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Sample records for laser optical pumping

  1. Optically pumped isotopic ammonia laser system

    DOEpatents

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

    1982-01-01

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

  2. Optically Pumped Carbon Monoxide Cascade Laser

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2005-07-01

    absorption problems it poses. Instead, a 2.3 gtm GaSb diode laser could be used as a 1st overtone optically pumped source. The absorption cross section at...OPTICALLY PUMPED CARBON MONOXIDE CASCADE LASER BY NICHOLAS W. SAWRUK B.S., PHYSICS, US AIR FORCE ACADEMY, 2001 B.S., MATHEMATICS, US AIR FORCE...SUBTITLE 5. FUNDING NUMBERS OPTICALLY PUMPED CARBON MONOXIDE CASCADE LASER 6. AUTHOR(S) 1ST LT SAWRUK NICHOLAS W 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND

  3. Optically Pumped Carbon Monoxide Cascade Laser

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2005-06-30

    bother with the small absorption cross-sections of 2nd overtone pumping and the absorption problems it poses. Instead, a 2.3 µm GaSb diode laser ...could be used as a 1 st overtone optically pumped source. The absorption cross section at 2.3 µm is over 100 times larger. The 2.3 µm diode laser is...AFRL-DE-PS- AFRL-DE-PS- TR-2005-1093 TR-2005-1093 OPTICALLY PUMPED CARBON MONOXIDE CASCADE LASER NICHOLAS W. SAWRUK 30 June 2005 Final Report

  4. Optically pumped molecular bromine laser. Master's thesis

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    Morrison, J.W.

    1990-12-01

    An optically pumped molecular bromine laser was studied to investigate the quenching kinetics state of Br2. This included characterization of the pressure dependence of the laser output power. The approach was to excite molecular bromine in a sealed cell with a Nd:YAG pumped dye laser. Unresolved side fluorescence and amplified stimulated emission (ASE) spectra were recorded. ASE offered the advantage of a simpler optical system with no externally induced wavelength dependencies. Stimulated emission as a signal monitor offered greater resolution than side fluorescence spectra and facilitated spectroscopic assignment. (JS)

  5. 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.

  6. Third order mode optically pumped semiconductor laser

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    De Rossi, A.; Semaltianos, N.; Chirlias, E.; Vinter, B.; Ortiz, V.; Berger, V.

    2002-06-01

    Lasing action on a third order waveguide mode is demonstrated at room temperature under optical pumping, in a specifically designed quantum well laser structure. The AlGaAs heterostructure involves barriers which ensure that the third order waveguide mode has a higher overlap with the single quantum well emitter than the fundamental mode. Third order mode operation of a laser structure opens the way to modal phase matched parametric down conversion inside the semiconductor laser itself. It is a first step towards the realization of semiconductor twin photon laser sources, needed for quantum information experiments.

  7. 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.

  8. Optically pumped rare-gas lasers

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    Mikheyev, P A

    2015-08-31

    The modern state of the research of a new promising optically pumped laser system with an active medium formed by metastable rare-gas atoms is briefly reviewed. The kinetics of these media is similar to that of laser media based on alkali metal vapour; however, the gas medium is inert. Metastable atoms can be produced in an electric discharge. As in alkali lasers, the specific laser power output under atmospheric pressure can be several hundreds of watts per 1 cm{sup 3}. The lasing wavelengths lie in the near-IR range and fall in the transparency window of the terrestrial atmosphere. This new concept makes it possible to develop a closed-cycle cw laser with megawatt power levels and high beam quality. (lasers)

  9. Optically pumped Cs vapor lasers: pump-to-laser beam overlap optimization

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    Auslender, Ilya; Cohen, Tom; Lebiush, Eyal; Barmashenko, Boris D.; Rosenwaks, Salman

    2017-01-01

    We present the results of an experimental study of Ti:Sapphire pumped Cs laser and theoretical modeling of these results, where we focused on the influence of the pump-to-laser beam overlap, a crucial parameter for optimizing the output laser power. The dependence of the output laser power on the incident pump power was found for varying pump beam cross-section widths and for a constant laser beam. Maximum laser power > 370 mW with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 43% and slope efficiency 55% was obtained. Non monotonic dependence of the laser power and threshold power on the pump beam radius (at a given pump power) was observed with a maximum laser power and minimum threshold power achieved at the ratio 0.7 between the optimal pump beam and laser beam radius. A simple optical model of the laser, where Gaussian spatial shapes of the pump and laser intensities in any cross section of the beams were assumed, was compared to the experiments. Good agreement was obtained between the measured and calculated dependence of the laser power on the incident pump power at different pump beam radii and of the laser power, threshold power and optimal temperature on the pump beam radius. The model does not use empirical parameters such as mode overlap efficiency but rather the pump and laser beam spatial shapes as input parameters. This model can be applied to different optically pumped alkali lasers with arbitrary spatial distributions of the pump and laser beam widths.

  10. Optically (solar) pumped oxygen-iodine lasers

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

    2014-07-01

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

  11. Grating THz laser with optical pumping

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

    2010-04-01

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

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

    DOEpatents

    Rockwood, Stephen D.

    1980-01-01

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

  13. Optically Pumped Subwavelength Lasers Operated at Room Temperature

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-05-06

    REPORT NACHOS Project Final Report_University of Michigan Optically pumped subwavelength lasers operated at room temperature 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY...28-Feb-2011 NACHOS Project Final Report_University of Michigan Optically pumped subwavelength lasers operated at room temperature Report Title

  14. Unidirectionality of an optically pumped far infrared ring laser

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    Matsushima, Kyoji; Higashida, Noriyoshi; Sokabe, Noburu; Ariyasu, Tomio

    1995-02-01

    An experimental and theoretical investigation has been made on the unidirectional operation of an optically pumped far infrared ring laser. A ring laser operating on the 119 μm line of CH 3OH experiences reversal of output direction in either case of (a) the pump frequency being tuned across the line center of the infrared pump transition or (b) the fir cavity being tuned across the far infrared line center. A model based on two-mode laser theory predicts the output directionality of the optically pumped fir ring laser.

  15. Scalable high-power optically pumped GaAs laser

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    Le, H. Q.; di Cecca, S.; Mooradian, A.

    1991-05-01

    The use of disk geometry, optically pumped semiconductor gain elements for high-power scalability and good transverse mode quality has been studied. A room-temperature TEM00 transverse mode, external-cavity GaAs disk laser has been demonstrated with 500 W peak-power output and 40-percent slope efficiency, when pumped by a Ti:Al2O3 laser. The conditions for diode laser pumping are shown to be consistent with available power level.

  16. Influence of the pump-to-laser beam overlap on the performance of optically pumped cesium vapor laser.

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    Cohen, Tom; Lebiush, Eyal; Auslender, Ilya; Barmashenko, Boris D; Rosenwaks, Salman

    2016-06-27

    Experimental and theoretical study of the influence of the pump-to-laser beam overlap, a crucial parameter for optimization of optically pumped alkali atom lasers, is reported for Ti:Sapphire pumped Cs laser. Maximum laser power > 370 mW with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 43% and slope efficiency ~55% was obtained. The dependence of the lasing power on the pump power was found for different pump beam radii at constant laser beam radius. Non monotonic dependence of the laser power (optimized over the temperature of the Cs cell) on the pump beam radius was observed with a maximum achieved at the ratio ~0.7 between the pump and laser beam radii. The optimal temperature decreased with increasing pump beam radius. A simple optical model of the laser, where Gaussian spatial shapes of the pump and laser intensities in any cross section of the beams were assumed, was compared to the experiments. Good agreement was obtained between the measured and calculated dependence of the laser power on the pump power at different pump beam radii and also of the laser power, threshold pump power and optimal temperature on the pump beam radius. The model does not use empirical parameters such as mode overlap efficiency and can be applied to different Ti:Sapphire and diode pumped alkali lasers with arbitrary spatial distributions of the pump and laser beam widths.

