulting in population inversion and corresponding THz lasing from graphene. We develop design principles for such a laser and estimate its performance. We predict up to 50 W/cm{sup 2} terahertz power output for 100 kW/cm{sup 2} pump power at frequency around 10 THz at room temperature.

  2. Diode-Pumped, Q-Switched, Frequency-Doubling Laser

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    Hemmati, Hamid; Lesh, James R.

    1993-01-01

    Experimental Q-switched, diode-pumped, intracavity-frequency-doubling laser generates pulses of radiation at wavelength of 532 nm from excitation at 810 nm. Principal innovative feature distinguishing laser from others of its type: pulsed operation of laser at pulse-repetition frequencies higher than reported previously. Folded resonator keeps most of second-harmonic radiation away from Q-switcher, laser crystal, and laser diodes. Folding mirror highly reflective at fundamental laser wavelength and highly transmissive at second-harmonic laser wavelength. By virtue of difference of about 0.6 percent between reflectivities in two polarizations at fundamental wavelength, folding mirror favors polarized oscillation at fundamental wavelength. This characteristic desirable for doubling of frequency in some intracavity crystals.

  3. Nonlinear fibre-optic devices pumped by semiconductor disk lasers

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    Chamorovskiy, A Yu; Okhotnikov, Oleg G

    2012-11-30

    Semiconductor disk lasers offer a unique combination of characteristics that are particularly attractive for pumping Raman lasers and amplifiers. The advantages of disk lasers include a low relative noise intensity (-150 dB Hz{sup -1}), scalable (on the order of several watts) output power, and nearly diffraction-limited beam quality resulting in a high ({approx}70 % - 90 %) coupling efficiency into a single-mode fibre. Using this technology, low-noise fibre Raman amplifiers operating at 1.3 {mu}m in co-propagation configuration are developed. A hybrid Raman-bismuth doped fibre amplifier is proposed to further increase the pump conversion efficiency. The possibility of fabricating mode-locked picosecond fibre lasers operating under both normal and anomalous dispersion is shown experimentally. We demonstrate the operation of 1.38-{mu}m and 1.6-{mu}m passively mode-locked Raman fibre lasers pumped by 1.29-{mu}m and 1.48-{mu}m semiconductor disk lasers and producing 1.97- and 2.7-ps pulses, respectively. Using a picosecond semiconductor disk laser amplified with an ytterbium-erbium fibre amplifier, the supercontinuum generation spanning from 1.35 {mu}m to 2 {mu}m is achieved with an average power of 3.5 W. (invited paper)

  4. Diode-Pumped Mode-Locked LiSAF Laser

    SciTech Connect

    1996-02-01

    Under this contract we have developed Cr{sup 3+}:LiSrAlF{sub 6} (Cr:LiSAF, LiSAF) mode-locked lasers suitable for generation of polarized electrons for CEBAF. As 670 nm is an excellent wavelength for optical pumping of Cr:LiSAF, we have used a LIGHTWAVE developed 670 nm diode pump module that combines the output of ten diode lasers and yields approximately 2 Watts of optical power. By the use of a diffraction limited pump beam however, it is possible to maintain a small mode size through the length of the crystal and hence extract more power from Cr:LiSAF laser. For this purpose we have developed a 1 Watt, red 660nm laser (LIGHTWAVE model 240R) which serves as an ideal pump for Cr:LiSAF and is a potential replacement of costly and less robust krypton laser. This new system is to compliment LIGHTWAVE Series 240, and is currently being considered for commercialization. Partially developed under this contract is LIGHTWAVEs product model 240 which has already been in our production lines for a few months and is commercially available. This laser produces 2 Watts of output at 532 nm using some of the same technology developed for production of the 660nm red system. It is a potential replacement for argon ion lasers and has better current and cooling requirements and is an excellent pump source for Ti:Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Also, as a direct result of this contract we now have the capability of commercially developing a mode-locked 100MHz Cr:LiSAF system. Such a laser could be added to our 100 MHz LIGHTWAVE Series 131. The Series 131 lasers provide pico second pulses and were originally developed under another DOE SBIR. Both models of LIGHTWAVE Series 240 lasers, the fiber coupled pump module and the 100MHz LiSAF laser of Series 131 have been partially developed under this contract, and are commercially competitive products.

  5. Optimization of rod diameter in solid state lasers side pumped with multiple laser diode arrays

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    Sims, Newton, Jr.; Chamblee, Christyl M.; Barnes, Norman P.; Lockard, George E.; Cross, Patricia L.

    1992-01-01

    Results of a study to determine the optimum laser rod diameter for maximum output energy in a solid state neodymium laser transversely pumped with multiple laser diode arrays are reported here. Experiments were performed with 1.0 mm, 1.5 mm and 2.0 mm rod radii of both neodymium doped Y3Al5O12 (Nd:YAG) and La2Be2O5 (Nd:BeL) pumped with laser diode arrays having a maximum combined energy of 10.5 mJ. Equations were derived which predict the optimum rod radius and corresponding output mirror reflectivity for a given laser material and total pump energy. Predictions of the equations agreed well with the experiments for each of the laser materials which possessed significantly different laser properties from one another.

  6. Temperature distribution of laser crystal in LD end-pumped Nd:YAG/LBO blue laser

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    Zhang, Lei; Zheng, Yibo; Li, Simian; Jia, Liping; Kang, Junjian

    2012-11-01

    In this study, LD end-pumped Nd:YAG/LBO solid state blue laser is realized by even hollow cavity. A thermal distribution model of Nd:YAG crystal is established. Based on the calculation, the temperature distribution of laser crystal is obtained. The results show that the temperature decreases from the pump end to the launch end exponentially. When the pumping power is 10 W and the radius of pumping beams is 240μm, a biggest output power 1.06 W of blue light is achieved, giving an optical conversion efficiency of 10.6%.

  7. Optical pumped neodymium miniature laser transmitter. Final report, October 1978

    SciTech Connect

    Geckeler, S.; Kruehler, W.; Mahlein, H.F.; Plaettner, R.; Schiffner, G.; Vite, L.; Winzer, G.

    1981-07-01

    The preparation and the properties of the most important stoichiometric Nd laser materials and miniature lasers made from them are considered as well as calculations for pumping these lasers with LEDs and for coupling them to the modulator. Both optical communication systems and the rival merits of neodym solid-state lasers and semiconductor lasers are considered. The following results are of particular interest: miniature lasers for 1.06 micrometer and in some cases for 1.32 micrometer fabricated from NdP/sup 5/O/sup 14/, NdAl/sup 3/(BO/sup 3/)/sup 4/ and LiNd(PO/sup 3/)/sup 4/ with mirrors directly applied to their endfaces allowing CW operation at room temperature. The LNP laser with 1 mW threshold, 6% differential efficiency and a threshold pump power density of 4 kW/cu cm offers the best performance. The electrooptical coefficient expected for NdAl/sup 3/(BO/sup 3/)/sup 4/ on the basis of lattice symmetry was found to be 0.6 x 10 to the -12 power m/V. The Nd laser transmitter can be expected to cost considerably more than the future INGAP semiconductor laser transmitter.

  8. Femtosecond mode-locked holmium fiber laser pumped by semiconductor disk laser.

    PubMed

    Chamorovskiy, A; Marakulin, A V; Ranta, S; Tavast, M; Rautiainen, J; Leinonen, T; Kurkov, A S; Okhotnikov, O G

    2012-05-01

    We report on a 2085 nm holmium-doped silica fiber laser passively mode-locked by semiconductor saturable absorber mirror and carbon nanotube absorber. The laser, pumped by a 1.16 μm semiconductor disk laser, produces 890 femtosecond pulses with the average power of 46 mW and the repetition rate of 15.7 MHz. PMID:22555700

  9. Advances in NASA research on nuclear-pumped lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    De Young, R. J.

    1982-01-01

    NASA has been primarily interested in nuclear-pumped lasers using the He-3 or U-235F6 reaction for lasant excitation. With He-3 excitation, a large volume, multiple-path He-3-Ar nuclear laser has produced an output of 1 kilowatt. Power deposition was shown to be homogeneous over this volume. The CO laser has been pumped for the first time using the He-3 reaction, producing approximately 200 Watts. Using a boron-10 coating to excite N2, nuclear lasing has been achieved in CO2 in a transfer laser configuration. Nuclear lasing of Ar-Xe has been demonstrated using fission fragment excitation from U-235F6. Research on the gas core reactor has resulted in a steady state operational power of 30 kilowatts with flowing U-235F6 in an argon vortex.

  10. LED pumped Nd:YAG laser development program

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Farmer, G. I.; Kiang, Y. C.; Lynch, R. J.

    1973-01-01

    The results of a development program for light emitting diode (LED) pumped Nd:YAG lasers are described. An index matching method to increase the coupling efficiency of the laser is described. A solid glass half-cylinder of 5.0 by 5.6 centimeters was used for index matching and also as a pumping cavity reflector. The laser rods were 1.5 by 56 millimeters with dielectric coatings on both end surfaces. The interfaces between the diode array, glass cylinder, and laser rod were filled with viscous fluid of refractive index n = 1.55. Experiments performed with both the glass cylinder and a gold coated stainless steel reflector of the same dimensions under the same operating conditions indicate that the index matching cylinder gave 159 to 200 percent improvement of coupling efficiency over the metal reflector at various operating temperatures.

  11. Resonantly pumped single-longitudinal-mode Ho:YAG laser

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    Ju, Y. L.; Liu, W.; Yao, B. Q.; Dai, T. Y.; Wu, J.; Duan, X. M.; Shen, Y. J.; Wang, Y. Z.

