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Sample records for pumped dye laser

  1. Advances in blue-green, flashlamp pumped dye laser development

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Elkins, Robin K.

    It is reported that the use of a new laser dye called Coumarin 314T significantly improves the performance of flashlamp-pumped dye liquid lasers operating in the blue-green spectrum. Output pulse energies from such a laser can now approach or exceed those from similar flashlamp-pumped lasers in the yellow, orange, and red. This improvement has immediate application to studies that require the greater energy per photon that shorter wavelengths provide.

  2. Design and Construction of Simple, Nitrogen-Laser-Pumped, Tunable Dye Lasers

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    Hilborn, Robert C.

    1978-01-01

    The basic physical principles of dye lasers are discussed and used to analyze the design and operation of tunable dye lasers pumped by pulsed nitrogen lasers. Details of the design and construction of these dye lasers are presented. Some simple demonstration experiments are described. (BB)

  3. Excimer-pumped dye laser with high beam quality

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    Brink, D.J.; van der Hoeven, C.J.

    1984-12-01

    A novel design for a dye cuvette used in an excimer-pumped dye laser is described. The cuvette consists of a thin-walled quartz tube illuminated equally from four sides. This, combined with the focusing action of the dye-filled tube, results in a homogeneous excitation of the central core of the dye volume and a near TEM (00) output beam is obtained at moderate repetition frequencies. Sufficient data are provided to allow interfacing of the cuvette with standard oscillator-amplifier arrangements.

  4. 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.

  5. Theory and experiments of dye lasers longitudinally pumped by copper vapor laser (CVL)

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    Sun, W.; Tang, C. S.; Zhuge, X. B.; Chen, M. S.

    1986-06-01

    Theoretical and experimental studies were performed on high prf dye lasers longitudinally pumped by CVL. Analytic expressions were derived for the laser output power and efficiency by using a rate equation treatment and taking the influence of excited singlet-state absorption into account. A CuBr laser-pumped dye laser with longitudinally pumped geometry and a jet stream was used in the experiment. A maximum output power of 1.3 W was achieved for Kiton red dye with an efficiency of 40%. Experimental results were in good agreement with theoretical analysis.

  6. Continuous-wave synchronously pumped femtosecond dye laser at 1. 3. mu. m

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    Choa, F.S.; Liu, Y.; Liu, P.

    1989-02-15

    We report a synchronously pumped, cw mode-locked, near-IR dye laser based on the Kodak Q-switch dye No. 5. Benzyl alcohol is used as the solvent to form a flowing dye jet. Synchronously pumped by 2-psec, 950-mW, compressed pulses of a Nd:YAG laser, the dye laser can be tuned from 1210 to 1340 nm with a maximum output of 5 mW and a pulse duration of 600 fsec.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  8. Pulse shortening in dye laser side-pumped by TEA N/sub 2/ laser

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    Uchiki, H.; Kobayashi, T.; Yoshizawa, M.

    1983-04-01

    The temporal behavior of the output from a homemade TEA-N/sub 2/-laser (750 ps pulsewidth) pumped dye (R6G) laser was observed with the aid of a streak camera. The observed output pulsewidths are between 60 and 160 ps depending on the configuration of the dye laser cavity. The shortest (60 ps) pulse is obtained when the distances between output mirror and dye cell, and dye cell and grating, are 10 and 105 mm, respectively. The mechanism of the short pulse generation is clarified by comparing experimental results with the results obtained by solving rate equations numerically, where the position dependences of excited-state population and photon flux were taken into account.

  9. 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.

  10. Spectroscopic and kinetic studies of a dye laser pumped Br2 B TPi(0 /sub u/) X /sub g/ laser

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    Perram, G.P.; Davis, S.J.

    1986-03-01

    A dye laser pumped Br2 B TPi(0 /sub u/) X /sub g/ laser has been studied. Spectroscopic assignments have shown that lasing occurs from 10< or =J'< or =63 in 12< or =v'< or =17 using Rhodamine 590 dye. The output appeared limited to the 79--81 isotope of Br2. By utilizing stimulated emission as a monitor for laser excitation spectra, dramatic increases in the resolution were observed that exceeded the normal resolution of the dye laser. The Br2 laser operated at Br2 pressures of up to 60 Torr. A simple model to explain the characteristics of the Br2 laser is described.

  11. RECIPROCAL PASSIVE MODE-LOCKING OF A RHODAMINE 6G DYE LASER AND THE Ar+ PUMP LASER

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    Yasa, Zafer A.; Amer, Nabil M.

    1980-10-01

    A rhodamine 6G dye laser, internally pumped within the extended cavity of an Ar{sup +} ion laser, is mode-locked when its cavity length is matched to half that of the pump laser: the 5145 {Angstrom} argon laser line is passively mode-locked by the combination of the saturable absorption and the lasing action of the dye which is in turn synchronously pumped and mode-locked. Tunable (5650 {Angstrom} to 5950 {Angstrom}) ~10 pSec pulses are generated, and the average output power is ~ 80 mW.

  12. 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 about 2 mJ per cu cm of lasing medium, or 2 kW/cu cm for a 1-microsec laser pulse, is obtained from rhodamine 6G, coumarin 480, LD 490, and coumarin 504 dyes. That the coumarin-480 and rhodamine-6G lasers have comparable output powers is a direct proof that the present optical-pumping source is more efficient than commercial xenon flashlamps in pumping lasers in the blue-green spectral region.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  14. Modeling a distributed feedback dye laser pumped by a Nd-glass laser

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    Ghani, B. A.; Hammadi, M.

    2006-03-01

    A mathematical model has been developed to describe the dynamic emission of a distributed feedback dye laser (DFDL) pumped by a Nd-glass laser. The model is based on the coupled-wave theory. It allows the investigation of the temporal behavior of the Nd-glass pumping laser source and the DFDL pulses. The model allows studying the effect of the variation of the laser input parameters of the Nd-glass laser, such as maximum amplification coefficient, loss coefficient and pumping rate on the characteristics of DFDL pulses regarding the pulse width, delay time and separation time. The feedback process of the DFDL is provided either by changes of the refractive index or by optical gain or by both together. The model estimates the following: temporal behavior of the density of emitted radiation, energy densities of the first excited singlet and triplet states, DFDL output power, cavity decay time and the temperature of the produced grating. The numerical solution of the nonlinear coupled rate equation system predicts the generation of DFDL picosecond pulses. The calculated results are in good agreement with the available experimental data. The calculations were done using rhodamine 6G dissolved in ethanol as the investigated matrix.

  15. 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.

  16. Optical pumping of dye lasers using an array of plasma pinches

    SciTech Connect

    Rieger, H.

    1982-01-01

    A new optical pumping source consisting of an array of plasma pinches is employed to pump, for the first time, a variety of dye lasers. The plasma pinch is formed in a hollow cylindrical shape by electrically discharging a high-energy capacitor bank (approx. 14kJ) through a device containing a few torrs of hydrogen, deuterium or nitrogen gas. A dye cuvette is inserted along the symmetry axis of the plasma device such that it may be surrounded by the plasma pinch. 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. The shorter the rise time, the smaller the triplet quenching of the dye, resulting in higher laser output power. 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. 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.

  17. Pump laser for dye amplifier in artificial laser guide star system of telescope with adaptive optics

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    Babin, S. A.; Goldort, V. G.; Krasnikov, Y. I.; Potapov, V. V.; Rybakov, M. A.

    2002-04-01

    Artificial laser guide star (LGS) is usually created by excitation of sodium atoms in the natural layer at 90 km with a yellow laser beam at 589.2 nm. Such a spot-like source is used for guiding the adaptive optics system of telescopes, that allows to improve greatly the quality of images of real astronomic objects by correcting the wavefront distortions induced by atmospheric turbulence. In frames of ALFA project a single-frequency yellow source of 3-4 W output power has been developed and is already used for LGS excitation. In this paper we report on the pump laser for dye amplifier developed for the Max Planck Institute of Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany, that will be applied for substantial enhancement of the output power in the system. The developed argon laser provides high angular stability and beam quality by means of active cavity alignment at 70 W output level, that has no analogues. Basic principles and device design are described.

  18. Oxazine laser dyes

    DOEpatents

    Hammond, Peter R. (Livermore, CA); Field, George F. (Danville, CA)

    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##

  19. Construction and Characterization of a Nanosecond Nd:YAG Laser Pumped Distributed Feedback Dye Laser Generating Picosecond Pulses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Clark, Timothy; Weckerly, Chris; Ujj, Laszlo

    2013-03-01

    We have constructed a Distributed Feedback Dye Laser (DFDL) using interferometric pumping. DFDL works according to the dynamic modulation of the gain medium creating short pulses. Shortening of the pulses, stability, and dynamic range of the DFDL were investigated. Pulses were measured with the help of a photodiode with a 30 picosecond response time. Traces were recorded with a Tektronics DSA73304D (33GHz) digital serial analyser. The gain medium contains an ethanol solution of Rhodamine 590 dye and DODCI saturable absorber. Increasing the concentration of DODCI saturable absorber resulted in significant pulse shortening (150 to 54 picoseconds). Single pulse generation was achieved when the power of the pump laser was adjusted 10 percent above the laser threshold. The central wavelength of the laser pulses was 587 nm. The mathematical modeling, optical layout of the DFDL, and the results of the temporal and spectral characterization of the laser are presented on the poster. The development of the DFDL will lead to an extensive investigation of short pulse dye lasers for educational purposes and for applications in nonlinear spectroscopy. Financial support from University of West Florida is acknowledged.

  20. Incendiary potential of the flash-lamp pumped 585-nm tunable dye laser.

    PubMed

    Epstein, R H; Brummett, R R; Lask, G P

    1990-08-01

    The recently introduced pulsed flash-lamp pumped tunable dye laser is used to treat cutaneous port-wine stains. In our practice, infants and children receive general anesthesia for these brief, yet painful, treatments. Because the flammability of this laser has not been reported and because we administer supplemental oxygen and nitrous oxide, we analyzed the incendiary potential of this laser by measuring the flammability of gauze and Telfa strips, hair, clear plastic face masks and tracheal tubes, and green nasal cannulae in 21%-100% oxygen and in nitrous oxide at laser energies between 6.0 and 10.0 J/cm2. (Our clinical range is 6.0-7.0 J/cm2.) In room air, gauze, Telfa, masks, and tubes did not ignite; only gauze ignited at high energy in 100% oxygen. Hair ignited in room air only when struck repeatedly at high energy, but easily ignited in 100% oxygen. Wetting hair with saline prevented ignition in room air and decreased flammability in supplemental oxygen. Green nasal cannulae prongs were extremely flammable in oxygen. Caution should be taken when using supplemental oxygen/nitrous oxide during treatment with the tunable dye laser. PMID:2375518

  1. Monolithic dye laser amplifier

    DOEpatents

    Kuklo, Thomas C. (Ripon, CA)

    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.

  2. Monolithic dye laser amplifier

    DOEpatents

    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.

  3. Mathematical modeling of ruby laser as a pumping source of a ''self Q-switched'' distributed feedback dye laser

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    Ghani, B. Abdul; Hammadi, M.

    2004-11-01

    A mathematical model describing the dynamic emission of the ruby laser as a pumping source of a distributed feedback dye laser (DFDL) has been adapted. The suggested model allows the temporal behavior investigation of the ruby laser and the DFDL on mode characteristics and, moreover, investigating the affect of laser input parameters on the output laser pulses in the ruby laser and in the DFDL. The numerical solutions of a coupled nonlinear rate equations system of the adapted model that predict the generation of picoseconds pulses, with neglecting the effect of refractive index variation, are discussed (feedback process is achieved only by optical gain). The model estimates the density of the emitted radiation, energy density of the first excited state, and the output power of the DFDL. The adapted mathematical model is in good agreement with the available experimental data.

  4. 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.

  5. Microfluidic dye laser intracavity absorption

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    Galas, J. C.; Peroz, C.; Kou, Q.; Chen, Y.

    2006-11-01

    The authors report absorption measurements on low concentration analytes using a microfluidic dye laser. The laser cavity is made of two gold mirrors coated on the end faces of two optical fibers inserted in a chip. Rhodamine 6G dye molecules dissolved in ethanol are used for laser amplification and absorption measurements are done with methylene blue dye solutions. When optically pumped with a frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser at 532nm wavelength, the device shows a laser output emission at 565nm and a high sensitivity of the lasing output to the losses in the cavity, in good agreement with the results of numerical calculations.

  6. Epidermal damage and limited coagulation depth with the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser: a histochemical study.

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    Hohenleutner, U; Hilbert, M; Wlotzke, U; Landthaler, M

    1995-05-01

    To investigate vessel coagulation depth and tissue damage in therapy with the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser (585 nm, 5 mm spot size, 450 microsecond pulse duration, 6-8 J/cm2), we used the nitroblue-tetrazolium chloride stain in 22 post-treatment biopsy specimens from patients with port wine stain. With this method, thermally damaged tissue can be easily differentiated from unchanged tissue to the level of single cells. The results showed that in superficial port wine stain vessels up to 150 microns in diameter, vessel coagulation was complete and selective without further dermal damage. With the increase of vessel diameter, strong superficial hemoglobin absorption led to only partial vessel-wall coagulation and, in some cases, to superficial dermal damage. Likewise, deeper vessels were not coagulated because of shadow effects by superficial vessel layers. Thus, the overall vessel-wall coagulation depth of the flashlamp-pumped dye laser was limited to a maximum of 0.65 mm (mean 0.37 mm). In addition, some degree of epidermal damage was present in most specimens, which significantly increased with epidermal melanin content and resulted in epidermal coagulation and blistering in pigmented skin. Our results explain the occurrence of crusting, hyperpigmentation, and hypopigmentation in therapy with the flashlamp-pumped dye laser and its limited effect on dark or hypertrophic port wine stains in adults featuring large vessel diameters or multiple vessel layers. PMID:7738359

  7. Dye system for dye laser applications

    DOEpatents

    Hammond, Peter R. (Livermore, CA)

    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.

  8. Dye laser amplifier

    DOEpatents

    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.

  9. Dye lasers. Citations from the NTIS data base

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    Cavagnaro, D. M.

    1980-08-01

    Studies on dye laser theory, design, components, optical systems, and frequency range are presented in approximately 96 citations. Abstracts on lasing dyes, pumping, tuning, excitation, molecular structure, and modulation are included. Studies on dye laser use in spectroscopy are covered.

  10. Grating cavity dual wavelength dye laser.

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    Zapata-Nava, Oscar Javier; Rodríguez-Montero, Ponciano; Iturbe-Castillo, M David; Treviño-Palacios, Carlos Gerardo

    2011-02-14

    We report simultaneous dual wavelength dye laser emission using Littman-Metcalf and Littrow cavity configurations with minimum cavity elements. Dual wavelength operation is obtained by laser operation in two optical paths inside the cavity, one of which uses reflection in the circulating dye cell. Styryl 14 laser dye operating in the 910 nm to 960 nm was used in a 15%:85% PC/EG solvent green pumped with a Q-switched doubled Nd3+:YAG laser. PMID:21369171

  11. Theoretical And Experimental Studies On Tunable Dye Lasers

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    Pascu, Mihail L.; Enescu, M.; Pascu, A.; Dumbraveanu, G.; Munteanu, M.; Ionescu, R.; Mihalachioiu, L.

    1989-05-01

    The emission of a transversely pumped dye laser using the rate equation approximation is described considering both the laser and the amplified spontaneous emission (A.S.E.) modes, when a pulsed pumping laser is used. The computed results are in good agreement with the experimental data when the real spatial distribution of pumping energy is considered. A N2-laser pumped tunable dye laser useful for low concentrations measurements of complex mole-cules in solutions is described.

  12. 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.

  13. Optofluidic ring resonator dye lasers

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    Sun, Yuze; Suter, Jonathan D.; Fan, Xudong

    2010-02-01

    We overview the recent progress on optofluidic ring resonator (OFRR) dye lasers developed in our research group. The fluidics and laser cavity design can be divided into three categories: capillary optofluidic ring resonator (COFRR), integrated cylindrical optofluidic ring resonator (ICOFRR), and coupled optofluidic ring resonator (CpOFRR). The COFRR dye laser is based on a micro-sized glass capillary with a wall thickness of a few micrometers. The capillary circular cross-section forms the ring resonator and supports the whispering gallery modes (WGMs) that interact evanescently with the gain medium in the core. The laser cavity structure is versatile to adapt to the gain medium of any refractive index. Owing to the high Q-factor (>109), the lasing threshold of 25 nJ/mm2 is achieved. Besides directly pump the dye molecules, lasing through fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the donor and acceptor dye molecules is also studied in COFRR laser. The energy transfer process can be further controlled by designed DNA scaffold labeled with donor/acceptor molecules. The ICOFRR dye laser is based on a cylindrical ring resonator fused onto the inner surface of a thick walled glass capillary. The structure has robust mechanical strength to sustain rapid gain medium circulation. The CpOFRR utilizes a cylindrical ring resonator fused on the inner surface of the COFRR capillary. Since the capillary wall is thin, the individual WGMs of the cylindrical ring resonator and the COFRR couples strongly and forms Vernier effect, which provides a way to generate a single mode dye laser.

  14. 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.

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

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

    1984-06-01

    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 along with a specific arrnagement including an optical fiber and a fibre 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.

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

    DOEpatents

    Johnson, Steve A. (Tracy, CA); Seppala, Lynn G. (Pleasanton, CA)

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Dye lasers. Citations from the NTIS data base

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cavagnaro, D. M.

    1980-08-01

    This bibliography covers studies on dye laser theory, design, components, optical systems, and frequency range. Abstracts on lasing dyes, pumping, tuning, excitation, molecular structure, and modulation are included. Studies on dye laser use in spectroscopy are covered. This updated bibliography contains 217 citations, none of which are new entries to the previous edition.

  20. 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.

  1. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    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.

  2. Dye-laser development for plasma magnetic-field diagnostic

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    Weber, P.G.

    1982-05-01

    A flash-lamp-pumped dye laser has been constructed and operated in DCM dye, yielding outputs greater than 400 W for 100 ..mu..s in broadband operation. Attempts to tune this laser by injection locking to a narrow-band cw laser poor efficiency and relatively short locked operation.

  3. Water soluble laser dyes

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    Hammond, Peter R. (Livermore, CA); Feeman, James F. (Wyomissing, PA); Field, George F. (Santa Ana, CA)

    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.

  4. Water soluble laser dyes

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    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.

  5. 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 (?? = 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.

  6. Microfluidic tunable dye laser with integrated mixer and ring resonator

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    Galas, J. C.; Torres, J.; Belotti, M.; Kou, Q.; Chen, Y.

    2005-06-01

    We report on results of design and fabrication of a microfluidic dye laser that consists of a ring resonator, a waveguide for laser emission output, and microfluidic elements for flow control, all integrated on a chip. The optical resonator and the waveguide were obtained by photolithography, whereas microfluidic elements such as channels, valves, and pumps were fabricated by multilayer soft lithography. As results, the prototype device worked with a few nanoliters of Rhodamine 6G dye molecules in ethanol solution and showed a laser threshold of ˜15?J/mm2 when optically pumped with a frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser at 532nm wavelength. The modification of the laser output intensity due to photobleaching effect was characterized by changing the dye flow velocity through the cavity. In addition, the emission wavelength of the laser could be easily tuned by changing the dye molecule concentration with the integrated microfluidic elements.

  7. Single mode pulsed dye laser oscillator

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    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.

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

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    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.

  9. Efficiency and Linewidth Improvements in a Grazing Incidence Dye Laser

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    Vandenberg, David; Smith, R. Seth; Shuler, Ezekiel A.

    2012-03-01

    The poster to be presented will describe an undergraduate senior research project involving a dye laser. The dye laser is a grazing incidence design that is pumped by a Continuum Surelite I Nd:YAG laser. The project will examine the principal factors which affect the efficiency and linewidth of a grazing incidence dye laser and will explore methods for improving these parameters. The presentation will include all relevant data and results, as well as a discussion of the challenges that were encountered and future research that is planned.

  10. Single dye molecule laser via energy transfer mechanism

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    Shan, Guangcun; Huang, Wei

    2008-11-01

    Motivated by the recent progresses in one-atom laser and single-molecule manipulation, this work presents the model and simulations of a single dye molecule laser device, which consists of a single dye molecule as an acceptor in a microcavity pumped by multiple donors via the intermolecular resonance energy transfer mechanism. The photon intensity is calculated at the emission peaks of donor and acceptor dyes for different pump rates and donor numbers. Finally, it is demonstrated that stimulated emission gains a distinct advantage over spontaneous emission under appropriate conditions. This work would have many important applications in a wide range of fields from physics and chemistry to nanotechnology in future.

  11. Fusion reactor pumped laser

    DOEpatents

    Jassby, Daniel L. (Princeton, NJ)

    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.

  12. Explosively pumped laser light

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    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.

  13. Experimental Studies of Distributed Feedback Dye Lasers

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    Khan, Nusrullah

    1991-02-01

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Requires signed TDF. The temporal and spectral characteristics of distributed feedback dye lasers pumped by the second harmonic of a laboratory built Nd:YAG laser have been studied. The experiments were carried out using Q-Switched and Q-Switched & Modelocked Nd:YAG lasers. A theoretical model has been developed to examine the effects of thermal heat accumulation in the dye medium in modelocked operation. It was found that the model can measure accurately the delay between peaks of pump and DFDL pulse envelopes. Two or more DFDLs were operated simultaneously to investigate the effect of coherence length on multiple emission of spectral lines. The conditions have been investigated which influence the number of lines emitted. The emission of multiple lines in simultaneous operation of DFDLs were studied by varying delay between sets of pump beams. An upper limit on maximum spectral emission lines has been found and formulated. An explanation of the experimental results by A. N. Rubinov and T. Sh-Effendiev et al (Chap -2, Ref-47) was found to be incomplete. Although many aspects have been attempted and investigated in this work, however, still some further theoretical and experimental work is necessary.

  14. 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. PMID:23126811

  15. Electrically pumped random lasers

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    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Nuclear pumped laser II

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    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.

  18. High laser efficiency and photostability of pyrromethene dyes mediated by nonpolar solvent.

    PubMed

    Gupta, Monika; Kamble, Priyadarshini; Rath, M C; Naik, D B; Ray, Alok K

    2015-08-10

    Many pyrromethene (PM) dyes have been shown to outperform established rhodamine dyes in terms of laser efficiency in the green-yellow spectral region, but their rapid photochemical degradation in commonly used ethanol or methanol solvents continues to limit its use in high average power liquid dye lasers. A comparative study on narrowband laser efficiency and photostability of commercially available PM567 and PM597 dyes, using nonpolar n-heptane and 1,4-dioxane and polar ethanol solvents, was carried out by a constructed pulsed dye laser, pumped by the second harmonic (532 nm) radiation of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. Interestingly, both nonpolar solvents showed a significantly higher laser photostability (?100 times) as well as peak efficiency (?5%) of these PM dyes in comparison to ethanol. The different photostability of the PM dyes was rationalized by determining their triplet-state spectra and capability to generate reactive singlet oxygen (O21) by energy transfer to dissolved oxygen in these solvents using pulse radiolysis. Heptane is identified as a promising solvent for these PM dyes for use in high average power dye lasers, pumped by copper vapor lasers or diode-pumped solid-state green lasers. PMID:26368369

  19. 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.

  20. Diode-pumped laser research

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    Ramos-Izquierdo, L.; Bufton, J. L.; Chan, K.

    1988-01-01

    The Laboratory for Oceans is currently working on the development of compact laser diode array (LD) pumped Nd:YAG lasers for use in space-based altimetry and ranging. Laser diode-array pumping technology promises to increase the electrical to optical efficiency of solid state lasers by an order of magnitude with a lifetime increase of nearly three orders of magnitude relative to today's conventional flashlamp-pumped laser systems. The small size, efficiency, and ruggedness make LD-pumped solid state lasers ideal for space based applications. In an in-house RTOP effort, a novel multiple-pass LD-pumped Nd:YAG laser amplifier was designed and tested to increase the 100 microjoule output pulse energy of the Lightwave laser oscillator. Preliminary results have yielded a round trip amplifier gain of about 15 percent using 7 microjoule LD-pump energy. As a parallel activity, funding was recently obtained to investigate the possible use of custom made fiber optic arrays to obtain an efficient optical coupling mechanism between the emitting laser diode-arrays and the target solid state laser material. Fiber optic coupling arrays would allow for the easy manipulation of the spatial emitting pattern of the diode pump sources to match either an end or side pumping laser configuration.

  1. Diode-pumped laser research

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    Ramos-Izquierdo, L.; Bufton, J. L.; Chan, K.

    The Laboratory for Oceans is currently working on the development of compact laser diode array (LD) pumped Nd:YAG lasers for use in space-based altimetry and ranging. Laser diode-array pumping technology promises to increase the electrical to optical efficiency of solid state lasers by an order of magnitude with a lifetime increase of nearly three orders of magnitude relative to today's conventional flashlamp-pumped laser systems. The small size, efficiency, and ruggedness make LD-pumped solid state lasers ideal for space based applications. In an in-house RTOP effort, a novel multiple-pass LD-pumped Nd:YAG laser amplifier was designed and tested to increase the 100 microjoule output pulse energy of the Lightwave laser oscillator. Preliminary results have yielded a round trip amplifier gain of about 15 percent using 7 microjoule LD-pump energy. As a parallel activity, funding was recently obtained to investigate the possible use of custom made fiber optic arrays to obtain an efficient optical coupling mechanism between the emitting laser diode-arrays and the target solid state laser material. Fiber optic coupling arrays would allow for the easy manipulation of the spatial emitting pattern of the diode pump sources to match either an end or side pumping laser configuration.

  2. Microfluidic dye laser integration in a lab-on-a-chip device

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    Kou, Qingli; Yesilyurt, Ilker; Escalier, Guilhem; Galas, Jean Christophe; Coureau, Laurent; Chen, Yong

    2004-12-01

    We report on an original design and fabrication of microfluidic dye laser integrated into a functional poly-dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) lab-on-a-chip system. Soft lithography has been used for the fabrication of the microfluidic channels allowing the liquid dye circulation. The laser cavity, formed by two cleaved optical fibers with end face metallization, is directly integrated into a microfluidic channel. The active dye molecules are optically pumped by a pulsed and frequency-doubled Nd:Yag laser at 532 nm wavelength. Finally, the output laser beam is extracted and coupled into the optical fiber. As a result, the characteristics of the laser output power as a function of pumping energy density is presented. We also show that the micro dye laser we fabricated can work steadily with an average output power up to 0.35 mW. The wavelength tunability is also demonstrated with the laser system.

  3. Hair ignition by dye laser for port-wine stain: risk factors evaluated.

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    Molin, L; Hallgren, S

    1999-04-01

    Flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser is the preferred treatment for port-wine stain. Vascular hemoglobin and epidermal melanin are competing sites for dye laser absorption and damage. The case presented illustrates the potential hazard of ignition induced by dye laser treatment on the face of a patient receiving inhalation anesthesia. A 6-year-old girl with almost black hair was treated for a port-wine stain covering most of the right half of her face. She was treated with dye laser under general anesthesia administered by mask. A laser pulse close to the upper part of the eyebrow induced a blaze and the eyebrow was instantly destroyed by the fire. Regrowth of the eyebrow was complete after a few months. Hair specimens of various colors were exposed experimentally to dye laser irradiation in room and oxygen-saturated atmospheres. Risk factors of ignition are high laser dosage, a high oxygen level, repeated pulses and dark colored hair. PMID:11357290

  4. Compact dye laser on a chip fabricated by ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography

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    Peroz, Ch.; Galas, J.-C.; Le Gratiet, L.; Chen, Y.; Shi, J.

    2006-12-01

    High aspect ratio and high resolution distributed feed back (DFB) gratings have been patterned on a fused silica plate by ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography and reactive ion etch techniques. Then, they were integrated into a microfluidic chip for optofluidic operations. The authors observed laser emission from organic dye solutions flowing through an optical resonator formed between two third order DFB gratings. Such a dye layer can operate with a picoliter dye solution. With rhodamine 6G dye molecules dissolved in ethanol and pumped by a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG pulsed laser, a laser emission of threshold of 12?J/mm2 has been found.

  5. 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.

  6. Femtosecond ring dye laser: a potential new laser gyro.

    PubMed

    Dennis, M L; Diels, J C; Lai, M

    1991-04-01

    Measurements on a passively mode-locked dye laser demonstrate a sensitive gyro-type response, when Fresnel drag in air is used to simulate rotation. Such a response is unexpected for a homogeneously broadened ring laser. PMID:19773989

  7. Dye lasing arrangement including an optical assembly for altering the cross-section of its pumping beam and method

    DOEpatents

    O'Neil, Richard W. (Pleasanton, CA); Sweatt, William C. (Alburquerque, NM)

    1992-01-01

    An optical assembly is disclosed herein along with a method of operation for use in a dye lasing arrangement, for example a dye laser oscillator or a dye amplifier, in which a continuous stream of dye is caused to flow through a given zone in a cooperating dye chamber while the zone is being illuminated by light from a pumping beam which is directed into the given zone. This in turn causes the dye therein to lase and thereby produce a new dye beam in the case of a dye laser oscillator or amplify a dye beam in the case of a dye amplifier. The optical assembly so disclosed is designed to alter the pump beam such that the beam enters the dye chamber with a different cross-sectional configuration, preferably one having a more uniform intensity profile, than its initially produced cross-sectional configuration. To this end, the assembly includes a network of optical components which first act on the beam while the latter retains its initially produced cross-sectional configuration for separating it into a plurality of predetermined segments and then recombines the separated components in a predetermined way which causes the recombined beam to have the different cross-sectional configuration.

  8. An electrically pumped germanium laser

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    Cai, Yan

    Electrically pumped lasing from Germanium-on-Silicon pnn heterojunction diode structures is demonstrated. Room temperature multimode laser with 1mW output power is measured. Phosphorous doping in Germanium at a concentration ...

  9. 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.

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Confinement of pyridinium hemicyanine dye within an anionic metal-organic framework for two-photon-pumped lasing

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    Yu, Jiancan; Cui, Yuanjing; Xu, Hui; Yang, Yu; Wang, Zhiyu; Chen, Banglin; Qian, Guodong

    2013-10-01

    Two-photon-pumped dye lasers are very important because of their applications in wavelength up-conversion, optical data storage, biological imaging and photodynamic therapy. Such lasers are very difficult to realize in the solid state because of the aggregation-caused quenching. Here we demonstrate a new two-photon-pumped micro-laser by encapsulating the cationic pyridinium hemicyanine dye into an anionic metal-organic framework (MOF). The resultant MOF?dye composite exhibits significant two-photon fluorescence because of the large absorption cross-section and the encapsulation-enhanced luminescent efficiency of the dye. Furthermore, the well-faceted MOF crystal serves as a natural Fabry-Perot resonance cavity, leading to lasing around 640?nm when pumped with a 1064-nm pulse laser. This strategy not only combines the crystalline benefit of MOFs and luminescent behaviour of organic dyes but also creates a new synergistic two-photon-pumped lasing functionality, opening a new avenue for the future creation of solid-state photonic materials and devices.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Sunlight-Pumped Laser

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    Weaver, W. R. J.; Lee, J. H.

    1982-01-01

    Organic iodide gas is stimulated by portion of Sun's spectrum to emit laser light. Chopper forms pulses from beam of Xenon-Arc light. Chopper is only necessary to avoid buildup of laser-quenching species in sealed tube of present experiment. Perfluoropropyliodide lasing medium functions at temperatures of about 670 K, a fact that reduces cooling requirements in space.

  18. Compact and highly efficient laser pump cavity

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    Chang, Jim J. (Dublin, CA); Bass, Isaac L. (Castro Valley, CA); Zapata, Luis E. (Livermore, CA)

    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.

  19. 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.

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

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    Davin, James (Gilroy, CA)

    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.

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

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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 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.

  2. Fusion pumped laser

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    Pappas, Daniel S. (Los Alamos, NM)

    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.

  3. Fusion pumped laser

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Behaviors of random laser in dye-doped nematic liquid crystals

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    Yao, Fengfeng; Bian, Huanting; Pei, Yanbo; Hou, Chunfeng; Sun, Xiudong

    2016-01-01

    Random lasing in the nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) with a high doping concentration of the laser dye was observed and characterized. With increasing the pump energy after the occurrence of the random laser (RL), the RL intensity first increases gradually to a maximum, then drops sharply to zero, accompanied by the gradual enhancement of scattering manifested by the growth of far-field diffraction rings of the transmitted pump beam in number. The threshold energy per unit pump area, slope efficiency, and maximal output intensity of the NLC RL depend heavily and nonmonotonically on the pump angle. A model involving the pump pulse induced molecular reorientation in NLCs leading to the pump angle dependent enhancement of scattering is proposed to explain the pump angle dependent properties of RLs.

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

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    He, Guang S.; Yuan, Lixiang; Cui, Yiping; Li, Ming; Prasad, Paras 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, trans-4[p-(N-hydroxyethylN-methylamino)stryryl]-N-methylpyridinium iodide (abbreviated as ASPI) were experimentally investigated. This new dye has a moderate TPA cross section (?2?3.9×20-20 cm4/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 ˜615 nm upconverted cavity lasing energy was found to be as high as ˜17%.

  9. 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.

  10. Diode Pumped Solid State Laser Photoacoustic Spectrometer

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    to significantly long diode lifetimes. These types of pump lasers would be suitable for extended spaceborneDiode Pumped Solid State Laser Photoacoustic Spectrometer Jeffrey S. Pilgrim and David S. Bomse gas detection but has been hampered by the lack of a simple tunable infrared source. DPSS lasers offer

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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

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    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.

  14. 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.

  15. Optically pumped isotopic ammonia laser system

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    Buchwald, Melvin I. (Santa Fe, NM); Jones, Claude R. (Los Alamos, NM); Nelson, Leonard Y. (Seattle, WA)

    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.

  16. Lasers with sub-Poissonian pump

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    Marte, M.A.M.; Zoller, P. )

    1989-11-15

    It is shown that, introducing quantum-mechanical degrees of freedom for the pump field, one can model optical-pumping processes of a laser with sub-Poissonian statistics. For a class of pump models containing regular pumping at one end of the range and Poissonian pumping at the other, the exact stationary moments for the pump-field-averaged laser field are calculated in the strong-saturation limit of the lasing transition. It is demonstrated that, in a photodetection experiment of the laser output, complete noise suppression in the photocurrent fluctuation spectrum is, at least in principle, achievable. Finally, an approximate Fokker-Planck equation for photon distribution of the laser field with explicit appearance of the pump-light intensity correlation function in the diffusion term is derived and solved in the stationary limit.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Mechanism for pumping lasers with squeezed light

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    Haake, F.; Walls, D.F.; Collett, M.J.

    1989-03-15

    In this paper we demonstrate how the squeezed-pump-laser model of Marte and Walls (Phys. Rev. A 37, 1235 (1988)) may be realized in practice. We consider a three-level atomic medium interacting with two cavity modes pumped with squeezed light. We show that this pumping mechanism both achieves atomic inversion and squeezes the fluctuations on the lasing transition.

  20. 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.

  1. RICE UNIVERSITY Pulsed Dye Laser For Excitation Of Strontium

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    Killian, Thomas C.