  17. New, Efficient Optically Pumped Solid State Lasers.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1986-12-10

    Alexander J. Pertica , now at Lawrence Livermore National Lab., University of California, Livermore, CA 94550, "Laser Material Characteristics of Ti:Al...0 803 806 809 812 PUMP DIODE WAVELENGTH (nm) Laser Material Characteristics of Ti:AI0 3 Milton Bimbaum Alexander J. Pertica Center for Laser Studies...intrinsic material losses and to aid In the attempts to produce homogeneous and low loss Ti:AIO,. Bimbaum and Pertica -"Laowr... Characteristics of TI:A1230

  18. Remote chemical sensing by laser optical pumping

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    Stevens, C.G.; Magnotta, F.

    1996-08-01

    We are exploring a new approach to remote chemical identification that promises higher precision than can be achieved by conventional DIAL approaches. This technique also addresses and potentially solves the problem of detecting a target gas in the presence of an interfering gas or gases. This new approach utilizes an eye-safe infrared optical pumping pulse to deplete the population of a specific rotational level(s) and then sends probe pulses at the same or different wavelengths to interrogate the bleaching of the absorption. We have experimentally measured optical saturation fluence level at atmospheric pressure for HCl, and find this level to be {approximately}1 mJ/cm{sup 2}, significantly below eye-safe limits in agreement with calculations. Calculations have been performed on other molecules of interest with similar results. In the laboratory, using time-delay-replicated pulses at a single frequency we have made absorption measurements with precision levels routinely approaching 0.1% after averaging 200 laser pulses. These results as well as those of two other pulse experiments will be presented. 5 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

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

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sipes, Jr., Donald L. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-10-08

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

  1. New, Efficient Optically Pumped Solid State Lasers.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-02-21

    Lasers", during the contract period from 15 August 1984 thru 11 November 1988 (AFOSR-88-0378) has led to some notable advances. This effort h,.s focused...lower laser states of both Er and 1Ho. This work has led to the inves t igation of the Nd,Er ion-ion interactions in other crystals such as Nd,Er:YALO...backed pyrex reflector. While the laser may work in a gold-plated cavity, the many visible, blue and near uv pump bands suggest better efficiency is

  2. Quantum mechanical features of optically pumped CW FIR lasers

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    Seligson, D.; Leite, J. R. R.; Sanchez, A.; Feld, M. S.; Ducloy, M.

    1977-01-01

    Quantum mechanical predictions for the gain of an optically pumped CW FIR laser are presented for cases in which one or both of the pump and FIR transitions are pressure or Doppler broadened. The results are compared to those based on the rate equation model. Some of the quantum mechanical predictions are verified in CH3OH.

  3. Erbium Doped GaN Lasers by Optical Pumping

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2016-07-13

    P.O. Box 12211 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 Er doped GaN, gain medium, high energy laser, optical pump REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE 11. SPONSOR...Nanophotonics Center, Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX 79409-3102 jingyu.lin@ttu.edu; hx.jiang@ttu.edu I. Summary of Progress High energy and...emerging technologies. The optical gain medium is the heart of a high energy laser (HEL) system. Comparing with the presently dominant gain material

  4. Optically pumped semiconductor lasers for atomic and molecular physics

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    Burd, S.; Leibfried, D.; Wilson, A. C.; Wineland, D. J.

    2015-03-01

    Experiments in atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics rely on lasers at many different wavelengths and with varying requirements on spectral linewidth, power and intensity stability. Optically pumped semiconductor lasers (OPSLs), when combined with nonlinear frequency conversion, can potentially replace many of the laser systems currently in use. We are developing a source for laser cooling and spectroscopy of Mg+ ions at 280 nm, based on a frequency quadrupled OPSL with the gain chip fabricated at the ORC at Tampere Univ. of Technology, Finland. This OPSL system could serve as a prototype for many other sources used in atomic and molecular physics.

  5. Optically pumped oxygen-iodine laser

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    Zagidullin, Marsel V.; Malyshev, Mikhail S.

    2017-01-01

    A novel optical pumping scheme considering a two-step irradiation by light at wavelengths near 500 nm and 1315 nm is proposed in this work. Radiation at 500 nm is used to dissociate about 1% of iodine molecules. The radiation at 1315 nm excites atomic iodine to the 2P1/2 state. Singlet oxygen molecules are produced via the energy exchange process I(2P1/2)+O2(X3Σ)-> I(2P3/2)+O2(a1Δ), while I(2P1/2)+O2(a1Δ) energy pooling produces b1Σ oxygen. I(2P3/2) and O2(1Σ) then accelerate the dissociation of I2. After gas dynamic cooling in supersonic nozzle, active medium may reach 100 W cm-2 and small signal gain of 0.01 cm-1.

  6. Some factors affecting the pumping efficiency of optically pumped lasers.

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    Edwards, J G

    1967-05-01

    As a preliminary to the calculation and discussion of pumping efficiency, the results of an investigation into the properties of xenon flash tubes are given. Time resolved spectroscopy showed that the radiation during the flash is essentially that of a blackbody. The small range of measured blackbody temperatures (6000 degrees K to 7000 degrees K) cannot account for the variation in radiated power during the flash. However, emissivity variations (deduced from published absorption data) explain the observed time dependence exactly. An ionic mechanism is outlined which explains the spectral distribution of the radiation, the electrical properties of the discharge, and the emissivity variations. Possible reasons for the low radiative efficiency of 28% during the flash are discussed. The fraction of the electrical energy supplied to the tube reaching the laser crystal is calculated, taking into account the cavity geometry and wall reflectivity, the flash tube radiative efficiency and spectral distribution, the crystal ze and sorption, and the partial reconversion by the flash tube of light not absorbed in the crystal which returns to the tube. The predicted laser oscillation threshold agrees well with experiment. It is concluded that, while reconversion can significantly increase the effective radiative efficiency of the tube, the over-all efficiency of the laser is still limited by the low intrinsic radiative efficiency. Numerical examples are given to show that this parameter exercises the biggest influence on the present pumping efficiencies of about 0.5%. Over-all efficiencies of up to 9% could be obtained if this radiative efficiency could be raised to about 90%. Success in this area could give greater benefits than attempts to improve the spectral distribution of the tube radiation.

  7. Phase dynamics in a Doppler broadened optically-pumped laser

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    Roldán, E.; de Valcárcel, G. J.; Vilaseca, R.; Silva, F.; Pujol, J.; Corbalán, R.; Laguarta, F.

    1989-11-01

    The dynamic behavior of the phase of the generated field in a Doppler-broadened optically-pumped far-infrared laser is theoretically investigated for the first time. The phase undergoes sudden jumps of approximately π radians, which allow to establish the actual symmetry of the main attractor in the phase space, explaining the heteroclynic character of the chaotic behavior observed in experiments.

  8. 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.