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrated a 1.9-μm-pumped high-efficiency single-longitudinal-mode Ho:YAG laser with intra-cavity etalons for the first time. By inserting the F-P etalons into the laser cavity, single-longitudinal-mode Ho:YAG lasing was achieved at a wavelength of 2081.2 nm. The maximum single-longitudinal-mode output power of 309 mW was obtained with absorbed pump power of 4.97 W, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 12.77 %. The oscillating wavelength can be tuned (from 2077 to 2081 nm), and single-longitudinal-mode laser is achieved at each wavelength. The M 2 factors of the single-longitudinal-mode Ho:YAG laser in the x and y directions were 1.18 and 1.2, respectively.

  12. Fiber-laser pumped actively Q-switched Er:LuYAG laser at 1648 nm

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    Yang, X. F.; Wang, Y.; Zhao, T.; Zhu, H. Y.; Shen, D. Y.

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrated an acousto-optic Q-switched 1648 nm Er:LuYAG laser resonantly pumped by a cladding-pumped Er,Yb fiber laser at 1532 nm. Stable Q-switching operation was obtained with the pulse repetition rate (PRR) varying from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. At PRR of 200 Hz, the laser yielded Q-switched pulses with 3.3 mJ pulse energy and 65 ns pulse duration, corresponding to a peak power of 50.7 kW for 10.4 W of incident pump power.

  13. Random laser action in dye doped nanoporous polymeric film

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    Lü, Jiantao; Fan, Ting; Chen, Guojie

    2015-12-01

    We report on the demonstration of random lasing action in dye doped nanoporous polymer films fabricated by spin-coating method. Through the photoluminescence experiment we found that the multimode lasing occurs due to the multiple light scattering processes, while the holes distributed randomly in the samples play the role of scattering centers. Above the lasing threshold, some discrete peaks with a linewidth less than 0.4 nm emerge upon the broad spontaneous band and the system shows the linear input-output characteristics. The lasing threshold and slope efficiency show a dependence on the diameter of the holes. Our work enriches the field of organic random lasers and brings out a new type of active disordered medium.

  14. Cladding for transverse-pumped solid-state laser

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    Byer, Robert L. (Inventor); Fan, Tso Y. (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    In a transverse pumped, solid state laser, a nonabsorptive cladding surrounds a gain medium. A single tranverse mode, namely the Transverse Electromagnetic (TEM) sub 00 mode, is provided. The TEM sub 00 model has a cross sectional diameter greater than a transverse dimension of the gain medium but less than a transverse dimension of the cladding. The required size of the gain medium is minimized while a threshold for laser output is lowered.

  15. Solar Pumped High Power Solid State Laser for Space Applications

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    Fork, Richard L.; Laycock, Rustin L.; Green, Jason J. A.; Walker, Wesley W.; Cole, Spencer T.; Frederick, Kevin B.; Phillips, Dane J.

    2004-01-01

    Highly coherent laser light provides a nearly optimal means of transmitting power in space. The simplest most direct means of converting sunlight to coherent laser light is a solar pumped laser oscillator. A key need for broadly useful space solar power is a robust solid state laser oscillator capable of operating efficiently in near Earth space at output powers in the multi hundred kilowatt range. The principal challenges in realizing such solar pumped laser oscillators are: (1) the need to remove heat from the solid state laser material without introducing unacceptable thermal shock, thermal lensing, or thermal stress induced birefringence to a degree that improves on current removal rates by several orders of magnitude and (2) to introduce sunlight at an effective concentration (kW/sq cm of laser cross sectional area) that is several orders of magnitude higher than currently available while tolerating a pointing error of the spacecraft of several degrees. We discuss strategies for addressing these challenges. The need to remove the high densities of heat, e.g., 30 kW/cu cm, while keeping the thermal shock, thermal lensing and thermal stress induced birefringence loss sufficiently low is addressed in terms of a novel use of diamond integrated with the laser material, such as Ti:sapphire in a manner such that the waste heat is removed from the laser medium in an axial direction and in the diamond in a radial direction. We discuss means for concentrating sunlight to an effective areal density of the order of 30 kW/sq cm. The method integrates conventional imaging optics, non-imaging optics and nonlinear optics. In effect we use a method that combines some of the methods of optical pumping solid state materials and optical fiber, but also address laser media having areas sufficiently large, e.g., 1 cm diameter to handle the multi-hundred kilowatt level powers needed for space solar power.

  16. Composition and method of preparation of solid state dye laser rods

    DOEpatents

    Hermes, Robert E.

    1992-01-01

    The present invention includes solid polymeric-host laser rods prepared using bulk polymerization of acrylic acid ester comonomers which, when admixed with dye(s) capable of supporting laser oscillation and polymerized with a free radical initiator under mild thermal conditions, produce a solid product having the preferred properties for efficient lasing. Unsaturated polymerizable laser dyes can also be employed as one of the comonomers. Additionally, a method is disclosed which alleviates induced optical stress without having to anneal the polymers at elevated temperatures (>85.degree. C.).

  17. Random distributed feedback Raman fiber laser with polarized pumping

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    Wu, H.; Wang, Z. N.; Churkin, D. V.; Vatnik, I. D.; Fan, M. Q.; Rao, Y. J.

    2015-01-01

    In this letter, the polarization properties of a random fiber laser operating via Raman gain and random distributed feedback owing to Rayleigh scattering are investigated for the first time. Using polarized pump, the partially polarized generation is obtained with a generation spectrum exhibiting discrete narrow spectral features contrary to the smooth spectrum observed for the depolarized pump. The threshold, output power, degree of polarization and the state of polarization (SOP) of the lasing can be significantly influenced by the SOP of the pump. Fine narrow spectral components are also sensitive to the SOP of the pump wave. Furthermore, we found that random lasing’s longitudinal power distributions are different in the case of polarized and depolarized pumping that results in considerable reduction of the generation slope efficiency for the polarized radiation. Our results indicate that polarization effects play an important role on the performance of the random fiber laser. This work improves the understanding of the physics of random lasing in fibers and makes a step forward towards the establishment of the vector model of random fiber lasers.

  18. Investigations of laser pumped gas cell atomic frequency standard

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Volk, C. H.; Camparo, J. C.; Fueholz, R. P.

    1982-01-01

    The performance characteristics of a rubidium gas cell atomic frequency standard might be improved by replacing the standard rubidium discharge lamp with a single mode laser diode. Aspects of the laser pumped gas cell atomic clock studied include effects due to laser intensity, laser detuning, and the choice of the particular atomic absorption line. Results indicate that the performance of the gas cell clock may be improved by judicious choice of the operating parameters of the laser diode. The laser diode also proved to be a valuable tool in investigating the operation of the conventional gas cell clock. Results concerning linewidths, the light shift effect and the effect of isotopic spin exchange in the conventional gas cell clock are reported.

  19. Rapid prototyping of a micro pump with laser micromaching

    SciTech Connect

    Wong, C.C.; Chu, D.; Liu, S.L.; Tuck, M.R.; Mahmud, Z.; Amatucci, V.

    1995-08-01

    A micro electrohydrodynamic (EHD) injection pump has been developed using laser micromaching technology. Two designs have been fabricated, tested, and evaluated. The first design has two silicon pieces with KOH-etched wells which are stacked on the top of each other. The wells am etched on one side of the wafer and gold is deposited on the other side to serve as the pump electrodes. A ND:YAG laser is used to drill an array holes in the well region of both silicon die. This creates a grid distribution with a rectangular pattern. Next the well regions of the die are aligned, and the parts are bonded together using a Staystik thermoplastic. The pump unit is then mounted into a ceramic package over the hole drilled to permit fluid flow. Aluminum ribbon wire bonds are used to connect the pump electrodes to the package leads. Isolation of metallization and wires is achieved by filling the package well and coating the wires with polyimide.When a voltage is applied at the electrodes, ions are injected into the working fluid, such as an organic solvent, thus inducing flow. The second design has the die oriented ``back-to-back`` and bonded together with stayform. A ``back-to-back`` design will decrease the grid distance so that a smaller voltage is required for pumping. Preliminary results have demonstrated that this micro pump can achieved a pressure head of about 287 Pa with an applied voltage of 120 volts.

  20. Thermo-optic nonlinearity of the laser dye LDS 867 under low power CW laser excitation

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    Mary, K. A. Ann; Mary, E. J. Sonia; Vidyadharan, Viji; Philip, Reji; Unnikrishnan, N. V.

    2015-02-01

    Thermally induced optical nonlinearity of the laser dye LDS 867 is studied in ethanol solution using the self phase modulation and closed aperture z-scan techniques, employing a continuous wave low power He-Ne laser beam for excitation. The nonlinear optical (NLO) coefficients are obtained by analyzing the z-scan curve on the basis of the thermal lens model. The dye exhibits a negative thermal nonlinearity which can be inferred from the occurrence of a pre-focal peak followed by a post-focal valley in the z-scan. The large nonlinear refractive index (n2) measured at the excitation wavelength of 633nm reveals that the material is NLO active even at low excitation powers of less than 1 mW. Results indicate that LDS 867 is a promising material for optical power limiting applications.

  1. Optically Pumped Atomic Rubidium Lasers: Two-Photon and Exciplex Excitation Mechanisms

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    Gallagher, Jeffrey E.