    RICE UNIVERSITY Pulsed Dye Laser For Excitation Of Strontium by Priya Gupta A Thesis Submitted April, 2004 #12;2 #12;#12;iii ABSTRACT Pulsed Dye Laser For Excitation Of Strontium by Priya Gupta that is used to make ultracold strontium plasma. In order to make ultracold plasma, we cool and trap strontium

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Diode pumped alkali vapor fiber laser

    DOEpatents

    Payne, Stephen A. (Castro Valley, CA); Beach, Raymond J. (Livermore, CA); Dawson, Jay W. (Livermore, CA); Krupke, William F. (Pleasanton, CA)

    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.

  5. Diode pumped alkali vapor fiber laser

    DOEpatents

    Payne, Stephen A. (Castro Valley, CA); Beach, Raymond J. (Livermore, CA); Dawson, Jay W. (Livermore, CA); Krupke, William F. (Pleasanton, CA)

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers

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    Fan, Tso Yee; Byer, Robert L.

    1988-01-01

    Recently, interest in diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers has increased due to their advantages over flashlamp-pumped solid-state lasers. A historical overview is presented of semiconductor diode-pumped solid-state lasers beginning with work in the early 1960s and continuing through recent work on wavelength extension of these devices by laser operation on new transitions. Modeling of these devices by rate equations to obtain expressions for threshold, slope efficiency, and figures of merit is also given.

  9. 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.

  10. Exploding conducting film laser pumping apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Ware, Kenneth D. (San Diego, CA); Jones, Claude R. (Los Alamos, NM)

    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.

  11. Scaling studies of blackbody pumped lasers

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    Chang, Jim; Christiansen, Walter H.

    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.

  12. A review of laser-pumped infrared lasers

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    Chen, K. Y.

    1985-01-01

    The lasing mechanisms are reviewed of molecules that have demonstrated laser action in the laboratories with laser emissions in the spectral range from 3 to 35 microns. A list of lasants and laser mechanisms are defined. The pumping sources for these lasers are mainly infrared lasers; however, the case in which excitation of bromine atoms at 2.71 microns by a flashlamp as energy input is also included in the review. A conceptual drawing of lasing mechanisms is shown. Three pumping mechanisms are shown, the first being the direct-pumped system in which the lasant molecule absorbs the infrared radiation from pump laser directly, and it is excited into the upper laser level from the ground state. The second system is the indirect-pumped system where the infrared-pump laser first excites an absorbing molecule which stores its vibrational energy. Through collision this energy is transferred to the lasant molecule, populating the upper laser level. In the third system, i.e., in a Br2-CO2 mixture, a flashlamp replaces the infrared laser as the pump source for the absorbing molecule.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Exploding conducting film laser pumping apparatus

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    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Efficient Optically Pumped Cesium Vapor Laser

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    Zhdanov, B.; Ehrenreich, T.; Knize, R. J.

    2006-05-01

    We have demonstrated a cesium laser with 81% slope efficiency relative to the input pump power. The maximum output power at 894 nm was 0.36 W with a pump power of 0.57 W (the overall optical efficiency was 63%). Optically pumped alkali lasers have a number of desirable features as compared to solid state or fiber lasers: the quantum efficiency is high (95.3% for Cs as compared to 76% for a 1.06 ?m Nd:YAG laser); the gain medium is a gas with excellent optical quality; thermal problems are reduced since the gas gain medium can be flowed to remove heat. We used the three-level pump scheme to create the population inversion on the D1 transition (6P1/2 to 6S1/2) in the Cs atomic vapor. A narrowband pump laser operating at 852 nm pumps the atoms to the 6P3/2 state (D2 line) which is then rapidly quenched to the 6P1/2 state by an ethane buffer gas. This creates a population inversion between the 6P1/2 and 6S1/2 states and lasing at 894 nm. The experimental set-up consisted of a Coherent MBR 110 Ti:Sapphire laser used as a pump source and a 2 cm long Cs vapor cell with AR coated windows positioned in the center of a 16 cm long stable laser cavity. The cell was filled with metallic cesium and 500 Torr of ethane at 20^oC and was placed inside a temperature controlled oven. The laser cavity was longitudinally pumped through the input cavity mirror.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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 ?m/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.

  1. 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.

  2. Spectrophotometric characterization of useful dyes in laser photodynamic therapy

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    Danaila, Leon; Pascu, Mihail-Lucian; Popescu, Alina; Pascu, Mihaela O.; Ion, Rodica-Mariana

    2000-02-01

    This paper present the physico-chemical properties of some synthetic porphyrin dyes obtained at ZECASIN SA. We have measured the absorption, excitation and fluorescence spectra of these dyes in different solvents. From them we have concluded that the most reliable due for our studies concerning the photodynamic therapy with UV lasers is Zn II- tetrakis-sulfonatophenyl porphyrin.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. ARTICLES: Molecular infrared lasers using resonant laser pumping (review)

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    Grasyuk, Arkadii Z.; Letokhov, V. S.; Lobko, V. V.

    1980-11-01

    A review is given of investigations of the properties and characteristics of middle-infrared pulsed molecular gas lasers using resonant laser pumping. The physical basis and general operating principles of these lasers are presented. Attention is focused on lasers emitting in the 600-900 cm-1 range using TEA CO2 lasers as pump sources. The conditions for formation of the population inversion and theoretical and practical laser systems are studied under the following headings. 1. Excitation and inversion in the fundamental band; at this point, mention is made of the potential usefulness of an NH3-N2 laser which combines high efficiency, high pulsed and average powers, and tuning in the 770-890 cm-1 range. 2. Excitation of the combination band (or overtone) with inversion in a "hot" band (using CF4, NOCl, CF3I, C2D2, N2O, and other lasers as examples); detailed descriptions are given of a CF4 laser, its physical principles, practical systems, and basic characteristics. 3. Excitation of the fundamental, combination, or difference band with inversion in the difference band (N2O, CO2, and OCS lasers). 4. Two-photon excitation (NH3, SF6 and CH3F lasers). The prospects for the development of lasers using resonant laser pumping and the applications of these lasers are discussed.

  7. 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.

  8. Observation of mode locking in a synchronously pumped Nd:YAG laser

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    Flood, C.J.; Giuliani, G.; Driel, H.M.v. )

    1990-02-15

    We report on the mode-locking behavior of a 1.06-{mu}m Nd:YAG ring oscillator synchronously pumped by a 76-MHz, 20-psec dye laser at 0.59 {mu}m with an average power of 600 mW. Gain modulation is based on relaxation from the pump band to the upper laser level with time constant (minimum gain modulation time) of 470 psec; stable mode-locked operation is achieved with a gain modulation of only 10{sup {minus}4}. Preliminary results give a minimum pulse width of 140 psec and suggest a novel way of mode locking rare-earth waveguide lasers.

  9. Observation of mode locking in a synchronously pumped Nd:YAG laser.

    PubMed

    Flood, C J; Giuliani, G; van Driel, H M

    1990-02-15

    We report on the mode-locking behavior of a 1.06-microm Nd:YAG ring oscillator synchronously pumped by a 76-MHz, 20-psec dye laser at 0.59 microm with an average power of 600 mW. Gain modulation is based on relaxation from the pump band to the upper laser level with a time constant (minimum gain modulation time) of 470 psec; stable modelocked operation is achieved with a gain modulation of only 10(-4). Preliminary results give a minimum pulse width of 140 psec and suggest a novel way of mode locking rare-earth waveguide lasers. PMID:19759762

  10. Generation of femtosecond UV pulses by intracavity frequency doubling in a modelocked dye laser

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    Laermer, F.; Dobler, J.; Elsaesser, T.

    1988-06-01

    A colliding pulse modelocked (CPM) dye laser is presented, which contains a nonlinear KDP crystal for frequency conversion inside the ring resonator. The laser system emits femtosecond light pulses simultaneously at wavelenghts of 628 nm and 314 nm with a repetition rate of 80 MHz. The output power at 628 nm and 314 nm amounts to 4 mW and 1 mW, respectively. The duration of the red and the uv pulses has a value of approximately 120 fs. The light source is used in femtosecond pump-and-probe investigations. The kinetics of excited state adsorption and ground state bleaching of laser dyes is measured. The temporal resolution of the experiments is better than 40 fs.

  11. 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.

  12. Diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers

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    Byer, Robert L.

    1988-02-01

    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.

  13. LED pumped polymer laser sensor for explosives

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    Wang, Yue; Morawska, Paulina O; Kanibolotsky, Alexander L; Skabara, Peter J; Turnbull, Graham A; Samuel, Ifor D W

    2013-01-01

    A very compact explosive vapor sensor is demonstrated based on a distributed feedback polymer laser pumped by a commercial InGaN light-emitting diode. The laser shows a two-stage turn on of the laser emission, for pulsed drive currents above 15.7 A. The ‘double-threshold’ phenomenon is attributed to the slow rise of the ?30 ns duration LED pump pulses. The laser emits a 533 nm pulsed output beam of ?10 ns duration perpendicular to the polymer film. When exposed to nitroaromatic model explosive vapors at ?8 ppb concentration, the laser shows a 46% change in the surface-emitted output under optimized LED excitation. PMID:25821526

  14. Field evaluation of two new continuous-wave dye laser systems optimized for sodium beacon excitation

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    Jacobsen, Bruce P.; Martinez, Ty; Angel, J. Roger P.; Lloyd-Hart, Michael; Benda, Steve; Middleton, Dave; Friedman, Herbert W.; Erbert, Gaylen V.

    1994-05-01

    Adaptive correction of infrared images formed by large telescopes will be possible with the aid of a single laser guide star projected along the telescope axis. The fundamental limit set by focus anisoplanatism of a sodium beacon allows correction to the diffraction limit in the 1.65 and 2.2 micron bands under typical conditions at a good site. A 1 arcsec `star' of V magnitude approximately equals 9 is then required to reduce photon noise to negligible level. In this paper we report on recent tests of continuous wave dye lasers at wavelength 589 nm, used to create sodium beacons above the Multiple Mirror Telescope. A coherent ring dye laser operating at 2.5 W average power and projected as circularly polarized light yielded a beacon of m(subscript v) equals 9.85, and a Livermore-designed standing wave laser operating at 1.7 W and projected as linearly polarized light yielded m(subscript v) equals 10.4. Beacon sizes close to 1 arcsec were achieved. The 9th magnitude goal should be achieved by using more advanced cw dye lasers with 20% conversion efficiency of a 25 W argon ion pump laser, and from improvements in beam projection efficiency. We describe a refractive beam expander under construction for the 6.5 m conversion of the MMT.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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 (?-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.

  18. New 8-amino-BODIPY derivatives: surpassing laser dyes at blue-edge wavelengths.

    PubMed

    Bañuelos, Jorge; Martín, Virginia; Gómez-Durán, C F Azael; Arroyo Córdoba, Ismael J; Peña-Cabrera, Eduardo; García-Moreno, Inmaculada; Costela, Ángel; Pérez-Ojeda, M Eugenia; Arbeloa, Teresa; López Arbeloa, Iñigo

    2011-06-20

    The development of highly efficient and stable blue-emitting dyes to overcome some of the most important shortcomings of available chromophores is of great technological importance for modern optical, analytical, electronic, and biological applications. Here, we report the design, synthesis and characterization of new tailor-made BODIPY dyes with efficient absorption and emission in the blue spectral region. The major challenge is the effective management of the electron-donor strength of the substitution pattern, in order to modulate the emission of these novel dyes over a wide spectral range (430-500?nm). A direct relationship between the electron-donor character of the substituent and the extension of the spectral hypsochromic shift is seen through the energy increase of the LUMO state. However, when the electron-donor character of the substituent is high enough, an intramolecular charge-transfer process appears to decrease the fluorescence ability of these dyes, especially in polar media. Some of the reported novel BODIPY dyes provide very high fluorescence quantum yields, close to unity, and large Stokes shifts, leading to highly efficient tunable dye lasers in the blue part of the spectrum; this so far remains an unexploited region with BODIPYs. In fact, under demanding transversal pumping conditions, the new dyes lase with unexpectedly high lasing efficiencies of up to 63?%, and also show high photostabilities, outperforming the laser action of other dyes considered as benchmarks in the same spectral region. Considering the easy synthetic protocol and the wide variety of possible substituents, we are confident that this strategy could be successfully extended for the development of efficient blue-edge emitting materials and devices, impelling biophotonic and optoelectronic applications. PMID:21547964

  19. 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.

  20. 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)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. A radiatively pumped CW CO2 laser

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

    1984-01-01

    A proof of principle experiment to demonstrate the physics of a radiatively pumped laser has been carried out. For the first time, a blackbody cavity has optically pumped a CW CO2 laser. Results are presented from a series of experiments using mixtures of CO2, He, and Ar in which maximum output power was obtained with a 20 percent CO2-15 percent He-65 percent Ar mixture. The dependence of the output power on the blackbody temperature and the cooling gas flow rate is also discussed. By appropriately varying these parameters, continuous output powers of 8-10 mW have been achieved.

  4. Solar pumped laser technology options for space power transmission

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    Conway, E. J.

    1986-01-01

    An overview of long-range options for in-space laser power transmission is presented. The focus is on the new technology and research status of solar-pumped lasers and their solar concentration needs. The laser options include gas photodissociation lasers, optically-pumped solid-state lasers, and blackbody-pumped transfer lasers. The paper concludes with a summary of current research thrusts.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Conversion of the luminescence of laser dyes in opal matrices to stimulated emission

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    Alimov, O K; Basiev, T T; Orlovskii, Yu V; Osiko, V V; Samoilovich, M I

    2008-07-31

    The luminescence and laser characteristics of a synthetic opal matrix filled with organic dyes are studied upon excitation by nanosecond laser pulses. The appearance of stimulated emission in a partially ordered scattering medium is investigated. It is shown that if the luminescence spectrum of a dye (oxazine-17) is located far outside the photonic bandgap of the opal matrix, stimulated emission along a preferential direction in the (111) plane is observed when pumping exceeds a threshold even without an external optical cavity. The stimulated emission spectrum is considerably narrower than the luminescence spectrum and consists of several narrow lines located within the dye luminescence band. If the luminescence spectrum of a dye (rhodamine 6G) overlaps with the photonic bandgap of the opal matrix, a different picture is observed. The loss of radiation in the matrix leads to the red shift of the luminescence spectrum, while the stimulated emission as in the case of oxazine-17 lies is observed within the luminescence band. (active media, lasers, and amplifiers)

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Temporal measurement on and using pulses from laser-like emission obtained from styrylpyridinium cyanine dye

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    Dharmadhikari, Aditya; Bhowmik, Achintya; Ahyi, Ayayi; Thakur, Mrinal

    2000-03-01

    We have recently reported observation of spectral narrowing and high-conversion laser-like emission in a solution of styrylpyridinium cynanine dye (SPCD) at a low threshold energy, pumped with the second-harmonic of a picosecond Nd:YAG laser. Fundamental and second-harmonic pulses from a Nd:YAG laser of 80 ps duration at 10 Hz repetition rate were used to pump 0.1 mol/l concentration of SPCD in methanol in two separate pumping arrangements. A highly directional emission was observed in both the pumping arrangements without incorporating any mirrors. The pulse duration of spectrally narrowed emission in both cases was measured by background-free SHG intensity autocorrelation technique. A BBO crystal was used for the autocorrelation measurement. The measured duration of the pulses was 40 ps. These pulses having a spectral linewidth of 10 nm (FWHM) were used as a probe to measure the gain in SPCD solution in a pump-probe set up. The results will be discussed.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Microwave accelerator E-beam pumped laser

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    Brau, Charles A. (Los Alamos, NM); Stein, William E. (Los Alamos, NM); Rockwood, Stephen D. (Los Alamos, NM)

    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.

  16. Ultra-narrow-linewidth combined CW Ti:Sapphire/Dye laser for atom cooling and high-precision spectroscopy

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    Kobtsev, Sergei M.

    Ultra-narrow-linewidth combined CW Ti:Sapphire/Dye laser for atom cooling and high.5 nm Ar laser 457.9 nm 514.5 nm Ar laser 457.9 nm CW Ti:Sapphire Laser Combined CW Ti:Sapphire/Dye Laser Introduction Dye laser and Ti:Sapphire laser are characterized by ability to tune over a wide

  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. 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.

  19. Solar-pumped laser for free space power transmission

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    Lee, Ja H.

    1989-01-01

    Laser power transmission; laser systems; space-borne and available lasers; 2-D and 1 MW laser diode array systems; technical issues; iodine solar pumped laser system; and laser power transmission applications are presented. This presentation is represented by viewgraphs only.

  20. Solar-pumped gas laser development

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    Wilson, J. W.

    1980-01-01

    A survey of gas properties through detailed kinetic models led to the identification of critical gas parameters for use in choosing appropriate gas combinations for solar pumped lasers. Broadband photoabsorption in the visible or near UV range is required to excite large volumes of gas and to insure good solar absorption efficiency. The photoexcitation density is independent of the absorption bandwidth. The state excited must be a metastable state which is not quenched by the parent gas. The emission bandwidth must be less than 10 A to insure lasing threshold over reasonable gain lengths. The system should show a high degree of chemical reversibility and an insensitivity to increasing temperature. Other properties such as good quantum efficiency and kinetic efficiency are also implied. Although photoexcitation of electronic vibrational transitions is considered as a possible system if the emission bands sufficiently narrow, it appears that photodissociation into atomic metastables is more likely to result in a successful solar pumped laser system.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. A comparison of the Cassegrain and other beam expanders in high-power pulsed dye lasers

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    Trebino, R.; Siegman, A. E.; Roller, J. P.

    1982-08-01

    Beiting and Smith (1979) introduced a pulsed dye laser cavity employing an on-axis reflective Cassegrain telescope in place of the refractive telescope beam expander used in the dye laser oscillator reported by Haensch (1972). The new design has the potential to overcome several drawbacks of the Haensch design. The characteristics of the Cassegrain dye laser are discussed, and a report is presented of some problems encountered in an attempt to achieve efficient high-power operation. Attention is given to amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) and alignment effects, and to a comparison of the Cassegrain dye laser with other commonly used pulsed dye laser designs. It is found that the Cassegrain dye laser has some advantages over the Haensch design. These advantages are mainly related to the larger possible magnification and, hence, better linewidth. But the Cassegrain dye laser retains also several drawbacks inherent in the Haensch model, including alignment difficulty, high cost, and ASE.

  4. 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.

  5. Laser-diode pumped self-Q-switched microchip lasers

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    Dong, Jun; Ueda, Ken-Ichi; Yagi, Hideki; Kaminskii, Alexander A.

    2008-03-01

    Optical properties of Cr,Yb:YAG, Cr,Nd:YAG crystals, and composite Yb:YAG/Cr:YAG ceramics self-Q-switched solid-state laser materials are presented. The merits of these self-Q-switched laser materials are given and the potentials of such lasers can be chosen by the applications. Cr,Yb:YAG and composite Yb:YAG/Cr:YAG ceramics self-Q-switched laser are conducted. Although several tens of kW peak power can be obtained with a monolithic microchip Cr,Yb:YAG laser, the experimental results show that the performance of this laser is limited by the absorption of Cr4+ ions at a pump wavelength of 940 nm and strong fluorescence quenching at high Cr concentration. Composite Yb:YAG/Cr:YAG ceramics are more suitable to realize high pulse energy and peak power (up to MW level) with optimized lasing and Q-switching parts. In addition, the instabilities induced by the multi-longitudinal mode competition in Cr,Nd:YAG and Cr,Yb:YAG microchip lasers are addressed. The different gain bandwidths of Yb:YAG and Nd:YAG play an important role in the instability of the output laser pulse trains. Stable laser pulses from the Cr,Yb:YAG microchip laser were obtained due to the antiphase dynamics. For the Cr,Nd:YAG microchip laser, the instability caused by the multi-longitudinal mode competition is an intrinsic property. Different transverse patterns were observed in Cr,Nd:YAG microchip lasers when a pump beam with larger diameter was used. Saturated inversion population distribution inside the gain medium plays an important role in the transverse pattern formation. Different transverse patterns were reconstructed by combining different sets of the Hermite-Gaussian modes.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

    DOEpatents

    English, Jr., Ronald E. (Tracy, CA); Johnson, Steve A. (Tracy, CA)

    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. 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.

  10. Dye-enhanced diode laser photocoagulation of choroidal neovascularizations

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    Klingbeil, Ulrich; Puliafito, Carmen A.; McCarthy, Dan; Reichel, Elias; Olk, Joseph; Lesiecki, Michael L.

    1994-06-01

    Dye-enhanced diode laser photocoagulation, using the dye indocyanine green (ICG), has shown some potential in the treatment of choroidal neovascularizations (CNV). A diode laser system was developed and optimized to emit at the absorption maximum of ICG. In a clinical study at two retinal centers, more than 70 patients, the majority of which had age-related macular degeneration, were treated. Eighteen cases with ill-defined subfoveal CNV were followed an average of 11 months after laser treatment. The results show success in resolving the CNV with an average long-term preservation of visual function equal to or superior to data provided by the Macular Photocoagulation Study for confluent burns of low intensity applied to the CNV. Details of the technique and discussion of the controversies inherent in such a treatment strategy will be presented.

  11. A new coumarin laser dye 3-(benzothiazol-2-yl)-7-hydroxycoumarin

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    Azim, S. A.; Al-Hazmy, S. M.; Ebeid, E. M.; El-Daly, S. A.

    2005-04-01

    The electronic absorption, and emission spectra as well as fluorescence quantum yield of 3-(benzothiazol-2-yl)-7-hydroxycoumarin (BTHC) were measured in different solvents and are affected by solvent polarity (? f). The deprotonation of BTHC by triethylamine is a reversible process. BTHC is relatively photostable, the quantum yield of photodecomposition ( ?c) was found to be 2×10 -4 and 2.7×10 -4 in EtOH and DMF, respectively. The fluorescence lifetimes of BTHC were measured in the absence and in the presence of molecular oxygen and were found to be 2.82 and 2.78 ns, respectively. BTHC acts as good laser dye upon pumping with nitrogen laser (? ex=337.1 nm) in ethanol and gives laser emission with maxima at 508 and 522 nm.

  12. 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.

  13. Spectral behavior of partially pumped weakly scattering random lasers

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    Cao, Hui

    , "Generation of spatially incoherent short pulses in laser-pumped neodymium stoichiometric crystals and powdersSpectral behavior of partially pumped weakly scattering random lasers Jonathan Andreasen1,2 and Hui simulation of weakly scattering random lasers, which qualitatively captures lasing phenomena that have been

  14. The pulsed dye laser and atherosclerotic vascular disease.

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    Murray, A; Crocker, P R; Wood, R F

    1988-04-01

    The use of a pulsed dye laser to ablate atheromatous tissue obtained from post-mortem human aortic specimens is reported. Laser energy was delivered with a 600 micron quartz fibre, at a wavelength of 504 nm and a pulse length of 1 microseconds. Pulse energy was varied from 30-140 mJ, producing peak pulse powers of the order of 100 kW. With these parameters the laser ablated fatty, fibrous and calcified plaques. At this wavelength atheroma is vaporized but there is minimal damage to normal vessel wall, due to preferential absorption of the laser light. Light microscopy shows that by microsecond pulsing, thermal damage to surrounding tissues associated with continuous wave lasers is avoided. Transmission electron micrographs reveal a sharp demarcation between a laser crater and the adjacent vessel wall with little ultrastructural disruption. Scanning electron micrographs show the crater walls to be smooth. The pulsed dye laser may therefore be effective in the treatment of occlusive peripheral vascular disease without undue risk of vessel perforation. PMID:3359148

  15. 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.

  16. Vol. 6,No. 2/February 1989/J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 257 Tunable subpicosecond dye laser amplified at 1kHz by a

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    Fayer, Michael D.

    Vol. 6,No. 2/February 1989/J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 257 Tunable subpicosecond dye laser amplified at 1k-locked cw Nd:YAG laser. The pulses are amplified at a repetition rate of 1 kHz, using the frequency-doubled outputof a cavity-dumped, acousto-optically mode-locked, Q- switched, cw pumped Nd:YAG laser. Amplified

  17. Solar-pumped gas laser development

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    Wilson, J. W.

    1981-01-01

    The direct conversion of solar radiation into an inverted population for extraction in an optical cavity holds promise as a relatively simple system design. Broad-band photoabsorption in the visible or near-UV range is required to excite large volumes of gas and to ensure good solar absorption efficiency. The state excited must be a metastable state which is not quenched by the parent gas. The emission bandwidth must be less than approximately 10 A. The system should show chemical reversibility and an insensitivity to increasing temperature. Other properties such as good quantum efficiency and kinetic efficiency are also implied. A search of electronic-vibrational transitions in diatomic molecules satisfying these conditions is now in progress. A photodissociation-pumped atomic iodine laser is now being tested under solar pumping conditions. Photodissociation studies for thallium spin-flip metastable formation will begin in the near future.

  18. 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.

  19. Femtosecond laser direct writing of single mode polymer micro ring laser with high stability and low pumping threshold.

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    Parsanasab, Gholam-Mohammad; Moshkani, Mojtaba; Gharavi, Alireza

    2015-04-01

    We have demonstrated an optically pumped polymer microring laser fabricated by two photon polymerization (TPP) of SU-8. The gain medium is an organic dye (Rhodamine B) doped in SU-8, and the laser cavity is a double coupled microring structure. Single mode lasing was obtained from the two coupled rings each with 30 µm and 29 µm radii using Vernier effect. Low laser threshold of 0.4 µJ/mm(2) is achieved using 1 µm wide polymer waveguides and the quality factor is greater than 10(4) at 612.4 nm wavelength. The lasing remained stable with pump energies from threshold to energies as high as 125 times the threshold. PMID:25968669

  20. 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.

  1. DOE reactor-pumped laser program

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    O'Neil, Richard W. (Pleasanton, CA); Davin, James M. (Livermore, CA)

    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.

  4. Nonlinear Pump Depletion and Electron Dephasing in Laser Wakefield Accelerators

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    Esarey, E.; Schroeder, C.B.; Leemans, W.P.; Shadwick, B.A.

    2004-12-07

    The nonlinear evolution of sub-ps laser pulses in underdense plasmas is analyzed for arbitrary laser intensity. Expressions for the nonlinear pump depletion, pulse steepening, and frequency shift of the laser pulse are derived. Numerical calculations based on fluid models that show the interplay between electron dephasing and pump depletion are presented. Implications for an optimized design of a 1 GeV laser-plasma-based accelerator stage are discussed.

  5. Quantum theory of a squeezed-pump laser

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    Marte, M.A.M.; Walls, D.F.

    1988-02-15

    We analyze a model of a laser pumped by an incoherent source in a squeezed vacuum state. The squeezed pump introduces an anisotropy of phase in the laser output. Above threshold two stable solutions are found, with phases corresponding to the directions along which the noise of the bath is quenched. These solutions are illustrated by the potential function of the laser field. An analysis of fluctuations shows that the laser field has reduced phase fluctuations but not below the quantum limit.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Investigating pulsed dye laser-blood vessel interaction with color Doppler optical coherence

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    Barton, Jennifer K.

    Investigating pulsed dye laser-blood vessel interaction with color Doppler optical coherence system used a 1280 nm center wavelength superluminescent diode. A 585 nm, 360 µs pulsed dye laser. Welch, K. R. Diller, "Microscopic instrumentation and analysis of laser-tissue interaction in a skin

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    2011-09-22

    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. Microvasculature can be selectively damaged using dye lasers: a basic theory and experimental evidence in human skin.

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    Anderson, R R; Parrish, J A

    1981-01-01

    Basic theoretical considerations of the optical and thermal transfer processes that govern the thermal damage induced in tissue by lasers are discussed. An approximate, predictive model and data are proposed for the purpose of selecting a laser that maximizes damage to cutaneous blood vessels and minimizes damage to the surrounding connective tissue and the overlying epidermis. The variables of wavelength, exposure duration, and incident energy density are modeled, and a flashlamp-pumped dye laser operating at or near the 577 nm absorption band of HbO2, with a pulse width (0.3 microsecond) less than the estimated, approximately 1 millisecond, thermal relaxation times for microvessels is chosen for experimental exposures of normal Caucasian skin. Highly specific laser-induced damage to blood vessels is demonstrated both clinically and histologically. This is in striking contrast to the previously reported widespread, diffuse necrosis caused by other lasers. The incident energy and preliminary observations of wavelength and temperature dependence for vascular damage thresholds are consistent with theoretical predictions. Whereas typically 20 joules/cm2 of argon laser irradiation (514 and 488 nm, approximately 100 msec) is required to induce widespread thermal damage, the pulsed dye laser requires only about 2 joules/cm2 to induce highly specific vascular damage. The potential usefulness of dye laser-induced selective vascular damage as a treatment modality for portwine stain hemangiomas and other vascular lesions is discussed. In addition to possible treatment applications, the dye laser or other sources meeting the requirements for producing such damage may also offer a useful experimental tool for inducing predictable damage to microvasculature. Histopathologic and clinical studies related to these possibilities are in progress. PMID:7341895

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Solar-pumped lasers for space power transmission

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    Taussig, R.; Bruzzone, C.; Nelson, L.; Quimby, D.; Christiansen, W.

    1979-01-01

    Multi-Megawatt CW solar-pumped lasers appear to be technologically feasible for space power transmission in the 1990s time frame. A new concept for a solar-pumped laser is presented which utilizes an intermediate black body cavity to provide a uniform optical pumping environment for the lasant, either CO or CO2. Reradiation losses are minimized with resulting high efficiency operation. A 1 MW output laser may weigh as little as 8000 kg including solar collector, black body cavity, laser cavity and ducts, pumps, power systems and waste heat radiator. The efficiency of such a system will be on the order of 10 to 20%. Details of the new concept, laser design, comparison to competing solar-powered lasers and applications to a laser solar power satellite (SPS) concept are presented.

  15. 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)

  16. Biological research by optically pumped far infrared lasers

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    Zhengyu, Mi

    1989-05-01

    The FIR breeding for paddy rice, black bean and wheat, the chlorophyll mutation of paddy rice induced by optically pumped FIR laser, etc., are presented. The results of SDS electrophoresis analysis of soluble proteins of Drosophita melanrgaster irradiated by optically pumped FIR laser are described and discussed.

  17. Vanadium-pumped titanium x-ray laser

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    Nilsen, Joseph (Livermore, CA)

    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).

  18. 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.

  19. 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 ?m 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. High-spectral brightness pump sources for diode-pumped solid state lasers

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    Hu, Wentao; Patel, Falgun D.; Osowski, Mark L.; Lammert, Robert M.; Oh, Se W.; Panja, Chameli; Elarde, Victor C.; Vaissié, Laurent; Ungar, Jeffrey E.

    2009-02-01

    The development of on-chip grating stabilized semiconductor lasers for diode pumped solid state lasers is discussed. The diode lasers, specifically at wavelengths of 808nm, 976nm, and 1532nm are stabilized via internal gratings to yield a typical center wavelength tolerance of +/- 1nm, FWHM of < 1-2nm, and a temperature tuning coefficient of < 0.09 nm/°C. We also report on the CW and QCW operation of conduction cooled bars, stacks, and fiber coupled modules. Simulations show that on-chip stabilized pump sources yield performance improvements over standard pumping schemes. A comparison in laser performance is shown for typical DPSS configuration.

  3. 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 ? barium borate (?-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.

  4. Preparation of certain m-aminophenols and the use thereof for preparation of laser dyes

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    Hammond, Peter R. (Livermore, CA)

    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.

  5. Preparation of certain m-aminophenols and the use thereof for preparation of laser dyes

    DOEpatents

    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.

  6. 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)

  7. Theoretical studies of solar-pumped lasers

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    Harries, W. L.

    1981-01-01

    Estimates of the absorption and emission characteristics of molecules required to develop materials for solar-pumped lasers are addressed. These characteristics are described in terms of the Franck Condon factors, which are calculated from the molecular wave functions. Wave functions for vibrational levels in the lower and upper electronic states of I2 and NSe are calculated numerically and methods of checking errors discussed. Errors arise when the vibrational quantum numbers are high; but, using a calculated rather than measured value of the dissociation energy, wave functions up to the fiftieth vibrational level are obtained. A numerical method of evaluating the wave functions is given, which should be more accurate in the region of electronic transitions during absorption. Franck Condon factors, plotted versus the wavelength of the absorbed photons, are shown, and a check on the Franck Condon factors is made using the vibrational sum rule.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Propagation of a 575-nm dye laser beam through nitrogen

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    Gohain Barua, A.; Borah, A. K.; Jois, S. S.

    2006-08-01

    The quasi-random model of molecular band absorption is used to study the interaction of a dye laser beam, tuned to 575 nm, with the absorption lines of nitrogen. Values of transmittance, averaged over intervals of 0.2 cm-1, are obtained for absorber thickness 0.2 and 10 atmosphere centimeters in the frequency interval 17,386 17,397 cm-1. From these values, intensities of the absorption lines in the first positive system of N2 are simulated.

  14. Tunable narrow linewidth laser output from PM567 doped nematic liquid crystal under holographic pumping

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    Chen, D. Y.; Fan, Y. K.; Fan, R. W.; Xia, Y. Q.

    2011-12-01

    LC cell injected the mixture of dye pyrromethene 567 (PM567) and nematic liquid crystal (NLC) by capillary action was prepared. Holographic pumping with a Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, 1 Hz, 10 ns) to form gain distributed feedback in the cell, tunable laser output from the cell was investigated. Through changing the intersection angles of the two coherent light beams from 46° to 50°, the tuning range we obtained is about 37 nm (550-587 nm). Additionally, the FWHM of the laser under such experimental setup was less than 0.1 nm even without the resonant cavity, and the threshold of the laser was about 26 ?J, which was very low as we known.

  15. [Peculiarity of pulsed dye laser lithotriptor and its clinical application].