  9. Stark effect in optically pumped molecular submillimeter lasers

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    Rak, V. G.; Dyubko, S. F.

    1980-06-01

    A theoretical analysis is made of the effects which take place in optically pumped lasers whose active medium is subjected to a dc electric Geld. The possibilities are discussed of tuning the frequency and modulating the intensity of the radiation emitted by a laser. The gain characteristics of an active medium in an electric field are calculated for a CH3F laser operating on a wavelength of 496 μ. It is shown that the frequency tuning limits of the output radiation of such a laser can reach 3 GHz, if the active medium allows electric fields of up to 30 kV/cm to be applied.

  10. Scaling of an Optically Pumped Mid-Infrared Rubidium Laser

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-03-26

    A maximum slope efficiency based on incident pump photons of 1.7 × 10-4 was observed. Evidence that only a small percentage (ɚ%) of the available...Optically pumped 62P3/2 - 6 2S1/2 and 6 2P1/2 - 6 2S1/2 Rb lasing has been demonstrated in the past on two occasions. Sharma demonstrated a continuous...concentration on laser output energy. Specifically, it was demonstrated that bleached limit, slope efficiency, and laser output energy scale

  11. Acousto-optic modulation in diode pumped solid state lasers

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    Jabczynski, Jan K.; Zendzian, Waldemar; Kwiatkowski, Jacek

    2007-02-01

    The main properties of acousto-optic modulators (AOM) applied in laser technology are presented and discussed in the paper. The critical review of application of AOMs in several types of diode pumped solid state lasers (DPSSL) is given. The short description of few DPSSLs developed in our group is presented in the following chapters of the paper. The parameters of a simple AO-Q-switched Nd:YVO 4 laser (peak power up to 60 kW, pulse duration of 5-15 ns, repetition rate in the range 10-100 kHz, with average power above 5 W) are satisfactory for different application as follows: higher harmonic generation, pumping of 'eye-safe' OPOs etc. The achieved brightness of 10 17 W/m2/srd is comparable to the strongest technological Q-switched lasers of kW class of average power. The main aim of paper is to present novel type of lasers with acousto-optic modulation namely: AO-q-switched and mode locked (AO-QML) lasers. We have designed the 3.69-m long Z-type resonator of the frequency matched to the RF frequency of AOM. As a gain medium the Nd:YVO 4 crystal end pumped by 20 W laser diode was applied. The energy of envelope of QML pulse train was up to 130 μJ with sub-nanosecond mode locked pulse of maximum 30-μJ energy.

  12. Fiber optic systems for diode-pumped solid state lasers

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    Kozlov, Valery A.; Awad, H. R. I.; Vlasenko, Oleg A.; Zavartsev, Yury D.; Zagumennyi, Alexander I.; Studenikin, Pavel A.; Shcherbakov, Ivan A.; Gordova, M. R.; Kuznetsov, A. V.

    1996-03-01

    Radial nonsymmetrical fiber endface microlenses original fabrication technique has been used for high efficient pump laser diode radiation coupling (up to 93% without AR coating) into the standard optical fibers and for the form of a pump power diagram at the output fiber endfaces. Nd:GdVO4 laser (2.5 mm crystals length) parameters with semiconfocal (output mirror curvature radius 10 cm) and monolith plane mirrors cavities have been measured for different pump diagrams formed by plane endfaces, spherical microlenses, and Selfoc lenses. Compact diode-pumped solid state lasers may be used in optical communications, optical storage, medicine, and other applications. Diode laser (DL)-optical fiber coupling gives several advantages for these pumping systems -- a possibility to combine several DLs radiation, a remote DLs mounting, small size and electrical safety of the laser heads, simple schemes of active crystals cooling, axial symmetry of the pumping beam for longitudinal geometry. In general, high coupling efficiency between a semiconductor light source and optical fiber may be achieved by the use of microlens, formed on the endface of the fiber. In this case bulk optical components between DL and optical fiber are not needed. In addition, the only reflection surface exists in this coupling technique. Different techniques for producing microlenses on a fiber endface have been developed. For example, tapered hemispherical lenses, melted, etched, and polished lenses are commonly used for this coupling. However, all types of such techniques produce in general radial symmetry lenses: therefore, they do not provide efficient coupling between a round fiber core and a nonsymmetrical DL's radiation. In this paper we demonstrate the fabrication technique of fiber endface radial nonsymmetrical microlenses with radii curvature from few micrometers to few tens micrometers by grinding/polishing process. This process may be used for producing different nonspherical microlenses

  13. Wavelength diversity in optically pumped alkali vapor lasers

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    Perram, Glen P.

    2017-01-01

    Alternative wavelengths for optically pumped alkali vapor lasers have been developed using single photon excitation of higher lying P-states, stimulated Raman processes, two-photon excitation of S and D states, and electric quadruple excitation on S-D transitions. Two photon excitation of Cs 72D leads to competing and cascade lasing producing red and infrared lasers operating on the D-P transitions, followed by ultraviolet, blue, the standard near infrared DPAL transitions operating on P-S transitions. The S-D pump transitions are fully bleached at pump intensities exceeding 1 MW/cm2, allowing for lasing transitions that terminate on the ground state. The kinetics of these systems are complex due to competition for population inversion among the many optical transitions. An optically pumped mid-infrared rubidium pulsed, mirrorless laser has also been demonstrated in a heat pipe along both the 62P3/2 - 62S1/2 transition at 2.73 μm and the 62P1/2 - 62S1/2 transition at 2.79 μm with a maximum energy of 100 nJ. Performance improves dramatically as the rubidium vapor density is increased, in direct contradiction with the prior work. No scaling limitations associated with energy pooling or ionization kinetics have been observed. Practical application for infrared counter measures depends on the further development of blue diode pump sources. Finally, stimulated electronic Raman scattering and hyper-Raman processes in potassium vapor near the D1 and D2 lines have been observed using a stable resonator and pulsed laser excitation. First and second order Stokes and anti-Stokes lines were observed simultaneously and independently for a pump laser tuning range exceeding 70 cm-1. When the pump is tuned between the K D1 and D2 lines, an efficient hyper-Raman process dominates with a slope efficiency that exceeds 10%. Raman shifted laser may be useful as a target illuminator or atmospheric compensation beacon for a high power diode pumped alkali laser.

  14. Optically Pumped Far Infrared Molecular Lasers.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-04-01

    third and fifth order nonlinear processes can exceed first order laser processes. An experimental study of the generation of a 22.653 GHz signal (the...prime, practical sources. There are no counterparts in the far infrared of devices like IMPATTs, magnetrons, laser diodes, gyrotrons , etc. While in...1,000 GHz , the only proven, high spectral quality, modest technology, coherent source available to all researchers in the area, is the opti- cally

  15. Assignment of the /Li-7/2 optically pumped laser transitions pumped by Ar/+/ and Kr/+/ laser lines

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    Verma, K. K.; Stwalley, W. C.; Zemke, W. T.

    1981-01-01

    Welling and Wellegehausen (1977) have reported a list of Na2 and Li2 lines (belonging to B-X and A-X systems) which lase when vapors of these dimers are pumped with an Ar(+) or Kr(+) laser. A description is presented of a fluorescence study of the A-X system of the (Li-7)2 molecule excited by a Kr(+) laser (6471 A). The optically pumped laser lines are identified as P and R doublets in two different fluorescence series. The conditions which favor lasing action of these lines are pointed out. All but one of the known optically pumped laser lines of (Li-7)2 along with their assignments are presented in a table. For each pumping line, several additional wavelengths are listed which satisfy the condition for laser oscillations and which might well lase well under slightly improved conditions.