    The Doppler-broadened two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-section for the 52S1/2 → 52 D5/2 transition in Rb is measured using direct absorption methods. The selection rule |DeltaF| ≤ 2 applied to both isotopes yields 17 transitions in 3 Doppler limited lines. A detailed model of the intensity profile was also developed to account for a focused Gaussian beam (with an M2 value of 1.09) propagating through a two-photon absorption medium. A peak absorbance of 24% was observed for an intensity of 6.28 kWcm2 at the focus, a Rb density of 4.6x1015 cm-3 , and a path length of 15 cm. Alkali concentrations from 1.61 - 8.52x1015 cm -3 were monitored in the far wing of the D 2 line. Extracting the hyperfine-broadened TPA cross-section from 87 test configurations, while varying the pump power, alkali concentration and focal length, yielded an error-weighted average of 6.75x10^-21 cm4W with a standard deviation of 3.61x10-21 cm4W. This cross-section is sufficient for a pulsed dye laser to bleach the pump transition in the Two-Photon Pumped Alkali Laser (TPAL) that lases at 420 nm and 5.2 microm. Optically pumped atomic rubidium lasers pumped in the blue satellite of the D2 line from the ground Rb-Ar or Rb-Kr collision pair to the dissociative B2S+1/2 state produce laser emission at 780.2 nm. Lasing is achieved for pump wavelengths of 752.3 to greater than 760 nm for the Rb-Ar system and 757.1 -- 760.4 nm for the Rb-Kr system. Slope efficiencies increase with both Rb and Ar concentrations and exceed 0.25% using a heat pipe configuration. The gain is very high with photon build-up times of 1--3.7 ns. Laser induced heating and subsequent condensation of alkali vapor in the heat pipe configuration currently limits operation to less than 2500 Torr.

  2. Picosecond pumping of extreme-ultraviolet lasers using preformed laser plasmas

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    Yamakoshi, H.; Herman, P. R.; Le Flohic, M. P.; Xiao, B.; Zhao, L.; Kulcsar, G.; Budnik, F. W.; Marjoribanks, R. S.

    1996-02-01

    Weak laser prepulses were used for the first time with picosecond-duration laser light to enhance laser-target absorption for efficient excitation of extreme-ultraviolet lasers. A traveling-wave excitation geometry and a self-healing mercury-wetted target were used with 300-ps prepulses to pump the photoionization Xe III laser at 109-nm wavelength. Fully saturated laser gain was demonstrated for both 32-ps and 1.4-ps small-signal gain coefficients exceeded 2 cm -1 for on-target laser fluences of only 4 J / cm2.

  3. Generator of pumping pulses for powerful semiconductor lasers

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    An, V.I.; Kolesnikov, Yu.Yu.

    1995-06-01

    The generator of electric and optic pulses are built using powerful MOS transistors and an ILPI-103 semiconductor laser generates pumping pulses with an amplitude of 15 A and optic pulses with a duration of 9 to 30 nsec at a repetition rate of up to 90 kHz. The output signal is TTL. The device is designed for open optic communication lines.

  4. Anomalous dispersion and the pumping of far infrared (FIR) lasers

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    Lawandy, N. M.

    1978-01-01

    It is shown that the anomalous dispersion at the pump transition in molecular far-infrared lasers (FIR) can lead to sizable focusing and defocusing effects. Criteria for beam spreading and trapping are considered with CH2F as an example.

  5. Pulsed alkali pump light sources for Nd:YAG lasers

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    Hartel, G.; Kettlitz, M.; Schöpp, H.; Serick, F.

    1996-09-01

    Pulsed arc discharges in alkali metal vapours are investigated for use as pump light sources for Nd:YAG lasers. Alkali lamps have a very high radiation efficiency and emit strong lines near the laser pump bands. These absorption bands are fitted by the emission spectrum of sodium and potassium lamps by changing the vapour pressure and input power. The spectral radiation distributions of the lamps are measured by a spectrograph with a gated OMA system. Ray tracing calculations for a laser cavity are used to evaluate the efficiency of the alkali radiation emission for Nd:YAG pumping. The results show that the excitation efficiency of the alkali lamps is twice as high as that of usually used rare gas lamps. For sodium resonance lines the side-on spectral radiance is calculated by a radiation transport model to estimate the pressure and the temperature profile. The results indicate that the alkali vapour lamps could be used as pump light sources with high efficiencies and low heat loading of the laser cavity.

  6. Some new laser dyes: solvent effect on QE and lasing action

    SciTech Connect

    Padhye, M.R.; Varadarajan, T.S.; Deshpande, A.V.

    1982-08-01

    With a view to extend the tunability range and maximum output with the coumarin series of dyes, eleven new coumarins differing in the nature of substituents and their positions are synthesized. Two of these are found to be capable of laser action. Optical spectra and quantum efficiencies of these two dyes in various solvents are studied. Correlation between lasing capability structure of the dye and its optical characteristics is discussed.

  7. Nuclear-driven flashlamp pumping of the atomic iodine laser

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    Miley, G.H.

    1992-03-01

    This report is a study of the atomic iodine laser pumped with nuclear- excited XeBr fluorescence. Preliminary experiments, conducted in the TRIGA reactor investigated the fluorescence of the excimer XeBr under nuclear pumping with {sup 10}B and {sup 3}He, for use as a flashlamp gas to stimulate the laser. These measurements included a determination of the fluorescence efficiency (light emitted in the wavelength region of interest, divided by energy deposited in the gas) of XeBr under nuclear pumping, with varying excimer mixtures. Maximum fluorescence efficiencies were approximately 1%. In order to better understand XeBr under nuclear excitation, a kinetics model of the system was prepared. The model generated the time-dependant concentrations of 20 reaction species for three pulse sizes, a TRIGA pulse, a fast burst reactor pulse, and an e-beam pulse. The modeling results predicted fluorescence efficiencies significantly higher (peak efficiencies of approximately 10%) than recorded in the fluorescence experiments. The cause of this discrepancy was not fully determined. A ray tracing computer model was also prepared to evaluate the efficiency with which nuclear-induced fluorescence generated in one cavity of a laser could be coupled into another cavity containing an iodine lasant. Finally, an experimental laser cell was constructed to verify that nuclear-induced XeBr fluorescence could be used to stimulate a laser. Lasing was achieved at 1.31 micron in the TRIGA using C{sub 3}F{sub 7}I, a common iodine lasant. Peak laser powers were approximately 20 mW. Measured flashlamp pump powers at threshold agreed well with literature values, as did lasant pressure dependency on laser operation.

  8. Nuclear-driven flashlamp pumping of the atomic iodine laser

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    Miley, G. H.

    1992-03-01

    This report is a study of the atomic iodine laser pumped with nuclear-excited XeBr fluorescence. Preliminary experiments, conducted in the TRIGA reactor, investigated the fluorescence of the excimer XeBr under nuclear pumping with B-10 and He-3, for use as a flashlamp gas to stimulate the laser. These measurements included a determination of the fluorescence efficiency (light emitted in the wavelength region of interest, divided by energy deposited in the gas) of XeBr under nuclear pumping, with varying excimer mixtures. Maximum fluorescence efficiencies were approximately 1 percent. In order to better understand XeBr under nuclear excitation, a kinetics model of the system was prepared. The model generated the time-dependant concentrations of 20 reaction species for three pulse sizes: a TRIGA pulse; a fast burst reactor pulse; and an e-beam pulse. The modeling results predicted fluorescence efficiencies significantly higher (peak efficiencies of approximately 10 percent) than recorded in the fluorescence experiments. The cause of this discrepancy was not fully determined. A ray tracing computer model was also prepared to evaluate the efficiency with which nuclear-induced fluorescence generated in one cavity of a laser could be coupled into another cavity containing an iodine lasant. Finally, an experimental laser cell was constructed to verify that nuclear-induced XeBr fluorescence could be used to stimulate a laser. Lasing was achieved at 1.31 micron in the TRIGA using C3F7I, a common iodine lasant. Peak laser powers were approximately 20 mW. Measured flashlamp pump powers at threshold agreed well with literature values, as did lasant pressure dependency on laser operation.

  9. Excited-state absorption of pump radiation as a loss mechanism in solid-state lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Kliewer, M.L.; Powell, R.C.

    1989-08-01

    The characteristics of optical pumping dynamics occuring in laser-pumped rare earth-doped, solid-state laser materials were investigated by using a tunable alexandrite laser to pump Y3Al5O12:Nd(3+) in an optical cavity. It was found that the slope efficiency of the Nd laser operation depends strongly on the wavelength of the pump laser. For pump wavelength resulting in low slope efficiencies, intense fluorescence emission is observed form the sample in the blue-green spectral region. This is attributed to the excited state absorption of pump photons which occurs during radiationless relaxation from the pump band to the metastable state. This type of process will be an important loss mechanism for monochromatic pumping of laser systems at specific pump wavelengths.

  10. Excited state absorption of pump radiation as a loss mechanism in solid-state lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Kliewer, M.L.; Powell, R.C.

    1989-08-01

    The characteristics of optical pumping dynamics occurring in laser-pumped rare earth-doped, solid-state laser materials were investigated by using a tunable alexandrite laser to pump Y/sub 3/Al/sub 5/O/sub 12/:Nd/sup 3+/ in an optical cavity. It was found that the slope efficiency of the Nd laser operation depends strongly on the wavelength of the pump laser. For pump wavelengths resulting in low slope efficiencies, intense fluorescence emission is observed from the sample in the blue-green spectral region. This is attributed to the excited state absorption of pump photons which occurs during radiationless relaxation from the pump band to the metastable state. This type of process will be an important loss mechanism for monochromatic pumping of laser systems at specific pump wavelengths.

  11. Excited state absorption of pump radiation as a loss mechanism in solid-state lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kliewer, Michael L.; Powell, Richard C.

    1989-01-01

    The characteristics of optical pumping dynamics in laser-pumped, rare-earth-doped, solid-state laser materials are investigated by using a tunable alexandrite laser to pump Y3Al5O12:Nd(3+) in an optical cavity. It is found that the slope efficiency of the Nd laser operation depends strongly on the wavelength of the pump laser. For pump wavelengths resulting in low slope efficiencies, intense fluorescence emission is observed from the sample in the blue-green spectral region. This is attributed to the excited-state absorption of pump photons which occurs during radiationless relaxation from the pump band to the metastable state. This type of process is an important loss mechanism for monochromatic pumping of laser systems at specific pump wavelengths.