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    Matsumoto, T; Miki, M; Mamiya, Y; Hirata, T; Shimizu, H; Tochimoto, M; Ito, T; Aika, T

    1989-09-01

    Ultrasound lithotriptors (USL) and electrohydraulic lithotriptors (EHL) are representative lithotriptors for endoscopic elimination of upper urinary tract stones. However, they have some disadvantages. For example, USL can not be used with flexible scopes and EHL can cause unexpected tissue injury. To overcome these problems, the pulsed dye laser lithotriptor (MDL-1, Candera Co.) was developed. The characteristics of this laser lithotriptor and its direct effects on tissue was investigated. This pulsed dye laser lithotriptor generates a 504 nm wavelength green light beam by using a combination of a xenon flash lamp and the greenish dye composed of coumarin solution. The maximum output energy is 60 mJ/pulse and the pulse duration is 1.5 microsecond. The pulse rate can be varied from 1 to 20 Hz. First, the intensity of the shock wave was measured by using a combination of a piezoelectric element and an oscilloscope, and then, the results were compaired with those obtained by a similar experiment with an EHL. The average intensity of the shock wave was 54.4 mW under the conditions of 40 mJ/pulse of output energy and 10 Hz of pulse duration. On the other hand, the EHL generated an average of 54.7 W under the conditions of 400 mJ/pulse output energy. Then, fragmentation of various kinds of urinary stones in saline solution was performed. The results showed that this lithotriptor could fragment almost all kinds of stones except cystine stones. Then, hen's eggs were used to observe the effect if laser bean influenced on the organism immediately behind the photoradiated object. Only the egg shell was demolished but the egg membrane below the eggshell did not undergo any change. After these experiments, skin, liver, kidney and urinary bladder of nude mice and human prostatic urethral mucosa in case of TUR-P were irradiated by this laser. The results showed that laser energy caused slight penetration and localized hemorrhage from the surface of epithelium to subcutaneous tissue. It was confirmed that these effects were generated when the tip of the quartz fiber was in direct contact with the object.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:2574247

  16. DPSS Laser Beam Quality Optimization Through Pump Current Tuning

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    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. Enhancing the laser power by stacking multiple dye-doped chiral polymer films

    E-print Network

    Wu, Shin-Tson

    efficiency by stacking multiple dye-doped chiral polymer films. No laser emission was observed from a singleEnhancing the laser power by stacking multiple dye-doped chiral polymer films Yuhua Huang, Tsung and the distributed feedback in the chiral polymer films. ©2006 Optical Society of America OCIS codes: (230

  18. Direction controllable linearly polarized laser from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal

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    Wu, Shin-Tson

    Direction controllable linearly polarized laser from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal Ying demonstrate a direction controllable linearly polarized laser from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC codes: (230.3720) Liquid crystal devices; (160, 3710) Materials References and links 1. V. I. Kopp, Z. Q

  19. Direction controllable linearly polarized laser from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal

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    Wu, Shin-Tson

    Direction controllable linearly polarized laser from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal Ying demonstrate a direction controllable linearly polarized laser from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC codes: (230.3720) Liquid-crystal devices, (160, 3710) Materials References and links 1. V. I. Kopp, Z. Q

  20. Model of a pulsed liquid solar-pumped spaceborne laser

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    Seregin, A A; Seregina, E A

    2004-02-28

    A model of a pulsed liquid solar-pumped laser is constructed. A neodymium-containing phosphorus oxychloride (POCl{sub 3}-SnCl{sub 4}-Nd{sup 3+}) liquid is proposed as an active medium. The lasing parameters of this medium are calculated for a spaceborne laser as functions of its size and the coefficient of solar energy concentration. (lasers)

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

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    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.

  2. Ti:sapphire laser cavity mode and pump-laser mode calculations.

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    Kane, D M

    1994-06-20

    Comprehensive calculations of the cavity mode size throughout a Ti:sapphire laser, made with the ABCD Gaussian beam formalism are reported. These calculations show that the beam is not collimated, in general, in what are normally referred to as the collimated arms of the laser cavity. Additionally, the mode size and volume (in the gain medium) of the argon-ion laser, which is used to pump the Ti:sapphire laser optically, are evaluated for different focusing geometries, and graphs that can be used to select suitable mode-matching optics are produced. It is concluded that an appropriate strategy for mode matching the pump beam to the Ti:sapphire laser mode is to use a zoom telescope to tailor the collimated pump-laser beam diameter to an optimum value. Finally, comparisons of the pump-laser mode and the Ti:sapphire laser mode are presented for selected pumping geometries. PMID:20935725

  3. New stable tunable solid-state dye laser in the red

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    Gvishi, Raz; Reisfeld, Renata; Burshtein, Zeev; Miron, Eli

    1993-08-01

    A red perylene derivative was impregnated into a composite silica-gel glass, and characterized as a dye laser material. The absorption spectrum in the range 480 - 600 nm belongs to the S0 - S1 electronic transition, with a structure reflecting the perylene skeletal vibrations, of typical energy 1100 - 1200 cm-1. An additional peak between 400 and 460 nm belongs to the S0 - S2 transition. The fluorescence exhibits a mirror image relative to the S0 - S1 absorption, with a Stokes shift of about 40 nm for the 0 - 0 transition. Laser tunability was obtained in the range 605 - 630 nm using a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser for pumping ((lambda) equals 532 nm). This wavelength range is important for medical applications, such as photodynamic therapy of some cancer tumors. Maximum laser efficiency of approximately 2.5% was obtained at 617 nm. Maximum output was approximately 0.36 mJ/pulse at a repetition rate of 10 Hz. Minimum laser threshold obtained was 0.45 mJ/pulse. The medium losses are attributed to an excited-state singlet-singlet absorption, with an upper limit cross-section of approximately 2.5 X 10-16 cm2. The laser output was stable over more than approximately 500,000 pulses, under excitation with the green line of a copper vapor laser (510 nm), of energy density approximately 40 mJ/cm2 per pulse. Good prospects exist for a considerable enhancement in laser output efficiency.

  4. Ultra-narrow-linewidth combined CW Ti:Sapphire/Dye laser for atom cooling and high-precision spectroscopy

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    Kobtsev, Sergei M.

    Ultra-narrow-linewidth combined CW Ti:Sapphire/Dye laser for atom cooling and high 37, k. 141, Novosibirsk, 630058, Russia ABSTRACT Presented is a new combined CW Ti:Sapphire/Dye laser-term output line width does not exceed 10 kHz for the Ti:Sapphire laser and amounts to 50 kHz for the Dye

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

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    Schuhmann, K; Kirch, K; Knecht, A; Kottmann, F; Nez, F; Pohl, R; Taqqu, D; Antognini, A

    2015-01-01

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Diode pumped cascade Er:Y2O3 laser

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    Sanamyan, T.

    2015-12-01

    A cascade, diode-pumped, continuous wave (CW), dual-wavelength operation in a 0.5% Er3+:Y2O3 cryogenic ceramic laser is demonstrated for the first time. The laser operates on cascaded Er (4I11/2?????4I13/2?????4I15/2) transitions and can deliver 24 and 13?W at 1.6 and 2.7 ?m, respectively. The overall efficiency with respect to the absorbed ~980?nm power was 62%. This is, to our best knowledge, the first demonstration of an efficient, high power, cascade, erbium laser achieved in bulk solid-state lasers. The analysis of the output power, the laser’s wavelengths and slope efficiency for each individual laser transition are presented for pure CW operation mode. Also presented are the temporal behaviors of each laser line as a function of pump pulse duration in the quasi-CW regime.

  9. Polarization properties of laser-diode-pumped micro-grained Nd:YAG ceramic lasers

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    Otsuka, Kenju

    2008-01-01

    Detailed polarization properties have been examined in laser-diode-pumped (LD-pumped) micro-grained ceramic Nd:YAG lasers in different microchip cavity configurations. Stable linearly-polarized single-frequency oscillations, whose polarization direction coincides with that of an LD pump light, were observed in an external cavity scheme. While, in the case of a thin-slice laser scheme with coated reflective ends, elliptically-polarized single-frequency operations took place in the low pump-power regime and dynamic instabilities appeared, featuring self-induced antiphase modulations among counter-rotating circularly-polarized components belonging to the same longitudinal mode, with increasing the pump power

  10. AlGaAs diode pumped tunable chromium lasers

    DOEpatents

    Krupke, William F. (Pleasanton, CA); Payne, Stephen A. (Castro Valley, CA)

    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.

  11. 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 HG01 intensity profile. PMID:26698497

  12. Small signal gain measurement of liquid oxygen under different wavelength laser pump

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    Shi, Zhe; Li, Hui; Zhou, Canhua; Liu, Jinbo; Cai, Xianglong; Hu, Shu; Gai, Baodong; Zhou, Dongjian; Liu, Dong; Guo, Jingwei; Jin, Yuqi

    2015-02-01

    Oxygen molecules existed in pairs under liquid condition, the radiation from vibrational ground state of 1 ? state to the first vibrational excited state of 3 ? state was electronic dipole moment transition allowed, and a photon with wavelength of 1580 nm was emitted. In our experiment, dye laser with wavelength of 581 nm, 634 nm, 764 nm was used to excite liquid oxygen to different excited states, while a tunable OPO was used as the seeder laser, and the small signal gain was measured to be 0.23 cm-1, 0.3 cm-1 and 0.076 cm-1 respectively. The small signal gain (pump by photon of 634 nm) was significantly higher than that of common solid state lasers and chemical lasers. When the fundamental output of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser was used as the pump source, the corresponding small signal gain was 0.12 cm-1. The profiles of small signal gain form 1579.2 nm to 1580.8 nm were also presented. These results were consistent with theoretical calculation. The high positive gain indicated that the liquid oxygen was a potential medium for high energy laser. A comprehensive parameter optimization was still necessary in order to improve the mall signal gain.

  13. 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.

  14. Ultralow detection limits for an organic dye determined by fluorescence spectroscopy with laser diode excitation

    SciTech Connect

    Johnson, P.A.; Barber, T.E.; Smith, B.W.; Winefordner, J.D. )

    1989-04-15

    Fluorescence of IR-140, a laser dye in methanol solution, is excited by a semiconductor laser diode. Analytical figures of merit are compared for three different instrumental configurations, with the dye measured in a cuvette, a liquid jet, and a compact instrument. The best limit of detection, 46,000 molecules, was achieved with a liquid jet. Linear dynamic range was 6 orders of magnitude. The laser diode operates in the near-infrared region, resulting in low background fluorescence.

  15. Novel laterally pumped by prism laser configuration for compact solid-state lasers

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    Dascalu, T.; Salamu, G.; Sandu, O.; Voicu, F.; Pavel, N.

    2013-05-01

    We propose a new laser configuration in which the pump radiation is coupled into the laser crystal through a prism. The laser medium is square shaped and the prism is attached on one of its lateral sides, near one of the crystal extremities. The diode-laser fiber end is placed close to the prism hypotenuse, the pump radiation is coupled into the laser crystal through the opposite surface of the prism and propagates into the crystal through total internal reflections. This laser geometry is simple to align and permits the realization of compact diode-pumped laser systems, as well as power scaling. A diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser yielding pulses of 2.1 mJ energy under a pump with pulses of 9.9 mJ is demonstrated. The laser slope efficiency is 0.22. Furthermore, this geometry enables one to obtain passively Q-switched lasers with the saturable absorber crystal placed between the resonator high-reflectivity mirror and the laser crystal. A Nd:YAG laser, passively Q-switched by a Cr4+:YAG crystal with initial transmission T0 = 0.90, delivering laser output with a pulsed energy of 93 ?J, a duration of 26 ns and a pump threshold of 1.9 mJ, is realized in order to prove the concept.

  16. Feasibility of supersonic diode pumped alkali lasers: Model calculations

    SciTech Connect

    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. Application of reactor-pumped lasers to power beaming

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  18. A modular, reconfigurable-cavity, pulsed dye laser for the advanced undergraduate laboratory

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    Sohl, John E.; Payton, Stephen G.

    1997-07-01

    The modular pulsed dye laser described is extremely easy to build, is quickly reconfigurable into different laser cavity designs, and is usable for experiments in spectroscopy. The laser can be constructed with readily available optical components and simple hand tools. This laser is designed primarily to illustrate the performance differences of three different dye laser cavity designs: the Littrow grating (Hänsch) cavity, and both the single- and double-grating grazing incidence cavities. In the double-grating configuration, the laser's linewidth of 0.007 nm is on the order of ten times narrower than many commercially available pulsed dye lasers. Thus the laser also has excellent performance as a spectroscopic tool. Construction, typical performance, and application details are described.

  19. 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.

  20. A linewidth-narrowed and frequency-stabilized dye laser for application in laser cooling of molecules.

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    Dai, D P; Xia, Y; Yin, Y N; Yang, X X; Fang, Y F; Li, X J; Yin, J P

    2014-11-17

    We demonstrate a robust and versatile solution for locking the continuous-wave dye laser for applications in laser cooling of molecules which need linewidth-narrowed and frequency-stabilized lasers. The dye laser is first stabilized with respect to a reference cavity by Pound-Drever-Hall (PDH) technique which results in a single frequency with the linewidth 200 kHz and short-term stabilization, by stabilizing the length of the reference cavity to a stabilized helium-neon laser we simultaneously transfer the ± 2 MHz absolute frequency stability of the helium-neon laser to the dye laser with long-term stabilization. This allows the dye laser to be frequency chirped with the maximum 60 GHz scan range while its frequency remains locked. It also offers the advantages of locking at arbitrary dye laser frequencies, having a larger locking capture range and frequency scanning range to be implemented via software. This laser has been developed for the purpose of laser cooling a molecular magnesium fluoride beam. PMID:25402105

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Ultrafast nonlinear optical properties of dye-doped PMMA discs irradiated by 40 fs laser pulses

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    Xia, Yuanqin; Jiang, Yugang; Fan, Rongwei; Dong, Zhiwei; Zhao, Weijiang; Chen, Deying; Umesh, G.

    2009-09-01

    The two-photon absorption (TPA) characteristics of PMMA discs doped with three different dyes were studied using an fs-pulsed Ti-Sapphire laser as the pump source, and employing the open-aperture Z-scan technique. TPA cross-sections obtained for PMMA doped with the dyes PM597, DCM and rhodamine 6G-rhodamine B (co-doped) were found to be equal to 24.7, 33.3 and 32.3 GM, respectively (1 GM=10 -50 cm 4 s phot -1 mol -1). Furthermore, two-photon fluorescence was measured for the samples containing DCM and rhodamine 6G-rhodamine B (co-doped). Compared to the one-photon fluorescence spectrum, the peaks in the two-photon fluorescence spectrum were red shifted and the extent of red shift increased with increasing doping concentration. We have also observed that the red shift in the two-photon fluorescence peak of the samples in the solid form is much larger than that in the solution state. This phenomenon could be explained by a twisted intra-molecular charge transfer model.

  4. Polarization measurement of Cs using the pump laser beam

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    Fang, Jiancheng; Duan, Lihong; Fan, Wenfeng; Jiang, Liwei

    2015-01-01

    In the optical pumping systems based on the pump-probe arrangement, the spin polarization of the atoms is generally monitored utilizing the probe laser beam, in which way an extra perturbation must be introduced and thus affects the normal operation of the sensors. By investigating the absorption rate of the circularly polarized pump laser, here we demonstrate the feasibility of extracting the electron-spin polarization from the transmitted pump laser intensity. We experimentally validate the method in a spin-exchange relaxation free (SERF) magnetometer and the results are in excellent agreement with the theory. The scheme operates in a silent mode and features a real-time observation. We also study the corresponding magnetic field response of the SERF magnetometer and a term arising from the diffusion effects has been added to the original model to explain the discrepancy of the response.

  5. 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.

  6. Quantum statistics of a squeezed-pump laser

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    Marte, M.A.; Ritsch, H.; Walls, D.F.

    1988-08-29

    A laser with squeezed-pump fluctuations is found to oscillate with one of two macroscopically distinct phases. The phase diffusion rate is reduced below that of the usual laser and the output light may have amplitude fluctuations reduced below the vacuum level.

  7. 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.

  8. An optically pumped carbon monoxide laser operating at elevated temperatures

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    Ivanov, E.; Frederickson, K.; Leonov, S.; Lempert, W. R.; Adamovich, I. V.; Rich, J. W.

    2013-09-01

    A flowing gas, optically pumped, CO laser has been designed and built. The laser has been made to operate on the fundamental (?5 ?m) infrared bands of the CO vibrational states. The laser is powered by absorption of continuous wave radiation from an electric-discharge-excited CO laser. With this system, the kinetics of the establishment and maintenance of strong population inversions in CO at temperatures above 300 K is studied, independently of the complications of the electron impact processes and of other chemical channels which are present in electric discharge CO lasers. Lasing is obtained at temperatures up to 450 K, well above the cryogenic operating temperatures of conventional electric discharge CO lasers. The vibrational population distribution in the optically pumped laser is measured and the laser output power is determined as a function of the system operating parameters. Laser power conversion factors up to 14% have been observed. An optically pumped CO laser kinetic model is used to analyze the experimental results, providing insight into the details of secondary lasing kinetics.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 40:644650 (2008) Vascular Effects of Photodynamic and Pulsed Dye Laser

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    Choi, Bernard

    2008-01-01

    mm spot); and (5) PDT (25 or 75 J/cm2 )þPDL (7 J/cm2 ). Laser speckle imaging was used to monitor. Key words: benzoporphyrin derivative; laser speckle imaging; photodynamic therapy; port wine stainsLasers in Surgery and Medicine 40:644­650 (2008) Vascular Effects of Photodynamic and Pulsed Dye

  15. 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-?m wavelength region, opening up a new way to scale the output power of the 2-?m 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-?m Tm(3+)-doped fiber lasers, and the highest output power for all-fiber tandem-pumped 2-?m fiber oscillators. This system fulfills the complete structure of the proposed cascaded tandem pumping technique in the 2-?m 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

  16. Ho:YAP laser intra-cavity pumped by a diode-pumped Tm:YLF laser

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    Zhu, G. L.; He, X. D.; Yao, B. Q.; Wang, Y. Z.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we report a compact Ho:YAP laser which is intra-cavity pumped by a diode-pumped Tm:YLF laser. The Ho:YAP crystal is c-cut with a Ho-doped concentration of 0.3%. At rod mount temperatures of 15?°C, we obtained 8 W of average output at two wavelengths of 2102 and 2129 nm from the Ho:YAP laser for 135.4 W of diode power incident upon two Tm:YLF rods, with a slope efficiency of 10.9% and a beam quality factor of M2 ˜ 2.2.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Developing a narrow-line laser spectrometer based on a tunable continuous-wave dye laser

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    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.

  1. 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.

  2. BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS: Optically pumped ultraviolet BR2 laser

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    Kamrukov, A. S.; Kozlov, N. P.; Protasov, Yu S.; Ushmarov, E. Yu

    1989-12-01

    A report is given of lasing achieved for the first time in optically pumped molecular bromine (D' 3?2g?A' 3?2u, ?L approx 292 nm). It was pumped by thermal vacuum ultraviolet radiation emitted by plasmadynamic discharges of magnetoplasma compressors, formed directly in the laser active medium. An output energy of ~ 1.1 J was obtained per laser pulse of ~ 5-?s duration from a Br2:Ar approx 1:450 active mixture at a pressure of ~ 4 atm. A comparison was made of the experimental output parameters of optically pumped Br2, I2, and XeF (B-X) lasers when their geometries and excitation energies were identical.

  3. 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)

  4. Pump-Probe Spectroscopy of Laser-Cooled Atoms

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    Yu, I. A.

    2000-06-01

    We have studied pump-probe spectroscopy of cold ^87Rb atoms. The cold atoms are produced with a magneto-optical trap (MOT). Pump-probe spectra are measured without the presence of the MOT or any kind of optical molasses. In the measurement, the pump laser is fixed to a frequency around the resonance of the 5S_1/2,F=2 to 5P_3/2,F=3 transition and the probe laser frequency is scanned across the pump laser frequency. We have adjusted the pump frequency to red detunings, blue detunings, and the resonance for the study. Different polarization configurations of the probe and pump fields result in very different spectra of the probe absorption. The observed spectra exhibit a dispersion-like profile, a Lorentzian profile, a dispersion-like and a Lorentzian profiles, or two concentric dispersion-like profiles. The widths of all the spectral profiles are narrower than the natural linewidth of the excited states. Our work identifies the mechanisms behind these different spectral profiles. The mechanisms can be recoil-induced resonances, stimulated Raman transitions, Zeeman-coherence-induced resonances, and/or two-wave mixing. This work is supported by the National Science Council under the grant of NSC 89-2112-M-007-048.

  5. Efficient Oscillator for 192-?m Optically Pumped Pulsed Laser

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    Liu, Chuang; Qu, Yanchen; Zhao, Weijiang; Zhang, Ruiliang

    2015-09-01

    An efficient cavity oscillator for a 192-?m pulsed laser radiation is presented when pumped with a transverse excited atmospheric (TEA) CO2 laser. A maximum power of 7.1 kW is achieved from a 100-cm cavity. The oscillation behavior of the 192-?m laser has resulted in an increase in energy of 45 % as compared with a mirror-less process and an energy conversion efficiency of 0.1 %. Oscillation characteristics are discussed including the pulse width and time delay. The laser spot size is measured according to the knife-edge scan technique while the output beam quality M2 factor is about 1.33.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ?m. 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 ?s 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.

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. Vertical cavity surface-emitting semiconductor lasers with injection laser pumping

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    McDaniel, D. L., Jr.; McInerney, J. G.; Raja, M. Y. A.; Schaus, C. F.; Brueck, S. R. J.

    1990-05-01

    Continuous-wave GaAs/GaAlAs edge-emitting diode lasers were used to pump GaAs/AlGaAs and InGaAs/AlGaAs vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with resonant periodic gain (RPG) at room temperature. Pump threshold as low as 11 mW, output powers as high as 27 mW at 850 nm, and external differential quantum efficiencies of about 70 percent were observed in GaAs/AlGaAs surface -emitters; spectral brightness 22 times that of the pump laser was also observed. Output powers as high as 85 mW at 950 nm and differential quantum efficiencies of up to 58 percent were recorded for the InGaAs surface-emitting laser. This is the highest quasi-CW output power ever reported for any RPG VCSEL, and the first time such a device has been pumped using an injection laser diode.

  11. 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 240?m, a biggest output power 1.06 W of blue light is achieved, giving an optical conversion efficiency of 10.6%.

  12. Vertically emitting, dye-doped polymer laser in the green ( ? ˜ 536 nm) with a second order distributed feedback grating fabricated by replica molding

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    Lu, M.; Cunningham, B. T.; Park, S.-J.; Eden, J. G.

    2008-06-01

    Lasing in the green from a distributed feedback (DFB) structure, based upon a second order grating fabricated by replica molding in a dye-doped UV curable polymer, has been demonstrated. For a Bragg grating having a periodicity and depth of 360 ± 2 nm and 78 ± 5 nm, respectively, a coumarin 540-polymer laser operates at 535.6 nm, which is in agreement with calculations of the photonic band diagram for the structure. The fabricated laser exhibits a linewidth of 0.15 nm, a threshold pump fluence of ?0.7 mJ cm-2 at 355 nm, and a slope efficiency of ?14%. Incorporation of the dye gain medium into a one- (or two-) dimensional photonic crystal and fabrication of the grating by replica molding at room temperature provides an inexpensive approach to fabricating polymer-based DFB lasers on flexible substrates of large area.

  13. Mechanism of dye-enhanced enamel ablation by Alexandrite laser radiation

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    Esenaliev, Rinat O.; Oraevsky, Alexander A.; Motamedi, Massoud; Rastegar, Sohi; Tittel, Frank K.

    1995-05-01

    Insufficient light absorption in hard dental tissues makes laser ablation in near UV, visible or near IR spectral ranges very inefficient to be employed for tooth cavity preparations. We used deposition of a liquid absorber, indocyanine green (ICG) dye, to overcome this problem. Experiments employed Alexandrite laser anticipating that future near IR diode laser technology will replace existing medical lasers. Ablation kinetics and mechanisms for both free-running and Q-switched modes of Alexandrite laser were studied with the aim to determine optimal parameters of laser irradiation and optimal volume of the dye. Four experimental parameters were monitored during each ablation event: (1) incident laser fluence, (2) temporal profile of the laser pulse, (3) temporal profile and magnitude of laser-induced stress transients, (4) temporal profile and spectrum of plasma emission. We also examined kinetics of plume by probing ablation products with CW He-Ne laser beam. Results depicted ablation process as a complex multistage phenomenon. Two distinct stages associated with the tooth ablation are revealed in the free-running mode: (1) ablation of a dye droplet from a tooth surface by the first laser micropulse of a 250-microsecond(s) macropulse, (2) plasma mediated ablation of a melted layer of enamel produced by thermal explosion of the dye. Plasma jet formation was delayed 10-100 microsecond(s) against the beginning of free-running pulse. Ablation stages and their efficiency are defined by laser irradiation parameters, dye concentration and its total volume. In contrast, Q-switched (nanosecond) laser ablation occurs as a one stage process, and, therefore, less efficient. In addition, Q-switched mode irradiation induces shock waves amplitudes that are about an order of magnitude higher compared with that induced by the free-running irradiation. Experimental comparison of Q-switched and free-running modes of irradiation is evident in favor of free-running mode that produces a nice smooth crater without noticeable thermomechanical damage to surrounding tissues.

  14. LED pumped Nd:YAG laser development program

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    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.

  15. The chemically pumped oxygen-iodine laser

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    Avizonis, P. V.; Hasen, G.; Truesdell, K. A.

    1990-06-01

    The present status of the chemical oxygen-iodine laser is discussed. The pertinent processes occurring in the chemical O2 generator, the O2(1Delta) transport region, and the nozzle are reviewed. The energy transfer kinetics, laser gain, and the performance and device efficiency are examined.

  16. A Continuous Wave Dye Laser for Use in Astronomical Adaptive Optics

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    Martinez, Ty

    1998-10-01

    Powerful lasers are needed to generate artificial guide stars for astronomical adaptive optics. Continuous wave (CW) lasers yield the most efficient excitation of the D2 line in the mesopheric sodium layer. Data is presented from early systems which used commercially available CW dye lasers. Building on these results, a dye laser was designed and constructed which incorporates a sodium Faraday filter (SFF) to select and lock the laser frequency to the peak of the D2 sodium resonance. This laser was the first ring dye laser made using an intra-cavity SFF, and also the first incorporating a SFF to produce a significant amount of power in a single longitudinal mode. A major part of this thesis concerns the design and construction of the SFF. The theory of operation is developed and then used to design a SFF with a high throughput at the D2 line of sodium. The two main elements of a SFF are a sodium cell and a magnet. The design and construction of these two elements is discussed in detail. The design and construction of a wavefront sensor for the Multiple Mirror Telescope's unique geometry is presented. This wavefront sensor and a CW dye laser were used to generate the first astronomical images sharpened by an adaptive optics system incorporating a sodium laser guide star.

  17. 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.

  18. Demonstration of an all-diode-pumped soft x-ray laser

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    Rocca, Jorge J.

    Demonstration of an all-diode-pumped soft x-ray laser Federico J. Furch,1,3, * Brendan A. Reagan,1); published October 27, 2009 We have demonstrated an 18.9 nm Ni-like molybdenum soft x-ray laser, pumped by a compact all-diode- pumped Yb:YAG laser. The solid-state pump laser produces 8.5 ps pulses with up to 1 J

  19. Investigations of laser pumped gas cell atomic frequency standard

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    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.

  20. High power high repetition rate VCSEL array side-pumped pulsed blue laser

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    van Leeuwen, Robert; Zhao, Pu; Chen, Tong; Xu, Bing; Watkins, Laurence; Seurin, Jean-Francois; Xu, Guoyang; Miglo, Alexander; Wang, Qing; Ghosh, Chuni

    2013-03-01

    High power, kW-class, 808 nm pump modules based on the vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) technology were developed for side-pumping of solid-state lasers. Two 1.2 kW VCSEL pump modules were implemented in a dual side-pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser operating at 946 nm. The laser output was frequency doubled in a BBO crystal to produce pulsed blue light. With 125 ?s pump pulses at a 300 Hz repetition rate 6.1 W QCW 946 nm laser power was produced. The laser power was limited by thermal lensing in the Nd:YAG rod.

  1. Theory of the synchronously pumped fiber Raman laser

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    Nakazawa, M.; Kuznetsov, M.; Ippen, E. P.

    1986-10-01

    Analyses of the synchronously pumped fiber Raman laser are presented under the parabolic approximation for gain shaping in both frequency and time domains. A master equation for the Stokes pulse consists of the group velocity dispersion of the fiber, the gain dispersion of the stimulated Raman scattering, a gain-shaping term due to the pump curvature, small depletion, and a walk-off effect. The pump power dependences of the Stokes power and the pulse width and the threshold condition are revealed. The frequency tunability of the present laser is also discussed. It is shown that the oscillation wavelength (carrier frequency of the Stokes pulse) will change linearly with Stokes power because of walk off during depletion.

  2. Nuclear-driven flashlamp pumping of the atomic iodine laser

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  3. QUANTITATIVE DETECTION OF ENVIRONMENTALLY IMPORTANT DYES USING DIODE LASER/FIBER-OPTIC RAMAN

    EPA Science Inventory

    A compact diode laser/fiber-optic Raman spectrometer is used for quantitative detection of environmentally important dyes. This system is based on diode laser excitation at 782 mm, fiber optic probe technology, an imaging spectrometer, and state-of-the-art scientific CCD camera. ...

  4. Collagen Remodeling After 585-nm Pulsed Dye Laser Irradiation: An Ultrasonographic Analysis

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    McCarthy, John E.

    Collagen Remodeling After 585-nm Pulsed Dye Laser Irradiation: An Ultrasonographic Analysis BRENT R interest among both laser surgeons and patients. Evidence indicates that dermal collagen formation is the key mechanism of action for the nonablative techniques. We studied, with ultrasound, new collagen

  5. 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.

  6. Study on the Pr:KYF ultraviolet laser at 305 nm pumped by blue laser

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    Ni, Tian-yi; Li, Yong-liang; Zhang, Tian-yi; Ruan, Ren-qiu

    2012-09-01

    An all-solid-state Pr:KY3F10 (Pr:KYF) laser pumped by blue laser (471 nm) has been demonstrated. With the incident pump power of 2.6 W, the maximum output power at 610 nm is 213 mW. Moreover, the intracavity second-harmonic generation (SHG) is also achieved with the maximum ultraviolet (UV) power at 305 nm of 11 mW by using a ?-BaB2O4 (BBO) nonlinear crystal.

  7. Femtosecond Cr{sup 4+}:forsterite laser pumped by ytterbium-doped fibre laser and its noise characteristics

    SciTech Connect

    Gordienko, Vyacheslav M; Konovalov, Aleksei N; Podshivalov, Alexey A; Pryalkin, Vladimir I; Savel'ev, Andrei B; Ivanov, Andrei A

    2002-06-30

    A femtosecond Cr{sup 4+}:forsterite laser is fabricated which is pumped by a PYL-10-LP fibre laser and generates a continuous train of 45-fs pulses with a repetition rate of 110 MHz and an average output power of 250 mW. The noise spectra of the femtosecond and solid-state pump lasers are studied. (lasers)

  8. Efficient sintering of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide films for dye solar cells via raster scanning laser

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    Mincuzzi, Girolamo; Vesce, Luigi; Reale, Andrea; Di Carlo, Aldo; Brown, Thomas M.

    2009-09-01

    By identifying the right combination of laser parameters, in particular the integrated laser fluence ?, we fabricated dye solar cells (DSCs) with UV laser-sintered TiO2 films exhibiting a power conversion efficiency ? =5.2%, the highest reported for laser-sintered devices. ? is dramatically affected by ? and a clear trend is reported. Significantly, DSCs fabricated by raster scanning the laser beam to sinter the TiO2 films are made as efficient as those with oven-sintered ones. These results, confirmed on three batches of cells, demonstrate the remarkable potential (noncontact, local, low cost, rapid, selective, and scalable) of scanning laser processing applied to DSC technology.

  9. Electrically pumped edge-emitting photonic bandgap semiconductor laser

    DOEpatents

    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.

  10. The passive optically pumped Rb frequency standard: the laser approach

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    Vanier, J.; Mandache, C.

    2007-06-01

    This paper outlines the progress made during the last few decades in the implementation of a frequency standard using the optical-microwave double resonance technique and laser optical pumping in a sealed cell containing an alkali atom vapor in a microwave cavity. An analysis is presented based on a three-level model, describing the basic phenomena taking place in that approach. The expected frequency stability is calculated. The various frequency shifts taking place are described and their importance is evaluated. Several laser systems generally used in this context are described as well as the various techniques for stabilizing them. The results obtained by several research groups are outlined, compared to the analysis, and evaluated in the context of the implementation of a practical frequency standard. Conclusions are drawn relative to the future of a realistic implementation of such a laser pumped frequency standard.

  11. Coherent communication link using diode-pumped lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  12. Recombination-pumped triatomic hydrogen infrared lasers

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    Saykally, R. J.; Michael, E. A.; Wang, J.; Greene, Chris H.

    2010-12-21

    Mid-infrared laser lines observed in hydrogen/rare gas discharges are assigned to three-body recombination processes involving an electron, a rare gas (He or Ne) atom, and the triatomic hydrogen ion (H{sub 3}{sup +}). Calculations of radiative transitions between neutral H{sub 3} Rydberg states support this interpretation, and link it to recent results for hydrogenic/rare gas afterglow plasmas. A mechanism for the population inversion is proposed, and the potential generality and astrophysical implications of such molecular recombination laser systems are briefly discussed.

  13. Diode-pumped caesium vapour laser with closed-cycle laser-active medium circulation

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    Bogachev, A. V.; Garanin, Sergey G.; Dudov, A. M.; Eroshenko, V. A.; Kulikov, S. M.; Mikaelian, G. T.; Panarin, V. A.; Pautov, V. O.; Rus, A. V.; Sukharev, Stanislav A.

    2012-02-01

    The creation of a caesium vapour laser with closed-cycle circulation of the laser-active medium is first reported. The power of the laser radiation amounted to ~1 kW with the 'light-to-light' conversion efficiency of ~48 %. Quasi-two-dimensional computational model of the laser operation that provides adequate description of experimental results is considered. Calculated and experimental dependences of the laser radiation power on the temperature of the cuvette walls, laser medium pressure and pump power are presented.

  14. Diode-pumped caesium vapour laser with closed-cycle laser-active medium circulation

    SciTech Connect

    Bogachev, A V; Garanin, Sergey G; Dudov, A M; Eroshenko, V A; Kulikov, S M; Mikaelian, G T; Panarin, V A; Pautov, V O; Rus, A V; Sukharev, Stanislav A

    2012-02-28

    The creation of a caesium vapour laser with closed-cycle circulation of the laser-active medium is first reported. The power of the laser radiation amounted to {approx}1 kW with the 'light-to-light' conversion efficiency of {approx}48 %. Quasi-two-dimensional computational model of the laser operation that provides adequate description of experimental results is considered. Calculated and experimental dependences of the laser radiation power on the temperature of the cuvette walls, laser medium pressure and pump power are presented.

  15. Influence of pump pulse structure on a transient collisionally pumped Ni -like Ag x-ray laser

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    Janulewicz, K. A.; Nickles, P. V.; King, R. E.; Pert, G. J.

    2004-07-01

    Results of numerical simulations on a Ni -like silver x-ray laser pumped by a single picosecond laser pulse are presented. Since the mechanisms responsible for the significant reduction in the pump energy are not well understood, the results of theoretical simulations with emphasis on the plasma kinetics and dynamics in a Ni -like Ag x-ray laser are presented and referred to the experimental data. Special attention has been paid to the influence of the pump pulse shape and length on the gain and its duration. It was found that a low-level pulse pedestal being an integral part of the leading edge of the pump pulse is very beneficial to the pump energy reduction. The thermal cooling process has been identified as the mechanism strongly contributing to gain termination if a low-energy single-profile laser pulse with the width of a few picoseconds is used in the pump process.

  16. New diode wavelengths for pumping solid-state lasers

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  17. New ytterbium-phosphate glass for diode-pumped lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Galagan, B I; Glushchenko, I N; Denker, B I; Sverchkov, S E; Kisel', V E; Kuril'chik, S V; Kuleshov, N V

    2009-10-31

    A new ytterbium laser glass based on an alumoborophosphate composition is developed. It is shown that the chemical and thermal stabilities of this glass are record-high for phosphate glasses and that its spectral and luminescent characteristics compare well with popular laser glasses. A mould of laser-quality glass doped with ytterbium with a concentration of 5x10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} is synthesised. Active laser elements 5x5x2 mm in size are prepared from this glass for longitudinal diode pumping. These elements were used to fabricate a laser, whose output power in the cw regime reached 783 mW and maximum slope efficiency was 28.9%. Pulses with a duration of {approx}150 fs and a peak power of about 5 kW are obtained in the passive mode-locking regime. (active media)

  18. Advances in solid state laser technology for space and medical applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Byvik, C. E.; Buoncristiani, A. M.