  16. TOPICAL REVIEW: Optically pumped nanowire lasers: invited review

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    Zimmler, Mariano A.; Capasso, Federico; Müller, Sven; Ronning, Carsten

    2010-02-01

    This paper reviews several topics related to optically pumped ZnO nanowire lasers. A systematic study of the various properties of a device as it evolves from the regime of amplified spontaneous emission to laser oscillation above threshold is presented. The key dependence of the laser threshold on nanowire diameter is demonstrated and explained by means of a thorough study of guided modes in semiconducting nanowires for a nanowire-on-substrate geometry. A 'head on' detection geometry is used to measure the far-field profile of a nanowire laser and thus identify the modes responsible for lasing. Finally, the temperature behavior of a nanowire laser is reported, and possible mechanisms that may be responsible for gain are suggested.

  17. Experimental and theoretical study of the performance of optically pumped cesium vapor laser as a function of the pump-to-laser beam overlap

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    Barmashenko, Boris D.; Cohen, Tom; Lebiush, Eyal; Auslender, Ilya; Rosenwaks, Salman

    2016-10-01

    We report on the results of an experimental study of Ti:Sapphire pumped Cs laser and theoretical modeling of these results, where we focused on the influence of the pump-to-laser beam overlap, a crucial parameter for optimizing the output laser power. Non monotonic dependence of the laser power (optimized over the temperature) on the pump beam radius was observed with a maximum achieved at the ratio 0.7 between the pump and laser beam radii. The optimal temperature decreased with increasing pump beam radius. Maximum laser power > 370 mW with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 43% and slope efficiency 55% was obtained. A simple optical model of the laser, where Gaussian spatial shapes of the pump and laser intensities in any cross section of the beams were assumed, was compared to the experiments. Good agreement was obtained between the measured and calculated dependence of the laser power on the pump power at different pump beam radii and also of the laser power, threshold pump power and optimal temperature on the pump beam radius. The model does not use empirical parameters such as mode overlap efficiency but rather the pump and laser beam spatial shapes as input parameters. The present results combined with results of the application of the model to K DPAL and Ti:Sapphire pumped Cs laser, indicate that the model can describe the operation of different optically pumped alkali lasers with arbitrary spatial distributions of the pump and laser beam widths.

  18. Design and Characterization of Optically Pumped Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers

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    1992-12-01

    01 Design and Characterization of Optically Pumped Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers THESIS Presented to the Faculty of the School of Engineering...VCSELs ............................ 3-11 3.4 Injection Lasers : Electrical Pumping .................... 3-12 3.4.1 Active Region Design... lasers on the wafer. x Design and Characterization of Optically Pumped Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers L. Introduction This thesis investigates

  19. DBR-free optically pumped semiconductor disk lasers

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    Yang, Zhou; Albrecht, Alexander R.; Cederberg, Jeffrey G.; Sheik-Bahae, Mansoor

    2015-03-01

    Optically pumped semiconductor disk lasers (SDLs) provide high beam quality with high average-power power at designer wavelengths. However, material choices are limited by the need for a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), usually monolithically integrated with the active region. We demonstrate DBR-free SDL active regions, which have been lifted off and bonded to various transparent substrates. For an InGaAs multi-quantum well sample bonded to a diamond window heat spreader, we achieved CW lasing with an output power of 2 W at 1150 nm with good beam quality.

  20. Operation of an optical in-well-pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Zhang Wei; Ackemann, Thorsten; McGinily, Stephen; Schmid, Marc; Riis, Erling; Ferguson, Allister I

    2006-10-10

    We report the operation of an optical in-well-pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser. The laser delivers 1 W at 855 nm and is pumped with a cost-effective fiber-coupled laser diode emitting at 806 nm. The laser modal gain is examined and ways of optimizing the system are investigated and discussed.

  1. Submillimeter D2O-18 molecular laser with optical pumping

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    Svich, V. A.; Pokormiakho, N. G.; Topkov, A. N.

    1980-11-01

    In the considered investigation, nine new emission lines of the D2O-18 molecule were observed over the wavelength range from 96 to 140 micrometers. In the experiments, a CO2 TEA laser was used for optical pumping. The TEA laser was operated at atmospheric pressure with an output energy up to 2 J and a pulse length of 100 ns. A gaseous mixture with a composition of CO2:N2:He = 1:1:4 was excited by means of a pulsed transverse discharge. A resonator with a length of 1 m was formed by a spherical mirror with a radius of curvature of 10 m, and a gold-plated echelette grating with 100 lines/mm. The submillimeter cell consisted of a glass tube with an inside diameter of 80 mm and a length of 1270 mm, and the spherical mirrors of the submillimeter resonator.

  2. High-power optically pumped semiconductor laser apllications

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    Morioka, S. Brandon

    2011-03-01

    OPS lasers have found applications in various industrial and scientific laser applications due to their power scaling capability, their wide range of emission wavelengths, physical size and their superior reliability. This paper provides an overview of commercially available OPS lasers and the applications in which they are used including biotechnology, medical, holography, Titanium-Sapphire laser pumping, non-lethal defense, forensics, and entertainment.

  3. Wave optics simulation of diode pumped alkali laser (DPAL)

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    Endo, Masamori; Nagaoka, Ryuji; Nagaoka, Hiroki; Nagai, Toru; Wani, Fumio

    2016-03-01

    A numerical simulation code for a diode pumped alkali laser (DPAL) was developed. The code employs the Fresnel- Kirchhoff diffraction integral for both laser mode and pump light propagations. A three-dimensional rate equation set was developed to determine the local gain. The spectral divergence of the pump beam was represented by a series of monochromatic beams with different wavelengths. The calculated results showed an excellent agreements with relevant experimental results. It was found that the main channel of the pump power drain is the spontaneous emission from the upper level of the lasing transition.

  4. Laser Demonstration and Performance Characterization of an Optically Pumped Alkali Laser System

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2010-09-01

    optically pumped by a pulsed titanium sapphire laser to investigate the dynamics of DPALs at pump intensities between 1.3 and 45 kW/cm2. Linear...section at line center compared to a single Lorentzian approximation by less than 15% for the current experimental conditions.[19] A comparison of... less than predicted by the Lorentzian profile in Figure 12. 36 Figure 20. Slope efficiency reinterpreted as absorbance for (○) 32% output

  5. NONLINEAR OPTICAL PHENOMENA: Optical pumping of mixtures containing CO by multifrequency CO laser radiation

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    Kochetov, Igor'V.; Kurnosov, A. K.; Martin, J. P.; Napartovich, A. P.

    1995-07-01

    An experimental investigation was made of the optical pumping of a stream of a gas containing CO by cw CO laser radiation. An analysis and numerical modelling made it possible to reproduce the experimentally determined distribution of molecules between the vibrational levels. The experiments on pumping of pure CO could be explained only when the spatial distributions of the parameters along the gas stream were taken into account.

  6. Laser demonstration and performance characterization of optically pumped Alkali Laser systems

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    Sulham, Clifford V.

    Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers (DPALs) offer a promising approach for high power lasers in military applications that will not suffer from the long logistical trails of chemical lasers or the thermal management issues of diode pumped solid state lasers. This research focuses on characterizing a DPAL-type system to gain a better understanding of using this type of laser as a directed energy weapon. A rubidium laser operating at 795 nm is optically pumped by a pulsed titanium sapphire laser to investigate the dynamics of DPALs at pump intensities between 1.3 and 45 kW/cm2. Linear scaling as high as 32 times threshold is observed, with no evidence of second order kinetics. Comparison of laser characteristics with a quasi-two level analytic model suggests performance near the ideal steady-state limit, disregarding the mode mis-match. Additionally, the peak power scales linearly as high as 1 kW, suggesting aperture scaling to a few cm2 is sufficient to achieve tactical level laser powers. The temporal dynamics of the 100 ns pump and rubidium laser pulses are presented, and the continually evolving laser efficiency provides insight into the bottlenecking of the rubidium atoms in the 2P3/2 state. Lastly, multiple excited states of rubidium and cesium were accessed through two photon absorption in the red, yielding a blue and an IR photon through amplified stimulated emission. Threshold is modest at 0.3 mJ/pulse, and slope efficiencies increase dramatically with alkali concentrations and peak at 0.4%, with considerable opportunity for improvement. This versatile system might find applications for IR countermeasures or underwater communications.

  7. Gain of a CW optically pumped far-infrared laser with sandwich resonator

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    Harth, A.; Volkholz, P.

    1994-02-01

    The FIR laser gain of CW optically pumped HCOOH was measured and compared to theoretical calculations. Since the laser has a transversely pumped parallel-plate (or “sandwich”) waveguide, the pump field is the same for oscillating and amplifying operation. Therefore, “true” FIR-gains were measured. The theory takes into account several phenomena, that are frequently simplified when considering FIR lasers, such as the pump and the FIR beam's spatial distribution, power broadening of the pump absorption, as well as heat and molecular diffusion. As a result, good quantitative agreement between theory and measurement was achieved.

  8. Bidirectional optical bistability in a dual-pumped erbium doped fiber ring laser.

    PubMed

    Lai, W J; Shum, P; Binh, L

    2004-11-15

    We investigate bidirectional optical wave propagations in a dual-pumped erbium doped fiber ring laser without isolator, and observe optical bistability behaviors. Consequently, we propose and construct a NOLM-NALM fiber ring laser to demonstrate and exploit this bidirectional optical bistability phenomenon in optical switching by introducing two tunable variable ratio couplers in the system. Numerical analyses based on the proposed laser structure have also been demonstrated corroborated with the experimental results.

  9. Optically pumped planar waveguide lasers: Part II: Gain media, laser systems, and applications

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    Grivas, Christos

    2016-01-01

    The field of optically pumped planar waveguide lasers has seen a rapid development over the last two decades driven by the requirements of a range of applications. This sustained research effort has led to the demonstration of a large variety of miniature highly efficient laser sources by combining different gain media and resonator geometries. One of the most attractive features of waveguide lasers is the broad range of regimes that they can operate, spanning from continuous wave and single frequency through to the generation of femtosecond pulses. Furthermore, their technology has experienced considerable advances to provide increased output power levels, deriving benefits from the relative immunity from the heat generated in the gain medium during laser operation and the use of cladding-pumped architectures. This second part of the review on optically pumped planar waveguide lasers provides a snapshot of the state-of-the-art research in this field in terms of gain materials, laser system designs, and as well as a perspective on the status of their application as real devices in various research areas.

  10. Stable 811.53 nm diode laser pump source for optically pumped metastable Ar laser

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    Gao, Jun; Zuo, Duluo; Zhao, Jun; Li, Bin; Yu, Anlan; Wang, Xinbing

    2016-10-01

    A stable external cavity diode laser coupled with volume Bragg grating for metastable argon atoms pumping is presented. The measured maximum output power of the continuous wave is 6.5 W when the spectral width (FWHM) is less than 21 pm around 811.53 nm and the power efficiency is 68%. The tuning range of the emission wavelength is bigger than 270 pm. The calculated deviation in relative absorption efficiency caused by the fluctuations of wavelength and power is less than 4%.

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. 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 μm. 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.

  14. Stark effect applicable to optically pumped far-infrared laser

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    Claspy, P. C.; Koo, K. P.

    1976-01-01

    Absorption measurements at CO2 laser frequencies were carried out as a function of Stark fields and CH3OH gas pressures to assess the effect of low electric field Stark tuning on methanol absorption at the P(12) 9.4 micron CO2 laser line, in a continuing search for coherent emitters at submillimeter wavelengths (far infrared). The line center absorption coefficient is found to increase five-fold with a 2.3 kV/cm Stark field at the 220 mtorr methanol pressure optimal for methanol far infrared lasing. The low electric field Stark tuning encourages efforts to enhance the pumping efficiency of a methanol far infrared laser at its normal optimum operating pressure, and suggests that significant Stark field induced frequency modulation of the far IR laser output is feasible.

  15. 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.

  16. Intracavity optical parametric oscillator pumped by an actively Q-switched Nd:YAG laser

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    Liu, Z. J.; Wang, Q. P.; Zhang, X. Y.; Liu, Z. J.; Wang, H.; Chang, J.; Fan, S. Z.; Ma, F. S.; Jin, G. F.

    2008-03-01

    A non-critically phase-matched KTiOPO4 optical parametric oscillator (OPO) intracavity pumped by a laser diode end-pumped acousto-optically Q-switchedNd:YAG laser is experimentally demonstrated. The highest average power is obtained at the pulse repetition rate (PRR) of around 15 kHz, which is different from the widely reported Nd:YVO4 laser pumped OPO in which the highest average power is obtained at a very high PRR, e.g. 80 kHz. With an incident laser diode power of 6.93 W and a pulse repetition rate of 15 kHz, an average signal power of 0.72 W is obtained with a peak power of 7.7 kW and an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 10.4%.

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

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    Zapata, Luis E.; Beach, Raymond J.; Honea, Eric C.; Payne, Stephen A.

    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.

  18. Phosphate-core silica-clad Er/Yb-doped optical fiber and cladding pumped laser.

    PubMed

    Egorova, O N; Semjonov, S L; Velmiskin, V V; Yatsenko, Yu P; Sverchkov, S E; Galagan, B I; Denker, B I; Dianov, E M

    2014-04-07

    We present a composite optical fiber with a Er/Yb co-doped phosphate-glass core in a silica glass cladding as well as cladding pumped laser. The fabrication process, optical properties, and lasing parameters are described. The slope efficiency under 980 nm cladding pumping reached 39% with respect to the absorbed pump power and 28% with respect to the coupled pump power. Due to high doping level of the phosphate core optimal length was several times shorter than that of silica core fibers.

  19. Diode Pumped Fiber Laser

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-07-01

    d AFWU.-TR-83-niO 00 H CO CO iH <^ DIODE PUMPED FIBER LASER Edward L. Glnzton Laboratory Stanford University Stanford, California 94305...RECIPIf NT’S CATALOG NUMBER 4. TITLE Cand Sub(i(/e; DIODE PUMPED FIBER LASER 5 TYPE OF REPORT & PERIOD COVERED Interim Report...external optical cavity made of two miniature flat mirrors, and end- pumped either at 514.5 nm (argon-ion laser ) or near 818 nm ( laser diode ). Coherent

  20. 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

  1. Diode laser 87Rb optical pumping in an evacuated wall-coated cell

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    Lee, W. K.; Robinson, H. G.; Johnson, C. E.