  12. Dye-dispersion study at proposed pumped-storage project on Hudson River at Cornwall, New York

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    Dunn, Bernard; Gravlee, George C.

    1978-01-01

    Data were collected during a dye-dispersion study on a 6-mile, tide-affected reach of the Hudson River near the proposed Cornwall Pumped Storage Project on September 21-22, 1977. The results indicated that complete mixing did not occur during the first tidal cycle but was complete after two or more cycles. The fluorometric dye-tracing procedure was used to determine the dispersion characteristics of the water mass. Rhodamine WT dye, 20-percent solution, was continuously injected on the west side of the river throughout an ebb tide, and its movement was monitored during a 30-hour period. Samples were collected both individually and continuously. Automatic dye samplers were used at selected cross sections near each bank. Bathymetric measurements were made at eight cross sections between Newburgh and West Point to determine the depths. (Woodard-USGS)

  13. Development of an optical parametric generator with pulsed dye amplification for high-resolution laser spectroscopy

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    Bhuiyan, A. H.; Richardson, D. R.; Naik, S. V.; Lucht, R. P.

    2009-03-01

    An injection-seeded optical parametric generator (OPG), coupled with three pulsed dye amplification (PDA) stages, was shown to produce tunable, narrow linewidth laser radiation. The OPG was composed of a pair of beta barium borate ( β-BBO) crystals and pumped by the third harmonic (355 nm) output of a seeded Nd:YAG laser. The OPG was injection-seeded at the idler wavelength (824 nm) using an external cavity diode laser (ECDL) with a mode-hop-free tuning range of 20 GHz. Using the PDA stages, the OPG output signal (624 nm) was amplified to 19 mJ/pulse, while maintaining a spectral linewidth of approximately 160 MHz at full-width-half-maximum (FWHM) which was within a factor of 2 of the Fourier limit. A system of lenses and apertures was used to minimize amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) in the PDA stages. Using the OPG/PDA system, two-photon laser-induced fluorescence measurements of atomic oxygen were performed by sum-frequency-mixing the 624-nm beam with the third harmonic output of the seeded Nd:YAG laser to generate approximately 1 mJ/pulse of ultraviolet radiation near 226 nm. Voigt line shapes were found to be in good agreement with oxygen atom spectra in atmospheric-pressure, laminar, counter-flow flames; the magnitude of Doppler and collisional broadening was approximately the same. The measured O-atom concentration profile was found to compare well with that calculated using an opposed-flow flame code.

  14. Laser diode pumped 1μ Nd;YAG and Nd:BEL lasers

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    Scheps, R.; Poirier, P.; Myers, J. F.; Heller, D. F.

    1989-10-01

    Peformance data for laser diode-pumped cw Nd:YAG and Nd:BEL lasers are presented. Two single stripe laser diodes are used as the pump source, each emitting 1 W in the pump band. The heat sink for the lasers is temperature controlled to allow for wavelength tunability. The resonator is based on a hemispherical design. Output and pump threshold measurements were made and gain and loss for Nd in both hosts were measured. The output power from the Nd:YAG rod was in excess of 870 mW with a slope efficiency of 58% and an overall electrical efficiency of 13%. In Nd:BEL, the output power was in excess of 635 mW with a slope efficiency of 49% and an electrical efficiency of 9.5%.

  15. Ho:KLuW microchip laser intracavity pumped by a diode-pumped Tm:KLuW laser

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    Serres, J. M.; Loiko, P. A.; Mateos, X.; Yumashev, K. V.; Kuleshov, N. V.; Petrov, V.; Griebner, U.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.

    2015-07-01

    A compact intracavity-pumped microchip Ho laser is realized using stacked Tm:KLuW/Ho:KLuW crystals pumped by a laser diode at 805 nm; both crystals are cut for light propagation along the N g optical indicatrix axis and emit with polarization along the N m axis. Maximum CW output power of 285 mW is achieved at a wavelength of 2080 nm for 5.6 W absorbed pump power in the Tm:KLuW crystal with a maximum slope efficiency of 8.3 %. Maximum total (Tm3+ and Ho3+ emission) output of 887 mW with a slope efficiency of 23 % is achieved. Laser operation is obtained in the 1867-1900 nm spectral range corresponding to the Tm emission, while Ho emits at 2078-2100 nm, depending on the output coupling. The microchip Ho laser generates a near-circular output beam with M 2 < 1.1. The compact laser setup with plane-plane cavity provides automatic mode-matching condition for the Tm and Ho laser modes.

  16. Traveling-wave laser-produced-plasma energy source for photoionization laser pumping and lasers incorporating said

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    Sher, Mark H.; Macklin, John J.; Harris, Stephen E.

    1989-09-26

    A traveling-wave, laser-produced-plasma, energy source used to obtain single-pass gain saturation of a photoionization pumped laser. A cylindrical lens is used to focus a pump laser beam to a long line on a target. Grooves are cut in the target to present a surface near normal to the incident beam and to reduce the area, and hence increase the intensity and efficiency, of plasma formation.

  17. Study of the mechanisms of laser-induced release of liposome-encapsulated dye

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    Khoobehi, B.; Char, C.A.; Peyman, G.A.; Schuele, K.M. )

    1990-01-01

    To differentiate the contributing factors (blood or encapsulated dye) leading to the release of encapsulated dyes from liposomes after laser exposure, we initiated an in vitro experimental study. The release of encapsulated calcein was quantified under various experimental conditions in whole blood and in buffered solution containing high-density lipoprotein. Generally, the amount of dye release improved with an increase in laser power, with a maximum release of approximately 80% of encapsulated dye. Because the laser exposure was not continuous, only 80% of each sample was actually exposed. Therefore, 80% release may be thought of as total release. In a lipoprotein/buffer mixture, the 488 nm wavelength caused greater dye release than the 577 nm wavelength, because the maximum absorption of calcein is near 488 nm. The laser wavelength at 577 nm, however, caused greater release in the blood mixture, reflecting the peak absorption of hemoglobin at near 577 nm. At a 3 x higher liposome concentration, the differences in the effects of wavelengths on the release of dye from liposomes were insignificant. Although the 577 nm wavelength is an optimum wavelength for dye and drug delivery in the presence of blood, the 488 nm wavelength might also be suitable for the release of dye from the liposomes.

  18. Measuring the Dispersion Curve of a PMMA-Fibre Optic Cable Using a Dye Laser

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    Zorba, Serkan; Farah, Constantine; Pant, Ravi

    2010-01-01

    An advanced undergraduate laboratory experiment is outlined which uses a dye laser to map out the chromatic dispersion curve of a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) optical fibre. Seven different wavelengths across the visible spectrum are employed using five different dyes. The light pulse is split into two pulses, one to a nearby photodetector and

  19. Measuring the Dispersion Curve of a PMMA-Fibre Optic Cable Using a Dye Laser

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    Zorba, Serkan; Farah, Constantine; Pant, Ravi

    2010-01-01

    An advanced undergraduate laboratory experiment is outlined which uses a dye laser to map out the chromatic dispersion curve of a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) optical fibre. Seven different wavelengths across the visible spectrum are employed using five different dyes. The light pulse is split into two pulses, one to a nearby photodetector and…

  20. Highly efficient solar-pumped Nd:YAG laser.

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    Liang, Dawei; Almeida, Joana

    2011-12-19

    The recent progress in solar-pumped laser with Fresnel lens and Cr:Nd:YAG ceramic medium has revitalized solar laser researches, revealing a promising future for renewable reduction of magnesium from magnesium oxide. Here we show a big advance in solar laser collection efficiency by utilizing an economical Fresnel lens and a most widely used Nd:YAG single-crystal rod. The incoming solar radiation from the sun is focused by a 0.9 m diameter Fresnel lens. A dielectric totally internally reflecting secondary concentrator is employed to couple the concentrated solar radiation from the focal zone to a 4 mm diameter Nd:YAG rod within a conical pumping cavity. 12.3 W cw laser power is produced, corresponding to 19.3 W/m(2) collection efficiency, which is 2.9 times larger than the previous results with Nd:YAG single-crystal medium. Record-high slope efficiency of 3.9% is also registered. Laser beam quality is considerably improved by pumping a 3 mm diameter Nd:YAG rod. PMID:22274224

  1. Infantile hemangioma: pulsed dye laser versus surgical therapy

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    Remlova, E.; Dostalova, T.; Michalusova, I.; Vranova, J.; Jelinkova, H.; Hubacek, M.

    2014-05-01

    Hemangioma is a mesenchymal benign tumor formed by blood vessels. Anomalies affect up to 10% of children and they are more common in females than in males. The aim of our study was to compare the treatment efficacy, namely the curative effect and adverse events, such as loss of pigment and appearance of scarring, between classical surgery techniques and laser techniques. For that reason a group of 223 patients with hemangioma was retrospectively reviewed. For treatment, a pulsed dye laser (PDL) (Rhodamine G, wavelength 595 nm, pulsewidth between 0.45 and 40 ms, spot diameter 7 mm, energy density 9-11 J cm-2) was used and the results were compared with a control group treated with classical surgical therapy under general anesthesia. The curative effects, mainly number of sessions, appearance of scars, loss of pigment, and relapses were evaluated as a marker of successful treatment. From the results it was evident that the therapeutic effects of both systems are similar. The PDL was successful in all cases. The surgery patients had four relapses. Classical surgery is directly connected with the presence of scars, but the system is safe for larger hemangiomas. It was confirmed that the PDL had the optimal curative effect without scars for small lesions (approximately 10 mm). Surgical treatment under general anesthesia is better for large hemangiomas; the disadvantage is the presence of scars.