    1988-01-01

    Recent developments in laser technology and their potential for medical applications are discussed. Gas discharge lasers, dye lasers, excimer lasers, Nd:YAG lasers, HF and DF lasers, and other commonly used lasers are briefly addressed. Emerging laser technology is examined, including diode-pumped lasers and other solid state lasers.

  19. Expansion cooled CO nuclear pumped laser

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

    1979-01-01

    The paper describes a series of experiments designed to investigate the performance of a fission fragment excited CO laser with gasdynamic cooling. The experiments use a wall source of fission fragments to provide excitation of CO or CO gas mixtures. A separate investigation examines the effects on vibrational excitation distribution of CO or CO gas mixtures with the addition of UF6.

  20. Environmental testing of a diode-laser-pumped Nd:YAG laser and a set of diode-laser-arrays

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  1. Anatomical differences in response to treatment of port-wine stains by the pulsed dye laser

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    Renfro, Lisa; Geronemus, Roy G.

    1992-06-01

    Two-hundred and fifty-seven patients (136 adults and 121 children) with port-wine stains of the head and neck were treated with the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser. The head and neck was subdivided into 8 anatomical regions (forehead/temple, periorbital, medial cheek, nose, upper cutaneous lip, lateral cheek, chin and neck) which were independently evaluated for response. Response to treatment was found to be associated with the anatomical location of the lesion; in both adults and children the mid-facial region (medial cheek, nose and upper cutaneous lip) responded less favorably to treatment than the other regions of the head and neck (periorbital, forehead/temple, lateral cheek, neck and chin). In adults and children, mean percent lesional lightening of the mid-facial regions was 70.7% compared to 82.3% of the other regions of the head and neck with an estimated difference of 11.6% (95% confidence interval: 8.7% - 14.6%). The mean number of treatments for adults was 3.7, while this number in children was 3.9. All side effects were transient, and included cutaneous depressions, hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation.

  2. Photoinduced processes in solid polymer solutions of dyes in an interference field of laser radiation

    SciTech Connect

    Sizykh, A G; Tarakanova, E A

    1998-12-31

    An investigation was made of the relationships governing the photochemical mechanism of formation of light-induced gratings in solid polymer solutions of a dye with a high quantum yield of the triplet states. The combined analysis of the results of real and numerical experiments was made for a solution of eosin K in gelatin. The protonation rate constant of the dye was measured and the dependence of the diffraction efficiency on the duration of irradiation was explained taking diffusion of the dye into account. A method was proposed for determination of the duffusion coefficient in a spatially modified interference field of the laser radiation. The diffusion coefficients were found. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  3. 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.

  4. Fiber Raman laser and amplifier pumped by Nd3+:YVO4 solid state laser

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    Liu, Deming; Zhang, Minming; Liu, Shuang; Nie, Mingju; Wang, Ying

    2005-04-01

    Pumping source is the key technology of fiber Raman amplifiers (FRA) which are important for ultra long haul and high bit rate dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems. In this paper the research work of the project, "Fiber Raman Laser and Amplifier pumped by Nd3+:YVO4 Solid State Laser", supported by the National High-tech Program (863-program) of China is introduced, in which a novel 14xx nm pump module with fine characteristics of high efficiency, simplicity, compactness and low cost is researched and developed. A compact 1342 nm Nd3+:YVO4 diode pumped solid state laser (DPSSL) module is developed with the total laser power of 655mW and the slope efficiency of 42.6% pumped by a 2W 808nm laser diode (LD). A special C-lens fiber collimator is designed to couple the 1342nm laser beam into a piece of single mode fiber (SMF) and the coupling efficiency of 80% is reached. The specific 14xx nm output laser is generated from a single stage Raman resonator which includes a pair of fiber Bragg gratings and a piece of Germanic-silicate or Phospho-silicate fiber pumped by such DPSSL module. The slope efficiency for conversion from 1342 to 14xx nm radiation is 75% and the laser power is more than 300mW each. Finally, Raman gain experiments are carried out with 100km SMF. 100 nm bandwidth with 10dB on-off Raman gain and 1.1dB gain flatness is achieved by pumped at 1425, 1438, 1455 and 1490nm.

  5. Measurement of liquid sheet using laser tagging method by photochromic dye

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    Rosli, Nurrina Binti; Amagai, Kenji

    2014-12-01

    Liquid atomization system has been extensively applied as the most significant process in many industrial fields. In the internal combustion engine, the combustion phenomenon is strongly influenced by the spray characteristics of the fuel given by the atomization process. In order to completely understand the whole atomization process, a detail investigation of relations between the liquid jet characteristics and the breakup phenomenon is required. In this study, a non-intrusive method called as laser tagging method by photochromic dye has been developed with aim to study the breakup process of liquid sheet in detail, covering from the behavior in film until disintegrated into ligament and droplets. The laser tagging method by photochromic dye is based on a shift in the absorption spectrum of photochromic dye molecules tagged by ultraviolet laser. The shift results a color change at the tagged region of liquid containing the dye. In this study, the motions of the dye traces were analyzed as the liquid surface velocity. As a result, liquid sheet was found to keep its velocity constantly in film before suddenly increase around broken point. However, it then decreased after broken into droplets. By forming a set of four points of dye traces on the liquid sheet, the change of relative position of the set enabled the measurement of deformation and rotational motion of the liquid sheet. As a result, the normal strain of the liquid sheet parallel to the flow direction depended on the flow behavior of ligament formation.

  6. 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.

  7. Resonantly pumped room temperature Ho:LuVO? laser.

    PubMed

    Yao, B Q; Cui, Z; Duan, X M; Du, Y Q; Han, L; Shen, Y J

    2014-11-01

    Spectroscopic characterization of a Ho:LuVO4 crystal grown by the Czochralski method has been performed, including the absorption and emission spectra. We demonstrate a 2 ?m room temperature Ho:LuVO4 laser, resonantly pumped by a 1.94 ?m Tm:YAP laser. By use of an output coupler with T=10% transmission, the Ho:LuVO4 laser generated continuous-wave output power of 2.5 W at 2074.18 nm, with a beam quality factor of Mx2=My2=1.3, for a total incident pump power of 19.4 W. The slope efficiency with respect to the pump power was 17.6%, and the optical-to-optical efficiency was 12.9%. Moreover, we obtained a Ho:LuVO4 laser that operated at 2073.77 and 2055.27 nm, by using different output couplers with transmissions of T=15 and 30%. PMID:25361346

  8. Demonstration of a diode-pumped metastable Ar laser.

    PubMed

    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

  9. High power, high efficiency, 2D laser diode arrays for pumping solid state lasers

    SciTech Connect

    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%.

  10. Pulsed dye laser application in ablation of vascular ectasias of the larynx: a preliminary animal study

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    Woo, Peak; Wang, Zhi; Perrault, Donald F., Jr.; McMillan, Kathleen; Pankratov, Michail M.

    1995-05-01

    Vascular ectasias (dilatation) and vascular lesions of the larynx are difficult to treat with exciting modalities. Varix (enlarged vessel) of the vocal folds, vocal fold hemorrhage, vascular polyp, hemangioma, intubation or contact granuloma are common problems which disturb voice. Current applications of CO2 laser and cautery often damage the delicate vocal fold cover. The 585 nm dermatologic pulsed dye laser may be an ideal substitute. Two adult canines were examined under anesthesia via microlaryngoscopy technique. Pulsed dye laser (SPTL-1a, Candela Laser Corp., Wayland, MA) energy was delivered via the micromanipulator with the 3.1-mm spot size in single pulses of 6, 8, and 10 Joules/cm2 and applied to the vessels of the vocal folds, epiglottis, and arytenoid cartilage. Endoscopic examination was carried out immediately after the treatment and at 4 weeks postoperatively. The animals were sacrificed at 3 weeks, larynges excised, and whole organ laryngeal section were prepared for histology. Pulsed dye laser thrombosed vessels of the vocal fold using 6 or 8 Joules/cm2. Vascular break and leakage occurred at 10 Joules/cm2. Follow up examination showed excellent vessel obliteration or thrombosis without scarring or injury to the overlying tissues. Histologic examination shows vascular thrombosis without inflammation and fibrosis in the vocal fold cover. Pulsed dye laser may have promise in treatment of vascular lesions of the larynx and upper airway.

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. Low-cost, single-mode diode-pumped Cr:Colquiriite lasers

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    Demirbas, Umit

    We present three Cr[superscript 3+]:Colquiriite lasers as low-cost alternatives to Ti:Sapphire laser technology. Single-mode laser diodes, which cost only $150 each, were used as pump sources. In cw operation, with ~520 ...

  14. Luminescent light source for laser pumping and laser system containing same

    DOEpatents

    Hamil, Roy A. (Tijeras, NM); Ashley, Carol S. (Albuquerque, NM); Brinker, C. Jeffrey (Albuquerque, NM); Reed, Scott (Albuquerque, NM); Walko, Robert J. (Albuquerque, NM)

    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.

  15. High-Reliability Pump Module for Non-Planar Ring Oscillator Laser

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    Liu, Duncan T.; Qiu, Yueming; Wilson, Daniel W.; Dubovitsky, Serge; Forouhar, Siamak

    2007-01-01

    We propose and have demonstrated a prototype high-reliability pump module for pumping a Non-Planar Ring Oscillator (NPRO) laser suitable for space missions. The pump module consists of multiple fiber-coupled single-mode laser diodes and a fiber array micro-lens array based fiber combiner. The reported Single-Mode laser diode combiner laser pump module (LPM) provides a higher normalized brightness at the combined beam than multimode laser diode based LPMs. A higher brightness from the pump source is essential for efficient NPRO laser pumping and leads to higher reliability because higher efficiency requires a lower operating power for the laser diodes, which in turn increases the reliability and lifetime of the laser diodes. Single-mode laser diodes with Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) stabilized wavelength permit the pump module to be operated without a thermal electric cooler (TEC) and this further improves the overall reliability of the pump module. The single-mode laser diode LPM is scalable in terms of the number of pump diodes and is capable of combining hundreds of fiber-coupled laser diodes. In the proof-of-concept demonstration, an e-beam written diffractive micro lens array, a custom fiber array, commercial 808nm single mode laser diodes, and a custom NPRO laser head are used. The reliability of the proposed LPM is discussed.

  16. Efficient holmium:yttrium lithium fluoride laser longitudinally pumped by a semiconductor laser array

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    Hemmati, H.

    1987-01-01

    Optical pumping of a holmium:yttrium lithium floride (Ho:YLF) crystal with a 790-nm continuous-wave diode-laser array has generated 56 mW of 2.1-micron laser radiation with an optical-to-optical conversion slope efficiency of 33 percent while the crystal temperature is held at 77 K. The lasing threshold occurs at 7 mW of input power, and laser operation continues up to a crystal temperature of 124 K.

  17. Indication of Local Laser Pump Depletion via Transmitted Self-Guided Laser Light

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    Pak, A. E.; Marsh, K. A.; Ralph, J. E.; Lu, W.; Clayton, C. E.; Joshi, C.

    2009-01-22

    In recent experiments it has been shown that an ultra-intense, ultra-short laser pulse can be self-guided over tens of Rayleigh lengths in an underdense plasma where {tau}(FWHM of the laser pulse) is on the order of the plasma wavelength ({lambda}{sub p}). Using an imaging spectrograph, the frequency of the transmitted laser pulse was spatially and spectrally resolved at the exit of 3, 5, and 8 mm long plasmas. The mechanism of laser pump depletion was studied by observing the amount that the transmitted laser pulse's spectrum was red shifted in wavelength through the interaction with the self-guiding plasma wave.

  18. Two-photon pumped lead halide perovskite nanowire lasers

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    Gu, Zhiyuan; Sun, Wenzhao; Li, Jinakai; Liu, Shuai; Song, Qinghai; Xiao, Shumin

    2015-01-01

    Solution-processed lead halide perovskites have shown very bright future in both solar cells and microlasers. Very recently, the nonlinearity of perovskites started to attract considerable research attention. Second harmonic generation and two-photon absorption have been successfully demonstrated. However, the nonlinearity based perovskite devices such as micro- & nano- lasers are still absent. Here we demonstrate the two-photon pumped nanolasers from perovskite nanowires. The CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskite nanowires were synthesized with one-step solution self-assembly method and dispersed on glass substrate. Under the optical excitation at 800 nm, two-photon pumped lasing actions with periodic peaks have been successfully observed at around 546 nm. The obtained quality (Q) factors of two-photon pumped nanolasers are around 960, and the corresponding thresholds are about 674?J=cm2. Both the Q factors and thresholds are comparable to conventional whispering gallery modes in two-dimensional polygon microplates. Ou...

  19. Progress with a flashlamp-pumped titanium sapphire laser

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    Titterton, David H.; Stokoe, C.

    1995-04-01

    A small flashlamp pumped titanium sapphire laser has been designed and demonstrated in the UK. The laser head is a close coupled configuration with a single linear flashlamp. It has produced up to 1.68 J/pulse in the free-running scheme at a repetition rate of 10 Hz, with an efficiency of almost 1%. Wavelength tuning from 675 nm to 975 nm has been demonstrated, as have Q-switching, shortening the pulse duration to 20 ns, line narrowing to 2 angstrom and second harmonic generation. Some applications are considered.

  20. Longitudinal discharge pumped low-pressure XeCl laser

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    Fedorov, A I

    2013-10-31

    We have studied output parameters of a XeCl and a N{sub 2} laser pumped by a longitudinal discharge with automatic spark UV preionisation. The output parameters of a low-pressure (30 Torr) XeCl laser operating with Ar, Ne and He as buffer gases or with no buffer gas have been optimised for the first time. The laser generated 5-ns FWHM pulses with an average power of 0.5 mW and output energy of 0.15 mJ. Under longitudinal discharge pumping, an output energy per unit volume of 1.8 J L{sup -1} atm{sup -1} was reached using helium as a buffer gas. With argon-containing and buffer-free mixtures, it was 1.5 J L{sup -1} atm{sup -1}. The N{sub 2} laser generated 2.5-ns FWHM pulses with an average power of 0.35 mW and output energy of 0.05 mJ. (lasers)

  1. Thin-Film Evaporative Cooling for Side-Pumped Laser

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    Stewart, Brian K. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A system and method are provided for cooling a crystal rod of a side-pumped laser. A transparent housing receives the crystal rod therethrough so that an annular gap is defined between the housing and the radial surface of the crystal rod. A fluid coolant is injected into the annular gap such the annular gap is partially filled with the fluid coolant while the radial surface of the crystal rod is wetted as a thin film all along the axial length thereof.

  2. Highly efficient neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet laser end pumped by a semiconductor laser array

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    Sipes, D. L.

    1985-01-01

    In recent experiments, 80-mW CW power in a single mode has been achieved from a neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser with only 1 W of electrical power input to a single semiconductor laser array pump. This corresponds to an overall efficiency of 8 percent, the highest reported CW efficiency for a Nd:YAG laser. A tightly focused semiconductor laser end pump configuration is used to achieve high pumping intensities (on the order of 1 kW/sq cm), which in turn causes the photon to photon conversion efficiency to approach the quantum efficiency (76 percent for Nd:YAG at 1.06 microns pumped at 0.810 micron). This is achieved despite the dual-lobed nature of the pump. Through the use of simple beam-combining schemes (e.g., polarization coupling and multireflection point pumping), output powers over 1 W and overall electrical to optical efficiencies as high as 10 percent are expected.

  3. Lasing properties of chromium-aluminum-doped forsterite pumped with an alexandrite laser

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    Behrens, E.G.; Jani, M.G.; Powell, R.C. ); Verdun, H.R. ); Pinto, A. )

    1991-08-01

    This paper reports on the lasing properties of chromium-aluminum-doped forsterite that were investigated using a tunable alexandrite laser as the pump source. Results of measurements of the lasing threshold, slope efficiency, spectral, and temporal profiles of the laser pulse, and the time delay between the alexandrite pump pulse and the laser emission are presented for pump wavelengths of 770, 746, and 730 nm and different pump beam energies. Laser rate equations are developed to model the lasing center as a four-level system and applied to the case of 746 nm pumping.

  4. Method and system for homogenizing diode laser pump arrays

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    Bayramian, Andy J

    2013-10-01

    An optical amplifier system includes a diode pump array including a plurality of semiconductor diode laser bars disposed in an array configuration and characterized by a periodic distance between adjacent semiconductor diode laser bars. The periodic distance is measured in a first direction perpendicular to each of the plurality of semiconductor diode laser bars. The diode pump array provides a pump output propagating along an optical path and characterized by a first intensity profile measured as a function of the first direction and having a variation greater than 10%. The optical amplifier system also includes a diffractive optic disposed along the optical path. The diffractive optic includes a photo-thermo-refractive glass member. The optical amplifier system further includes an amplifier slab having an input face and position along the optical path and separated from the diffractive optic by a predetermined distance. A second intensity profile measured at the input face of the amplifier slab as a function of the first direction has a variation less than 10%.

  5. Enhancement of pump efficiency of a visible wavelength organic distributed feedback laser by

    E-print Network

    Cunningham, Brian

    substrates by distributed feedback nanoimprinting: Progress toward electrically pumped plastic lasers," Adv­2136 (2009). 9. M. J. Bohn and J. G. McInerney, "Resonant optical pumping of vertical-cavity surfaceEnhancement of pump efficiency of a visible wavelength organic distributed feedback laser

  6. Laser rods with undoped, flanged end-caps for end-pumped laser applications

    DOEpatents

    Meissner, Helmuth E. (Pleasanton, CA); Beach, Raymond J. (Livermore, CA); Bibeau, Camille (Danville, CA); Sutton, Steven B. (Manteca, CA); Mitchell, Scott (Tracy, CA); Bass, Isaac (Castro Valley, CA); Honea, Eric (Sunol, CA)

    1999-01-01

    A method and apparatus for achieving improved performance in a solid state laser is provided. A flanged, at least partially undoped end-cap is attached to at least one end of a laserable medium. Preferably flanged, undoped end-caps are attached to both ends of the laserable medium. Due to the low scatter requirements for the interface between the end-caps and the laser rod, a non-adhesive method of bonding is utilized such as optical contacting combined with a subsequent heat treatment of the optically contacted composite. The non-bonded end surfaces of the flanged end-caps are coated with laser cavity coatings appropriate for the lasing wavelength of the laser rod. A cooling jacket, sealably coupled to the flanged end-caps, surrounds the entire length of the laserable medium. Radiation from a pump source is focussed by a lens duct and passed through at least one flanged end-cap into the laser rod.

  7. Crystalline fiber Ho3+:YAG laser resonantly pumped by high-spectral-brightness laser diodes

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    Berrou, Antoine; Ibach, Thierry; Schellhorn, Martin; Hu, Wentao; Lammert, Robert; Vaissié, Laurent; Ungar, Jeff; Eichhorn, Marc

    2012-03-01

    Recent advances of high power and narrow bandwidth laser diodes emitting at 1.9 ?m open the path to direct diode pumping of Ho3+:YAG lasers. The usual method to pump such laser is to use thulium fiber laser which has an excellent beam quality with high power and narrow bandwidth emission. The draw back of this system is the low efficiency of this fiber laser and the increased overall complexity. In this paper we present first results of resonantly diode pumping of a Ho3+:YAG laser with fiberlike geometry. The fiber coupled diode modules used for pumping in this work (BrightLockTMUltra-500) produce each 25 W at 1.91 ?m with 3 nm linewidth. The fiber has a core diameter of 600 ?m with 0.22 numerical aperture. The Ho3+:YAG crystal has a diameter of 1.2 mm, a length of 60 mm, a doping concentration of 0.75 at.% and is symmetrically pumped by two diode modules from both ends. Total internal reflection on the polished rod barrel allows a high pump intensity along the rod length. The Ho3+:YAG laser cavity is composed of a high reflective flat mirror and a concave output coupler with a radius of curvature of 500 mm. With an output coupler of 50 % we measured a threshold of 11 W. The maximum output power was 11.87 W with a wavelength of 2.09 ?m. The incident power to output power slope efficiency was 0.38 at currently 4 % of internal losses.

  8. Random lasers in dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystals containing silver nanoparticles

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    Li, LongWu; Deng, LuoGen

    2012-12-01

    We report on the observation of random lasers for the first time in dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) containing nano-sized liquid crystal droplets and silver nanoparticles. The dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystal containing silver nanoparticles film is exposed by a collimated 532 nm Nd: YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) laser beam, so that it is quickly cured. Under the excitation of a frequency-doubled Nd: YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) laser operating at a wavelength of 532 nm, random lasing from dye-doped PDLCs containing Ag nanoparticles is observed as a result of cooperative effect due to light scattering of nano-sized liquid crystal droplets and the local field enhancement capabilities around silver nanoparticles. We show that the threshold of the random lasing is about 0.95 ?J/pulse which is lower than the lasing threshold of dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystals containing nano-sized liquid crystal droplets. The linewidth of the lasing peaks is shown to be 0.2 nm. We also propose a possible mechanism to explain the random lasing from dye-doped polymer-dispersed liquid crystals containing silver nanoparticles.

  9. Master dye laser oscillator including a specific grating assembly for use therein

    DOEpatents

    Davin, J.M.

    1992-09-01

    A dye laser oscillator for producing a tuned dye beam is disclosed herein and includes, among other components, a beam output coupling assembly, a dye cell assembly, a beam expander assembly, an etalon assembly, and a grating assembly. Each of three assemblies is vertically supported from a horizontal base so as to be readily removable from the base without interference from or interfering with the other assemblies. The particular grating assembly disclosed is specifically designed for proper optical alignment with the intended path of the dye beam to be produced and for accurate pivotal movement relative to the beam path in order to function as a coarse tuning mechanism in the production of the ultimately tuned beam. 5 figs.

  10. The energy transfer mechanism of a photoexcited and electroluminescent organic hybrid thin film of blue, green, and red laser dyes

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    Li, Weiling; Zhang, Jing; Zheng, Yanqiong; Chen, Guo; Cai, Miao; Wei, Bin

    2015-04-01

    Though optically pumped lasing has been realized for years, electrically pumped lasing has not yet been achieved in organic semiconductor devices. In order to make a better understanding of the laser mechanisms of the organic materials, we prepared organic thin films consisting of three efficient laser dyes of a blue emitter, 4?,4?'-N,N-diphenylamine-4,4'-diphenyl-1,1'-binaphthyl (BN), a green emitter, 1,4-bis[2-[4-[N,N-di(p-tolyl)amino] phenyl]vinyl]benzene (DSB), and a red emitter, 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-t-butyl-6(1,1,7,7-tetramethyljulolidy-l-9-enyl)-4H-pyran (DCJTB) with different doping concentrations for the first time to investigate the cascade energy transfer process. The energy transfer schemes in the co-doped thin films in photoluminescence and electroluminescence have been investigated. The results indicated that the DSB molecules acted as a bridge to deliver energy more effectively from the host (BN) to the guest (DCJTB). Meanwhile, the maximum current efficiency ( C E) and power efficiency ( P E) of the organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) with the emitting layer of lower doping concentration were 13.5 cd/A and 14.1 lm/W, respectively.

  11. Development of lasers optimized for pumping Ti:Al2O3 lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Rines, Glen A.; Schwarz, Richard A.

    1994-01-01

    Laboratory demonstrations that were completed included: (1) an all-solid-state, broadly tunable, single-frequency, Ti:Al2O3 master oscillator, and (2) a technique for obtaining 'long' (nominally 100- to 200-ns FWHM) laser pulses from a Q-switched, Nd oscillator at energy levels commensurate with straightforward amplification to the joule level. A diode-laser-pumped, Nd:YLF laser with intracavity SHG was designed, constructed, and evaluated. With this laser greater than 0.9 W of CW, output power at 523.5 nm with 10 W of diode-laser pump power delivered to the Nd:YLF crystal was obtained. With this laser as a pump source, for the first time, to our knowledge, an all solid-state, single frequency, Ti:Al203 laser with sufficient output power to injection seed a high-energy oscillator over a 20-nm bandwidth was demonstrated. The pulsed laser work succeeded in demonstrating pulse-stretching in a Q-switched Nd:YAG oscillator. Pulse energies greater than 50-mJ were obtained in pulses with 100- to 200-ns pulsewidths (FWHM).

  12. 1 W of 261 nm cw generation in a Pr 3+:LiYF 4 laser pumped by an optically pumped semiconductor laser at 479 nm

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    Ostroumov, Vasiliy; Seelert, Wolf

    2008-02-01

    The lack of blue pump sources for Pr-doped materials has been overcome with the recent progress in optically pumped semiconductor lasers (OPS) operating at 479 nm. The availability of reliable high power OPS pump lasers, makes Pr 3+-doped crystals ideal gain media for compact and efficient ultraviolet solid-state lasers with output power in the Watt range. We report on the scalability of a 522/261 nm Pr:YLF cw laser that is dual-end-pumped by two OPS lasers at 479 nm. At 9.6 W of incident pump power more than 4 W were obtained at 522 nm with a slope efficiency of 45%. Intracavity frequency doubling of 522 nm resulted in 1 Watt of cw UV output at 261 nm.

  13. A nano-patterned photonic crystal laser with a dye-doped liquid crystal

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    Ko, Doo-Hyun; Morris, Stephen M.; Lorenz, Alexander; Castles, Flynn; Butt, Haider; Gardiner, Damian J.; Qasim, Malik M.; Wallikewitz, Bodo; Hands, Philip J. W.; Wilkinson, Timothy D.; Amaratunga, Gehan A. J.; Coles, Harry J.; Friend, Richard H.

    2013-07-01

    Covering a nano-patterned titanium dioxide photonic crystal (PC) within a well-oriented film of dye-doped liquid crystal (LC), a distributed feedback laser is constructed whereby the emission characteristics can be manipulated in-situ using an electric field. This hybrid organic-inorganic structure permits simultaneous selectivity of both the beam pattern and laser wavelength by electrical addressing of the LC director. In addition, laser emission is obtained both in the plane and normal to the PC. Along with experimental data, a theoretical model is presented that is based upon an approximate calculation of the band structure of this birefringent, tuneable laser device.

  14. Dye-doped cholesteric lasers: Distributed feedback and photonic bandgap lasing models

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    Ilchishin, Igor P.; Tikhonov, Eugene A.

    2015-05-01

    A review of authors' contributions to dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) lasers started from the pioneer authors' paper of 1980 in which the experimental realization of the first CLC laser is presented. Both distributed feedback (DFB) and photonics band edge lasing models are discussed for different experimental conditions. A detailed study and analysis of basic characteristics of steroidal CLC lasers with low liquid crystal optical birefringence is considered with respect to the DFB model. The manifestation of a planar texture quality and mutual orientations of directors on the substrates influencing on the lasing characteristics in steroidal CLCs have been shown and described. The reversible phototuning of the CLC laser wavelength by trans-cis transitions of photoactive components is realized. Reasons for two theoretical models' coexistence for the description of dye-doped CLC lasing is considered.

  15. Semiconductor Laser Array-Pumped Neodymium Glass, Modelocked Laser Oscillator and Regenerative Amplifier.

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    Dimmick, Timothy Eugene

    1990-01-01

    A semiconductor-laser-array-pumped cw modelocked Nd:glass laser oscillator and regenerative amplifier system is described. The difficulties associated with semiconductor laser pumping of Nd:glass are discussed. Pump beam shaping techniques are presented which reduce thermally induced distortions of the lasing mode within the Nd:glass gain medium. A resonator design is presented which allows the use of low f# pump beam focusing optics yet provides excellent immunity to thermal lensing within the Nd:glass. The effect of thermal lensing on the resonator mode is studied. The output versus input power relation for the oscillator is derived. From measurements of the laser threshold versus the output coupler reflectivity, the parasitic resonator loss, unsaturated gain as a function of pump power and the optimum output coupler reflectivity are determined. Measurements of the effect of intracavity etalons on the cw lasing spectrum as well as the absence of cavity beat notes over a wide frequency range indicate that gain broadening over the band widths considered is predominantly homogeneous. Good agreement is found between theory and experiment assuming a homogeneously broadened line. The cw modelocked Nd:glass laser oscillator produced optical pulses ranging from 20 to 90 ps in width at average powers of 20 to 50 mW. The design and operation of the semiconductor laser array pumped Nd:glass regenerative amplifier is presented. Techniques for measurement of the time dependent resonator transmission as well as the output pulse energy are described. The amplifier's performance is consistent with predictions based on published theory and measured parameters. The regenerative amplifier, when used in conjunction with the modelocked oscillator, provided an energy amplification greater than 50 dB producing 4.7 muJ, 77 kW peak power pulses at a repetition rate of 355 Hz. This represents the largest peak power obtained to date from a semiconductor laser pumped laser system and was accomplished with an average electrical power consumption by the pump lasers of less than 8 W. Several ideas are presented to enhance the systems performance including methods for compressing the pulse width and for increasing the amplified pulse energy.

  16. AFRL Advanced Electric Lasers Branch - Construction and Upgrade of a 50-watt Facility-Class Sodium Guidestar Pump Laser

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    Bronder, T.; Miller, H.; Stohs, J.; Lu, C.; Baker, J.; Lucero, A.

    The development of a reliable and effective laser source for pumping mesospheric sodium to generate an artificial guidestar has been well documented. From the early achievements with 589nm high-power dye lasers at the Keck and Lick observatories to the ground-breaking 50W CW FASOR (Frequency Addition Source of Optical Radiation) Guidestar at the Air Forces Starfire Optical Range (SOR), there has been intense interest in this technology from both the academic and military communities. Beginning in the fall of 2008, the Air Force Research Laboratorys Advanced Electric Lasers Branch began a project to build, test, verify and deliver an upgraded version of the SOR FASOR for use at the AF Maui Optical Station (AMOS) in the summer of 2010. This FASOR will be similar in design to the existing SOR device and produce 50W of diffraction limited, linearly polarized narrow linewidth 589nm light by combining the output of two injection-locked Nd:YAG ring lasers (operating at 1064nm and 1319nm) using resonant sum-frequency generation in a lithium triborate crystal (LBO). The upgraded features will include modularized sub-components, embedded control electronics, and a simplified cooling system. The first portion of this upgrade project is to reconstruct the current SOR FASOR components and include improved methods of regulating the gain modules of the two injection lasers. In parallel with this effort, the technical plans for the modularization and re-packaging of the FASOR will be finalized and coordinated with the staff at Maui. This presentation will summarize the result of these efforts to date and provide updates on the AMOS FASOR status. Additionally, plans for "next-generation" FASOR upgrades for both SOR and AMOS will also be discussed.

  17. Efficient femtosecond Yb:YAG laser pumped by a single-mode laser diode

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    Agnesi, Antonio; Greborio, Alessandro; Pirzio, Federico; Reali, Giancarlo

    2011-08-01

    Single-mode diodes enable a particularly simple, compact and effective pumping of solid-state laser devices for many specialized applications. We investigated a single-mode, 300-mW laser diode for pumping at 935 nm a Yb:YAG laser passively mode-locked by a semiconductor saturable absorber. Relatively short pulse generation (156 fs), tunable across 1033-1059 nm has been demonstrated. An optical-to-optical efficiency of about 28% has been obtained with 320 fs long pulses. Therefore, contrarily to what previously believed, compact diode-pumped ultrafast Yb:YAG oscillators can reliably and efficiently deliver pulses in the range of ? 100-200 fs with few tens of mW, which are very appealing for bio-diagnostics and amplifier seeding applications.

  18. Generation of high-power nanosecond pulses from laser diode-pumped Nd:YAG lasers

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    Chan, Kinpui

    1988-01-01

    Simulation results are used to compare the pulse energy levels and pulse energy widths that can be achieved with LD-pumped Nd:YAG lasers for both the pulse-transmission mode (PTM) and pulse-reflection mode (PRM) Q-switching methods for pulse energy levels up to hundreds of microjoules and pulse widths as short as 1 ns. It is shown that high-power pulses with pulse widths as short as 1 ns can be generated with PTM Q-switched in LD-pumped Nd:YAG lasers. With the PRM Q-switching method, pulse widths as short as 2 ns and pulse energy at the level of a few hundred microjoules can also be achieved but require pumping with 8-10-mJ AlGaAs laser diode arrays.

  19. Performance of a continuous-wave forsterite laser with krypton ion, Ti:sapphire, and Nd:YAG pump lasers

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    Carrig, T.J.; Pollock, C.R.

    1993-11-01

    The authors characterize continuous-wave operation of a chromium-doped forsterite (Cr{sup 4+}:Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}) laser using krypton ion, Ti:sapphire, and Nd:YAG lasers as pump sources. Measurements were made pumping at 647 nm and 676 nm with the krypton ion laser, between 690 and 1,010 nm with the Ti:sapphire laser and at 1.06 {mu}m with the Nd:YAG laser. Threshold pump powers and slope efficiencies are compared for output coupler transmissions varying between 1 and 15.5%. Room temperature operation was only achieved using the Nd:YAG pump laser. Forsterite laser output power as a function of both temperature and pumping wavelength is discussed.

  20. High Energy Directly Pumped Ho:YLF Laser

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    Petros, Mulugeta; Yu, Ji-Rong; Singh, Upendra N.; Barnes, Norman P.

    2000-01-01

    The most commonly used crystal architecture to produce 2 micrometer laser is co-doping Ho and Tm into a single host crystal. In this method, the stored energy transfer from the Tm (3)F4 to the Ho (5)I7 manifold is not fast enough to warrant high efficiency for short pulse applications. By separating the Ho and the Tm ions and doping the Tm in YALO3 and the Ho in YLF, we were able to directly pump the Ho (5)I7 manifold with 1.94 micrometers. The Ho:YLF laser has produced 33 mJ at 2.062 micrometers with a quantum efficiency of 0.88. The performance of each laser will be presented.

  1. Intracavity Dye-Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (IDLAS) for application to planetary molecules

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    Lang, Todd M.; Allen, John E., Jr.

    1990-05-01

    Time-resolved, quasi-continuous wave, intracavity dye-laser absorption spectroscopy is applied to the investigation of absolute absorption coefficients for vibrational-rotational overtone bands of water at visible wavelengths. Emphasis is placed on critical factors affecting detection sensitivity and data analysis. Typical generation-time dependent absorption spectra are given.

  2. Eumelanin Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Grown with Matrix-assisted Pulsed Laser

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    such question, this research used the melanin which the human body and the most biology had to regard the dye to catch the photon. The melanin met several requirements to be possible to do as a light harvester for the electrode, the melanin uses Matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation(MAPLE) on the titanium dioxide

  3. High efficiency 2 micrometer laser utilizing wing-pumped Tm.sup.3+ and a laser diode array end-pumping architecture

    DOEpatents

    Beach, Raymond J. (Livermore, CA)

    1997-01-01

    Wing pumping a Tm.sup.3+ doped, end pumped solid state laser generates 2 .mu.m laser radiation at high average powers with high efficiency. Using laser diode arrays to end-pump the laser rod or slab in the wing of the Tm.sup.3+ absorption band near 785 nm results in 2-for-1 quantum efficiency in Tm.sup.3+ because high Tm.sup.3+ concentrations can be used. Wing pumping allows the thermal power generated in the rod or slab to be distributed over a large enough volume to make thermal management practical in the laser gain medium even at high average power operation. The approach is applicable to CW, Q-switched, and rep-pulsed free-laser operation.