    1984-01-01

    The evacuated wall coated sealed cell coupled with diode laser optical pumping offers a number of attractive potential advantages for use in Rb or Cs atomic frequency standards. An investigation of systematic effects is required to explore possible limitations of the technique. The use of diode laser optical pumping of 87 Rb in an evacuated wall coated sealed cell is presented. Experimental results/discussion to be presented include the signal strength and line broadening of the 0 - 0 hyperfine resonance as a function of light intensity for the D1 optical transitions (F - F prime) - (2 1 prime) and (2 - 2 prime), shift of the 0 - 0 hyperfine frequency as a function of laser intensity and de-tuning from optical resonance, and diode laser frequency stabilization techniques.

  2. Optically pumped CHClF2 and C2H5I submillimeter wave lasers

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    Tobin, M. S.; Daley, T. W.

    1980-06-01

    Submillimeter wave laser action is reported for optically pumped chlorodifluoromethane gas and ethyl iodide vapor. The compounds were pumped by an electrically chopped CO2 laser at 10 Hz coupled to a metallic waveguide unoptimized 3.5 mm output-hole-coupled resonator with plunger mirrors. Coincidences between CO2 pump lines and molecular absorption lines were detected at three lines in the 9-micron R region in CHClF2 and two lines in the 10-micron R and P regions in C2H5I for chopped and not CW laser regimes. Comparison of the molecular structures of the two species with the CW FIR laser material selection criteria of Danielewicz and Weiss (1978) reveals that CHClF2 satisfies these criteria (although CHClF2 absorption does not overlap with many CO2 pump lines), while C2H5I does not, in agreement with experimental results.

  3. Optically pumped room-temperature GaAs nanowire lasers

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    Saxena, Dhruv; Mokkapati, Sudha; Parkinson, Patrick; Jiang, Nian; Gao, Qiang; Tan, Hark Hoe; Jagadish, Chennupati

    2013-12-01

    Near-infrared lasers are important for optical data communication, spectroscopy and medical diagnosis. Semiconductor nanowires offer the possibility of reducing the footprint of devices for three-dimensional device integration and hence are being extensively studied in the context of optoelectronic devices. Although visible and ultraviolet nanowire lasers have been demonstrated widely, progress towards room-temperature infrared nanowire lasers has been limited because of material quality issues and Auger recombination. (Al)GaAs is an important material system for infrared lasers that is extensively used for conventional lasers. GaAs has a very large surface recombination velocity, which is a serious issue for nanowire devices because of their large surface-to-volume ratio. Here, we demonstrate room-temperature lasing in core-shell-cap GaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs nanowires by properly designing the Fabry-Pérot cavity, optimizing the material quality and minimizing surface recombination. Our demonstration is a major step towards incorporating (Al)GaAs nanowire lasers into the design of nanoscale optoelectronic devices operating at near-infrared wavelengths.

  4. 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.

  5. High-power terahertz optically pumped NH3 laser for plasma diagnostics

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

    2012-06-01

    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) CO2 laser is simulated numerically. The main characteristics of the output radiation, such as its spectrum, peak intensity, time dependence, and total energy, are calculated.

  6. Optically pumped tunable HBr laser in the mid-infrared region.

    PubMed

    Koen, Wayne; Jacobs, Cobus; Bollig, Christoph; Strauss, Hencharl J; Esser, M J Daniel; Botha, Lourens R

    2014-06-15

    An optically pumped tunable HBr laser has been demonstrated for the first time. The pump source was a single-frequency Ho:YLF laser and amplifier system, which was locked to the 2064 nm absorption line of HBr. Laser oscillation was demonstrated on 19 molecular transition lines, which included both the R-branch (3870-4015 nm) and the P-branch (4070-4453 nm), by the use of an intra-cavity diffraction grating. The highest output energy was 2.4 mJ at 4133 nm.

  7. 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.

  8. Explosively pumped laser light

    DOEpatents

    Piltch, Martin S.; Michelotti, Roy A.

    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.

  9. Effect of periodic optical pumping on dynamics of passive mode-locked fiber laser

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    Lee, Chung Ghiu; Kim, Joonyoung; Kim, Soeun

    2017-10-01

    We report on the effect of periodic optical pumping on a passively mode-locked fiber laser (MLFL) based on an erbium-doped fiber (EDF). We investigate the influence of various parameters (including average pump power into the fiber laser, the modulation frequency and duty cycle of the pump, and the polarization state of the light inside the cavity) on the transient response characteristic of the MLFL such as: relaxation oscillation (RO) build-up time (defined as the time delay from the onset of pumping to the generation of passively mode-locked pulses) and the power of the detected RF signal at the fundamental cavity-mode frequency (determined by the ring cavity length), which reflects the stability of mode-locking pulse train. We have found that the RO build-up time is inversely proportional to the average pump power while the RF power of the detected fundamental cavity mode (produced by the ring cavity) is proportional to the average pump power. A change in the duty cycle effectively leads the average pump power to vary, which in turn leads to changes in the transient response. The modulation frequency of the pump is rather related to the stability of the MLFL than its response time. Generally, the lower the modulation frequency, the more stable the mode-locked pulses generated in the fiber laser. Finally, the RO build-up time and, consequently, the pulse-generation time are highly sensitive to the state of polarization in the MLFL cavity.

  10. Method and apparatus for efficient operation of an optically pumped laser

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    Sipes, Jr., Donald L. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    An optically pumped single mode laser, e.g. Nd:YAG crystal (20) with planoconcave mirrors is increased in efficiency by an order of magnitude to about 8% by optics (25, 27) for focusing the high power multimode output of laser diode arrays (21, 22) into the mode volume (20') of the laser medium (20). A plurality of these optically pumped single mode lasers (1-4) may be cascaded in a ring with dichroci mirrors (M.sub.1 -M.sub.4) at the corners for coupling in the laser diode arrays, each having its own means for spatially tailoring its beam to concentrate pump distribution inside the lasing mode volume of the medium. An InGaAlAs pump diode (30) with its wavelength of the same as a lasing medium makes the ring unidirectional. The questions raised in reexamination request No. 90/002,473, filed Oct. 10, 1991, have been considered and the results thereof are reflected in this reissue patent which constitutes the reexamination certificate required by 35 U.S.C. 307 as provided in 37 CFR 1,570(e).

  11. 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

    2015-06-30

    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. (lasers)

  12. A 980 nm pseudomorphic single quantum well laser for pumping erbium-doped optical fiber amplifiers

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    Larsson, A.; Forouhar, S.; Cody, J.; Lang, R. J.; Andrekson, P. A.

    1990-01-01

    The authors have fabricated ridge waveguide pseudomorphic InGaAs/GaAs/AlGaAs GRIN-SCH SQW (graded-index separate-confinement-heterostructure single-quantum-well) lasers, emitting at 980 nm, with a maximum output power of 240 mW from one facet and a 22 percent coupling efficiency into a 1.55-micron single-mode optical fiber. These lasers satisfy the requirements on efficient and compact pump sources for Er3+-doped fiber amplifiers.

  13. A 980 nm pseudomorphic single quantum well laser for pumping erbium-doped optical fiber amplifiers

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    Larsson, A.; Forouhar, S.; Cody, J.; Lang, R. J.; Andrekson, P. A.