  2. Skin welding using pulsed laser radiation and a dye

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    Fried, Nathaniel M.; Walsh, Joseph T., Jr.

    1998-07-01

    Previous skin welding studies have used continuous wave (CW) delivery of radiation. However, heat diffusion during irradiation prevents strong welds from being achieved without creating large zones of thermal damage to surrounding tissue. This damage may prevent normal wound healing. Strong welds and minimal thermal damage can be achieved by introducing a dye and delivering the radiation in a pulsed mode. Two-cm-long, full-thickness incisions were made in guinea pig skin. India ink was used as an absorber, and egg white albumin was used as an adhesive. A 5-mm-diameter spot of CW, 1.06-micrometer Nd:YAG laser radiation was scanned over the weld site, producing 100 millisecond pulses. The cooling time between scans and number of scans was varied. Thermal damage zones were measured using a transmission polarizing microscope to identify birefringence changes in tissue. Tensile strengths were measured using a tensiometer. For pulsed welding and long cooling times, weld strengths of 2.4 kg/cm2 were measured, and thermal damage to the epidermis was limited to approximately 500 micrometers. With CW welding, comparable weld strengths resulted in approximately 2700 micrometer of thermal damage. CW laser radiation weld strengths were only 0.6 kg/cm2 when thermal damage in the epidermis was limited to approximately 500 micrometers.

  3. Electrically pumped edge-emitting photonic bandgap semiconductor laser

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    Lin, Shawn-Yu; Zubrzycki, Walter J.

    2004-01-06

    A highly efficient, electrically pumped edge-emitting semiconductor laser based on a one- or two-dimensional photonic bandgap (PBG) structure is described. The laser optical cavity is formed using a pair of PBG mirrors operating in the photonic band gap regime. Transverse confinement is achieved by surrounding an active semiconductor layer of high refractive index with lower-index cladding layers. The cladding layers can be electrically insulating in the passive PBG mirror and waveguide regions with a small conducting aperture for efficient channeling of the injection pump current into the active region. The active layer can comprise a quantum well structure. The quantum well structure can be relaxed in the passive regions to provide efficient extraction of laser light from the active region.

  4. Coherent communication link using diode-pumped lasers

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    Kane, Thomas J.; Wallace, Richard W.

    1989-01-01

    Work toward developing a diffraction limited, single frequency, modulated transmitter suitable for coherent optical communication or direct detection communication is discussed. Diode pumped, monolithic Nd:YAG nonplanar ring oscillators were used as the carrier beam. An external modulation technique which can handle high optical powers, has moderate modulation voltage, and which can reach modulation rates of 1 GHz was invented. Semiconductor laser pumped solid-state lasers which have high output power (0.5 Watt) and which oscillate at a single frequency, in a diffraction limited beam, at the wavelength of 1.06 microns were built. A technique for phase modulating the laser output by 180 degrees with a 40-volt peak to peak driving voltage is demonstrated. This technique can be adapted for amplitude modulation of 100 percent with the same voltage. This technique makes use of a resonant bulk modulator, so it does not have the power handling limitations of guided wave modulators.

  5. Invasive leg vein treatment with 1064/1319 Nd:YAG laser: combination with dye laser treatment

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    Smucler, Roman; Horak, Ladislav; Mazanek, Jiri

    1999-06-01

    More than 2 500 leg veins patients were treated with dye laser / ScleroPlus, Candela, USA / successfully in our clinic and we use this therapy as the basic cosmetics treatment. But especially diameter of leg vein is limiting factor. Very often we have to treat some cases that are not ideal for classical surgical or for dye laser method. We decided to make invasive perivenous laser coagulation. We adapted original Czech 1064/1319 nm Nd:YAG laser / US patent pending /, which is new combine tool, for invasive application. Principe: After we have penetrated the cutis with laser fiber we coagulate leg veins during slowly perivenous motion. Perfect preoperative examination is a condition of success. After 15 months we have very interesting results. Some patients / 15%/ were perfect treated only with this possibility but excellent results are acquired from combination with dye laser.

  6. Single-mode operation of diode-pumped Nd:YAG lasers by pump-beam focusing

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    Mead, P.F.; Bush, S.P.; Davis, C.C. . Dept. of Electrical Engineering)

    1994-12-01

    The authors present a theoretical study of the maximum single frequency power that can be obtained from a simple coaxially end-pumped Nd:YAG laser. The approach is general for four-level solid-state laser systems. It is shown that careful control of the pump beam geometry, cavity length, and crystal length can enhance single frequency performance.

  7. Solid hosts for dye laser rods: Part 2, Some experimental results

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    Erickson, G.F.

    1987-01-01

    Attempts and problems encountered in producing high quality polymer dye laser rods are discussed. Purification methods used on the monomer materials, curing agent problems, and gamma radiation curing are considered. 7 figs.

  8. New diode wavelengths for pumping solid-state lasers

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    Skidmore, J.A.; Emanuel, M.A.; Beach, R.J.

    1995-01-01

    High-power laser-diode arrays have been demonstrated to be viable pump sources for solid-state lasers. The diode bars (fill factor of 0.7) were bonded to silicon microchannel heatsinks for high-average-power operation. Over 12 W of CW output power was achieved from a one cm AlGaInP tensile-strained single-quantum-well laser diode bar. At 690 nm, a compressively-strained single-quantum-well laser-diode array produced 360 W/cm{sup 2} per emitting aperture under CW operation, and 2.85 kW of pulsed power from a 3.8 cm{sup 2} emitting-aperture array. InGaAs strained single-quantum-well laser diodes emitting at 900 nm produced 2.8 kW pulsed power from a 4.4 cm{sup 2} emitting-aperture array.

  9. Developing a narrow-line laser spectrometer based on a tunable continuous-wave dye laser

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    Wang, Chun; Lv, Shasha; Liu, Fang; Bi, Jin; Li, Liufeng; Chen, Lisheng

    2014-08-01

    We present the development of a dye-laser-based spectrometer operating at 550-600 nm. The spectrometer will be used to detect an ultra-narrow clock transition (1S0-3P0) in an Ytterbium optical lattice clock and perform high-resolution spectroscopy of iodine molecules trapped in the sub-nanometer channels of zeolite crystal (AlPO4-11). Two-stage Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilization is implemented on the tunable continuous-wave dye laser to obtain a reliable operation and provide stable laser radiations with two different spectral linewidths. In the first-stage frequency locking, a compact home-built intracavity electro-optic modulator is adopted for suppressing fast frequency noise. With an acquisition time of 0.1 s the 670-kHz linewidth of the free-running dye laser is reduced to 2 kHz when locked to a pre-stabilization optical cavity with a finesse of 1170. When the pre-stabilized laser is locked to a high-finesse optical cavity, a linewidth of 1.4 Hz (2 s) is observed and the frequency stability is 3.7 × 10-15 (3 s). We also measure and analyze the individual noise contributions such as those from residual amplitude modulation and electronic noise. The ongoing upgrades include improving long-term frequency stability at time scales from 10 to 100 s and implementing continuous frequency scan across 10 GHz with radio-frequency precision.

  10. Developing a narrow-line laser spectrometer based on a tunable continuous-wave dye laser

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Chun; Lv, Shasha; Bi, Jin; Liu, Fang; Li, Liufeng; Chen, Lisheng

    2014-08-15

    We present the development of a dye-laser-based spectrometer operating at 550–600 nm. The spectrometer will be used to detect an ultra-narrow clock transition ({sup 1}S{sub 0}-{sup 3}P{sub 0}) in an Ytterbium optical lattice clock and perform high-resolution spectroscopy of iodine molecules trapped in the sub-nanometer channels of zeolite crystal (AlPO{sub 4}-11). Two-stage Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilization is implemented on the tunable continuous-wave dye laser to obtain a reliable operation and provide stable laser radiations with two different spectral linewidths. In the first-stage frequency locking, a compact home-built intracavity electro-optic modulator is adopted for suppressing fast frequency noise. With an acquisition time of 0.1 s the 670-kHz linewidth of the free-running dye laser is reduced to 2 kHz when locked to a pre-stabilization optical cavity with a finesse of 1170. When the pre-stabilized laser is locked to a high-finesse optical cavity, a linewidth of 1.4 Hz (2 s) is observed and the frequency stability is 3.7 × 10{sup −15} (3 s). We also measure and analyze the individual noise contributions such as those from residual amplitude modulation and electronic noise. The ongoing upgrades include improving long-term frequency stability at time scales from 10 to 100 s and implementing continuous frequency scan across 10 GHz with radio-frequency precision.

  11. Developing a narrow-line laser spectrometer based on a tunable continuous-wave dye laser.

    PubMed

    Wang, Chun; Lv, Shasha; Liu, Fang; Bi, Jin; Li, Liufeng; Chen, Lisheng

    2014-08-01

    We present the development of a dye-laser-based spectrometer operating at 550-600 nm. The spectrometer will be used to detect an ultra-narrow clock transition ((1)S0-(3)P0) in an Ytterbium optical lattice clock and perform high-resolution spectroscopy of iodine molecules trapped in the sub-nanometer channels of zeolite crystal (AlPO4-11). Two-stage Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilization is implemented on the tunable continuous-wave dye laser to obtain a reliable operation and provide stable laser radiations with two different spectral linewidths. In the first-stage frequency locking, a compact home-built intracavity electro-optic modulator is adopted for suppressing fast frequency noise. With an acquisition time of 0.1 s the 670-kHz linewidth of the free-running dye laser is reduced to 2 kHz when locked to a pre-stabilization optical cavity with a finesse of 1170. When the pre-stabilized laser is locked to a high-finesse optical cavity, a linewidth of 1.4 Hz (2 s) is observed and the frequency stability is 3.7 × 10(-15) (3 s). We also measure and analyze the individual noise contributions such as those from residual amplitude modulation and electronic noise. The ongoing upgrades include improving long-term frequency stability at time scales from 10 to 100 s and implementing continuous frequency scan across 10 GHz with radio-frequency precision. PMID:25173252

  12. Frequency tuning of a distributed feedback dye laser with two transmission gratings.

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    Cui, Y; Ding, T N; Hatten, D L; Hill, W T; Goldhar, J

    1993-11-20

    Distributed feedback dye lasers, which use a holographic grating, present a very simple and reliable way to generate ultrashort pulses. We have developed a new technique for wavelength tuning of this type of laser by projecting the image of a second grating into the dye cell. Single-line operating and tuning was demonstrated with transform-limited output pulses on a picosecond time scale. PMID:20856504

  13. Transient collisionally excited X-ray laser in nickel-like zirconium pumped with the PHELIX laser facility

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    Neumayer, P.; Seelig, W.; Cassou, K.; Klisnick, A.; Ros, D.; Ursescu, D.; Kuehl, T.; Borneis, S.; Gaul, E.; Geithner, W.; Haefner, C.; Wiewior, P.