  4. High efficiency 2 micrometer laser utilizing wing-pumped Tm{sup 3+} and a laser diode array end-pumping architecture

    DOEpatents

    Beach, R.J.

    1997-11-18

    Wing pumping a Tm{sup 3+} doped, end pumped solid state laser generates 2 {micro}m laser radiation at high average powers with high efficiency. Using laser diode arrays to end-pump the laser rod or slab in the wing of the Tm{sup 3+} absorption band near 785 nm results in 2-for-1 quantum efficiency in Tm{sup 3+} because high Tm{sup 3+} concentrations can be used. Wing pumping allows the thermal power generated in the rod or slab to be distributed over a large enough volume to make thermal management practical in the laser gain medium even at high average power operation. The approach is applicable to CW, Q-switched, and rep-pulsed free-laser operation. 7 figs.

  5. Novel resonator designs and optical components for optically pumped submillimetre lasers

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    Whitbourn, L. B.

    Experiments with hole-pumped formic acid (HCOOH) lasers at 394, 419, 433, and 513 microns, pumped respectively by the 9R18, 9R22, 9R20, and 9R28 CO2 laser lines, show that gain and saturation intensity vary approximately inversely with tube diameter. For a laser length of 1.5 m and a pump power of 30 W the optimum pyrex waveguide diameter is found to be about 50 min. Experiments with White-cell pumped lasers give somewhat less power than similar hole-pumped lasers, indicating a very strong effect of pump beam uniformity in these lasers. Using resonant slot array couplers, which give controlled submillimeter transmittance combined with very high reflectance at the 9 micron pump wavelengths, a hole-pumped laser produces an output power of 100 mW at 433 microns for a pump power of 30 W. This is the highest power conversion efficiency reported so far for lasers operating in the 400-500 microns wavelength region. Conditions are described under which double and triple cascade lasing, as well as polarization switching in lasers using strip grating output couplers, can be observed with optically pumped formic acid.

  6. Gas lasers pumped by runaway electrons preionized diffuse discharge

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    Panchenko, Alexei N.; Lomaev, Mikhail I.; Panchenko, Nikolai A.; Tarasenko, Victor F.; Suslov, Alexei I.

    2015-05-01

    It was shown that run-away electron preionized volume (diffuse) discharge (REP DD) can be used as an excitation source of gas mixtures at elevated pressures and can produce laser emission. We report experimental and simulated results of application of the REP DD for excitation of different active gas mixtures. Kinetic model of the REP DD in mixtures of nitrogen with SF6 is developed allowing predicting the radiation parameters of nitrogen laser at 337.1 nm. Peculiarities of the REP DD development in different gas mixtures are studied, as well. It was shown that the REP DD allows obtaining efficient lasing stimulated radiation in the IR, visible and UV spectral ranges. New operation mode of nitrogen laser is demonstrated under REP DD excitation. Laser action on N2, HF, and DF molecules was obtained with the efficiency close to the limiting value. Promising prospects of REP DD employment for exciting a series of gas lasers was demonstrated. It was established that the REP DD is most efficient for pumping lasers with the mixtures comprising electro-negative gases.

  7. A blackbody-pumped CO2-N2 transfer laser

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    Deyoung, R. J.; Higdon, N. S.

    1984-01-01

    A compact blackbody-pumped CO2-N2 transfer laser was constructed and the significant operating parameters were investigated. Lasing was achieved at 10.6 microns by passing preheated N2 through a 1.5-mm-diameter nozzle to a laser cavity where the N2 was mixed with CO2 and He. An intrinsic efficiency of 0.7 percent was achieved for an oven temperature of 1473 K and N2 oven pressure of 440 torr. The optimum laser cavity consisted of a back mirror with maximum reflectivity and an output mirror with 97.5-percent reflectivity. The optimum gas mixture was 1CO2/.5He/6N2. The variation of laser output was measured as a function of oven temperature, nozzle diameter, N2 oven pressure, He and CO2 partial pressures, nozzle-to-oven separation, laser cell temperature, and output laser mirror reflectivity. With these parameters optimized, outputs approaching 1.4 watts were achieved.

  8. A blackbody-pumped CO2-N2 transfer laser

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    Deyoung, R. J.; Higdon, N. S.

    1984-08-01

    A compact blackbody-pumped CO2-N2 transfer laser was constructed and the significant operating parameters were investigated. Lasing was achieved at 10.6 microns by passing preheated N2 through a 1.5-mm-diameter nozzle to a laser cavity where the N2 was mixed with CO2 and He. An intrinsic efficiency of 0.7 percent was achieved for an oven temperature of 1473 K and N2 oven pressure of 440 torr. The optimum laser cavity consisted of a back mirror with maximum reflectivity and an output mirror with 97.5-percent reflectivity. The optimum gas mixture was 1CO2/.5He/6N2. The variation of laser output was measured as a function of oven temperature, nozzle diameter, N2 oven pressure, He and CO2 partial pressures, nozzle-to-oven separation, laser cell temperature, and output laser mirror reflectivity. With these parameters optimized, outputs approaching 1.4 watts were achieved.

  9. Laser-diode-pumped, erbium-doped, solid-state laser with high slope efficiency

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    Esterowitz, L.; Allen, R.; Kintz, G.

    1989-10-31

    A laser and method for producing a laser emission at a wavelength of substantially 2.8 microns is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the laser comprises laser diode means for emitting a pump beam at a preselected wavelength; and a crystal having a preselected host material doped with a predetermined percent concentration of erbium activator ions sufficient to produce a laser emission at substantially 2.8 microns at a slope efficiency of at least 5 percent, but preferrably 10 percent, when the crystal is pumped by the pump beam. It is well known that the human body is comprised of approximately 70% water, with various human tissues containing about 60% to 90% of water, and bone and cartilage containing about 30% to 40% of water. Since the 2.8 micron wavelength has a substantially maximum absorption in water, this 2.8 micron wavelength is the ideal wavelength to use for a large variety of medical laser applications on the human body. A 2.8 micron wavelength laser could be used for precise surgery in such exemplary applications as brain surgery, neurosurgery, eye surgery, plastic surgery, burn treatment and the removal of malignancies.

  10. Nd:YAG end pumped by semiconductor laser arrays for free space optical communications

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    Sipes, D. L., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    Preliminary experimental results are reported for a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser employing a tightly focused end-pump geometry. The resonator configuration is planoconcave, with the pumped end of the Nd:YAG rod being coated for high reflection at 1.06 microns. This geometry rectifies nearly all the inefficiencies plaguing side-pumped schemes. This laser is further considered as a candidate for optical communication over the deep space channel.

  11. Determination of the effective upper laser level lifetime from an end-pumped Tm,Ho:YLF laser

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    Zhang, X. L.; Li, L.; Dong, G. Z.; Cui, J. H.; Ju, Y. L.

    2011-05-01

    We report the measurement of the effective upper laser level lifetime from an end-pumped Q-switched Tm,Ho:YLF laser. When the pump power is 1.58 W, the effective upper laser level lifetime is only 2.5 ms, which is less than the fluorescence lifetime (˜16 ms) of the upper laser level. The dependences of the effective upper laser level lifetime on the pump power and the temperature of laser crystal are firstly obtained experimentally. The experimental results show that the effective upper laser level lifetime decreases with increasing the pump power and the temperature of laser crystal, respectively. Furthermore, the experimental results are compared with the theoretical results.

  12. Ultrastructure: effects of melanin pigment on target specificity using a pulsed dye laser (577 nm).

    PubMed

    Tong, A K; Tan, O T; Boll, J; Parrish, J A; Murphy, G F

    1987-06-01

    It has been shown recently that brief pulses of 577 nm radiation from the tunable dye laser are absorbed selectively by oxyhemoglobin. This absorption is associated with highly specific damage to superficial vascular plexus blood vessels in those with lightly pigmented (type I-II) skin. To determine whether pigmentary differences in the overlying epidermis influence this target specificity, we exposed both type I (fair) and type V (dark) normal human skin to varying radiant exposure doses over 1.5-microsecond pulse durations from the tunable dye laser at a wavelength of 577 nm. Using ultrastructural techniques, we found in type I skin that even clinical subthreshold laser exposures caused reproducible alterations of erythrocytes and adjacent dermal vascular endothelium without comparable damage to the overlying epidermis. In contrast, degenerated epidermal basal cells represented the predominant form of cellular damage after laser exposure of type V skin at comparable doses. We conclude that epidermal melanin and vascular hemoglobin are competing sites for 577 nm laser absorption and damage, and that the target specificity of the 577 nm tunable dye laser is therefore influenced by variations in epidermal pigmentation. This finding is relevant to the clinical application of the tunable dye laser in the ablative treatment of vascular lesions. We also found on ultrastructure that the presence of electron-lucent circular structures of approximately 800 A in diameter were observed only at and above clinical threshold doses in those with type I skin and at the highest dose of 2.75 J/cm2 in type V skin. It has been proposed that these structures might be heat-fixed molds of water vapor. Both this and ultrastructural changes of epidermal basal cells demonstrate mechanisms responsible for alteration of tissue after exposure to 577 nm, which are discussed. PMID:3585058

  13. Ultrastructure: effects of melanin pigment on target specificity using a pulsed dye laser (577 nm)

    SciTech Connect

    Tong, A.K.; Tan, O.T.; Boll, J.; Parrish, J.A.; Murphy, G.F.

    1987-06-01

    It has been shown recently that brief pulses of 577 nm radiation from the tunable dye laser are absorbed selectively by oxyhemoglobin. This absorption is associated with highly specific damage to superficial vascular plexus blood vessels in those with lightly pigmented (type I-II) skin. To determine whether pigmentary differences in the overlying epidermis influence this target specificity, we exposed both type I (fair) and type V (dark) normal human skin to varying radiant exposure doses over 1.5-microsecond pulse durations from the tunable dye laser at a wavelength of 577 nm. Using ultrastructural techniques, we found in type I skin that even clinical subthreshold laser exposures caused reproducible alterations of erythrocytes and adjacent dermal vascular endothelium without comparable damage to the overlying epidermis. In contrast, degenerated epidermal basal cells represented the predominant form of cellular damage after laser exposure of type V skin at comparable doses. We conclude that epidermal melanin and vascular hemoglobin are competing sites for 577 nm laser absorption and damage, and that the target specificity of the 577 nm tunable dye laser is therefore influenced by variations in epidermal pigmentation. This finding is relevant to the clinical application of the tunable dye laser in the ablative treatment of vascular lesions. We also found on ultrastructure that the presence of electron-lucent circular structures of approximately 800 A in diameter were observed only at and above clinical threshold doses in those with type I skin and at the highest dose of 2.75 J/cm2 in type V skin. It has been proposed that these structures might be heat-fixed molds of water vapor. Both this and ultrastructural changes of epidermal basal cells demonstrate mechanisms responsible for alteration of tissue after exposure to 577 nm, which are discussed.

  14. Intracavity laser spectroscopy with a semiconductor disk laser-pumped cw Cr{sup 2+} : ZnSe laser

    SciTech Connect

    Kozlovsky, V I; Korostelin, Yu V; Podmar'kov, Yu P; Skasyrsky, Ya K; Frolov, M P; Okhotnikov, O G; Akimov, V A

    2013-09-30

    Absorption spectra of the air have been measured near 2.31 ?m using intracavity laser spectroscopy with a semiconductor disk laser-pumped cw Cr{sup 2+} : ZnSe laser. It is shown that, at lasing times of at least 3 ms, the sensitivity of the laser to intracavity absorption increases. This allows one to reach an effective path length of 900 km and enables detection of weak lines with absorption coefficients down to 1 × 10{sup -9} cm{sup -1}. (laser spectroscopy)

  15. 7-W single-mode thulium-doped fibre laser pumped at 1230 nm

    SciTech Connect

    Kravtsov, K S; Bufetov, Igor' A; Medvedkov, O I; Dianov, Evgenii M; Yashkov, M V; Gur'yanov, A N

    2005-07-31

    An efficient thulium-doped fibre laser emitting at {approx}2 {mu}m upon pumping into the long-wavelength {sup 3}H{sub 6} {yields} {sup 3}H{sub 5} absorption band of Tm{sup 3+} ions is developed. The maximum output power of the single-mode thulium laser pumped at 1230 nm was 7 W at 1956 nm for a pump conversion efficiency of 35%. (lasers)

  16. Operation features of a longitudinal-capacitive-discharge-pumped CuBr laser

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    Gubarev, F A; Shiyanov, D V; Evtushenko, Gennadii S; Sukhanov, V B

    2010-01-31

    The frequency and energy characteristics of a capacitive-discharge-pumped CuBr laser are investigated. Processes proceeding in the discharge circuit of lasers pumped in this way, in particular, pumped without an external storage capacitor are analysed. It is shown that, depending on the pumping circuit, laser levels are excited either during the charge current flow or during the discharge of electrode capacitances. The differences in the influence of the active HBr addition on the characteristics of the discharge and lasing compared to the case of a usual repetitively pulsed high-current discharge with internal electrodes are established. (lasers)

  17. Reliable pump sources for high-energy class lasers

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    Wölz, Martin; Pietrzak, Agnieszka; Kindsvater, Alex; Wolf, Jürgen; Meusel, Jens; Hülsewede, Ralf; Sebastian, Jürgen

    2015-05-01

    High-energy class laser systems operating at high average power are destined to serve fundamental research and commercial applications. System cost is becoming decisive, and JENOPTIK supports future developments with the new range of 500 W quasi-continuous wave (QCW) laser diode bars. In response to different strategies in implementing high-energy class laser systems, pump wavelengths of 880 nm and 940 nm are available. The higher power output per chip increases array irradiance and reduces the size of the optical system, lowering system cost. Reliability testing of the 880 nm laser diode bar has shown 1 Gshots at 500 W and 300 ?s pulse duration, with insignificant degradation. Parallel operation in eight-bar diode stacks permits 4 kW pulse power operation. A new high-density QCW package is under development at JENOPTIK. Cost and reliability being the design criteria, the diode stacks are made by simultaneous soldering of submounts and insulating ceramic. The new QCW stack assembly technology permits an array irradiance of 12.5 kW/cm². We present the current state of the development, including laboratory data from prototypes using the new 500 W laser diode in dense packaging.

  18. Tunable, diode side-pumped Er: YAG laser

    DOEpatents

    Hamilton, Charles E. (Bellevue, WA); Furu, Laurence H. (Modesto, CA)

    1997-01-01

    A discrete-element Er:YAG laser, side pumped by a 220 Watt peak-power InGaAs diode array, generates >500 mWatts at 2.94 .mu.m, and is tunable over a 6 nm range near about 2.936 .mu.m. The oscillator is a plano-concave resonator consisting of a concave high reflector, a flat output coupler, a Er:YAG crystal and a YAG intracavity etalon, which serves as the tuning element. The cavity length is variable from 3 cm to 4 cm. The oscillator uses total internal reflection in the Er:YAG crystal to allow efficient coupling of the diode emission into the resonating modes of the oscillator. With the tuning element removed, the oscillator produces up to 1.3 Watts of average power at 2.94 .mu.m. The duty factor of the laser is 6.5% and the repetition rate is variable up to 1 kHz. This laser is useful for tuning to an atmospheric transmission window at 2.935 .mu.m (air wavelength). The laser is also useful as a spectroscopic tool because it can access several infrared water vapor transitions, as well as transitions in organic compounds. Other uses include medical applications (e.g., for tissue ablation and uses with fiber optic laser scalpels) and as part of industrial effluent monitoring systems.

  19. Tunable, diode side-pumped Er:YAG laser

    DOEpatents

    Hamilton, C.E.; Furu, L.H.

    1997-04-22

    A discrete-element Er:YAG laser, side pumped by a 220 Watt peak-power InGaAs diode array, generates >500 mWatts at 2.94 {micro}m, and is tunable over a 6 nm range near about 2.936 {micro}m. The oscillator is a plano-concave resonator consisting of a concave high reflector, a flat output coupler, a Er:YAG crystal and a YAG intracavity etalon, which serves as the tuning element. The cavity length is variable from 3 cm to 4 cm. The oscillator uses total internal reflection in the Er:YAG crystal to allow efficient coupling of the diode emission into the resonating modes of the oscillator. With the tuning element removed, the oscillator produces up to 1.3 Watts of average power at 2.94 {micro}m. The duty factor of the laser is 6.5% and the repetition rate is variable up to 1 kHz. This laser is useful for tuning to an atmospheric transmission window at 2.935 {micro}m (air wavelength). The laser is also useful as a spectroscopic tool because it can access several infrared water vapor transitions, as well as transitions in organic compounds. Other uses include medical applications (e.g., for tissue ablation and uses with fiber optic laser scalpels) and as part of industrial effluent monitoring systems. 4 figs.

  20. Diode-pumped Ho:Tm:YLF laser pumping and AgGaSe2 parametric oscillator

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    Barnes, Norman P.; Murray, Keith E.; Jani, Mahendra G.; Harrell, Sarah R.

    1994-01-01

    Tuning of both the pump laser, a Ho:Tm:YLF laser operating on the 5 I 7 - 5 I 8 transition, and an AgGaSe2 parametric oscillator has been demonstrated. Tuning of the Ho:Tm:YLF laser is complicated but not frustrated by the existence of both CO2 and H2O lines in the vicinity of the laser transition. Tuning of the parametric oscillator was achieved by tuning of the pump laser. Injection seeding of the parametric oscillator on the nonresonant signal was also demonstrated. In addition, the measured efficiencies of the parametric oscillator were compared by two different methods, measuring the parametric-oscillator output energy and measuring the energy depleted from the pump. By comparison of these measurements, the intrinsic efficiency of the parametric oscillator cab be determined

  1. Simulation of optically pumped intersubband laser in magnetic field

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    Eri?, Marko; Milanovi?, Vitomir; Ikoni?, Zoran; Indjin, Dragan

    2007-06-01

    Simulations of an optically pumped intersubband laser in magnetic field up to 60 T are performed within the steady-state rate equations model. The electron-polar optical phonon scattering is calculated using the confined and interface phonon model. A strong oscillatory optical gain vs. magnetic field dependence is found, with two dominant gain peaks occurring at 20 and 40 T, the fields which bring appropriate states into resonance with optical phonons and thus open additional relaxation paths. The peak at 20 T exceeds the value of gain achieved at zero field.

  2. Runaway electron beam control for longitudinally pumped metal vapor lasers

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    Kolbychev, G. V.; Kolbycheva, P. D.

    1995-08-01

    Physics and techniques for producing of the pulsed runaway electron beams are considered. The main obstacle for increasing electron energies in the beams is revealed to be a self- breakdown of the e-gun's gas-filled diode. Two methods to suppress the self-breakdown and enhance the volumetric discharge producing the e-beam are offered and examined. Each of them provides 1.5 fold increase of the ceiling potential on the gun. The methods also give the ways to control several guns simultaneously. Resulting in the possibility of realizing the powerful longitudinal pumping of metal-vapor lasers on self-terminated transitions of atoms or ions.

  3. LASERS: Nitrogen laser pumped by a longitudinal discharge from inductive and capacitative energy storage units

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    Baksht, E. Kh; Panchenko, Aleksei N.; Tarasenko, Viktor F.

    1998-12-01

    An experimental investigation was made of the influence of various pump-pulse generators on the output radiation power of a nitrogen laser (?=337.1 nm) pumped by a longitudinal discharge. In addition to a magnetic switch and a semiconductor circuit-breaker, use was made of generators with inductive energy storage, with intermediate inductive energy storage, and with capacitative energy storage. Pumping by an inductive energy storage unit reduced the influence of the discharge circuit inductance and broadened the range of the operating pressures at which lasing was possible. Peaking capacitors, connected in parallel with a discharge tube, reduced the energy losses in the circuit-breaker and could increase laser output radiation energy.

  4. Pulsed hollow-cathode ion lasers: pumping and lasing parameters

    SciTech Connect

    Zinchenko, S P; Ivanov, I G

    2012-06-30

    Optimal discharge conditions have been experimentally found for ion lasers excited in the hollow-cathode discharge plasma by microsecond current pulses by pumping working atoms in secondkind collisions with ions and metastable buffer-gas atoms. Measurements of the output power of krypton ion and zinc-, cadmium-, mercury-, thallium-, copper-, and gallium-vapour lasers in tubes with cathodes of different diameters showed that the pulse power reaches several tens of watts, and the average power obtained with cathodes 2 cm in diameter and a length of 40 cm or more approaches 1 W. Lasing in most media is observed simultaneously at several lines (the multi-wavelength regime). Lasing on a three-component (He - Kr - Hg) mixture is realised in the multi-wavelength regime at blue, red, and IR lines.

  5. Solar-pumped electronic-to-vibrational energy transfer lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Harries, W. L.; Wilson, J. W.

    1981-01-01

    The possibility of using solar-pumped lasers as solar energy converters is examined. The absorbing media considered are halogens or halogen compounds, which are dissociated to yield excited atoms, which then hand over energy to a molecular lasing medium. Estimates of the temperature effects for a Br2-CO2-He system with He as the cooling gas are given. High temperatures can cause the lower energy levels of the CO2 laser transition to be filled. The inverted populations are calculated and lasing should be possible. However, the efficiency is less than 0.001. Examination of other halogen-molecular lasant combinations (where the rate coefficients are known) indicate efficiencies in all cases of less than 0.005.

  6. Nuclear-pumped lasers for large-scale applications

    SciTech Connect

    Anderson, R.E.; Leonard, E.M.; Shea, R.F.; Berggren, R.R.

    1989-05-01

    Efficient initiation of large-volume chemical lasers may be achieved by neutron induced reactions which produce charged particles in the final state. When a burst mode nuclear reactor is used as the neutron source, both a sufficiently intense neutron flux and a sufficiently short initiation pulse may be possible. Proof-of-principle experiments are planned to demonstrate lasing in a direct nuclear-pumped large-volume system; to study the effects of various neutron absorbing materials on laser performance; to study the effects of long initiation pulse lengths; to demonstrate the performance of large-scale optics and the beam quality that may be obtained; and to assess the performance of alternative designs of burst systems that increase the neutron output and burst repetition rate. 21 refs., 8 figs., 5 tabs.

  7. Improving Lifetime of Quasi-CW Laser Diode Arrays for Pumping 2-Micron Solid State Lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Amzajerdian, Farzin; Meadows, Byron L.; Baker, Nathaniel R.; Barnes, Bruce W.; Singh, Upendra N.; Kavaya, Michael J.

    2007-01-01

    Operating high power laser diode arrays in long pulse regime of about 1 msec, which is required for pumping 2-micron thulium and holmium-based lasers, greatly limits their useful lifetime. This paper describes performance of laser diode arrays operating in long pulse mode and presents experimental data on the active region temperature and pulse-to-pulse thermal cycling that are the primary cause of their premature failure and rapid degradation. This paper will then offer a viable approach for determining the optimum design and operational parameters leading to the maximum attainable lifetime.

  8. Characteristics of shock waves induced by pulsed lasers and their effects on arterial tissue: comparison of excimer, pulse dye, and holmium YAG lasers.

    PubMed

    Tomaru, T; Geschwind, H J; Boussignac, G; Lange, F; Tahk, S J

    1992-04-01

    Shock waves were investigated using an excimer laser at 308 nm with 18.9 mjoules/pulse, a pulsed dye laser at 480 nm with 100 mjoules/pulse, and a holmium YAG (yttrium-aluminum-garnet) laser at 2.1 microns with 420 mjoules/pulse. At a distance from the target tissue, excimer lasing resulted in no shock waves in saline, while the other lasers produced smaller shock waves than those recorded when the laser was in contact with tissue (0.22 versus 2.0 mm Hg with the pulsed dye laser, 0 versus 0.23 mm Hg with the excimer laser, and 0.44 versus 6.9 mm Hg with the holmium YAG laser; p less than 0.001, respectively). In blood, excimer laser irradiation at a distance from the tissue produced shock waves as great as those produced when the laser was in contact with the tissue (0.19 versus 0.24 mm Hg with the excimer laser, 1.8 versus 3.0 mm Hg with the pulsed dye laser, and 3.1 versus 5.9 mm Hg with the holmium YAG laser; p less than 0.001 with the pulsed dye and holmium YAG lasers, respectively). When lasing was done at 60 mjoules/mm2, the pulsed dye and excimer lasers produced similar shock waves when the lasers were in contact with tissue; however, the holmium YAG laser did not produce shock waves. Thus pulsed lasers can produce shock waves of different characteristics according to the laser source. PMID:1549997

  9. Resonantly photo-pumped nickel-like erbium X-ray laser

    DOEpatents

    Nilsen, Joseph (Livermore, CA)

    1990-01-01

    A resonantly photo-pumped X-ray laser (10) that enhances the gain of seve laser lines that also lase because of collisional excitations and recombination processes, is described. The laser comprises an aluminum (12) and erbium (14) foil combination (16) that is driven by two beams (18, 20) of intense line focused (22, 24) optical laser radiation. Ground state nickel-like erbium ions (34) are resonantly photo-pumped by line emission from hydrogen-like aluminum ions (32).

  10. The pumping mechanism for the neon-nitrogen nuclear excited laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Cooper, G. W.; Verdeyen, J. T.; Wells, W. E.; Miley, G. H.

    1976-01-01

    In order to determine the physical processes for pumping this laser, a detailed study of the afterglow system has been performed. The pumping mechanism has been found to be collisional-radiative electron-ion recombination. Microwave quenching of both the laser and spontaneous afterglow light have shown conclusively that a recombination process directly produces a nitrogen atom in either the upper laser level or, more likely, in a higher lying energy level which rapidly de-excites to the upper laser level.

  11. A plasma ultraviolet source for short wavelength lasers

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    Han, K. S.

    1986-03-01

    A high power blue-green laser was pumped with an array of the dense plasma focus. As the result of optimizing the operating conditions of the dense plasma focus and laser system, the maximum untuned laser output exceeded 2.lmJ corresponding to the energy density 3J/cu cm which is much higher than the typical flashlamp dye laser. The optimum operating conditions of the DPF device and laser system were argon pressure 0.3 torr, dye concentration 6 x 0.0001 mol/liter and 10% output transmission mirror. In order to enhance the efficiency of a blue-green laser through spectrum conversion of the pumping light, a converter dye, BBQ, was mixed in the laser dye solutions. The laser was pumped with the hypocyloidal-pinch plasma radiation source. The maximum increase of laser output at the dye mixture of LD490+BBQ or coumarin 503+bbq was about 80%. The enhancement is mainly due to the abundance of near uv in the pumping source, the fairly good match of the fluorescence band of converter dye with the absorption band of the laser dye, and a small overlap of fluorescence band of laser dyes with triplet-triplet adsorption band of converter dye.

  12. Large area electron beam pumped krypton fluoride laser amplifier

    SciTech Connect

    Sethian, J.D.; Obenschain, S.P.; Gerber, K.A.; Pawley, C.J.; Serlin, V.; Sullivan, C.A.; Webster, W.; Deniz, A.V.; Lehecka, T.; McGeoch, M.W.; Altes, R.A.; Corcoran, P.A.; Smith, I.D.; Barr, O.C.

    1997-06-01

    Nike is a recently completed multi-kilojoule krypton fluoride (KrF) laser that has been built to study the physics of direct drive inertial confinement fusion. This paper describes in detail both the pulsed power and optical performance of the largest amplifier in the Nike laser, the 60 cm amplifier. This is a double pass, double sided, electron beam-pumped system that amplifies the laser beam from an input of 50 J to an output of up to 5 kJ. It has an optical aperture of 60 cm {times} 60 cm and a gain length of 200 cm. The two electron beams are 60 cm high {times} 200 cm wide, have a voltage of 640 kV, a current of 540 kA, and a flat top power pulse duration of 250 ns. A 2 kG magnetic field is used to guide the beams and prevent self-pinching. Each electron beam is produced by its own Marx/pulse forming line system. The amplifier has been fully integrated into the Nike system and is used on a daily basis for laser-target experiments. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  13. Tm,Ho:YLF laser end-pumped by a semiconductor diode laser array

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    Hemmati, Hamid (inventor)

    1990-01-01

    An Ho:YLF crystal including Tm as sensitizers for the activator Ho, is optically pumped with a semiconductor diode laser array to generate 2.1 micron radiation with a pump power to output power of efficiency as high as 68 percent. The prior-art dual sensitizer system of Er and Tm requires cooling, such as by LN2, but by using Tm alone and decreasing the concentrations of Tm and Ho, and decreasing the length of the laser rod to about 1 cm, it has been demonstrated that laser operation can be obtained from a temperature of 77 K with an efficiency as high as 68 percent up to ambient room temperature with an efficiency at that temperature as high as 9 percent.

  14. Improvements in laser flare removal for particle image velocimetry using fluorescent dye-doped particles

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    Petrosky, B. J.; Lowe, K. T.; Danehy, P. M.; Wohl, C. J.; Tiemsin, P. I.

    2015-11-01

    Laser flare, or scattering of laser light from a surface, can often be a major issue in particle image velocimetry (PIV) involving solid boundaries in the flow or a gas-liquid interface. The use of fluorescent light from dye-doped particles has been demonstrated in water applications, but reproducing the technique in an airflow is more difficult due to particle size constraints and safety concerns. The following work presents fluorescent Kiton Red 620 (KR620)-doped polystyrene latex microspheres as a solution to this issue. The particles are small and narrowly distributed, with a mean diameter of 0.87 ? \\text{m} and diameter distribution standard deviation of 0.30 ? \\text{m} . Furthermore, the KR620 dye exhibits much lower toxicity than other common fluorescent dyes, and would be safe to use in large flow facilities. The fluorescent signal from the particles is measured on average to be 320??±??10 times weaker than the Mie scattering signal from the particles. This reduction in signal is counterbalanced by greatly enhanced contrast via optical rejection of the incident laser wavelength. Fluorescent PIV with these particles is shown to eliminate laser flare near surfaces, allowing for velocity measurements as close as 100 ? \\text{m} to the surface. In one case, fluorescent PIV led to velocity vector validation rates more than 20 times that of the Mie scattering results in the boundary layer region of an angled surface.

  15. Polarization/Spatial Combining of Laser-Diode Pump Beams

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    Gelsinger, Paul; Liu, Duncan

    2008-01-01

    A breadboard version of an optical beam combiner is depicted which make it possible to use the outputs of any or all of four multimode laser diodes to pump a non-planar ring oscillator (NPRO) laser. The output of each laser diode has a single-mode profile in the meridional plane containing an axis denoted the 'fast' axis and a narrower multimode profile in the orthogonal meridional plane, which contains an axis denoted the 'slow' axis and a narrower multimode profile in the orthogonal meridional plane, which contains an axis denoted the 'slow' axis. One of the purposes served by the beam-combining optics is to reduce the fast-axis numerical aperture (NA) of the laser-diode output to match the NA of the optical fiber. Along the slow axis, the unmodified laser-diode NA is already well matched to the fiber optic NA, so no further slow-axis beam shaping is needed. In this beam combiner, the laser-diode outputs are collimated by aspherical lenses, then half-wave plates and polarizing beam splitters are used to combine the four collimated beams into two beams. Spatial combination of the two beams and coupling into the optical fiber is effected by use of anamorphic prisms, mirrors, and a focusing lens. The anamorphic prisms are critical elements in the NA-matching scheme, in that they reduce the fast-axis beam width to 1/6 of its original values. Inasmuch as no slow-axis beam shaping is needed, the collimating and focusing lenses are matched for 1:1 iumaging. Because these lenses are well corrected for infinite conjugates the combiner offers diffraction-limited performance along both the fast and slow axes.

  16. Measurement of heat pump processes induced by laser radiation

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    Garbuny, M.; Henningsen, T.

    1983-01-01

    A series of experiments was performed in which a suitably tuned CO2 laser, frequency doubled by a Tl3AsSe37 crystal, was brought into resonance with a P-line or two R-lines in the fundamental vibration spectrum of CO. Cooling or heating produced by absorption in CO was measured in a gas-thermometer arrangement. P-line cooling and R-line heating could be demonstrated, measured, and compared. The experiments were continued with CO mixed with N2 added in partial pressures from 9 to 200 Torr. It was found that an efficient collisional resonance energy transfer from CO to N2 existed which increased the cooling effects by one to two orders of magnitude over those in pure CO. Temperature reductions in the order of tens of degrees Kelvin were obtained by a single pulse in the core of the irradiated volume. These measurements followed predicted values rather closely, and it is expected that increase of pulse energies and durations will enhance the heat pump effects. The experiments confirm the feasibility of quasi-isentropic engines which convert laser power into work without the need for heat rejection. Of more immediate potential interest is the possibility of remotely powered heat pumps for cryogenic use, such applications are discussed to the extent possible at the present stage.

  17. Role of the pulsed dye laser in the management of ulcerated capillary haemangiomas.

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    Lacour, M; Syed, S; Linward, J; Harper, J I

    1996-01-01

    A complication of capillary haemangiomas is ulceration, which may arise after trauma and/or infection. Until recently, conservative management was the rule. However, the recent advent of the pulsed dye laser has revolutionised the treatment of vascular birthmarks and provided a new tool for the management of capillary haemangiomas. Thirteen cases of ulcerated capillary haemangiomas referred to our department were reviewed; five were treated conservatively and eight were treated with the laser. Those treated with the laser had all failed conservative management and healed completely within one to four weeks. Remarkably rapid alleviation of pain was achieved. For those haemangiomas around the mouth and perineum, laser treatment enabled early restoration of normal feeding, micturition, and defaecation. It is therefore recommended that if ulcerated capillary haemangiomas do not improve after a short period of optimal conservative treatment, laser treatment should be considered. Images Figure 1 PMID:8660082

  18. Functional possibilities for forming different inverse population distributions in diode-side-pumped laser heads

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    Grechin, S G; Nikolaev, P P; Sharandin, E A

    2014-10-31

    The functional possibilities of diode-side-pumped laser heads of solid-state lasers for forming inverse population distributions of different types are analysed. The invariants determining the relationship between the laser head parameters upon scaling are found. The results of comparative experimental studies are presented. (lasers)

  19. Two-Pass, Diode-Pumped Nd:YAG Slab Laser Head

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    Coyle, D. Barry

    1992-01-01

    Neodymium/yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) ring-laser head designed for compactness, simplicity, and increased efficiency for side pumping by diode lasers. Laser head includes two linear arrays of diode lasers, two fused-silica collimating rods, and Nd:YAG slab. Slab mounted on finned copper block, providing good thermal dissipation.

  20. High power 2 {mu}m diode-pumped Tm:YAG laser

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    Beach, R.J.; Sutton, S.B.; Honea, E.C.; Skidmore, J.A.; Emanuel, M.A.

    1996-01-01

    Using a scaleable diode end-pumping technology developed at LLNL, we have demonstrated a compact Tm:YAG laser capable of generating more than 50 W of cw 2 {mu}m laser output power. The design and operational characteristics of this laser, which was built originally for use in assessing laser surgical techniques, are discussed.