    1990-01-01

    The authors have fabricated ridge waveguide pseudomorphic InGaAs/GaAs/AlGaAs GRIN-SCH SQW (graded-index separate-confinement-heterostructure single-quantum-well) lasers, emitting at 980 nm, with a maximum output power of 240 mW from one facet and a 22 percent coupling efficiency into a 1.55-micron single-mode optical fiber. These lasers satisfy the requirements on efficient and compact pump sources for Er3+-doped fiber amplifiers.

  14. Collisional narrowing in the optically pumped CH3OH and CH3F lasers

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

    1982-01-01

    The gain linewidth of the optically pumped CH3F laser is observed to narrow and rebroaden with the addition of He. In addition, the same effect is observed in the CH3OH laser with the addition of the polyatomic buffer gases SF6 and CS2. These results offer conclusive evidence of the Dicke narrowing phenomena in these inverted pure rotational transitions. The effect is observed using a high harmonic mixing technique in a Schottky barrier diode.

  15. Collisional narrowing in the optically pumped CH3OH and CH3F lasers

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

    1982-01-01

    The gain linewidth of the optically pumped CH3F laser is observed to narrow and rebroaden with the addition of He. In addition, the same effect is observed in the CH3OH laser with the addition of the polyatomic buffer gases SF6 and CS2. These results offer conclusive evidence of the Dicke narrowing phenomena in these inverted pure rotational transitions. The effect is observed using a high harmonic mixing technique in a Schottky barrier diode.

  16. Reliable Optical Pump Architecture for Highly Coherent Lasers Used in Space Metrology Applications

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    Erlig, Herman; Qiu, Yueming; Poberezhskiy, Ilya Y.; Meras, Patrick L.; Chang, Daniel H.; Wu, Yen-Hung

    2012-01-01

    The design and initial demonstration of a laser pump module (LPM) incorporating single-mode, grating-stabilized 808-nm diode lasers and a low-loss, high-port-count optical combiner are completed. The purpose of the developed LPM is to reliably pump an Nd:YAG crystal in the laser head (LH), which serves as the optical metrology source for SIMLite mission. Using the narrow-linewidth, single-mode laser diodes enables placement of the pump power near Nd adsorption peak, which enhances pumping efficiency. Grating stabilization allows for stable pump spectra as diode operating temperature and bias current change. The low-loss, high-port-count optical combiner enables efficient combining of tens of pumps. Overall, the module supports 5+ years of continuous operation at 2 W of pump power with reliability approaching 100 percent. The LPM consists of a laser diode farm (LDF) and a pump beam combiner (PBC). An array of 807- to 808-nm fiber-pigtailed laser diodes makes up the LDF. A Bragg grating in each 5- m core single-mode (SM) fiber pigtail acts to stabilize the lasing spectra over a range of diode operating conditions. These commercially available single-mode laser diodes can deliver up to 150 mW of optical power. The outputs from the multiple pumps in the LDF are routed to the PBC, which is a 37-input by 1-output all-fiber device. The input ports consist of 5- m core SM fiber, while the output port consists of 105- m core, 0.15 NA (numerical aperture) multi-mode (MM) fiber. The combiner is fabricated by fusing the 37 input fibers while simultaneously tapering the fused region. At the completion of this process, the MM fiber is spliced to the end of the adiabatic taper, and, for protection, the combiner is sheathed by a capillary tube. A compact and robust metal housing was designed and fabricated to protect the PBC during space deployment.

  17. Dynamic modeling of optically pumped electrically driven terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Hamadou, A.; Thobel, J.-L.; Lamari, S.

    2017-03-01

    Based on our four-level rate equations model, we analyze through numerical simulations the dynamics of the electron density, population inversion and terahertz intensity present within the cavity of a mid-infrared optically pumped electrically driven THz quantum cascade laser. We find in particular that the mid-infrared pump intensity influences significantly the dynamical behavior of the present device. Moreover, compared to its homologue, the conventional electrically injected THz quantum cascade laser, this system presents much faster dynamics. In addition, within the premises of our model, we derive in the most general case the equation that allows for the determination of the turn-on delay time tth.

  18. An optically pumped GaN/AlGaN quantum well intersubband terahertz laser

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    Fu, Ai-Bing; Hao, Ming-Rui; Yang, Yao; Shen, Wen-Zhong; Liu, Hui-Chun

    2013-02-01

    We propose an optically pumped nonpolar GaN/AlGaN quantum well (QW) active region design for terahertz (THz) lasing in the wavelength range of 30 μm ~ 40 μm and operating at room temperature. The fast longitudinal optical (LO) phonon scattering in GaN/AlGaN QWs is used to depopulate the lower laser state, and more importantly, the large LO phonon energy is utilized to reduce the thermal population of the lasing states at high temperatures. The influences of temperature and pump intensity on gain and electron densities are investigated. Based on our simulations, we predict that with a sufficiently high pump intensity, a room temperature operated THz laser using a nonpolar GaN/AlGaN structure is realizable.

  19. Mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator pumped by an amplified random fiber laser

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    Shang, Yaping; Shen, Meili; Wang, Peng; Li, Xiao; Xu, Xiaojun

    2017-01-01

    Recently, the concept of random fiber lasers has attracted a great deal of attention for its feature to generate incoherent light without a traditional laser resonator, which is free of mode competition and insure the stationary narrow-band continuous modeless spectrum. In this Letter, we reported the first, to the best of our knowledge, optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by an amplified 1070 nm random fiber laser (RFL), in order to generate stationary mid-infrared (mid-IR) laser. The experiment realized a watt-level laser output in the mid-IR range and operated relatively stable. The use of the RFL seed source allowed us to take advantage of its respective stable time-domain characteristics. The beam profile, spectrum and time-domain properties of the signal light were measured to analyze the process of frequency down-conversion process under this new pumping condition. The results suggested that the near-infrared (near-IR) signal light `inherited' good beam performances from the pump light. Those would be benefit for further develop about optical parametric process based on different pumping circumstances.

  20. Dynamics of a low-threshold optically pumped organic vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Shayesteh, Mohammad Reza; Darvish, Ghafar

    2016-06-01

    We propose a low-threshold optically pumped organic vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (OVCSEL). This device has the capability to apply both electrical and optical excitation. The microcavity structure consists of an organic light emitting diode with field-effect electron transport inserted in a high-quality factor double distributed Bragg reflector. The simulated quality factor of the microcavity is shown to be as high as 16,000. Also, we investigate threshold behaviour and the dynamics of the optically pumped OVCSEL with sub-picosecond pulses. Results from numerical simulation show that lasing threshold is 12.8 pJ/0.64 µJ cm-2 when pumped by sub-picosecond pulses of λ = 400 nm wavelength light.

  1. Performance studies of diode-side-pumped CW Nd:YAG laser in copper coated optical pump cavity

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    Sundar, R.; Ranganathan, K.; Nath, A. K.

    2007-10-01

    This paper reports the performance studies of Nd:YAG rods with different diameters and doping concentration in the CW diode-side-pumped geometry. We have used p-polarized diodes to pump the active medium and we studied the performance of different rods in terms of thermal lensing, its fluorescence profile, power output, and M2 factor of the laser beam. We achieved a maximum of 378 W of output power for an input pump power of 757 W, which corresponds to optical conversion efficiency close to 50%. The slope efficiency of the system was 56.4%. These efficiencies are the highest reported to the best of our knowledge and we achieved with ∅ 4 mm×100 mm Nd:YAG rod at 1.1-at% doping.