    A transient collisionally excited X-ray laser has been put into operation using the front end of the PHELIX laser system as a pump laser. Strong lasing at 22 nm has been observed in nickel-like zirconium.

  14. Supersonic diode pumped alkali lasers: Computational fluid dynamics modeling

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    Rosenwaks, Salman; Yacoby, Eyal; Waichman, Karol; Sadot, Oren; Barmashenko, Boris D.

    2015-10-01

    We report on recent progress on our three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (3D CFD) modeling of supersonic diode pumped alkali lasers (DPALs), taking into account fluid dynamics and kinetic processes in the lasing medium. For a supersonic Cs DPAL with laser section geometry and resonator parameters similar to those of the 1-kW flowing-gas subsonic Cs DPAL [A.V. Bogachev et al., Quantum Electron. 42, 95 (2012)] the maximum achievable output power, ~ 7 kW, is 25% higher than that achievable in the subsonic case. Comparison between semi-analytical and 3D CFD models for Cs shows that the latter predicts much higher maximum achievable output power than the former. Optimization of the laser parameters using 3D CFD modeling shows that very high power and optical-to-optical efficiency, 35 kW and 82%, respectively, can be achieved in a Cs supersonic device pumped by a collimated cylindrical (0.5 cm diameter) beam. Application of end- or transverse-pumping by collimated rectangular (large cross section ~ 2 - 4 cm2) beam makes it possible to obtain even higher output power, > 250 kW, for ~ 350 kW pumping power. The main processes limiting the power of Cs supersonic DPAL are saturation of the D2 transition and large ~ 40% losses of alkali atoms due to ionization, whereas the influence of gas heating is negligibly small. For supersonic K DPAL both gas heating and ionization effects are shown to be unimportant and the maximum achievable power, ~ 40 kW and 350 kW, for pumping by ~ 100 kW cylindrical and ~ 700 kW rectangular beam, respectively, are higher than those achievable in the Cs supersonic laser. The power achieved in the supersonic K DPAL is two times higher than for the subsonic version with the same resonator and K density at the gas inlet, the maximum optical-to-optical efficiency being 82%.

  15. Theoretical studies of solar-pumped lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Harries, W. L.

    1983-01-01

    Metallic vapor lasers of Na2 and Li2 are examined as solar energy converters. The absorbed photons cause transitions to vibrational-rotational levels in an upper electronic state. With broad band absorption the resultant levels can have quantum numbers considerably higher than the upper lasing level. The excited molecule then relaxes to the upper lasing level which is one of the lower vibrational levels in the upper electronic state. The relaxation occurs from collisions, provided the molecule is not quenched into the ground level electronic state. Lasing occurs with a transition to a vibrational level in the lower electronic state. Rough estimates of solar power efficiencies are 1 percent for Na2 and probably a similar figure for Li2. The nondissociative lasers from a family distinct from materials which dissociate to yield an excited atom.

  16. Analysis of pump excited state absorption and its impact on laser efficiency

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    Kerridge-Johns, W. R.; Damzen, M. J.

    2015-12-01

    Excited state absorption (ESA) is a process that occurs in many laser gain media and can significantly impact their efficiencies of operation. In this work we develop a model to quantify the effect of ESA at the pump wavelength on laser efficiency, threshold and heating. In an analysis based on the common end pumped laser geometry we derive solutions and analytical expressions that model the laser behaviour. From these solutions we discuss the main parameters affecting efficiency, such as the laser cavity loss, pump ESA cross section and stimulated emission cross section. Methodologies are described to minimise the impact of pump ESA, for example by minimising cavity loss. It is also shown that altering the pumping geometry can significantly improve performance by improved distribution of the population inversion. Double end pumping can approximately halve the effect of pump ESA compared to single end pumping, and side pumping also has the potential to arbitrarily reduce its effect.

  17. Electric-discharge-pumped nitrogen ion laser

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    Laudenslager, J. B.; Pacala, T. J.; Wittig, C.

    1976-01-01

    The routine operation is described of an N2(+) laser oscillating on the first negative band system of N2(+) which is produced in a preionized transverse discharge device. The discharge design incorporates features which favor the efficient production of the excitation transfer reaction of He2(+) with N2. A capacitive discharge switched by means of a high-current grounded grid thyratron is used to meet the design requirement of a volumetric discharge in high-pressure gas mixtures where the electric discharge need not have an ultrafast rise time (greater than 10 nsec) but should be capable of transferring large quantities of stored electric energy to the gas. A peak power of 180 kW in an 8-nsec laser pulse was obtained with a 0.1% mixture of N2 in helium at a total pressure of 3 atm. The most intense laser oscillations were observed on the (0,1) vibrational transition at 427.8 microns.

  18. Comparison of end-pumped and multi-point pumped Yb3+-doped gain guided and index antiguided fiber laser

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    Wu, Jingwei; Zhou, Enyu; Yan, Kunlun; Wei, Wei; Peng, Bo

    2012-11-01

    End-pumped and multi-point pumped Yb3+-doped gain guided and index antiguided (GG+IAG) fiber laser are analyzed by solving the rate equations and 3-D thermal conduction equations. Simulation results show that the multi-point pumped scheme can provide lower operating temperature and better temperature uniformity. Meanwhile, fabrication complexity, loss resulted from pump point should be taken into consideration in the practical design.

  19. Dye-assisted diode laser ablation of carious enamel and dentine.

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    McNally, K M; Gillings, B R; Dawes, J M

    1999-09-01

    Carious dentine and enamel from extracted human teeth were ablated using a semiconductor diode laser in conjunction with an applied dye, indocyanine green. This technique offers selective ablation with minimal risk of thermal damage to surrounding dental tissues because uptake of the dye and its irradiation by the laser together control the ablation. In this study, various laser powers and dye concentrations were used to ablate previously extracted human teeth with moderate caries. The mass of material ablated and the temperature rise in the pulp and at the surface were recorded, and the ablated surface was examined by microscopy. The ablation was efficient and the rise in the pulp temperature slight. Ablation efficiency and surface temperature were both found to increase with laser irradiance and with dye concentration. No surface cracks or fissures were seen in electron microscope examination and the hardness of the laser-treated surfaces was comparable to that of healthy tissue. The dye-assisted laser ablation technique offers considerable potential for clinical caries removal and dentine, enamel and pulp sterilization, whilst leaving healthy tissue intact. The diode laser can deliver its energy via simple optical fibre and is cheaper and much smaller than the conventional high power lasers used in other studies. PMID:10592561

  20. 946 nm Diode Pumped Laser Produces 100mJ

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    Axenson, Theresa J.; Barnes, Norman P.; Reichle, Donald J., Jr.

    2000-01-01

    An innovative approach to obtaining high energy at 946 nm has yielded 101 mJ of laser energy with an optical-to-optical slope efficiency of 24.5%. A single gain module resonator was evaluated, yielding a maximum output energy of 50 mJ. In order to obtain higher energy a second gain module was incorporated into the resonator. This innovative approach produced un-surprised output energy of 101 mJ. This is of utmost importance since it demonstrates that the laser output energy scales directly with the number of gain modules. Therefore, higher energies can be realized by simply increasing the number of gain modules within the laser oscillator. The laser resonator incorporates two gain modules into a folded "M-shaped" resonator, allowing a quadruple pass gain within each rod. Each of these modules consists of a diode (stack of 30 microlensed 100 Watt diode array bars, each with its own fiber lens) end-pumping a Nd:YAG laser rod. The diode output is collected by a lens duct, which focuses the energy into a 2 mm diameter flat to flat octagonal pump area of the laser crystal. Special coatings have been developed to mitigate energy storage problems, including parasitic lasing and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), and encourage the resonator to operate at the lower gain transition at 946 nm.

  1. LED side-pumped Nd3+:YVO4 laser at room temperature

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    Barbet, Adrien; Grardel, Hugo; Paul, Amandine; Blanchot, Jean-Philippe; Balembois, François; Druon, Frédéric; Georges, Patrick

    2015-02-01

    The lighting market has recently improved LED performance by orders of magnitudes. In parallel, massive production decreases dramatically LED price. Those improvements triggered new interests for LED pumping of lasers which was first studied in the early 1980s on neodymium doped and ytterbium doped lasers at low temperature. Since the 2000's, several research teams started to revisit the concept of LED pumped lasers: polymer laser, fiber laser and semiconductors have recently demonstrated laser effect under visible LED pumping. However, no experimental results were reported on LED pumped bulk crystals. In this paper, we demonstrated for the first time a LED pumped Nd:YVO4 laser operating at room temperature. We investigated two pumping wavelengths: in the amber around 600 nm and in the near infrared around 850 nm. The laser operated in quasi-cw-pumping regime to increase the LED intensity. We performed a two-mirror cavity transversely pumped by 36 LEDs. Laser operation was achieved at room temperature for the both pump wavelengths: a maximum output energy of 40μJ for an emitted energy of 7.4 mJ with infrared pumping and an energy of 11.7 μJ for an emitted energy or 2.3 mJ with amber pumping. This works demonstrated that LED pumping has an interesting potential to realize ultra low cost solid state lasers operating in pulsed regime at kHz repetition rate and with energies in the mJ range.