  1. Comparison of 885 nm pumping and 808 nm pumping in Nd:CNGG laser operating at 1061 nm and 935 nm

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    Shi, Yuxian; Li, Qinan; Zhang, Dongxiang; Feng, Baohua; Zhang, Zhiguo; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang

    2010-07-01

    A Nd:CNGG laser operated at 935 nm and 1061 nm pumped at 885 nm and 808 nm, respectively, is demonstrated. The 885 nm direct pumping scheme shows some advantages over the 808 nm traditional pumping scheme. It includes higher slope efficiency, lower threshold, and better beam quality at high output power. With the direct pumping, the slope efficiency increases by 43% and the threshold decreases by 10% compared with traditional pumping in the Nd:CNGG laser operated at 935 nm. When the Nd:CNGG laser operates at 1061 nm, the direct pumping increases the slope efficiency by 14% with a 20% reduction in the oscillation threshold.

  2. Cellular effects of the pulsed tunable dye laser at 577 nanometers on human endothelial cells, fibroblasts, and erythrocytes: an in vitro study

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    Glassberg, E.; Lask, G.P.; Tan, E.M.; Uitto, J.

    1988-01-01

    The 577-nm flashlamp-pumped tunable dye laser pulsed at 450 microseconds is rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for removal of portwine stains and other vascular ectasias. In this study, we examined the mechanisms of vessel destruction by determining the effects of laser irradiation on three types of primary target cells--erythrocytes, endothelial cells, and fibroblasts. Human endothelial cells and fibroblasts in microwell plates were irradiated at various energy densities with the laser, after which several aspects of cellular biology were determined, including 1) viability of cells by trypan blue exclusion test; 2) cell proliferation by (3H)thymidine incorporation; and 3) rate of protein synthesis using (3H)leucine incorporation as a marker. In endothelial cell cultures, both (3H)thymidine and (3H)leucine incorporations were inhibited at energy levels of 5-12 J/cm2 (P less than 0.01). In fibroblast cultures, cell proliferation was similarly inhibited, while supratherapeutic energy density (greater than or equal to 12 J/cm2) was required for inhibition of protein synthesis. The laser energy in the range of 5-8.5 J/cm2 had no effect on cell viability. Erythrocytes as target cells for laser energy demonstrated rapid, dose-dependent lysis, as determined by release of free hemoglobin into culture medium. Addition of erythrocytes into a coculture with endothelial cells abolished the direct inhibitory effect noted in cultures when endothelial cells were present alone. The results of the latter experiment imply that erythrocytes are the primary target cell absorbing the laser energy at 577 nm. However, direct laser effects on endothelial cells may also contribute to the mechanisms of ablation of the vascular ectasias by the tunable dye laser at 577 nm.

  3. High-performace cladding-pumped erbium-doped fibre laser and amplifier

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    Kotov, L V; Likhachev, M E; Bubnov, M M; Medvedkov, O I; Lipatov, D S; Vechkanov, N N; Guryanov, Aleksei N

    2012-05-31

    We report cladding-pumped erbium-doped fibre laser and amplifier configurations. Through fibre design optimisation, we have achieved a record-high laser slope efficiency, 40 % with respect to absorbed pump power ({lambda} = 976 nm), and an output power of 7.5 W. The erbium-doped fibre amplifier efficiency reaches 32 %.

  4. Laser velocimetry study of the flow field in a centrifugal pump with a shrouded impeller 

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    Moran, Michael Kevin

    1994-01-01

    This study provides laser velocimetry measurements of the flow field within a centrifugal pump. The pump had a shrouded impeller of 254 mm diameter with five blades of backswept design. Measurements were made using a laser-two-focus (L2F...

  5. Diode end pumped laser and harmonic generator using same

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    Byer, Robert L. (Inventor); Dixon, George J. (Inventor); Kane, Thomas J. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    A second harmonic, optical generator is disclosed in which a laser diode produces an output pumping beam which is focused by means of a graded, refractive index rod lens into a rod of lasant material, such as Nd:YAG, disposed within an optical resonator to pump the lasant material and to excite the optical resonator at a fundamental wavelength. A non-linear electro-optic material such as MgO:LiNbO.sub.3 is coupled to the excited, fundamental mode of the optical resonator to produce a non-linear interaction with the fundamental wavelength producing a harmonic. In one embodiment, the gain medium and the non-linear material are disposed within an optical resonator defined by a pair of reflectors, one of which is formed on a face of the gain medium and the second of which is formed on a face of the non-linear medium. In another embodiment, the non-linear, electro-optic material is doped with the lasant ion such that the gain medium and the non-linear doubling material are co-extensive in volume. In another embodiment, a non-linear, doubling material is disposed in an optical resonator external of the laser gai medium for improved stability of the second harmonic generation process. In another embodiment, the laser gain medium andthe non-linear material are bonded together by means of an optically transparent cement to form a mechanically stable, monolithic structure. In another embodiment, the non-linear material has reflective faces formed thereon to define a ring resonator to decouple reflections from the non-linear medium back to the gain medium for improved stability.

  6. Electron microscopic study on black pig skin irradiated with pulsed dye laser (504 nm)

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    Yasuda, Yukio; Tan, Oon T.; Kurban, Amal K.; Tsukada, Sadao

    1991-06-01

    Selective damage of epidermal pigment cells induced by 504 nm pulsed dye laser at different pulse durations and fluence on black pig skin was examined electron microscopically. Epidermal melanosomes were satisfactorily disrupted at shorter pulse duration (100 ns). Epidermal blister formation and necrosis were seen at 2 days postirradiation, and reepithelization was evident at 7 days postirradiation in all specimens. Repigmentation was evident 21 to 56 days after irradiation. Histological pigmentary incontinence was evident at 2 days and persisted until 56 days postirradiation. This phenomenon was observed more frequently in skin exposed to longer pulse duration and at low fluences. Optimal parameters required to induce epidermal melanosome disruption using the 504 nm pulsed dye laser will be discussed.

  7. Semiclassical theory of dye lasers: the single-frequency and multifrequency steady states of operation

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    Fu, H.; Haken, H.

    1988-05-01

    A semiclassical theory of dye lasers is presented in which the relevant energy-level diagram of a dye molecule is assumed to consist of a bandlike ground state with many sublevels and an excited single state. This theory not only describes the single-frequency operation, which has a low instability threshold, but also describes the two-frequency and multifrequency steady states of operation and the transitions between the different steady states. The general solution of a multifrequency operation is given explicitly and differs essentially from the well-known Rabi oscillation. The theoretical predictions are in good agreement with recent experiments done by Hillman et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett. 52, 1605 (1984)), which cannot be explained by the conventional Maxwell--Bloch laser theory derived from two-level atoms.

  8. Diode-Laser Pumped Far-Infrared Local Oscillator Based on Semiconductor Quantum Wells

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    Kolokolov, K.; Li, J.; Ning, C. Z.; Larrabee, D. C.; Tang, J.; Khodaparast, G.; Kono, J.; Sasa, S.; Inoue, M.; Biegel, Bryan A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The contents include: 1) Tetrahertz Field: A Technology Gap; 2) Existing THZ Sources and Shortcomings; 3) Applications of A THZ Laser; 4) Previous Optical Pumped LW Generations; 5) Optically Pumped Sb based Intersubband Generation Whys; 6) InGaAs/InP/AlAsSb QWs; 7) Raman Enhanced Optical Gain; 8) Pump Intensity Dependence of THZ Gain; 9) Pump-Probe Interaction Induced Raman Shift; 10) THZ Laser Gain in InGaAs/InP/AlAsSb QWs; 11) Diode-Laser Pumped Difference Frequency Generation (InGaAs/InP/AlAsSb QWs); 12) 6.1 Angstrom Semiconductor Quantum Wells; 13) InAs/GaSb/AlSb Nanostructures; 14) InAs/AlSb Double QWs: DFG Scheme; 15) Sb-Based Triple QWs: Laser Scheme; and 16) Exciton State Pumped THZ Generation. This paper is presented in viewgraph form.

  9. Efficient upconversion-pumped continuous wave Er3+:LiLuF4 lasers

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    Moglia, Francesca; Müller, Sebastian; Reichert, Fabian; Metz, Philip W.; Calmano, Thomas; Kränkel, Christian; Heumann, Ernst; Huber, Günter

    2015-04-01

    We report on detailed spectroscopic investigations and efficient visible upconversion laser operation of Er3+:LiLuF4. This material allows for efficient resonant excited-state-absorption (ESA) pumping at 974 nm. Under spectroscopic conditions without external feedback, ESA at the laser wavelength of 552 nm prevails stimulated emission. Under lasing conditions in a resonant cavity, the high intracavity photon density bleaches the ESA at 552 nm, allowing for efficient cw laser operation. We obtained the highest output power of any room-temperature crystalline upconversion laser. The laser achieves a cw output power of 774 mW at a slope efficiency of 19% with respect to the incident pump power delivered by an optically-pumped semiconductor laser. The absorption efficiency of the pump radiation is estimated to be below 50%. To exploit the high confinement in waveguides for this laser, we employed femtosecond-laser pulses to inscribe a cladding of parallel tracks of modified material into Er3+:LiLuF4 crystals. The core material allows for low-loss waveguiding at pump and laser wavelengths. Under Ti:sapphire pumping at 974 nm, the first crystalline upconversion waveguide laser has been realized. We obtained waveguide-laser operation with up to 10 mW of output power at 553 nm.

  10. Tunable organic dye lasers: Physics and technology of high-performance liquid and solid-state narrow-linewidth oscillators

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    Duarte, F. J.

    2012-01-01

    Tunable organic dye lasers, usually referred simply as dye lasers, were the first broadly tunable lasers. Besides this awesome intrinsic feature, dye lasers emit directly in the visible spectrum and in their liquid state are uniquely suited to efficiently generate large pulsed average powers and large single-pulse energies. Other aspects of operational versatility include the ability to lase in the continuous wave (CW) regime and in the femtosecond-pulse regime. Consequently, organic dye lasers have served as pioneering vehicles for the development of essential laser physics. This is particularly true in the areas of tunable narrow-linewidth emission and femtosecond-laser emission. In this review we examine the essentials of cavity dispersion physics that make these emission modes possible, characteristics that have enabled a plethora of very successful and innovative applications. This review also examines developments in highly-efficient tunable single-longitudinal-mode organic solid-state dye lasers. A perspective on possible future trends, including miniature devices, is also provided.

  11. Efficient Ho:YAP laser dual-end-pumped by Tm fiber laser

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    Wang, Zhongwei; Ma, Xiuzhen; Li, Wenhui

    2014-03-01

    We report the continuous wave and acousto-optically Q-switched operation of an in-band dual-end-pumped Ho:YAP laser at room temperature. A continuous wave output power of 11.0W at 2118 nm was obtained at an absorbed pump power of 19.8 W, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 62.1%. For the Q-switched mode, a maximum pulse energy of about 1.07 mJ and a minimum pulse width of 29 ns at a repetition rate of 10 kHz were achieved, resulting in a peak power of 36.9 kW.

  12. 1.88 Micrometers InGaAsP Pumped, Room Temperature Ho: LuAG Laser

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    Barnes, Norman P.; Amzajerdian, Farzin; Reichle, Donald J.; Busch, George; Leisher, Paul

    2009-01-01

    A room temperature, directly diode pumped Ho:LuAG laser oscillated for the first time. Direct pumping of the Ho upper laser manifold maximizes efficiency, minimizes heating, and eliminates Ho:Tm energy sharing. Design and performance are presented.

  13. Transient excited singlet state absorption in the laser dye proportional-NPO

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    Venkateswarlu, P.; George, M.C.; Rao, Y.V.; Jagannath, H.; Chakrapani, G.

    1987-09-25

    Excited single state absorption of the laser dye proportional-NPO solution in toluene recorded in the region 4460--6260 A shows nine submaxima and four shoulders whose origin can be traced to transitions from different vibrational levels of the lowest excited singlet state S/sub 1/ to those of two other upper singlet electronic states labeled S/sub 3/ and S/sub 4/.

  14. Lifetime measurements in the neutral thulium spectrum using a pulsed dye laser

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    Zaki Ewiss, M. A.; Buurman, E. P.; Snoek, C.; Donszelmann, A.

    1984-04-01

    Natural radiative lifetimes have been measured at 10 levels of the Tm I spectrum, using a 3 nsec-pulse duration dye laser. Results are presented in tabular form together with corresponding data from the literature, and agreement is noted. The statistical error is in most cases 2.5 percent. Line intensities are very sensitive to the configuration interaction phenomenon, which also affects the lifetimes.

  15. Dynamically observing intratumor injection of laser-absorbing dye and immunoadjuvant using digital x-ray imaging technique

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    Chen, Wei R.; Liu, Hong; Yue, Wei; Wang, Jiping; Nordquist, Robert E.

    2001-07-01

    Selective laser-tissue interaction is a promising method for noninvasive treatment of deep tumors. Using a laser beam with a wavelength in the near-infrared region and an intratumoral injection of a laser-absorbing dye, the laser energy can destroy targeted tumor cells while sparing normal surrounding tissue. Introducing an immunoadjuvant can achieve possible systemic antitumor immune response, hence augmenting the selective laser-tissue interaction. Administration of the dye and the immunoadjuvant, and the time window for optimal laser application, are crucial in determining the outcome of the treatment. To determine the dynamic distribution of intratumor-injected laser-absorbing dye and immunoadjuvant, a digital x-ray imaging technique was employed. Indocyanine green as the laser-absorbing dye and glycated chitosan as the immunoadjuvant were injected into the center of a rat tumor, and the transmitted x-ray signals through tumor tissue and surrounding normal tissue, before and after the injection, were acquired and analyzed. The transmitted signals through tissue were reduced due to the injection of either dye or immunoadjuvant solution. The diffusion of aqueous solutions in tissue was a function of time and of the properties of the solutes. The indocyanine green solution, due to its low molecular weight, diffused through the tumor almost immediately after injection, then gradually dispersed into the surrounding tissue. The glycated chitosan, on the other hand, due to its high molecular weight and high viscosity, dispersed slowly and took about 20 to 25 min to reach maximum accumulation at the edge of the tumor. Our results showed that the digital x-ray images could be used to guide the precise positioning of the injection needle, and to determine the distributions of the dye and immunoadjuvant in the tumor and in the surrounding normal tissue. Apparently, the dynamic observation of dye and immunoadjuvant administration and their diffusion process could be used to optimize the parameters for laser treatment of deep tumors.

  16. Ti : sapphire laser pumped by the second harmonic of a pulsed diode-pumped Nd : YAG laser for two-photon spectroscopy

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    Donin, Valerii I; Yakovin, Dmitrii V; Gribanov, A V

    2009-03-31

    The characteristics of a ring Ti : sapphire laser with gain modulation and frequency tuning using a prism beamsplitter are presented. The output pulse duration was about 50 ns at a pulse repetition rate of 7 - 18 kHz, and the frequency tuning range was 30 nm. The radiation bandwidth of the laser with a 0.7-mm-thick intracavity Fabry - Perot etalon was 12 GHz. The maximum average output power reached 160 mW at the pump power of 4.5 W and the pulse repetition rate of 7 kHz. As a pump laser, we used a diode-pumped frequency-doubled Q-switched Nd :YAG laser. (lasers)

  17. High-power LD end-pumped Tm:YAG ceramic slab laser

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    Liu, Xuan; Huang, Haitao; Shen, Deyuan; Fan, Xuliang; Yao, Weichao; Zhu, Heyuan; Zhang, Jian; Tang, Dingyuan

    2015-03-01

    A high-power Tm:YAG ceramic slab laser is reported. Deliberate thermal management was made to dissipate the heat effectively and release the stress in ceramics. The influence of pump wavelength on laser performance was investigated. A maximum of 52 W output power was achieved, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 27.8 % with respect to the incident pump power. As to our knowledge, this is the highest 2-?m laser output power reported in Tm:YAG ceramic lasers. This result proves that Tm:YAG laser ceramic is a promising candidate for 2-?m high-power laser applications.

  18. Reconfigurable Solid-state Dye-doped Polymer Ring Resonator Lasers

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    Chandrahalim, Hengky; Fan, Xudong

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents wavelength configurable on-chip solid-state ring lasers fabricated by a single-mask standard lithography. The single- and coupled-ring resonator hosts were fabricated on a fused-silica wafer and filled with 3,3?-Diethyloxacarbocyanine iodide (CY3), Rhodamine 6G (R6G), and 3,3?-Diethylthiadicarbocyanine iodide (CY5)-doped polymer as the reconfigurable gain media. The recorded lasing threshold was ~220?nJ/mm2 per pulse for the single-ring resonator laser with R6G, marking the lowest threshold shown by solid-state dye-doped polymer lasers fabricated with a standard lithography process on a chip. A single-mode lasing from a coupled-ring resonator system with the lasing threshold of ~360?nJ/mm2 per pulse was also demonstrated through the Vernier effect. The renewability of the dye-doped polymer was examined by removing and redepositing the dye-doped polymer on the same resonator hosts for multiple cycles. We recorded consistent emissions from the devices for all trials, suggesting the feasibility of employing this technology for numerous photonic and biochemical sensing applications that entail for sustainable, reconfigurable, and low lasing threshold coherent light sources on a chip. PMID:26674508

  19. Reconfigurable Solid-state Dye-doped Polymer Ring Resonator Lasers.

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    Chandrahalim, Hengky; Fan, Xudong

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents wavelength configurable on-chip solid-state ring lasers fabricated by a single-mask standard lithography. The single- and coupled-ring resonator hosts were fabricated on a fused-silica wafer and filled with 3,3'-Diethyloxacarbocyanine iodide (CY3), Rhodamine 6G (R6G), and 3,3'-Diethylthiadicarbocyanine iodide (CY5)-doped polymer as the reconfigurable gain media. The recorded lasing threshold was ~220?nJ/mm(2) per pulse for the single-ring resonator laser with R6G, marking the lowest threshold shown by solid-state dye-doped polymer lasers fabricated with a standard lithography process on a chip. A single-mode lasing from a coupled-ring resonator system with the lasing threshold of ~360?nJ/mm(2) per pulse was also demonstrated through the Vernier effect. The renewability of the dye-doped polymer was examined by removing and redepositing the dye-doped polymer on the same resonator hosts for multiple cycles. We recorded consistent emissions from the devices for all trials, suggesting the feasibility of employing this technology for numerous photonic and biochemical sensing applications that entail for sustainable, reconfigurable, and low lasing threshold coherent light sources on a chip. PMID:26674508

  20. Clinical experience with high power (140 mj.), large fiber (320 micron) pulsed dye laser lithotripsy.

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    Dretler, S P; Bhatta, K M

    1991-11-01

    The pulsed dye laser, at 504 nm. wavelength with a pulse duration of 1 microsecond, was used at 140 mj. per pulse via a 320 mu. (core) fiber for fragmentation of 72 ureteral calculi. The fragmentation efficiency and clinical results using the 140 mj./320 mu. fiber were compared to previous experience using the 60 mj./200 mu. (core) fiber. Fragmentation efficiency was significantly improved requiring many fewer laser pulses to fragment calculi of similar size and composition, and decreasing the need for auxiliary methods to complete stone fragmentation. The higher energy and larger fiber allowed for more efficient ureteroscopic ureteral stone fragmentation without compromising tissue safety. PMID:1682511

  1. A CW CO2 wave guide laser for the optical pumping of far-infra-red molecular lasers

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    Ioli, N.; Moruzzi, G.; Strumia, F.

    1980-06-01

    A CW CO2 waveguide laser giving a maximum output power of 4-6.5 W in single-line and single-mode operation is demonstrated; the key feature of the design is that a Pyrex capillary tube is used as the waveguide, providing the same efficiency as BeO and BN. The output power in single-line single-mode operation is the highest ever reported for a CO2 waveguide laser and it is large enough to excite far-infrared laser emission in optically pumped molecules. FIR laser emission on several lines of CH3OH and CH3F pumped by this laser was observed.

  2. A multi-pass pumping scheme for thin disk lasers with good anti-disturbance ability.

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    Huang, Yan; Zhu, Xiao; Zhu, Guangzhi; Shang, Jianli; Wang, Hailin; Qi, Lijun; Zhu, Changhong; Guo, Fei

    2015-02-23

    A multi-pass pumping scheme for thin disk lasers consisting of dual parabolic mirrors with conjugated relationship is presented. The anti-disturbance ability of pumping is analyzed by ray tracing method under different kinds of disturbances. Both theoretical and experiment results show that disturbances in this system won't lead to a misalignment of each pumping spot, but only the position of superposed pumping spot on disk crystal will be changed. Compared with the multi-pass pumping scheme consisting of parabolic mirror and folding prisms, this pumping scheme has a better anti-disturbance ability. PMID:25836497

  3. Laser rods with undoped, flanged end-caps for end-pumped laser applications

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    Meissner, H.E.; Beach, R.J.; Bibeau, C.; Sutton, S.B.; Mitchell, S.; Bass, I.; Honea, E.

    1999-08-10

    A method and apparatus for achieving improved performance in a solid state laser is provided. A flanged, at least partially undoped end-cap is attached to at least one end of a laserable medium. Preferably flanged, undoped end-caps are attached to both ends of the laserable medium. Due to the low scatter requirements for the interface between the end-caps and the laser rod, a non-adhesive method of bonding is utilized such as optical contacting combined with a subsequent heat treatment of the optically contacted composite. The non-bonded end surfaces of the flanged end-caps are coated with laser cavity coatings appropriate for the lasing wavelength of the laser rod. A cooling jacket, sealably coupled to the flanged end-caps, surrounds the entire length of the laserable medium. Radiation from a pump source is focused by a lens duct and passed through at least one flanged end-cap into the laser rod. 14 figs.

  4. Experiments and theory for a Tm:Ho:YAG laser end pumped by a Cr:GSAG laser

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    Kim, Kyong H.; Choi, Young S.; Hess, Robert V.; Blair, Clayton H.; Brockman, Philip; Barnes, Norman P.

    1991-01-01

    A Cr:GSAG-laser-pumped Tm:Ho:YAG laser has been fabricated and tested. A maximum output energy of 14 mJ with a slope efficiency of 33.6 percent was obtained using a 98-percent reflective output coupler. A comprehensive rate equation model has been developed to describe laser performance. Details of the experimental measurements and model are presented.

  5. Spatially tunable laser emission in dye-doped cholesteric polymer films Yuhua Huang, Liang-Pin Chen, Charlie Doyle, Ying Zhou, and Shin-Tson Wua

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    Wu, Shin-Tson

    Spatially tunable laser emission in dye-doped cholesteric polymer films Yuhua Huang, Liang-Pin Chen A spatially tunable laser emission of the dye-doped cholesteric polymer film is demonstrated by generating of the reflection band is fixed in the cholesteric polymer film, the tuning of the laser wavelength does not require

  6. Low-power photolytically pumped lasers: Final technical report

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    Messing, I.; Lorents, D.C.; Eckstrom, D.J.

    1987-08-01

    We have carried out an extensive series of measurements of the time-resolved Xe/sub 2/* emission spectra following optical pumping by a short-pulse F/sub 2/ laser at 157.6 nm. Most measurements were performed using a gated Optical Multichannel Analyzer detector; we also made measurements using a scanning monochromator fitted with a photomultiplier and using a boxcar integrator for time resolution. The two sets of results agree well and show that both the singlet and triplet emission bands are broader than expected and have center wavelengths closer together than expected. Measurements were performed both at room temperature and at elevated (140/sup 0/C) and reduced (-27/sup 0/C) temperatures. The broad bandwidth of the individual spectral bands was unexpected and conflicted with a previous spectral measurement using optical pumping by the Xe* resonance line from a microwave discharge lamp. Therefore, we also performed a series of spectral measurements using this type of optical pumping. We achieved good agreement with some previous results in the literature, but not with the result in question. We conclude that the present results are reliable. The results presented in this report provide the first definitive measurement of the individual excimer emissions from each of the Xe/sub 2/(0/sub u//sup +/) and Xe/sub 2/(1/sub u/) states. From these measurements and the known ground state potential, we derived a 1/sub u/ potential that reproduces the emission band very well. However, the 1/sub u/ potential is in substantial disagreement with the recent 1/sub u/ potential derived by the Toronto group. 13 refs., 32 figs., 3 tabs.

  7. Spin physics with laser-pumped helium atoms

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    Schearer, L.D.

    1993-05-01

    With the development of new, tunable lasers at 1083 nm, direct optical pumping of the triplet metastable atoms of helium yields an almost perfectly aligned ensemble. In {sup 3}He the hyperflne interaction and collisions transfer the orientation to the groundstate nuclear spins. The optical pumping process in {sup 3}He is extraordinarily efficient- nearly 2.5 nuclei are oriented per absorbed photon at turn-on. Applications to magnetometry, the production of spin-polarized electron and ion beams, and the development of polarized neutron beams and dense targets will be discussed. The progress of the UNI-Mainz experiment to measure the electric and magnetic form factors of the neutron will be described. In this experiment the polarized {sup 3}He target is mechanically compressed to several atmospheres with minimal loss of nuclear polarization. Extension of this dense nuclear target for use as a neutron spin filter is also in progress. We will also describe the status of our experiment to observe scattering asymmetries of polarized electrons by chiral molecules. Progress on the development of a compact, moderate current, polarized e-beam will be discussed.

  8. Blue diode-pumped solid-state-laser based on ytterbium doped laser crystals operating on the resonance zero-phonon transition

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    Krupke, William F. (Pleasanton, CA); Payne, Stephen A. (Castro Valley, CA); Marshall, Christopher D. (Livermore, CA)

    2001-01-01

    The invention provides an efficient, compact means of generating blue laser light at a wavelength near .about.493+/-3 nm, based on the use of a laser diode-pumped Yb-doped laser crystal emitting on its zero phonon line (ZPL) resonance transition at a wavelength near .about.986+/-6 nm, whose fundamental infrared output radiation is harmonically doubled into the blue spectral region. The invention is applied to the excitation of biofluorescent dyes (in the .about.490-496 nm spectral region) utilized in flow cytometry, immunoassay, DNA sequencing, and other biofluorescence instruments. The preferred host crystals have strong ZPL fluorecence (laser) transitions lying in the spectral range from .about.980 to .about.992 nm (so that when frequency-doubled, they produce output radiation in the spectral range from 490 to 496 nm). Alternate preferred Yb doped tungstate crystals, such as Yb:KY(WO.sub.4).sub.2, may be configured to lase on the resonant ZPL transition near 981 nm (in lieu of the normal 1025 nm transition). The laser light is then doubled in the blue at 490.5 nm.

  9. The pulsed dye laser versus the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser in laser-induced shock-wave lithotripsy.

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    Thomas, S; Pensel, J; Engelhardt, R; Meyer, W; Hofstetter, A G

    1988-01-01

    To date, there are two fairly well-established alternatives for laser-induced shock-wave lithotripsy in clinical practice. The Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is distinguished by the high-stone selectivity of its coupler systems. The necessity of a coupler system and its fairly small conversion rate of light energy into mechanical energy present serious drawbacks. Furthermore, the minimal outer diameter of the transmission system is 1.8 mm. The pulsed-dye laser can be used with a highly flexible and uncomplicated 200-micron fiber. However, the laser system itself is more complicated than the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and requires a great deal of maintenance. Biological evaluation of damage caused by direct irradiation shows that both laser systems produce minor damage of different degrees. YAG laser lithotripsy with the optomechanical coupler was assessed in 31 patients with ureteral calculi. The instability and limited effectiveness of the fiber application system necessitated auxiliary lithotripsy methods in 14 cases. Dye-laser lithotripsy is currently being tested in clinical application. Further development, such as systems for blind application or electronic feedback mechanisms to limit adverse tissue effects, have yet to be optimized. Nevertheless, laser-induced shock-wave lithotripsy has the potential to become a standard procedure in the endourologic management of stone disease. PMID:2902500

  10. Multi-kW cw fiber oscillator pumped by wavelength stabilized fiber coupled diode lasers

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    Becker, Frank; Neumann, Benjamin; Winkelmann, Lutz; Belke, Steffen; Ruppik, Stefan; Hefter, Ulrich; Köhler, Bernd; Wolf, Paul; Biesenbach, Jens

    2013-02-01

    High power Yb doped fiber laser sources are beside CO2- and disk lasers one of the working horses of industrial laser applications. Due to their inherently given robustness, scalability and high efficiency, fiber laser sources are best suited to fulfill the requirements of modern industrial laser applications in terms of power and beam quality. Pumping Yb doped single-mode fiber lasers at 976nm is very efficient. Thus, high power levels can be realized avoiding limiting nonlinear effects like SRS. However the absorption band of Yb doped glass around 976nm is very narrow. Therefore, one has to consider the wavelength shift of the diode lasers used for pumping. The output spectrum of passively cooled diode lasers is mainly defined by the applied current and by the heat sink temperature. Furthermore the overall emission line width of a high power pump source is dominated by the large number of needed diode laser emitters, each producing an individual spectrum. Even though it is possible to operate multi-kW cw single-mode fiber lasers with free running diode laser pumps, wavelength stabilizing techniques for diode lasers (e.g. volume holographic gratings, VHG) can be utilized in future fiber laser sources to increase the output power level while keeping the energy consumption constant. To clarify the benefits of wavelength stabilized diode lasers with integrated VHG for wavelength locking the performance of a dual side pumped fiber oscillator is discussed in this article. For comparison, different pumping configurations consisting of stabilized and free-running diode lasers are presented.

  11. Use of a genetic algorithm technique in solid-state laser pump cavity development

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    Franzen, Rene; Apel, Christian; Lampert, Friedrich; Meister, Joerg

    2007-03-10

    We apply a genetic algorithm to optimize the pump cavity of a complex miniaturized diode-pumped laser to find a balance between the efficient energy transfer of the pump light and the homogeneous illumination of the laser crystal. These two points are in contradiction to each other, whereby a complex optimization situation is given. The genome determines the geometry of the internal optical elements of the pump cavity in which a laser rod is placed.After optimization of the internal optical elements, a homogeneous illumination over the crystal length and a coupling efficiency of 59% were achieved. The results showed that genetic algorithms can find solutions and blueprints for laser pump cavities of consistent quality.

  12. Generalized formula for continuous-wave end-pumped Yb-doped material amplifier gain and laser output power in various pumping configurations

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    Bourdet, Gilbert L.; Bartnicki, Eric

    2006-12-20

    We present a general formula fitted for computing the amplification and laser output power in a Yb-doped material under various quasi-end-pumping configurations. These configurations include single pass pumping, backreflection pumping in which the pump is reflected by a mirror set on the rear face of the amplifier medium, contrapropagation pumping where two pump beams are launched on both sides of the amplifier and, for every configuration, regenerative pumping in which the transmitted or reflected pump beam is recycled using the proper apparatus. We show that, with regenerative pumping, the efficiency is drastically improved and the optimum amplifier length leading to the maximum laser output power is shorter compared with the one obtained with conventional pumping. In this model, we do not take temperature effect into account.

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

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    Venkateswarlu, Putcha; He, K. X.; Sharma, A.

    1993-01-01

    The optical properties associated with small particles, which include aerosols, hydrosols and solid microspheres have an impact on several areas of science and engineering. Since the advent of high-speed computers and lasers, the interaction of light with matter in the form of small particles with a discontinuous optical boundary relative to the surroundings has been much better understood. Various nonlinear optical effects have been observed involving interaction of a laser beam with both solid microspheres and liquid microdroplets. These include observation of second and third harmonic generation, four wave mixing, optical visibility, two photon absorption, observation of stimulated emission and lasing, and Stimulated Raman Scattering. Many of these effects are observed with laser intensities which are orders of magnitude less than that required by threshold condition for interactions in macroscopic bulk medium. The primary reason for this is twofold. The front surface of the microsphere acts as a thick lens to enhance the internal intensity of the input laser radiation, and the spherical shape of the droplet acts as an optical cavity to provide feedback at specific wavelengths corresponding to the whispering gallery modes or the morphology dependent resonances (MDR's). The most interesting and significant recent finding in this field is undoubtedly the existence of resonance peaks in linear and nonlinear optical spectra. Such resonance peaks are only dependent on the particle morphology, which means the size, shape and refractive index of the particle. Because of the simultaneous presence of these resonances, they have been referred to by many names, including structural resonances, whispering modes or whispering gallery modes, creeping waves, circumferential waves, surfaces modes, and virtual modes. All of these names refer to the same phenomena, i.e. morphology dependent resonances (MDR's) which has already been described and predicted precisely by electromagnetic theory and Loentz-Mie theory since 1908. MDR's can become important when the particle size (radius a) approaches and exceeds the wavelength of the electromagnetic wave (lambda) and the refractive index of the particle is greater than that of the surrounding medium. Such resonances are easiest to observe from a single particle with high symmetry, such as a sphere, spheroid, or cylinder. MDR's correspond to solutions of the characteristic equations of the electromagnetic fields in the presence of a sphere.

  14. DYE LASER SOURCE OF MONOCHROMATIC UV-B AND UV-C RADIATIONS FOR BIOLOGICAL ACTION SPECTROSCOPY

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    The authors have used a flashlamp driven tunable dye laser as a radiation source for observing UV-C and UV-B action spectra of two eukaryotic microorganisms. The general nature of the irradiation system and various operating parameters are described. The laser produces the high p...

  15. High-speed photographic studies of dye-assisted pulsed Nd:YAG laser ablation of dental hard tissues

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    Lu, Quiang; Wallace, David B.; Hayes, Donald J.

    1997-06-01

    We have been evaluating the use of a pulsed Nd:YAG laser for ablating hard dental tissue. For this application we apply dye-drops of an IR absorptive fluid on the enamel, then irradiate with a laser pulse from the laser. By using ink- jet technology to deliver the dye-drops, we can attain micron- and millisecond-scale precision in drop delivery, with a 'burst' of drops preceding each laser pulse. To gain better understanding of the ablation process we have used a high- speed CCD camera system with 1 microsecond(s) exposure and 1 microsecond(s) inter-exposure-interval capability. Fast photography of the ablation process showed the following typical events. (i) The laser induced plasma plume erupts immediately after pulse onset, expands to maximum within 50 microsecond(s) , and lasts up to 200 microsecond(s) . (ii) Ejected particles flying away from the site of laser pulse/dye-drop impact are detected within 30 microsecond(s) of laser pulse onset, and continue up to 10 ms. These particles attain velocities up to 50 m/s with lower velocities from lower pulse power. (iii) The plasma plume has a peak height that increases with increasing laser fluence, ranging up to 10 mm for a fluence of 242 J/cm2 on enamel. From this study, the dye-assisted ablation mechanisms are inferred to be plasma-mediated and explosion- mediated tissue removal.

  16. Low spatial coherence electrically pumped semiconductor laser for speckle-free full-field imaging

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    Cao, Hui

    Low spatial coherence electrically pumped semiconductor laser for speckle-free full-field imaging speckle patterns in time, mitigating the advantage of using bright sources such as lasers of laser sources has limited their application to parallel imaging and projection due to coherent artifacts

  17. High power 2 {micro}m wing-pumped Tm{sup 3+}:YAG laser

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    Beach, R.J.; Sutton, S.B.; Honea, E.C.; Skidmore, J.A.; Emanuel, M.A.

    1996-01-01

    Using a scalable diode end-pumping technology developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory the authors have demonstrated a compact Tm{sup 3+}:YAG laser capable of generating greater than 50 W of cw 2 {micro}m laser output power. The design and operational characteristics of this laser will be discussed.