  2. A Kinetic Plasma-Pumped Rare Gas Laser

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    Parsey, Guy; Güçlü, Yaman; Verboncoeur, John; Christlieb, Andrew

    2015-09-01

    Extending from diode-pumped alkali vapor lasers (DPAL), Han and Heaven have shown that rare gas metastable states, np5 (n + 1) s[ 3 / 2 ] 2 , can operate as the base of a three-level laser with excition of the (n + 1) s --> (n + 1) p transitions. Though both the rare gas lasers (RGL) and DPALs can be excited with incoherent optical pumping, RGLs do not suffer from the highly reactive behavior of alkali metals. Since metastable populations are maintained via electric discharge, we propose using a tuned electron energy distribution function (EEDF) to modify RGL efficiencies and drive the population inversion. The EEDF is maintained by the discharge along with the introduction of electron sources. Using our kinetic global modeling framework (KGMf) and three gas systems (helium buffered argon and krypton along with pure argon), we first validate the intracavity intensity laser model and then generate gain and energy efficiency baselines for each system. Parameter scanning methods are then used to find optimized EEDFs and system parameters for metastable production, generation of a lasing population inversion, and increasing RGL operation efficiencies. Finally, we determine if an RGL can operate without optical pumping. Supported by AFOSR and a MSU Strategic Partnership Grant

  3. Demonstration of a diode-pumped metastable Ar laser.

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    Han, Jiande; Glebov, Leonid; Venus, George; Heaven, Michael C

    2013-12-15

    Pulsed lasing from optically pumped rare gas metastable atoms (Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) has been demonstrated previously. The laser relies on a three-level scheme, which involves the (n+1)p[5/2](3) and (n+1)p[1/2](1) states from the np(5)(n+1)p electronic configuration and the metastable (n+1)s[3/2](2) level of the np(5)(n+1)s configuration (Racah notation). Population inversions were achieved using relaxation from ((n+1)p[5/2](3) to (n+1)p[1/2](1) induced by collisions with helium or argon at pressures near 1 atm. Pulsed lasing was easily achieved using the high instantaneous pump intensities provided by a pulsed optical parametric oscillator excitation laser. In the present study we examine the potential for the development of a continuous wave (CW) optically pumped Ar laser. We report lasing of the 4p[1/2](1)→4s[3/2](2) (912.547 nm) transition following CW diode laser excitation of the 4p[5/2](3)←4s[3/2](2) line (811.754 nm). A pulsed discharge was used to generate Ar 4s[3/2](2), and the time-resolved lasing kinetics provide insights concerning the radiative and collisional relaxation processes. PMID:24343016

  4. Environmental testing of a diode-laser-pumped Nd:YAG laser and a set of diode-laser-arrays

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    Hemmati, H.; Lesh, J. R.

    1989-01-01

    Results of the environmental test of a compact, rigid and lightweight diode-laser-pumped Nd:YAG laser module are discussed. All optical elements are bonded onto the module using space applicable epoxy, and two 200 mW diode laser arrays for pump sources are used to achieve 126 mW of CW output with about 7 percent electrical-to-optical conversion efficiency. This laser assembly and a set of 20 semiconductor diode laser arrays were environmentally tested by being subjected to vibrational and thermal conditions similar to those experienced during launch of the Space Shuttle, and both performed well. Nevertheless, some damage to the laser front facet in diode lasers was observed. Significant degradation was observed only on lasers which performed poorly in the life test. Improvements in the reliability of the Nd:YAG laser are suggested.

  5. Laser demonstration and performance characterization of optically pumped Alkali Laser systems

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    Sulham, Clifford V.

    Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers (DPALs) offer a promising approach for high power lasers in military applications that will not suffer from the long logistical trails of chemical lasers or the thermal management issues of diode pumped solid state lasers. This research focuses on characterizing a DPAL-type system to gain a better understanding of using this type of laser as a directed energy weapon. A rubidium laser operating at 795 nm is optically pumped by a pulsed titanium sapphire laser to investigate the dynamics of DPALs at pump intensities between 1.3 and 45 kW/cm2. Linear scaling as high as 32 times threshold is observed, with no evidence of second order kinetics. Comparison of laser characteristics with a quasi-two level analytic model suggests performance near the ideal steady-state limit, disregarding the mode mis-match. Additionally, the peak power scales linearly as high as 1 kW, suggesting aperture scaling to a few cm2 is sufficient to achieve tactical level laser powers. The temporal dynamics of the 100 ns pump and rubidium laser pulses are presented, and the continually evolving laser efficiency provides insight into the bottlenecking of the rubidium atoms in the 2P3/2 state. Lastly, multiple excited states of rubidium and cesium were accessed through two photon absorption in the red, yielding a blue and an IR photon through amplified stimulated emission. Threshold is modest at 0.3 mJ/pulse, and slope efficiencies increase dramatically with alkali concentrations and peak at 0.4%, with considerable opportunity for improvement. This versatile system might find applications for IR countermeasures or underwater communications.

  6. Highly Efficient Operation of Tm:fiber Laser Pumped Ho:YLF Laser

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    Bai, Yingxin; Petros, M.; Yu, Jirong; Petzar, Paul; Trieu, Bo; Chen, Sam; Lee, Hyung; Singh, U.

    2006-01-01

    A 19 W, TEM(sub 00) mode, Ho:YLF laser pumped by continuous wave Tm:fiber laser has been demonstrated at the room temperature. The slope efficiency and optical-to-optical efficiency are 65% and 55%, respectively.

  7. High power, high efficiency, 2D laser diode arrays for pumping solid state lasers

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    Rosenberg, A.; McShea, J.C.; Bogdan, A.R.; Petheram, J.C.; Rosen, A.

    1987-11-01

    This document reports the current performance of 2D laser diode arrays operating at 770 nm and 808 nm for pumping promethium and neodymium solid state lasers, respectively. Typical power densities are in excess of 2kw/cm/sup 2/ with overall efficiencies greater than 30%.

  8. Comparison of the Effectiveness of Nonablative Fractional Laser versus Pulsed-Dye Laser in Thyroidectomy Scar Prevention

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    Ha, Ji Min; Kim, Han Su; Cho, Eun Byul; Park, Gyeong Hun; Kim, Kwang Ho; Kim, Lee Su; Kim, Kwang Joong

    2014-01-01

    Background The anterior neck is the site of open thyroidectomy and where postoperative scarring can cause distress to patients. Both fractional and pulsed-dye lasers are effective and safe methods for preventing and improving surgical scars. Objective This study evaluated the improvement in scar appearance with laser intervention during the wound healing process. We evaluated the effect of nonablative fractional and pulsed-dye lasers on fresh thyroidectomy scars. Methods Patients were treated 3 times at 4-week interval with a follow-up visit at the 6th month. Scars were divided into 2 halves for each optional treatment. At every visit, a questionnaire evaluating the scar and patient satisfaction was completed. Results Thirty patients completed the 6-month process. The mean Vancouver Scar Scale scores improved significantly from 8.0 to 4.6 and 8.2 to 4.7 with nonablative fractional and pulsed-dye lasers, respectively (p<0.001). However, there was no significant difference between the 2 methods (p=0.840). Conclusion There remains no consensus on the optimal treatment of scars. The present study indicates nonablative fractional and pulsed-dye lasers significantly improve scars. Nonablative fractional lasers are non-inferior to pulsed-dye lasers. Further studies are required to corroborate this finding. PMID:25324655

  9. Tunable ultraviolet co-doped dye laser of Pyrromethene 597 and Rhodamine 610

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    Lu, Zhenzhong; Sun, Yanling; Ma, Lin; Liu, Jifang

    2015-12-01

    The laser performance of Pyrromethene 597 (PM597) and Rhodamine 610 mixture is studied. A wide tuning range from 580 to 655 nm is achieved. The laser linewidth obtained is less than 0.1 nm. The highest conversion efficiency of 42.5% is obtained at 600 nm. Using a beta-BaB2O4 (BBO) crystal to frequency double the dye laser into ultraviolet (UV), a tuning range from 296 to 324 nm is obtained. The peak conversion efficiency from the dye laser to the UV laser is 9.7% and the highest UV laser output energy is 9.51 mJ at 301.25 nm. To the best of our knowledge, the tuning range and the conversion efficiency are the best under the same condition so far. All our results indicate that high laser performance can be achieved using a laser dyes’ mixture.

  10. High power tube solid-state laser with zigzag propagation of pump and laser beam

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    Savich, Michael

    2015-02-01

    A novel resonator and pumping design with zigzag propagation of pumping and laser beams permits to design an improved tube Solid State Laser (SSL), solving the problem of short absorption path to produce a high power laser beam (100 - 1000kW). The novel design provides an amplifier module and laser oscillator. The tube-shaped SSL includes a gain element fiber-optically coupled to a pumping source. The fiber optic coupling facilitates light entry at compound Brewster's angle of incidence into the laser gain element and uses internal reflection to follow a "zigzag" path in a generally spiral direction along the length of the tube. Optics are arranged for zigzag propagation of the laser beam, while the cryogenic cooling system is traditional. The novel method of lasing uses advantages of cylindrical geometry to reach the high volume of gain medium with compactness and structural rigidity, attain high pump density and uniformity, and reach a low threshold without excessive increase of the temperature of the crystal. The design minimizes thermal lensing and stress effects, and provides high gain amplification, high power extraction from lasing medium, high pumping and lasing efficiency and a high beam quality.