  18. Numerical Simulation of a Diode-Laser-Pumped Self-Q-Switched Cr,Yb:YAG Microchip Laser

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    Dong, Jun; Shirakawa, Akira; Ueda, Ken-Ichi

    The dynamic and laser characteristics of the self-Q-switched Cr,Yb:YAG laser were studied by solving the coupled rate equations; the effects of the pump rate, reflectivity of the output couplers and the concentrations of the saturable absorbers on the laser performance were investigated in detail and the numerical simulation of the Cr,Yb:YAG lasers was in good agreement with the experimental data. Better laser performance of the Cr,Yb:YAG self-Q-switched laser can be obtained by using high pump rate, higher concentration of the saturable absorber and suitable reflectivity of the output coupler according to our numerical calculations. A typical self-Q-switched laser pulse of 269.5 J pulse energy with 319 ps pulse width (FWHM) at a repetition rate of 3.1 kHz can be obtained with a monolithic laser cavity, which results in 843.5 kW peak power.

  19. Characterization of a Tunable Optical Parametric Oscillator Laser System for Multielement Flame

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    Michel, Robert G.

    weights of solid samples or slurried solid samples.2,3 Compared to a conventional light source, laser for maximum signal-to-noise ratio. Until now, pulsed excimer- or YAG-pumped tunable dye lasers have been used

  20. Fabrication of near-infrared polymer light-emitting-diodes using dispersed laser dye

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    Jitsui, Yusuke; Ohtani, Naoki

    2012-05-01

    The purpose of this research is to fabricate polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) operating in the near-infrared (NIR) region. IR-140 is a laser-dye, whose emission wavelength is 870 nm. This NIR dye was dispersed as an emissive dopant within poly(2-methoxy-5-(3'-7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (MDMO -PPV) and poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK). In addition, 2-(4-tert-butylphenyl)-5-(4-biphenylyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole (PBD) was dispersed in the active layer. We fabricated the following two types of samples: (A) indium tin oxide (ITO)/MDMO-PPV:IR-140/aluminum (Al) and (B) ITO/IR-140:PBD:PVK/Al. Sample A successfully showed NIR emissions. However, sample A also revealed EL signals in the visible light region. In sample B, however, the undesired visible light was successfully eliminated due to the improved carrier-balance in the active region.

  1. Coumarin-BODIPY hybrids by heteroatom linkage: versatile, tunable and photostable dye lasers for UV irradiation.

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    Esnal, I; Duran-Sampedro, G; Agarrabeitia, A R; Bañuelos, J; García-Moreno, I; Macías, M A; Peña-Cabrera, E; López-Arbeloa, I; de la Moya, S; Ortiz, M J

    2015-03-28

    Linking amino and hydroxycoumarins to BODIPYs through the amino or hydroxyl group lets the easy construction of unprecedented photostable coumarin-BODIPY hybrids with broadened and enhanced absorption in the UV spectral region, and outstanding wavelength-tunable laser action within the green-to-red spectral region (?520-680 nm). These laser dyes allow the generation of a valuable tunable UV (?260-350 nm) laser source by frequency doubling, which is essential to study accurately the photochemistry of biological molecules under solar irradiation. The tunability is achieved by selecting the substitution pattern of the hybrid. Key factors are the linking heteroatom (nitrogen vs. oxygen), the number of coumarin units joined to the BODIPY framework and the involved linking positions. PMID:25732124

  2. Computer modeling and analysis of high energy particle pumped gas lasers

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    Lim, S.S.

    1981-01-01

    Modeling of direct nuclear pumped (DNP) laser systems is carried out in support of laboratory and reactor experiments. The extensive model codes developed in previous years have been expanded to include details of high energy particle deposition, photoionization and excited state absorption processes. The goal of this study is to provide a reliable framework for the planning and interpretation of DNP laser experiments. The expanded numerical codes are summarized. The laser system of primary interest is the XeF C-A transition at 480 nm. Calculations presented here cover both direct pumped and photolytically pumped excimer systems. High pressure, /sup 3/He seeded, direct reactor pumped calculations are presented in support of experiments performed on the Aberdeen reactor. High energy deposition experiments planned for the AURORA facility are also outlined. In these experiments gamma rays are used to pump liquid xenon followed by 172 nm fluorescence which photodissociates XeF2. These latter calculations predict substantial lasing even though the maximum efficiency for laser energy out/gamma ray energy in is small, primarily due to a small optical view factor. For the infrared CO laser system, fundamental difficulties appear which suggest limitations for a high energy particle pumping scheme. Although high electron densities are produced under high energy deposition conditions, the large low energy vibrational cross sections lead to rather low mean electron temperatures. The observation of gain in CO under fission fragment pumping is shown to be consistent with a pumping mechanism from electronic quenching and ionic recombination processes.

  3. Histological study on the treatment of vascular malformations resistant to pulsed dye laser

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    Seiji, Kawana; Sato, Shigeru; Naito, Zenya

    2013-01-01

    Background and Aims: The pulsed dye laser (PDL) is recognized both as an effective treatment for vascular malformations and the as first treatment of choice for these lesions. However, PDL irradiation has poor efficacy in some patients, particularly the elderly. The present study histologically assessed such patients to try to elucidate the reason. Materials and Methods: A pulsed dye laser was used in 3 subjects in whom previous laser treatment was ineffective. Three-millimeter punch biopsies were obtained before laser treatment, 1 week and 3 months after the laser treatment. Each specimen was stained with toluidine blue and examined under light microscopy followed by electron microscopy with oolong tea extract (OTE) staining. Results: Microscopy revealed an increase in the vasculature at baseline and an increased number of dermal fibroblasts. One week post-irradiation, inflammatory cell infiltration was observed together with extensive interstitial perivascular edema. At 1 week and 3 months after laser irradiation, normal structures were observed for both blood vessels and capillary endothelial cells. Mild changes were noted in other interstitial features, but findings obtained 3 months after irradiation were almost similar to those before irradiation. Conclusions: The lower efficacy of PDL treatment in the elderly was possibly due to the markedly low amount of red blood cells in our subjects' blood vessels, a major chromophore for the PDL, was markedly low. It is possible that age-related denaturation of dermal matrix collagen plays some role in maintaining the vasculature in the interstitium with edema, and inflammatory cell infiltration could lead to the cellular release of some cytokines which favor reconstruction of the vasculature. PMID:24204091

  4. Diffractive Combiner of Single-Mode Pump Laser-Diode Beams

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    Liu, Duncan; Wilson, Daniel; Qiu, Yueming; Forouhar, Siamak

    2007-01-01

    An optical beam combiner now under development would make it possible to use the outputs of multiple single-mode laser diodes to pump a neodymium: yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) nonplanar ring oscillator (NPRO) laser while ensuring that the laser operates at only a single desired frequency. Heretofore, an Nd:YAG NPRO like the present one has been pumped by a single multimode laser-diode beam delivered via an optical fiber. It would be desirable to use multiple pump laser diodes to increase reliability beyond that obtainable from a single pump laser diode. However, as explained below, simplistically coupling multiple multimode laser-diode beams through a fiber-optic combiner would entail a significant reduction in coupling efficiency, and lasing would occur at one or more other frequencies in addition to the single desired frequency. Figure 1 schematically illustrates the principle of operation of a laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG NPRO. The laser beam path is confined in a Nd:YAG crystal by means of total internal reflections on the three back facets and a partial-reflection coating on the front facet. The wavelength of the pump beam - 808 nm - is the wavelength most strongly absorbed by the Nd:YAG crystal. The crystal can lase at a wavelength of either 1,064 nm or 1,319 nm - which one depending on the optical coating on the front facet. A thermal lens effect induced by the pump beam enables stable lasing in the lowest-order transverse electromagnetic mode (the TEM00 mode). The frequency of this laser is very stable because of the mechanical stability of the laser crystal and the unidirectional nature of the lasing. The unidirectionality is a result of the combined effects of (1) a Faraday rotation induced by an externally applied magnetic field and (2) polarization associated with non-normal incidence and reflection on the front facet.

  5. Continuous wave diode pumped Yb:LLF and Yb:NYF lasers

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    Yasukevich, A. S.; Kisel, V. E.; Kurilchik, S. V.; Grigoriev, S. V.; Kuleshov, N. V.; Gordeev, E. Yu.; Korableva, S. L.; Naumov, A. K.; Semashko, V. V.

    2009-11-01

    Experimental and theoretical results of investigation of CW Yb:LiLuF 4 (Yb:LLF) and Yb:Na 4Y 6F 22 (Yb:NYF) lasers under longitudinal diode laser pump are reported. Slope efficiencies of 41%, 58% with 0.21, 0.53 W of output powers were obtained for the Yb:LLF and Yb:NYF lasers, correspondingly. The Yb:NYF laser demonstrated tunability in the region from 1005 to 1061 nm. The mathematical modelling of CW laser operation predicts under optimized laser parameters optical to optical efficiencies of about 55% and 51% for Yb:LLF and Yb:NYF lasers, respectively.

  6. Properties of continuous-wave 1123 nm laser with diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG

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    Bai, F.; Wang, Q. P.; Liu, Z. J.; Zhang, X. Y.; Sun, W. J.

    2010-11-01

    Laser properties of diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG laser operating at 1123 nm are demonstrated. A 1.0 at % Nd-doped Nd:YAG rod with a size of Ø3 × 63 mm2 is used as the active medium. Both radial and tangential thermal focal lengths of this side-pumped Nd:YAG rod are determined under lasing condition. The results show that the bifocusing strength of 1123 nm laser is larger than that of 1164 nm laser, and 1123-nm thermal focal lengths are shorter than those of 1064-nm laser due to higher quantum defect. Laser output performances of 1123 nm in terms of stability, output power and beam quality influenced by pump power at different cavity lengths are also discussed with a convex-piano cavity.

  7. Method for optical pumping of thin laser media at high average power

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    Zapata, Luis E. (Livermore, CA); Beach, Raymond J. (Livermore, CA); Honea, Eric C. (Sunol, CA); Payne, Stephen A. (Castro Valley, CA)

    2004-07-13

    A thin, planar laser material is bonded to a light guide of an index-matched material forming a composite disk. Diode array or other pump light is introduced into the composite disk through the edges of the disk. Pump light trapped within the composite disk depletes as it multi-passes the laser medium before reaching an opposing edge of the disk. The resulting compound optical structure efficiently delivers concentrated pump light and to a laser medium of minimum thickness. The external face of the laser medium is used for cooling. A high performance cooler attached to the external face of the laser medium rejects heat. Laser beam extraction is parallel to the heat flux to minimize optical distortions.

  8. From Dye Laser Factory to Portable Semiconductor Laser: Four Generations of Sodium Guide Star Lasers for Adaptive Optics in Astronomy and Space Situational Awareness

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    d'Orgeville, C.; Fetzer, G.

    This presentation recalls the history of sodium guide star laser systems used in astronomy and space situational awareness adaptive optics, analysing the impact that sodium laser technology evolution has had on routine telescope operations. While it would not be practical to describe every single sodium guide star laser system developed to date, it is possible to characterize their evolution in broad technology terms. The first generation of sodium lasers used dye laser technology to create the first sodium laser guide stars in Hawaii, California, and Spain in the late 1980's and 1990's. These experimental systems were turned into the first laser guide star facilities to equip medium-to-large diameter adaptive optics telescopes, opening a new era of LGS AO-enabled diffraction-limited imaging from the ground. Although they produced exciting scientific results, these laser guide star facilities were large, power-hungry and messy. In the USA, a second-generation of sodium lasers was developed in the 2000's that used cleaner, yet still large and complex, solid-state laser technology. These are the systems in routine operation at the 8-10m class astronomical telescopes and 4m-class satellite imaging facilities today. Meanwhile in Europe, a third generation of sodium lasers was being developed using inherently compact and efficient fiber laser technology, and resulting in the only commercially available sodium guide star laser system to date. Fiber-based sodium lasers will be deployed at two astronomical telescopes and at least one space debris tracking station this year. Although highly promising, these systems remain significantly expensive and they have yet to demonstrate high performance in the field. We are proposing to develop a fourth generation of sodium lasers: based on semiconductor technology, these lasers could provide the final solution to the problem of sodium laser guide star adaptive optics for all astronomy and space situational awareness applications.

  9. Histopathology of the effects of tuneable dye laser on monkey retina

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    Smiddy, W.E.; Patz, A.; Quigley, H.A.; Dunkelberger, G.R.

    1988-07-01

    The tuneable dye laser was used to simulate treatment of choroidal neovascularization and panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) in monkey retina. The histopathologic effects of wavelengths from 560 to 630 nm in juxtafoveal, papillomacular bundle, and nonfoveal areas were investigated. An unexpected observation using high-intensity burns in juxtafoveal and, to a lesser extent, in papillomacular bundle areas was inner retinal damage with 600-nm light. At moderate energy levels, the effect of 600 nm were more comparable with those with other wavelengths and included much less damage to the inner retinal layers. At mild energy levels, the effects were comparable with other wavelengths. During and after the application of the burns, the energy levels and ophthalmoscopic appearances were comparable for each wavelength for the high-, moderate-, and mild-intensity burns. The histopathologic effects of 630-nm light (tuneable dye red) were comparable with those of the standard krypton red (647 nm) laser. Nonmacular and PRP effects were similar with all wavelengths. These results indicate that power levels may need to be reduced when placing 600-nm (orange) laser burns in the macula.

  10. Generation of synchronized trains of picosecond laser pulses at two wavelengths in a single-cavity synchronously mode-locked dye laser

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    Rocca, Jorge J.

    Generation of synchronized trains of picosecond laser pulses at two wavelengths in a single September 1992) Synchronized trains of 5 ps pulses at two wavelengths were generated in a single-cavity synchronously mode-locked dye laser 0. Buccafusca, J. J. Rocca, M. C. Marconi, and C. S. Menoni National Science

  11. Ultra high brightness laser diode arrays for pumping of compact solid state lasers and direct applications

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    Kohl, Andreas; Fillardet, Thierry; Laugustin, Arnaud; Rabot, Olivier

    2012-10-01

    High Power Laser Diodes (HPLD) are increasingly used in different fields of applications such as Industry, Medicine and Defense. Our significant improvements of performances (especially in power and efficiency) and a reproducible manufacturing process have led to reliable, highly robust components. For defense and security applications these devices are used predominantly for pumping of solid state lasers (ranging, designation, countermeasures, and sensors). Due to the drastically falling price per watt they are more and more replacing flash lamps as pump sources. By collimating the laser beam even with a bar to bar pitch of only 400?m. cutting edge brightness of our stacks.is achieved Due the extremely high brightness and high power density these stacks are an enabling technology for the development of compact highly efficient portable solid state lasers for applications as telemeters and designators on small platforms such as small UAVs and handheld devices. In combination with beam homogenizing optics their compact size and high efficiency makes these devices perfectly suited as illuminators for portable active imaging systems. For gated active imaging systems a very short pulse at high PRF operation is required. For this application we have developed a diode driver board with an efficiency several times higher than that of a standard driver. As a consequence this laser source has very low power consumption and low waste heat dissipation. In combination with its compact size and the integrated beam homogenizing optics it is therefore ideally suited for use in portable gated active imaging systems. The kWatt peak power enables a range of several hundred meters. The devices described in this paper mostly operate at wavelength between 800 nm and 980nm. Results from diodes operating between 1300 nm and 1550 nm are presented as well.

  12. A high carrier injection terahertz quantum cascade laser based on indirectly pumped scheme

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    Razavipour, S. G.

    A Terahertz quantum cascade laser with a rather high injection coupling strength based on an indirectly pumped scheme is designed and experimentally implemented. To effectively suppress leakage current, the chosen quantum ...

  13. Output features of two types of diode-pumped alkali vapor lasers in time domain

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    Cai, He; Wang, You; Jiang, Zhigang; Gao, Ming; Han, Juhong; An, Guofei; Xue, Liangping; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Hongyuan; Zhou, Jie

    2015-10-01

    Diode-pumped alkali lasers (DPALs) have gained rapid development in the recent years due to their great potential for realization of high-power lasers. Relaxation oscillation (RO) is a common phenomenon related to the dynamic process in time domain. Generally, the generation of spikes in RO may affect the output stabilization of a DPAL. In this paper, we develop a kinetic model to investigate the output characteristics in time domain. Using such a mathematical model, a comparative study on the RO features of a diode-pumped rubidium vapor lasers (DPRVL) and a diode-pumped cesium vapor lasers (DPCVL) is theoretically carried out with different physical parameters including the cell temperature, buffer gas pressure, pumping power and reflectance of an output coupler. The analyses should be valuable for design of a steady high-powered DPAL.

  14. A path to practical Solar Pumped Lasers via Radiative Energy Transfer

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    Reusswig, Philip D.

    The optical conversion of incoherent solar radiation into a bright, coherent laser beam enables the application of nonlinear optics to solar energy conversion and storage. Here, we present an architecture for solar pumped ...

  15. Dye lasing in optically manipulated liquid aerosols

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    Karadag, Yasin; Aas, Mehdi; Jonáš, Alexandr; Anand, Suman; McGloin, David; Kiraz, Alper

    2013-09-01

    We present dye lasing from optically manipulated glycerol-water aerosols with diameters ranging between 7.7 and 11.0 ?m confined in optical tweezers. While being optically trapped near the focal point of an infrared laser, the droplets stained with Rhodamine B were pumped with a Q-switched green laser and their fluorescence emission spectra featuring whispering gallery modes (WGMs) were recorded with a spectrograph. Nonlinear dependence of the intensity of the droplet WGMs on the pump laser fluence indicates dye lasing. The average wavelength of the lasing WGMs could be tuned between 600 and 630 nm by adjusting the droplet size. These results may lead to new ways of probing airborne particles, exploiting the high sensitivity of stimulated emission to small perturbations in the droplet laser cavity and the gain medium.

  16. Ti:sapphire-pumped diamond Raman laser with sub-100-fs pulse duration.

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    Murtagh, Michelle; Lin, Jipeng; Mildren, Richard P; Spence, David J

    2014-05-15

    We report a synchronously pumped femtosecond diamond Raman laser operating at 895 nm with a 33% slope efficiency. Pumped using a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser at 800 nm with a duration of 170 fs, the bandwidth of the Stokes output is broadened and chirped to enable subsequent pulse compression to 95 fs using a prism pair. Modeling results indicate that self-phase modulation drives the broadening of the Stokes spectrum in this highly transient laser. Our results demonstrate the potential for Raman conversion to extend the wavelength coverage and pulse shorten Ti:sapphire lasers. PMID:24978251

  17. Compact diode-side-pumped Yb:YAG slab laser operating in room temperature

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    Kaskow, M.; Zendzian, W.; Jabczynski, J. K.; Firak, J.; Gorajek, L.; Kwiatkowski, J.; Kopczynski, K.

    2013-07-01

    We report on free-running operation in a side-pumped Yb:YAG slab laser. For maximum available pump pulse energy of 850 mJ at 967.7 nm delivered by a 2D laser diode stack with fast-axis-collimation, the output pulses with energy of 150 mJ at 1.03 ?m were obtained. The laser system operated in room temperature providing a slope efficiency of 26.9%. The performance of the laser is described.

  18. Diode-pumped Er:CaF2 ceramic 2.7 ?m tunable laser.

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    Sulc, Jan; N?mec, Michal; Svejkar, Richard; Jelínková, Helena; Doroshenko, Maxim E; Fedorov, Pavel P; Osiko, Vyacheslav V

    2013-09-01

    Spectroscopic and laser properties of a newly developed high optical quality Er:CaF2 hot-formed ceramic were investigated. Under pulsed 968 nm laser diode pumping, the mid-infrared (2.7 ?m) radiation was obtained with a slope efficiency of 3%. Laser tunability was reached using a birefringent filter and the laser tuning range of 118 nm, from 2687 up to 2805 nm, was demonstrated. The maximal output energy reached was 0.48 mJ at 2730 nm for the absorbed pumping energy 34 mJ. PMID:23988970

  19. Pump-probe imaging of laser-induced periodic surface structures after ultrafast irradiation of Si

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    Murphy, Ryan D.; Torralva, Ben; Adams, David P.; Yalisove, Steven M.

    2013-09-30

    Ultrafast pump-probe microscopy has been used to investigate laser-induced periodic surface structure (LIPSS) formation on polished Si surfaces. A crater forms on the surface after irradiation by a 150 fs laser pulse, and a second, subsequent pulse forms LIPSS within the crater. Sequentially delayed images show that LIPSS with a periodicity slightly less than the fundamental laser wavelength of 780 nm appear on Si surfaces ?50 ps after arrival of the second pump laser pulse, well after the onset of melting. LIPSS are observed on the same timescale as material removal, suggesting that their formation involves material ejection.

  20. Diode-pumped Nd:GAGG-LBO laser at 531 nm

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    Zou, J.; Chu, H.; Wang, L. R.

    2012-03-01

    We report a green laser at 531 nm generation by intracavity frequency doubling of a continuous wave (cw) laser operation of a 1062 nm Nd:GAGG laser under in-band diode pumping at 808 nm. A LiB3O5 (LBO) crystal, cut for critical type I phase matching at room temperature is used for second harmonic generation of the laser. At an incident pump power of 18.5 W, as high as 933 mW of cw output power at 531 nm is achieved. The fluctuation of the green output power was better than 3.5% in the given 4 h.

  1. Demonstration of triple pump coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering in a jet diffusion flame 

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    Velur Natarajan, Viswanathan

    2002-01-01

    Three pulsed narrow band pump sources (a frequency doubled pulsed Nd-YAG, and two narrow band dye lasers) and a broad-band Stokes laser source are used to demonstrate triple pump coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering in a jet diffusion flame...

  2. An experimental investigation of (UF-235)6 fission nuclear-pumped lasers

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    Miley, G. H.

    1979-01-01

    A UF6 handling system was designed for use in conjunction with the existing nuclear-pumped laser vacuum system at a nuclear reactor laboratory to perform the experiments described above. A modification to separate the gas fill system from the vacuum system and thus greatly reduce its volume is described as well as operating procedures for the first controlled nuclear pumping experiments with UF6 vapor contained in the laser cell.

  3. High-power pump combiners for Tm-doped fibre lasers

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    Stachowiak, D.; Kaczmarek, P.; Abramski, K. M.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper our results of investigation on a pump power combiner in a configuration of 7×1 are presented. The performed combiner, with pump power of 80-85% transmission level, was successfully applied in a thulium doped fibre laser. The performed all-fibre laser setup reached a total CW output power of 6.42 W, achieving the efficiency on a 32.1% level.

  4. Energy-transfer mechanisms in the CH3F-SF6 optically pumped laser

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    Lawandy, N. M.; Koepf, G. A.

    1980-01-01

    The power of an optically pumped CH3F laser operating on the 496-micron line has been doubled with the addition of SF6 without any corresponding increase in pump absorption. It is suggested that a near-resonant energy transfer between CH3F and SF6 followed by SF6 deactivation is the mechanism responsible for the enhancement.

  5. Efficient corner-pumped Nd:YAG/YAG composite slab 1.1 µm laser.

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    Liu, Huan; Liu, Qiang; Gong, Mali

    2010-09-13

    Corner pumping is a new pumping scheme for diode-pumped solid-state lasers, which has the advantages of high pump efficiency and favorable pump uniformity. A continuous-wave corner-pumped Nd:YAG/ YAG composite slab multi-wavelength laser at around 1.1 µm is demonstrated. The maximal output power is up to 12.06 W with an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 24%. At an output power of 10.3 W, the M(2) factors of beam quality at width and thickness directions are 7.71 and 2.44, respectively. With a LBO crystal inserted in the cavity, continuous-wave yellow-green laser with an output power of 841 mW is obtained. The experimental results show that a corner-pumping is a feasible scheme in the design of diode-pumped solid-state 1.1 µm lasers and their frequency-doubling to the yellow-green with low or medium output powers. PMID:20940856

  6. Gallstone lithotripsy: in vitro comparison of fragmentation with a tunable-dye laser and an ultrasonic wire.

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    Soulen, M C; Sullivan, K L

    1992-11-01

    Large bile duct stones require fragmentation prior to extraction through the papilla or through a percutaneous tract. This can be attempted with dissolution therapy, crushing baskets, or lithotripsy. Lithotripsy can be accomplished safely and effectively with tunable-dye laser energy delivered through a flexible, 1-F optical fiber under endoscopic or fluoroscopic guidance, but laser technology is very costly. A prototype, flexible ball-tipped wire coupled to an ultrasonic generator via a piezoelectric crystal has been developed for sonolysis of atheroma and thrombus in humans. The purpose of this experiment was to compare human gallstone fragmentation in vitro with a tunable-dye laser and this prototype wire to see if the less expensive ultrasound device might provide an alternative to costly laser technology. Gallstones from 17 patients were subjected to lithotripsy in a water bath with each device until completely fragmented or 60 seconds had elapsed. Neither device effectively fragmented cholesterol stones under these conditions. The ultrasonic wire completely fragmented 57% of bilirubinate stones in 60 seconds. The tunable-dye laser completely fragmented 100% of bilirubinate stones in less than 35 seconds (P = .04). Tunable-dye laser lithotripsy appears superior to the ultrasonic device for percutaneous treatment of bile duct stones. PMID:1359914

  7. Lasers: Cw and Q-switched Nd:NaLa(MoO4)2 laser noncritical to the temperature drift of the diode pump laser wavelength

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    Ushakov, S. N.; Romanyuk, V. A.; Ryabochkina, P. A.; Shestakova, I. A.; Lis, Denis A.; Subbotin, Kirill A.; Shestakov, A. V.; Zharikov, Evgeny V.

    2010-08-01

    Lasing in Nd:NaLa(MoO4)2 crystals is obtained without stabilisation of the diode pump wavelength. A dependence of the cw laser power (at a wavelength of 1059 nm) on the pump diode temperature is found within a range of 10—458C. It is shown that the variations in the diode temperature within this region change the lasing efficiency no more than by 30%. In the passive Q-switching regime, the experiments were performed under both pulsed and cw pumping. Upon pulsed pumping, the laser energy was 16 ?J at the output pulse duration of 11 ns. The laser wavelength was 1059 nm, as well as in the case of cw operation. Upon cw pumping with a power of 1.5 W, laser pulses were obtained with an energy of 15 ?J.

  8. Amplified Luminescence and Parasitic Laser Modes in the Active Medium of a Transverse Diode-Pumped Nd:YAG Laser

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    Bogdanovich, M. V.; Grigor?ev, A. V.; Lantsov, K. I.; Lebiadok, Y. V.; Lepchenkov, K. V.; Ryabtsev, A. G.; Ryabtsev, G. I.; Shchemelev, M. A.

    2015-09-01

    A system of balance equations is used to calculate the time (t) dependence of the intensity (I) of the output of a Nd:YAG laser rod from the time a pump pulse is applied for different levels of excitation of the rod by arrays of laser diodes (transverse pump configuration). Comparison of the calculations with experimental data shows that an analysis of the I(t) curves can be used to determine the contributions of amplified luminescence and parasitic lasing modes, which do not leave the volume of the active medium, to the overall loss of pump radiation energy. The model approach developed here can be used to evaluate the quality of the active media in diode-pumped solid-state lasers.

  9. Theory of nonradiative decay dynamics in intensely pumped solid-state laser media via laser photothermal diagnostics

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    Mandelis, Andreas

    Theory of nonradiative decay dynamics in intensely pumped solid-state laser media via laser June 1996; accepted for publication 26 August 1996 A rigorous analytical treatment of nonradiative show that the surface nonradiative optical-to-thermal energy conversion term is likely to dominate even

  10. A coupled cavity micro-fluidic dye ring laser M. Gersborg-Hansen *, S. Balslev, N.A. Mortensen, A. Kristensen

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    adhesive bonding. The laser is characterized using the laser dye Rhodamine 6G dissolved in ethanol waveguide. Tuning of the lasing wave- length is feasible by changing the dye/solvent properties. Ó 2004 by glass [2] and polymer [3] micro-fabrication and tunability has also been reported [4]. Polymer- based

  11. Directional Fluorescence Spectra of Laser Dye in Opal and Inverse Opal Photonic Crystals Lydia Bechger,* Peter Lodahl, and Willem L. Vos

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    Vos, Willem L.

    Directional Fluorescence Spectra of Laser Dye in Opal and Inverse Opal Photonic Crystals Lydia polystyrene opals and alumina inverse opals are studied, allowing us to compare direct and inverted structures emission was first reported in refs 6 and 7: titania inverse opals doped with laser dye showed a broadband

  12. Design and Characterization of a Diode Pumped Nd:YAG Retroreflecting Slab Laser

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    Woodruff, S.D.; Ayyalasomayajula, N.R.; Hornak, L.A.

    2006-12-01

    We describe the design and lasing characteristics of a miniaturized, chip-scale Nd:YAG slab laser. The Nd:YAG laser slab utilizes a retroreflecting corner to achieve a 17-cm optical path length with slab geometry of 10×12×2 mm. The laser is constructed, tested, and shown to successfully lase at 1064 nm under edge pumping with an AlGaAs diode laser at 808 nm. The slab laser is operated in a pulsed-pump excitation mode and shown to support a TEM10 single output mode. The fluence achievable from the edge pumping of this initial cavity geometry results in a 6.0% experimentally measured lasing efficiency

  13. Temperature distribution in side- and end-pumped laser crystal rods - Temporal and spatial variations

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    Farrukh, Usamah O.; Brockman, Philip

    1993-01-01

    Knowledge of the temperature distribution of laser rods end pumped by laser diodes or other laser systems is relevant when thermal stress and crystal damage are expected. The temperature of a multipulsed or continuously pumped laser rod is given as a double-series expression and as a function of time. The mathematical model considers all surface cooling rates, the spatial and temporal variations of the pump beam, and the specific heat and thermal conductivity of the rod material. This eigenfunction expansion representation was employed to predict the spatial and time-dependent quasi-steady-state temperature in Ti:sapphire, Nd:YAG, and Cr:LiSAF laser rods of specific dimensions.

  14. Reversing the pump dependence of a laser at an exceptional point

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    Brandstetter, M.; Liertzer, M.; Deutsch, C.; Klang, P.; Schöberl, J.; Türeci, H. E.; Strasser, G.; Unterrainer, K.; Rotter, S.

    2014-01-01

    When two resonant modes in a system with gain or loss coalesce in both their resonance position and their width, a so-called exceptional point occurs, which acts as a source of non-trivial physics in a diverse range of systems. Lasers provide a natural setting to study such non-Hermitian degeneracies, as they feature resonant modes and a gain material as their basic constituents. Here we show that exceptional points can be conveniently induced in a photonic molecule laser by a suitable variation of the applied pump. Using a pair of coupled microdisk quantum cascade lasers, we demonstrate that in the vicinity of these exceptional points the coupled laser shows a characteristic reversal of its pump dependence, including a strongly decreasing intensity of the emitted laser light for increasing pump power. PMID:24925314

  15. Design and performance of a Petawatt subpicosecond N2O-laser pumped by HF — chemical laser radiation

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    Bravy, B. G.; Chernyshev, Yu. A.; Gordienko, V. M.; Makarov, E. F.; Platonenko, V. T.; Vasiliev, G. K.

    2006-04-01

    Progress on developing a petawatt laser source in 10?m region is described. Analysis of optical pumping N2O containing active media by pulsed multifrequency HF laser has been performed. It is shown that amplification of ultrashort pulses should be carried out in the gain band centered at 930cm-1. Amplification of seed ultrashort (˜1ps) pulses in atmospheric and high pressure N2O (up to 5atm) amplifiers pumped by powerful pulsed HF chemical lasers is theoretically studied. It is shown that N2O atmospheric pressure amplifiers can be effectively used for production output energy of 1kJ.

  16. Laser effect on the 248 nm KrF transition using heavy ion beam pumping

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    Adonin, A.; Jacoby, J.; Turtikov, V.; Fertman, A.; Golubev, A.; Hoffmann, D. H. H.; Ulrich, A.; Varentsov, D.; Wieser, J.

    2007-07-01

    In December 2005 the first successful operation of a UV excimer laser pumped with a heavy ion beam was demonstrated at GSI. It was the first experiment in which the specific power deposition was sufficient to overcome laser threshold for a UV excimer scheme. The well known KrF* excimer laser line at ?=248 nm has been chosen for this experiment, because the wavelength is short, but still in the range of usual optical diagnostic tools and the emitted light can propagate in air without attenuation. A bunch compressed U+73238 beam with a particle energy of 250 MeV/u and about 110 ns pulse duration (FWHM) was used for this experiment. Single pulses of a beam intensity up to 2.5×109 particles per bunch were focused into the laser cell along the cavity axis. Compact spectrometers, high speed UV-photodiodes and gated CCD-cameras were used for diagnostics of the spontaneous and stimulated emission. As a main result of the experiment laser effect on the 248 nm KrF* excimer laser line has been obtained and verified by temporal and spectral narrowing of the laser line as well as the threshold behaviour and exponential growth of intensity with increasing pumping power. In summary it could be shown that the pumping power of the heavy ion beam at GSI is now sufficient to pump short wavelength lasers. It is planned to extend laser experiments in near future to the VUV range of the spectrum (?<200 nm).

  17. Long-term wavelength drift compensation of tunable pulsed dye laser for sodium detection lidar

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    Xia, Yuan; Cheng, Xuewu; Li, Faquan; Wang, Jihong; Yang, Yong; Lin, Xin; Gong, Shunsheng

    2015-11-01

    Wavelength stabilization for a pulsed laser presents more challenges than that of continuous wave laser. We have developed a simple and efficient long-term wavelength drifts compensation technique for tunable pulsed dye lasers (PDL) applied in sodium detection lidar system. Wavelength calibration and locking are implemented by using optogalvanic (OG) spectroscopy in a Na hollow cathode lamp (HCL) in conjunction with a digital control software. Optimization of OG signals for better laser wavelength discrimination and feedback control is performed. Test results indicate that locking the multimode broadband PDL to the Na atomic transition corresponding to 589.158 nm is well achieved although the temperature in the laboratory is unstable. Through active compensation, the maximum wavelength drift is reduced from over 5 pm to 0.42 pm in 10 h and the maximum wavelength drift rate of the PDL is improved from 3.3 pm/h to 0.3 pm/h. It has been used to efficient sodium resonance fluorescence lidar detection. This technique is economical and easy to implement, and it provides flexible wavelength control and allows generalization for some other applications which require the wavelength of tunable pulsed lasers to be fixed at an atomic resonance transition references.

  18. Effectiveness of the Pulse Dye Laser Treatment in a Caucasian Women With Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

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    Karadag, Ayse Serap; Ozkanli, ?eyma; Mansuroglu, Cem; Ozlu, Emin; Zemheri, Ebru

    2015-01-01

    Dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN) is a group of superficial, benign papules commonly in African-American and Asian persons. DPN is considered to be a form of seborrheic keratosis with a specific localization and it is less frequently described in the white population. Treatment modalities include cryosurgery, curettage, electrosurgery, shave removal, and different laser treatment. Pulsed dye laser (PDL) has traditionally been used to treat vascular lesions, but it has been shown to be effective in treatment of lentigines, ephelides, seborrheic keratosis, and rarely DPN. A 43-year-old white female presents with a 5 year-old history of hyperpigmented papules on malar region, neck and upper trunk. The patient is diagnosed with DPN based on her clinical and histopathological findings. The PDL treatment was used successfully. In our opinion PDL is an effective alternative cure option for DPN. PMID:26120179

  19. Effectiveness of the Pulse Dye Laser Treatment in a Caucasian Women With Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra.

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    Karadag, Ayse Serap; Ozkanli, ?eyma; Mansuroglu, Cem; Ozlu, Emin; Zemheri, Ebru

    2015-01-01

    Dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN) is a group of superficial, benign papules commonly in African-American and Asian persons. DPN is considered to be a form of seborrheic keratosis with a specific localization and it is less frequently described in the white population. Treatment modalities include cryosurgery, curettage, electrosurgery, shave removal, and different laser treatment. Pulsed dye laser (PDL) has traditionally been used to treat vascular lesions, but it has been shown to be effective in treatment of lentigines, ephelides, seborrheic keratosis, and rarely DPN. A 43-year-old white female presents with a 5 year-old history of hyperpigmented papules on malar region, neck and upper trunk. The patient is diagnosed with DPN based on her clinical and histopathological findings. The PDL treatment was used successfully. In our opinion PDL is an effective alternative cure option for DPN. PMID:26120179

  20. Devices and pumping architectures for 2?m high power fiber lasers

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    Braglia, Andrea; Califano, Alessio; Liu, Yu; Olivero, Massimo; Perrone, Guido; Orta, Renato

    2014-05-01

    Thulium-doped fiber lasers are gaining in popularity since they emit at about 2 ?m, a wavelength particularly interesting for many industrial, sensing and medical applications, and, moreover, in the so-called "eye-safe" spectral region. Despite the many advantages, however, thulium-doped fiber lasers with power high enough to allow practical applications have still limited deployment mainly due the high cost per emitted watt. The paper investigates alternative paths to high power CW emission at about 2 ?m by exploring two complementary approaches: the development of specific pump combiners and the study of new pumping schemes that take advantage of co-doped fibers. The developed pump combiners are based on fused fiber technology and are characterized either by the use of "non-standard" fiber dimensions to allow pumping through an ytterbium-doped fiber laser or by a large number of input ports (up to 39) to provide adequate levels of pump power through the efficient coupling of several fiber pigtailed diodes with emission wavelength suitable for pumping thulium. On the other hand, a co-doped ytterbium-thulium fiber is also studied to analyze the possibility of using ytterbium ions as pump source for thulium ions. The use of ytterbium, either as co-dopant or as laser source, is particularly interesting because it allows taking advantage of the remarkable advancements made in the pump diodes for such a laser system, and specifically of the favorable cost per emitted watt. Preliminary experimental results have demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed approaches and have shown that the joint use of the "ad-hoc" pump combiners and of the ytterbium-thulium co-doping can lead to the development of lasers with power suitable for industrial applications, although the efficiency needs further improvements.

  1. Laser-Induced Fluorescence Measurement of SiH2 in Silane Plasmas Using a CW Ring Dye Laser

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    Kono, A.; Hirose, S.; Goto, T.; Kinoshita, K.

    1997-10-01

    Low density SiH2 in silane plasmas was detected using a laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technique with a cw ring dye laser. The method enabled us to study the translational temperature and also to obtain a higher S/N ratio in measuring the dynamic behavior of the radical as compared with measurements by use of a pulsed dye laser.(A. Kono et al.) Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 34 (1995) 307. The translational temperature of SiH2 was measured in a 40-mTorr rf SiH_4/Ar plasma with varying mixing ratio. The temperature was ~300 K and no dependence on the mixing ratio was detected; the result makes a marked contrast to the case of Si, whose temperature was high in a pure SiH4 plasma and decreased with increasing Ar dilution. The behavior of SiH2 in a 40-mTorr SiH_4/SiH_2Cl2 plasma was also studied. The use of a cw laser was essential to study the transient behavior of the SiH2 density in the afterglow because high repetition-rate signal averaging was necessary to eliminate the effect of relatively strong interfering emission from long-life SiCl_2(tildea ^3B_1). It was found that SiH_2Cl2 plays a minor role both in production and destruction of SiH2 in the SiH_4/SiH_2Cl2 plasma. (A part of this work was supported by NEDO.)

  2. Design and Characterization of a diode-pumped Nd: YAG retro reflecting slab laser

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    Ayyalasomayajula, N.; Hornak, L.A.; Woodruff, S.D.

    2007-04-23

    Effective use of Nd: YAG lasers in remote, in situ sensing and other applications require compact size and efficient operation. A miniaturized chip scale Nd: YAG slab laser was developed and its lasing characteristics determined. The Nd: YAG laser slab utilizes a retro reflecting corner and total internal reflection to achieve a 17cm active media path length with slab dimensions of 10mmx12mmx2mm. The laser was constructed, tested and shown to successfully lase at 1064nm under edge pumping with an AlGaAs diode laser at 808nm. The slab laser was operated in a pulsed-pump excitation mode and shown to support a TEM10 single output mode. The fluence achievable from the edge pumping of this initial cavity geometry resulted in a 6.0% experimentally measured lasing efficiency. The current work will be discussed which includes a further reduction of the size of these slab lasers to 3mmx10mmx1.4mm and the incorporation of a passive Q-switch for high peak powers and a non linear crystal for frequency doubling. Furthermore, we discusses strategies under evaluation for hybrid integration of the slab laser system on a single substrate. This reduction of size will make them attractive candidates for compact laser sources in applications such as Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), laser-based spark plug systems, and Raman excitation-based integrated sensor systems.

  3. Generation of 54 Fs Laser Pulses from a Diode Pumped Kerr-Lens Mode-Locked Yb:LSO Laser

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    Tian, Wen-Long; Wang, Zhao-Hua; Zhu, Jiang-Feng; Wei, Zhi-Yi; Zheng, Li-He; Xu, Xiao-Dong; Xu, Jun

    2015-02-01

    A diode pumped Kerr-lens mode-locked femtosecond Yb:LSO laser is experimentally demonstrated for the first time. The 54 fs laser pulses at central wavelength of 1052 nm with a bandwidth of 22.5 nm are obtained at the repetition rate of 113 MHz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the shortest pulse duration ever produced from the Yb-doped orthosilicates lasers family.

  4. Demonstration of a saturated Ni-like Ag x-ray laser pumped by a single profiled laser pulse from a 10-Hz Ti:sapphire laser system

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    Kim, H. T.; Choi, I. W.; Hafz, N.; Sung, J. H.; Yu, T. J.; Hong, K.-H.; Jeong, T. M.; Noh, Y.-C.; Ko, D.-K.; Lee, J.; Janulewicz, K. A.; Tuemmler, J.; Nickles, P. V.; Sandner, W.

    2008-02-15

    A variant of a grazing-incidence pumping (GRIP) scheme for Ni-like x-ray lasers using a single shaped pulse from a 10-Hz Ti:sapphire laser system has been demonstrated. Experimental and numerical results show that efficient excitation leading to the lasing process can be achieved by controlled shaping of the pump laser pulse. Such a pulse has been defined for a silver slab target. A gain coefficient as high as 76 cm{sup -1} was estimated. Results indicate that the nanosecond amplified spontaneous emission background of the leading edge of the driving pulse is decisive for an efficient pumping process in this version of GRIP.

  5. Selective fluorescence functionalization of dye-doped polymerized structures fabricated by direct laser writing (DLW) lithography.

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    de Miguel, Gustavo; Vicidomini, Giuseppe; Duocastella, Martí; Diaspro, Alberto

    2015-12-21

    The continuous development of the vast arsenal of fabrication techniques is a pivotal factor in the breakthrough of nanotechnology. Although the broad interest is generally focused on the reduction of the dimensions of the fabricated structures, localized functionalization of the nanomaterials emerges as a key factor closely linked to their potential applications. In particular, fabrication of spatially selective fluorescence nanostructures is highly demanded in nanophotonics, as for example in three-dimensional (3D) optical data storage (ODS), where massive storage capacity and fast writing-reading processes are promised. We have developed an innovative method to control the location and intensity of the fluorescence signal in dye-doped photopolymerized structures fabricated with Direct Laser Writing (DLW) lithography. Well-defined fluorescent pixels (area = 0.24 ?m(2)) were written inside a polymer matrix with the help of a femtosecond pulsed laser (multiphoton absorption) via a thermally-induced di-aggregation of a fluorescent dye. Moreover, we have accomplished a fine control of the fluorescence intensity which can increase the storage capacity of ODS systems fabricated with this approach. PMID:26572098

  6. Semiclassical dye-laser equations and the unidirectional single-frequency operation

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    Fu, H.; Haken, H.

    1987-11-15

    A semiclassical description for dye lasers is proposed, where the energy-level diagram of the dye molecule is assumed to consist of a continuous bandlike ground state and an excited singlet state. Unidirectional single-frequency (s.f.) operation is discussed. The linear-stability analysis for this operation reveals a very low threshold instability, which may appear generally in practical lasers. The ratio of the instability threshold to the lasing threshold may be of any value greater than 1, depending mainly on the bandwidth and the distribution of the dipole moments on the band, but it is independent of the cavity loss. This instability may account for that observed in recent experiments by Hillman, Krasinki, Boyd, and Stroud (Phys. Rev. Lett. 52, 1605 (1984)). A general approach to analyzing the linear stability of the s.f. operation of the Maxwell-Bloch equations is also proposed, which states that only the eigenvalues of a 2 x 2 matrix are relevant: one concerns the stability of the s.f. operation near the lasing threshold, the other determines the instability threshold of this operation.

  7. Lasing process inside gas-state media of a diode-pumped alkali laser

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    Han, Juhong; Wang, You; Jiang, Zhigang; Gao, Ming; Cai, He; An, Guofei; Zhang, Wei; Xue, Liangping; Wang, Hongyuan; Zhou, Jie

    2015-10-01

    A diode-pumped alkali laser (DPAL) provides the significant promise for high-powered performances. For an end-pumped DPAL, both the absorption and the lasing distribution crucially affect the output physical features. In this report, a mathematical model is introduced for examining the absorption and lasing processes of the gas-state media by using a segmental approach. The energy transmission inside the oscillator has been theoretically analyzed for construction of a reciprocating regime which is based on the self-consistency principle. Basically, the conclusion can be extended to any end-pumped laser configurations.

  8. Characteristics of a Ni-like silver x-ray laser pumped by a single profiled laser pulse

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    Kim, H. T.; Kim, C. M.; Choi, I. W.; Hafz, N.; Kang, H. C.; Sung, J. H.; Yu, T. J.; Lee, S. K.; Jeong, T. M.; Noh, Y.-C.; Hong, K.-H.; Ko, D.-K.; Lee, J.; Tuemmler, J.; Nickles, P. V.; Sandner, W.; Janulewicz, K. A.

    2008-07-15

    We characterized a Ni-like silver soft x-ray laser realized as, what we believe is, a new variant of the grazing incidence pumping (GRIP) scheme. The x-ray laser was pumped by a single profiled laser pulse from a 10 Hz Ti:sapphire laser system. The Ni-like Ag x-ray laser was saturated with a gain coefficient of 76 cm{sup -1} and an effective gain-length product of 28.2. The spatial characteristics of the new version of GRIP x-ray laser are presented including the far- and near-field beam profiles. Computational modeling of the lasing conditions was used to provide some qualitative explanations of the physical processes occurring in the x-ray laser. Additionally, we obtained some preliminary results on the injection seeding technique applied to the Ni-like Ag active medium using the 59th harmonic of the Ti:sapphire laser pulse as the seed. The single-pulse variant of the pumping scheme proved to be a stable and simple configuration of the table-top x-ray lasers also suitable for the injector-amplifier arrangement.

  9. 20.2W CW 2.118?m Ho:YAlO3 laser pumped by 1.915nm Tm-doped fiber laser

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    Yu, Ting; Bai, Gang; Yang, Zhongguo; Chen, Weibiao

    2015-05-01

    We report on the continuous wave operation of a Ho:YAP laser pumped by an all-fiber Tm-doped fiber laser, the pump laser wavelength is 1.915?m and the output laser wavelength is 2.118?m. The all fiber Tm-doped fiber laser has 70W max output power with 200W pumped power, and the output laser wavelength is 1.915?m. And this laser is used as pump laser to a Ho:YAP laser system. 20.2W CW laser power is obtained from a 0.5 at % Ho3+-doped YAP crystal at 2118.4nm with slope efficiency of 72%.

  10. 1300 nm optically pumped quantum dot spin vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Alharthi, S. S.; Orchard, J.; Clarke, E.; Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J.

    2015-10-01

    We report a room temperature optically pumped Quantum Dot-based Spin-Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting laser (QD Spin-VECSEL) operating at the telecom wavelength of 1.3 ?m. The active medium was composed of 5 × 3 QD layers; each threefold group was positioned at an antinode of the standing wave of the optical field. Circularly polarized lasing in the QD-VECSEL under Continuous-Wave optical pumping has been realized with a threshold pump power of 11 mW. We further demonstrate at room temperature control of the QD-VECSEL output polarization ellipticity via the pump polarization.

  11. Effect of laser pumping power on the SRS-CARS signal in compressed hydrogen

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    Mikheev, G. M.; Popov, A. Yu.; Mogileva, T. N.

    2007-04-01

    In the context of developing the diagnostics of hydrogen in gas mixtures by means of coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) in combination with biharmonic laser pumping by means of stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), the effect of laser pumping power on the SRS-CARS signal in compressed hydrogen has been studied. It is established that an increase in the pumping power at the input of the SRS generator leads to a shift of the CARS signal intensity maximum measured as a function of the gas pressure in the cell. This behavior is probably explained by changes in the positions of energy levels, which are caused by a significant modification of populations in the SRS process at high laser pumping powers.

  12. SOLITONS AND OPTICAL FIBERS: Self-Q-switched ytterbium-doped cladding-pumped fibre laser

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    Grukh, Dmitrii A.; Kurkov, Andrei S.; Razdobreev, I. M.; Fotiadi, A. A.

    2002-11-01

    A self-Q-switched ytterbium-doped double-clad fibre laser is described. A samarium-doped fibre is used as a filter for protecting a pump source. A fibre coupler is employed to obtain a nonlinear feedback. The mechanism of pulse formation in the laser is considered, and the dependence of its output pulse on the coupler parameters is studied.

  13. Diode-pumped self-frequency-doubled neodymium yttrium aluminum borate (NYAB) laser

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    Hemmati, Hamid

    1992-01-01

    Over 50 mW of the fundamental-mode 531-nm laser output was obtained with approximately 4 percent optical-to-optical conversion efficiency from a self-frequency-doubling NYAB crystal when pumped with two 1-W diode lasers. The prospect of higher conversion efficiency is discussed.

  14. Double-resonance study of vibrational equilibration in optically pumped laser molecules

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    Lawandy, N. M.; Koepf, G. A.

    1981-01-01

    A CW frequency-locked CO2 laser is used in conjunction with a 1-J TEA CO2 laser to observe the vibrational equilibration of optically pumped gases. Velocity-dependent effects in the vibrational-deactivation rate are also observed. Experimental results are given for CH3F

  15. Fast frequency tuning and phase locking of diode-pumped Nd:YAG ring lasers

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    Kane, Thomas J.; Cheng, Emily A. P.

    1988-01-01

    A diode-pumped single-mode monolithic Nd:YAG ring-laser oscillator has been built which can be tuned piezoelectrically over several tens of MHz in a few microsecs. Frequency stability over 1 msec is better than 500 Hz. Two lasers have been electronically phase locked for periods of minutes with a phase noise of 29 mrad rms.

  16. Diode-pumped Q-switched Nd{sup 3+} : YAG laser operating in a wide temperature range without thermal stabilisation of pump diodes

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    Vainshenker, A E; Vilenskiy, A V; Kazakov, A A; Lysoy, B G; Mikhailov, L K; Pashkov, V A

    2013-02-28

    A model sample of a compact low-power-consumption Nd{sup 3+} : YAG laser emitting 20-mJ pulses with a pulse repetition rate up to 20 Hz (in cyclic duty) at a wavelength of 1064 nm is developed and studied. The laser is designed for operating at external temperatures from -40 to +50 deg C. This was achieved by using quasi-end diode pumping without thermal stabilisation of pump diodes. (laser optics 2012)

  17. 885-nm Pumped Ceramic Nd:YAG Master Oscillator Power Amplifier Laser System

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    Yu, Anthony

    2012-01-01

    The performance of a traditional diode pumped solid-state laser that is typically pumped with 808-nm laser diode array (LDA) and crystalline Nd:YAG was improved by using 885-nm LDAs and ceramic Nd:YAG. The advantage is lower quantum defect, which will improve the thermal loading on laser gain medium, resulting in a higher-performance laser. The use of ceramic Nd:YAG allows a higher Nd dopant level that will make up the lower absorption at the 885-nm wavelength on Nd:YAG. When compared to traditional 808-nm pump, 885-nm diodes will have 30% less thermal load (or wasted heat) and will thus see a similar percentage improvement in the overall laser efficiency. In order to provide a more efficient laser system for future flight missions that require the use of low-repetition- rate (laser pulses, laser diodes such as the 885-nm LDA were used for pumping the Nd:YAG laser crystal. This pumping scheme has many potential advantages for improved reliability, efficiency, thermal management, contamination control, and mechanical flexibility. The advantages of using 885-nm pump diodes in Nd:YAG laser systems are numerous. The epitaxial structures of these 885-nm diodes are aluminum-free. There is a significant reduction in the thermal load generated from the Stokes shift or quantum defects. A Stokes shift is the energetic difference between the pump and laser photons. Pumping at a wavelength band closer to the lasing wavelength can reduce the thermal load by .30% compared to traditional pumping at 808 nm, and increase the optical- to-optical efficiency by the same factor. The slope efficiency is expected to increase with a reduction in the thermal load. The typical crystalline Nd:YAG can be difficult to produce with doping level >1% Nd. To make certain that the absorption at 885 nm is on the same par as the 808-nm diode, the Nd:YAG material needs to be doped with higher concentration of Nd. Ceramic Nd:YAG is the only material that can be tailored to specific needs.

  18. APPLICATIONS OF LASERS AND OTHER TOPICS IN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS: Laser system based on a commercial microwave oscillator with time compression of a microwave pump pulse

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    Arteev, M. S.; Vaulin, V. A.; Slinko, V. N.; Chumerin, P. Yu; Yushkov, Yu G.

    1992-06-01

    An analysis is made of the possibility of using a commercial microsecond microwave oscillator, supplemented by a device for time compression of microwave pulses, in pumping of industrial lasers with a high efficiency of conversion of the pump source energy into laser radiation. The results are reported of preliminary experiments on the commissioning of an excimer XeCl laser.

  19. 1059 and 1328nm LD pumped Nd:S-FAP solid state laser

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    Sun Lianke; Zhang Shaojun; Zhao Shengzhi; Wang Qingpu

    1996-12-31

    In this paper the authors introduce a new laser crystal--Nd{sup 3+}:Sr{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F, Nd:S-FAP, and present its optical and physical characteristics. Based on the experiment lasing performance of CW LD pumped Nd:S-FAP crystal is reported here: the threshold and slope efficiency of 1059 nm Nd:S-FAP laser pumped by CW LD at 805nm are 7mW and 41%, and that of 1328nm Nd:S-FAP laser are 19mW and 35%. The comparison between experimental result and theoretical calculation is also discussed in this paper.

  20. High efficiency THz generation in DSTMS, DAST and OH1 pumped by Cr:forsterite laser.

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    Vicario, C; Jazbinsek, M; Ovchinnikov, A V; Chefonov, O V; Ashitkov, S I; Agranat, M B; Hauri, C P

    2015-02-23

    We investigated Terahertz generation in organic crystals DSTMS, DAST and OH1 directly pumped by a Cr:forsterite laser at central wavelength of 1.25 ?m. This pump laser technology provides a laser-to-THz energy conversion efficiency higher than 3 percent. Phase-matching is demonstrated over a broad 0.1-8 THz frequency range. In our simple setup we achieved hundred ?J pulses in tight focus resulting in electric and magnetic field larger than 10 MV/cm and 3 Tesla. PMID:25836494

  1. Multi-coupler side-pumped Yb-doped double-clad fiber laser

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    Ou, Pan; Yan, Ping; Gong, Mali; Wei, Wenlou

    2004-05-01

    The side-coupler of angle polished method, using angle-polished multimode fiber and optical adhesive, is used to efficiently pump an Yb-doped double-clad fiber laser. The maximum coupling efficiency of 78.6% is achieved by the side-coupler for a multimode fiber with a circular core of 200 um and a double-clad fiber with a 350/400 um D-shaped inner cladding. While laser diodes (LDs) with three side-couplers are simultaneously used as pump sources, maximum output power of 1.38 W and slope efficiency of 48.9% are demonstrated in the fiber laser system.

  2. Preliminary clinical results of pulsed-dye laser therapy for recurrent respiratory papillomatosis

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    McMillan, Kathleen; Shapshay, Stanley M.; McGilligan, J. A.; Wang, Zhi; Rebeiz, Elie E.

    1998-07-01

    Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) is a viral disease characterized by the growth of benign tumors on the vocal cords. Standard management of RRP currently consists of CO2 laser microsurgical ablation of the papillomas. Because of the recurrent nature of this disease, patients are often faced with significant cumulative risk of soft tissue complications such as vocal cord scarring. As a minimally traumatic alternative to management of RRP, we have investigated the use of the 585 nm pulsed dye laser (PDL) to cause regression of the papillomas by selective eradication of the tumor microvasculature. Three patients have been treated with the PDL at fluences of 6 J/cm2 (double pulses per irradiated site), 8 J/cm2 (single pulses), and 10 J/cm2 (single pulses), at noncritical areas within the larynx, using a specially designed micromanipulator. Lesions on the true cords were treated with the CO2 laser. Clinical examination showed that PDL treatment appeared to produce complete regression of papillomas. Unlike the sites of lesions treated by the CO2 laser, the epithelial surface at the PDL treatment sites was preserved intact. The presumed mechanism for papilloma regression following PDL treatment involves acute or chronic localized hypoxia caused by loss of tumor microvasculature.

  3. Enhanced efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells by excimer laser irradiated carbon nanotube network counter electrode

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    Chien, Yun-San Fu, Wei-En; Yang, Po-Yu; Lee, I-Che; Chu, Chih-Chieh; Chou, Chia-Hsin; Cheng, Huang-Chung

    2014-02-03

    The carbon nanotube network decorated with Pt nanoparticles (PtCNT) irradiated by excimer laser as counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has been systematically demonstrated. The conversion efficiency would be improved from 7.12% to 9.28% with respect to conventional Pt-film one. It was attributed to the enhanced catalytic surface from Pt nanoparticles and the improved conductivity due to the adjoining phenomenon of PtCNTs irradiated by laser. Moreover, the laser annealing could also promote the interface contact between CE and conductive glass. Therefore, such a simple laser-irradiated PtCNT network is promising for the future flexible DSSCs applications.

  4. Optimisation of the parameters of a pump chamber for solid-state lasers with diode pumping by the optical boiler method

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    Kiyko, V. V.; Kislov, V. I.; Ofitserov, E. N.; Suzdal'tsev, A. G.

    2015-06-01

    A pump chamber of the optical boiler type for solid-state lasers with transverse laser diode pumping is studied theoretically and experimentally. The pump chamber parameters are optimised using the geometrical optics approximation for the pump radiation. According to calculations, the integral absorption coefficient of the active element at a wavelength of 808 nm is 0.75 - 0.8 and the relative inhomogeneity of the pump radiation distribution over the active element volume is 17% - 19%. The developed pump chamber was used in a Nd:YAG laser. The maximum cw output power at a wavelength of 1064 nm was ~480 W at the optical efficiency up to 19.6%, which agrees with theoretical estimates.

  5. optical parametric oscillator pumped by a Ho:LuAG laser

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    Shen, Ying-Jie; Yao, Bao-Quan; Cui, Zheng; Duan, Xiao-Ming; Ju, You-Lun; Wang, Yue-Zhu

    2014-10-01

    We have demonstrated that we believe to be the first ring ZnGeP2 (ZGP) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a pulsed Ho:LuAG laser. The maximum output power of the ring ZGP OPO laser was 5.51 W at 13.1 W incident Ho pump power, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 59.0 %. The ZGP OPO laser produced 14 ns mid-infrared pulses in the 3.72-4.01 and 4.37-4.75 ?m spectral regions simultaneously. In addition, the continuous wave Ho:LuAG laser generated 26.5 W of linearly output at 2,094.4 nm at the absorbed Tm pump power of 49.9 W.

  6. Flashlamp-pumped Ho:Tm:Cr:LuAG laser

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    Jani, Mahendra G. (Inventor); Barnes, Norman P. (Inventor); Murray, Keith E. (Inventor); Kokta, Milan R. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    A room temperature solid-state laser is provided. A laser crystal is disposed in a laser cavity. The laser crystal has a LuAG host material doped with a concentration of about 0.35% Ho ions, about 5.57% Tm ions and at least about 1.01% Cr ions. A broadband energizing source such as a flashlamp is disposed transversely to the laser crystal to energize the Ho ions, Tm ions and Cr ions.

  7. Xenon flash lamp pumped self-frequency doubling NYAB pulsed laser

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    Luo, Zundu; Jiang, Aidong; Huang, Yichuan; Qiu, Minwang

    1989-10-01

    Neodymium doped yttrium aluminum borate (NYAB) crystals with sizes up to 45mm have been grown successfully. NYAB rod of phiv4 × 12mm was pumped by xenon flash lamp, and several mJ of 0.53?m green laser output was obtained. The oscillation threshold, the pulse duration, the laser beam polarization, and the laser beam divergence were measured to be 78mJ, 100ns, 90% and 2mrad, respectively.

  8. Diode-pumped Pr:BaY2F8 cw orange laser

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    Pabœuf, Davis; Bretenaker, Fabien; Goldner, Philippe; Parisi, Daniela; Tonelli, Mauro

    2010-01-01

    We report the realization of the continuous wave laser emission in the orange at 607 nm from a Pr:BaY2F8 (Pr:BYF) crystal pumped by a blue GaN laser diode. A maximal output power of 78 mW is obtained in a quasi single transverse mode beam. The effect of reabsorption losses at the laser wavelength is also evidenced

  9. High-power terahertz optically pumped NH{sub 3} laser for plasma diagnostics

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    Mishchenko, V. A.; Petrushevich, Yu. V.; Sobolenko, D. N.; Starostin, A. N.

    2012-06-15

    The parameter of a terahertz (THz) laser intended for plasma diagnostics in electrodynamic accelerators and tokamaks with a strong magnetic field are discussed. Generation of THz radiation in an ammonia laser under the action of high-power pulsed optical pumping by the radiation of a 10P(32) CO{sub 2} laser is simulated numerically. The main characteristics of the output radiation, such as its spectrum, peak intensity, time dependence, and total energy, are calculated.

  10. Research on fission fragment excitation of gases and nuclear pumping of lasers

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    Schneider, R. T.; Davie, R. N.; Davis, J. F.; Fuller, J. L.; Paternoster, R. R.; Shipman, G. R.; Sterritt, D. E.; Helmick, H. H.

    1974-01-01

    Experimental investigations of fission fragment excited gases are reported along with a theoretical analysis of population inversions in fission fragment excited helium. Other studies reported include: nuclear augmentation of gas lasers, direct nuclear pumping of a helium-xenon laser, measurements of a repetitively pulsed high-power CO2 laser, thermodynamic properties of UF6 and UF6/He mixtures, and nuclear waste disposal utilizing a gaseous core reactor.

  11. Frequency fluctuations of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG ring laser

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    Fritschel, Peter; Jeffries, Andrew; Kane, Thomas J.

    1989-01-01

    The spectral density of the frequency fluctuations of a diode-pumped single-mode monolithic Nd:YAG ring laser was measured by locking a Fabry-Perot resonator to the laser frequency. The fluctuations approach the limit due to spontaneous emission (the Schawlow-Townes limit) at frequencies above 80 kHz. The inherent frequency stability of these lasers makes them attractive as a potential light source for gravitational-wave interferometers.

  12. Improved laser efficiency by direct diode laser pumping of the radiation-resistant Nd:gadolinium-scandium-gallium garnet

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    Lupei, V.; Pavel, N.; Lupei, A.

    2014-04-01

    Spectroscopic investigation of the radiation-resistant Nd:GSGG crystals and ceramics reported in this paper evidences that the absorption line at 883 nm corresponding to the unusual situation of quasi-degenerate absorption transitions 4I9/2(2) ?4F3/2(1) and 4I9/2(3) ?4F3/2(2) can be used for efficient direct diode laser pumping of this material, with stable absorption over an extended temperature range. It is inferred that the reduction of the quantum defect at this wavelength of pump compared to the traditional 807 nm pumping could improve the laser parameters and reduce drastically the heat generation, leading to a considerable extension of the power scalability. This possibility is demonstrated for the first time in the case of the 1061 nm laser emission in a continuous-wave and in the repetitive active acousto-optic and passive Q-switched laser emission. In all regimes this manifests in the reduction of the laser threshold, increase of slope efficiency and extension of the average power range. Additionally, in the active Q-switching this enables increased pulse energy and reduced pulse duration. The direct pumping could revitalize the utilization of Nd:GSGG for construction of lasers with storage of population inversion or working in an ionizing radiation environment.

  13. Femtosecond pulses generated from a synchronously pumped chromium-doped forsterite laser

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    Seas, A.; Petricevic, V.; Alfano, R. R.

    1993-01-01

    Kerr lens mode-locking (KLM) has become a standard method to produce femtosecond pulses from tunable solid state lasers. High power inside the laser resonator propagating through the laser-medium with nonlinear index of refraction, coupled with the stability conditions of the laser modes in the resonator, result in a passive amplitude modulation which explains the mechanism for pulse shortening. Recently, chromium doped forsterite was shown to exhibit similar pulse behavior. A successful attempt to generate femtosecond pulses from a synchronously pumped chromium-doped forsterite laser with intracavity dispersion compensation is reported. Stable, transform limited pulses with duration of 105 fs were routinely generated, tunable between 1240 to 1270 nm.

  14. Chromium-doped forsterite laser pumped with 1. 06. mu. m radiation

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    Verdun, H.R.; Thomas, L.M.; Andrauskas, D.M.; McCollum, T.; Pinto, A.

    1988-12-26

    Laser action in chromium-doped forsterite (Cr:Mg/sub 2/SiO/sub 4/), pumped with a 1.064 ..mu..m Nd:YAG laser, was demonstrated for the first time. The free-running laser emission is centered at 1.221 ..mu..m and has a spectral width of 28 nm. An efficiency of 8% has been achieved with an uncoated crystal produced by the laser-heated-pedestal growth method. The available evidence suggests that the laser action is due to Cr/sup 4+/ in tetrahedral sites.

  15. Analysis of thermal effects in a pulsed laser diode end pumped single-ended composite Tm:YAG laser

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    Chen, Xinyu; Wu, Jing; Wu, Chunting; Sun, Hongtao; Yu, Yongji; Jin, Guangyong

    2015-04-01

    By studying the theory of heat conduction, we established the transient heat conduction equation for a pulsed laser diode (LD) end pumped thulium doped laser. Combined with the actual working environment of a pulsed LD end pumped single-ended composite Tm:YAG rod, the expressions of transient temperature distribution and the time-varying thermal focal length were obtained by the integral transform method and the method of separation of variables. Under 240?mJ pump energy and repetition rates of 80, 90, and 100?Hz, thermal effects in the pulsed LD end pumped single-ended composite Tm:YAG rod were simulated, and the thermal lens focal length of the single-ended composite Tm:YAG rod was measured in experiments. The theoretical analysis was verified by the comparison between the theoretical results and the experimental results.

  16. Modified spontaneous emission spectra of laser dye in inverse opal photonic crystals Henry P. Schriemer,* Henry M. van Driel,

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    Vos, Willem L.

    Modified spontaneous emission spectra of laser dye in inverse opal photonic crystals Henry P crystals made of inverse opals in titania (TiO2). We identify stop bands with large relative widths of 15 constants 15,16 . These so-called air-sphere crystals, or inverse opals, interact so strongly with light

  17. Laser amplification using axicon reflectors

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    Kuhnle, G.; Marowsky, G.; Reider, G.

    1988-07-01

    The amplification behavior of a laser pumped cylindrical dye cell located within an axicon reflector has been studied. Compared with a conventional, transversely pumped rectangular amplifying dye cuvette, the axicon shows similar high gain and enhanced beam quality as a result of its radially symmetric excitation geometry. This latter property was experimentally confirmed by a 30% reduction of the divergence of a seed beam after amplification and by increased second harmonic generation conversion efficiency.

  18. CW green laser at 520 nm based on sum-frequency mixing of diode pumped Yb:YAG laser

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    Mi, X. Y.

    2012-01-01

    We report for the first time a continuous-wave (CW) green laser emission by sum-frequency mixing in Yb:YAG crystal. Using type-I critical phase-matching LBO crystal, a green laser at 520 nm is obtained by 1030 and 1048 nm intracavity sum-frequency mixing. The maximum laser output power of 269 mW is obtained when an incident pump laser of 17.8 W is used. At the output power level of 269 mW, the output stability is better than 3.2%.

  19. Single-mode, All-Solid-State Nd:YAG Laser Pumped UV Converter

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    Prasad, Narasimha S.; Armstrong, Darrell, J.; Edwards, William C.; Singh, Upendra N.

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, the status of a high-energy, all solid-state Nd:YAG laser pumped nonlinear optics based UV converter development is discussed. The high-energy UV transmitter technology is being developed for ozone sensing applications from space based platforms using differential lidar technique. The goal is to generate greater than 200 mJ/pulse with 10-50 Hz PRF at wavelengths of 308 nm and 320 nm. A diode-pumped, all-solid-state and single longitudinal mode Nd:YAG laser designed to provide conductively cooled operation at 1064 nm has been built and tested. Currently, this pump laser provides an output pulse energy of >1 J/pulse at 50 Hz PRF and a pulsewidth of 22 ns with an electrical-to-optical system efficiency of greater than 7% and a M(sup 2) value of <2. The single frequency UV converter arrangement basically consists of an IR Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO) and a Sum Frequency Generator (SFG) setups that are pumped by 532 nm wavelength obtained via Second Harmonic Generation (SHG). In this paper, the operation of an inter cavity SFG with CW laser seeding scheme generating 320 nm wavelength is presented. Efforts are underway to improve conversion efficiency of this mJ class UV converter by modifying the spatial beam profile of the pump laser.

  20. Laser-diode pumped efficient Yb:LuAG microchip lasers oscillating at 1030 and 1047 nm

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    Dong, J.; Ueda, K.; Kaminskii, A. A.

    2010-10-01

    The performance of laser-diode end-pumped Yb:LuAG microchip lasers has been investigated at ambient temperature without active cooling of the gain media. Efficient laser oscillation of Yb:LuAG crystals with different thickness and output couplings was achieved at 1030 and 1047 nm with slope efficiencies of 72 and 54%, correspondingly. The thermal population distribution at the terminated laser level of Yb:LuAG crystal plays an important role in the laser performance. The effects of the thickness of Yb:LuAG crystal and the transmission of output couplers on the laser oscillating wavelength and central wavelength shift were investigated by taking account into the reabsorption loss at lasing wavelength and intracavity laser intensity.