  11. A random laser made of nematic liquid crystal doped with a laser dye

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    Sznitko, L.; Kaliciak, K.; Adamow, A.; Mysliwiec, J.

    2016-06-01

    We report on random laser emission obtained in 5CB and E7 nematic liquid crystal (LC) mixtures doped with 1% weight to weight ratio of DCM laser dye. The LC cell was used as asymmetric planar waveguide were emission was collected from the edge of the sample. Variable stripe length method was utilized to estimate the gain and the losses coefficients. Both systems have shown the threshold energy fluence in order of several mJ/cm2. In both cases above Fredericks potential, significant increase of emission intensity was observed due to the increase of light scattering on liquid crystalline domains. Moreover the use of fifth order of diffraction grating covered with thin alumina film resulted in strong multimode and directional laser emission.

  12. Luminescent light source for laser pumping and laser system containing same

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    Hamil, Roy A.; Ashley, Carol S.; Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Reed, Scott; Walko, Robert J.

    1994-01-01

    The invention relates to a pumping lamp for use with lasers comprising a porous substrate loaded with a component capable of emitting light upon interaction of the component with exciting radiation and a source of exciting radiation. Preferably, the pumping lamp comprises a source of exciting radiation, such as an electron beam, and an aerogel or xerogel substrate loaded with a component capable of interacting with the exciting radiation, e.g., a phosphor, to produce light, e.g., visible light, of a suitable band width and of a sufficient intensity to generate a laser beam from a laser material.

  13. Synchronously mode-locked continuous wave dye lasers - Recent advances and applications

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    Jain, R. K.

    The synchronously mode-locked CW dye laser represents one of the various sources of light pulses of picosecond and subpicosecond durations which have been developed. The attractiveness of these lasers is related to the precise control and tunability of the central wavelengths and bandwidths, the high degree of synchronizability of such lasers to one another, the relatively high stability, and the reliability. The basic performance characteristics of synchronously mode-locked (SML) CW dye lasers are discussed, taking into account the principles of synchronous mode-locking, the principal design characteristics of the SML CW dye laser, and early achievements in source development. Attention is given to pulsewidth, aspects of tunability, stability, and picosecond opto-electronics.

  14. Long-term wavelength stabilization of a commercial pulsed dye laser.

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    Stricklin, P L; Jacobs, D C

    1992-11-20

    An inexpensive device is described that stabilizes the wavelength of a commercial nanosecond-pulsed dye laser. The instrument monitors the frequency-dependent interference pattern that is generated when a portion of the dye laser output passes through an external Fabry-Perot étalon. In order to maintain a fixed wavelength, a personal computer adjusts the dye laser's grating position when the interference pattern indicates that a shift in laser wavelength has occurred. Tests indicate that this device reduces the drift of the laser's mean wavelength to < 0.0001-nm/ degrees C ambient temperature change. The feedback mechanism incorporated in this design can sustain stationary frequency stabilization for indefinite periods of time. PMID:20802557

  15. The optically pumped far-infrared laser for methanol isotopomers and acetaldehyde

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    Xu, Li-Hong; Vasconcellos, E.C.C.; Zerbetto, S.C.

    1995-12-31

    The methanol isotopomers have been systematically investigated as a source of far-infrared (FIR) laser emission utilizing a newly designed optically pumped FIR-laser system. The system combines several different FIR laser cavity designs with the extended line coverage available from an efficient CO{sub 2} laser. Many new FIR laser lines have been observed, pumped by high-J-fundamental, sequence, and hot-band CO{sub 2} transitions. The observed new FIR laser lines cover a broad spectral region, and contribute significantly to the frequency coverage of the optically pumped FIR laser. Many new short-wavelength FIR laser transitions for normal methanol have been observed using a 2-m-long FIR laser cavity. In addition, acetaldehyde molecule has been reinvestigated as a source of FIR laser media. Accurate heterodyne frequency and CO{sub 2}-laser pump frequency offset measurements have been made for most of new FIR laser lines.

  16. Dual-pump CARS temperature and major species concentration measurements in counter-flow methane flames using narrowband pump and broadband Stokes lasers

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    Thariyan, Mathew P.; Ananthanarayanan, Vijaykumar; Bhuiyan, Aizaz H.; Naik, Sameer V.; Gore, Jay P.; Lucht, Robert P.

    2010-07-15

    Dual-pump coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) is used to measure temperature and species profiles in representative non-premixed and partially-premixed CH{sub 4}/O{sub 2}/N{sub 2} flames. A new laser system has been developed to generate a tunable single-frequency beam for the second pump beam in the dual-pump N{sub 2}-CO{sub 2} CARS process. The second harmonic output ({proportional_to}532 nm) from an injection-seeded Nd:YAG laser is used as one of the narrowband pump beams. The second single-longitudinal-mode pump beam centered near 561 nm is generated using an injection-seeded optical parametric oscillator, consisting of two non-linear {beta}-BBO crystals, pumped using the third harmonic output ({proportional_to}355 nm) of the same Nd:YAG laser. A broadband dye laser (BBDL), pumped using the second harmonic output of an unseeded Nd:YAG laser, is employed to produce the Stokes beam centered near 607 nm with full-width-at-half-maximum of {proportional_to}250 cm{sup -1}. The three beams are focused between two opposing nozzles of a counter-flow burner facility to measure temperature and major species concentrations in a variety of CH{sub 4}/O{sub 2}/N{sub 2} non-premixed and partially-premixed flames stabilized at a global strain rate of 20 s{sup -1} at atmospheric-pressure. For the non-premixed flames, excellent agreement is observed between the measured profiles of temperature and CO{sub 2}/N{sub 2} concentration ratios with those calculated using an opposed-flow flame code with detailed chemistry and molecular transport submodels. For partially-premixed flames, with the rich side premixing level beyond the stable premixed flame limit, the calculations overestimate the distance between the premixed and the non-premixed flamefronts. Consequently, the calculated temperatures near the rich, premixed flame are higher than those measured. Accurate prediction of the distance between the premixed and the non-premixed flames provides an interesting challenge for future computations. (author)

  17. Modular pump geometry for diode side-pumped high-power Nd:YAG rod laser.

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    Sundar, R; Hedaoo, P; Ranganathan, K; Soni, J K; Bindra, K S; Oak, S M

    2015-11-20

    In this paper, we present a modular design configuration to side-pump an Nd:YAG rod of a diode-pumped high-power CW laser. Independent modules in the form of discs are loaded with three-diode linear bar arrays at 120° with respect to each other and are assembled along the length of the rod. By keeping successive discs at three different angular separations (the minimum, intermediate, and maximum), helical, 60° rotated, and linear geometries, respectively, were created. Parameters like thermal lensing, fluorescence profile, laser beam profile, and beam quality factor (M2) were studied to compare the performances of different geometries. The results indicate that the 60° rotated configuration provides the best performance when compared with rest of the schemes. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that such novel modular-type pump geometries with a provision for the angular separation of pump diodes have been tried. PMID:26836549

  18. Efficient laser-diode end-pumped Nd:GGG lasers at 1054 and 1067 nm.

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    Xu, Bin; Xu, Huiying; Cai, Zhiping; Camy, P; Doualan, J L; Moncorgé, R

    2014-10-10

    Efficient and compact laser-diode end-pumped Nd:GGG simultaneous multiwavelength continuous-wave lasers at ∼1059, ∼1060 and ∼1062  nm were first demonstrated in a free-running 30 mm plano-concave laser cavity. The maximum output power was up to 3.92 W with a slope efficiency of about 53.6% with respect to the absorbed pump power. By inserting a 0.1 mm optical glass plate acting as a Fabry-Pérot etalon, a single-wavelength laser at ∼1067  nm with a maximum output power of 1.95 W and a slope efficiency of 28.5% can be obtained. Multiwavelength lasers, including those at ∼1054 or ∼1067  nm, were also achievable by suitably tilting the glass etalon. These simultaneous multiwavelength lasers provide a potential source for terahertz wave generation. PMID:25322387

  19. Development of Nd,Cr co-doped laser materials for solar-pumped lasers

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    Ogawa, Takayo; Wada, Satoshi; Higuchi, Mikio

    2014-02-01

    Solar-pumped laser has attracted attention in the area of renewable energy creation. However, since the conversion efficiency from solar energy to laser energy is low, such lasers are not yet in practical use. In this work, we developed Nd3+,Cr3+ codoped YVO4 and CaYAlO4 crystals for solar-pumped laser. We succeeded to increase absorption at UV-VIS region with both crystals drastically. The absorption cross section of Nd,Cr:CaYAlO4 around 400 nm was more than 70 times that of Nd,Cr:YAG crystals. The fluorescence at 1 ?m was observed by pumping at 400 nm. It indicates that energy transfer from Cr to Nd occurred effectively.

  20. Porous silicon for pumping solid-state lasers

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    Russell, S. D.; Dubbelday, W. B.; Shimabukuro, R. L.

    1993-03-01

    Preliminary experiments were performed to investigate the feasibility of using silicon-based sources to pump solid-state lasers. Photoluminescent porous silicon and porous silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) have been fabricated using chemical, electrochemical, and photochemical techniques. An electrochemically fabricated porous silicon sample exhibited 5% quantum efficiency when pumped with 5 mW of 457.9 nm argon ion laser light with a peak emission wavelength of 720 nm. This is consistent with other reports that efficiencies between 1 and 10% have been observed. This room temperature performance exceeds the early development of light emission from 3-5 semiconductors and suggests that continued research and development of the emission mechanism and optimization of the fabrication process can produce, at the very least, functionally equivalent results in a less expensive material which is amenable to large-scale integration.