  2. Collisional narrowing by polyatomic buffer gases in an optically pumped CH3F laser

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

    1980-01-01

    The gain linewidth of an optically pumped CH3F molecular laser is observed with the addition of various polyatomic buffer gases. This is interpreted as collisional (Dicke) narrowing. The measurement is the first observation of collisional narrowing by polyatomic buffer gases. It is also the first observation of the effect in a laser oscillator. The effect was observed using a heterodyne mixing technique at the laser emission frequency of 604 GHz. Collision cross sections for SF6-CH3F and CS2-CH3F are obtained.

  3. Collisional narrowing by polyatomic buffer gases in an optically pumped CH3F laser

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

    1980-01-01

    The gain linewidth of an optically pumped CH3F molecular laser is observed with the addition of various polyatomic buffer gases. This is interpreted as collisional (Dicke) narrowing. The measurement is the first observation of collisional narrowing by polyatomic buffer gases. It is also the first observation of the effect in a laser oscillator. The effect was observed using a heterodyne mixing technique at the laser emission frequency of 604 GHz. Collision cross sections for SF6-CH3F and CS2-CH3F are obtained.

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

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

    1975-01-01

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

  5. Reliable optical pump architecture for highly coherent lasers used in space metrology applications

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    Erlig, Hernan; Qiu, Yueming; Poberezhskiy, Ilya; Meras, Patrick; Wu, James

    2010-07-01

    Laser-based metrology has been identified as an enabling technology in the deployment of large, spaceborne observatories, where nanometer-level knowledge of fiducial displacement drives overall system performance. In particular, Nd:YAG NPRO (non-planar ring oscillator) based lasers have received considerable attention in this application because of their inherent high coherence at wavelengths of interest (1064 and 1319nm). However, the use of NPRO based lasers in decade long space missions is limited by typical 800nm-band pump laser diode wearout and random failure rates. Therefore, reliably achieving multi-hundred milliwatt NPRO power over prolonged mission lifetimes requires innovative pump architectures. In this paper we present a pump architecture capable of supporting continuous NPRO operation over 5.5yrs at 300mW with reliability exceeding 99.7%. The proposed architecture relies on a low-loss, high port count, all-fiber optical coupler to combine the outputs of multiple single-mode pump laser diodes. This coupler is capable of meeting the exacting environmental requirements placed by a space mission, such as SIM Lite.

  6. Measurement of laser heating in spin exchange optical pumping by NMR diffusion sensitization gradients

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    Parnell, Steven R.; Deppe, Martin H.; Ajraoui, Salma; Parra-Robles, Juan; Wild, Jim M.; Boag, Stephen

    2010-05-15

    This paper details pulsed gradient NMR measurements of the {sup 3}He diffusion coefficient in sealed cells during spin exchange optical pumping. The potential of ultra low field magnetic resonance imgaing (MRI) and NMR for noninvasive measurement of cell pressure is demonstrated. Diffusion sensitization gradients allow measurement of the {sup 3}He diffusion coefficient from which the pressure and/or temperature of the gas can be determined during optical pumping. The pressure measurements were compared with neutron time of flight transmission measurements. Good agreement was observed between the temperature/pressure measurements and predictions based on Chapman-Enskog theory. The technique had sufficient sensitivity to observe the diffusion coefficient increasing with temperature in a sealed cell. With this method, evidence for laser heating of the {sup 3}He during optical pumping was found. The results show that NMR diffusion measurements allow noninvasive measurement of the cell temperature and/or pressure in an optical pumping setup. The method can be expanded using MRI to probe the spatial distribution of the diffusion coefficient. These techniques can be applied to the further investigation of polarization limiting effects such as laser heating.

  7. A stable, high power optically pumped far infrared laser system

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    Farhoomand, Jam; Pickett, Herbert M.

    1988-01-01

    The generation of 1.25 watts of CW laser power at the 119-micron (2522.8 GHz) methanol line is reported. The maximum frequency fluctuation of the free running laser is less than + or - 100 kHz per hour. This laser has also been tested on numerous other lines ranging from 403.7 GHz (HCOOH) to 5260 GHz (CH3OD) with improved power and stability.

  8. Monolithic MgO:LiNbO sub 3 doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator pumped by a frequency-doubled diode-laser-pumped Nd:YAG laser

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    Byer, R.L.; Nabors, C.D.; Kozlovsky, W.J.; Eckardt, R.C.

    1989-01-01

    The authors demonstrated a monolithic MgO:LiNbO3 doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) using an all solid-state pump. The pump laser was a single-axial-mode monolithic Nd:YAG nonplanar ring oscillator whose diode-laser pump was modulated at 325 kHz to produce relaxation oscillation spikes to higher peak powers at 1.06 micrometers that were frequency doubled in a resonant cavity to 532 nm. Pump depletions for the OPO output was temperature tuned from 1.01 to 1.13 micrometers, producing single-axial-mode output over much of the range. By changing the voltage applied across the OPO, the output wavelength was scanned as much as 11 nm in 310 V.

  9. Multi-gigahertz picosecond optical parametric oscillator pumped by 80-MHz Yb-fiber laser.

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    Kimmelma, Ossi; Chaitanya Kumar, S; Esteban-Martin, Adolfo; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2013-11-15

    We report a multi-gigahertz (GHz) repetition-rate picosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on MgO:PPLN, synchronously pumped by a Yb-fiber laser operating at 80 MHz, where the multiplication of repetition frequency is achieved using fractional increment in the OPO cavity length. Using this simple technique, we achieve OPO operation up to the 88th harmonic of the pump laser frequency, corresponding to a repetition rate as high as 7 GHz. Deploying a 5% output coupler, we are able to extract up to 960 mW of average signal power at the fundamental with 600 mW at the 88th harmonic (7 GHz), using a pump power of 5.6 W. The measured relative standard deviations of the fundamental and fifth harmonic signal power are recorded to be 1.6% and 3.5%, respectively, while the fundamental signal pulse duration is measured to be 18.4 ps.

  10. LD-pumped acousto-optical Q-switched burst-mode Nd:YAG laser

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    Pan, Hu; Yan, Renpeng; Li, Xudong; Ma, Yufei; Yu, Xin; Chen, Deying

    2016-04-01

    A high-repetition-rate, high-peak-power burst-mode laser for laser-based measurement applications is presented by using a master oscillator power amplifier structure. An laser diode arrays (LDA) side-pumped Nd:YAG acousto-optical (A-O) Q-switched laser serves as the master oscillator. Under pulsed pumping, pulse trains with 2-25 pulses are obtained when the repetition rate changes from 10 kHz to 100 kHz. The maximum pulse burst energy of 31.2 mJ is achieved in the A-O Q-switched pulse burst laser oscillator at 10 kHz. Two LDA side pumped Nd:YAG modules are employed in the amplification stage. After the amplification, the pulse burst energy at 10 kHz reaches ~170 mJ with a single pulse energy of 85.2 mJ and a pulse width of 14.5 ns, generating a peak power of 6.1 MW. At 100 kHz, the total burst energy reaches 220 mJ with a single pulse energy of 8.8 mJ in the pulse burst laser system.

  11. On the Assignment of Optically Pumped Far-Infrared Laser Emission from CH 3OH

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    Lees, R. M.; Xu, Li-Hong

    1999-08-01

    Progress in the analysis of the infrared spectrum of CH3OH in the 930-1450 cm-1 region has led to assignments, confirmations, or new insights for a number of far-infrared laser (FIRL) transition systems optically pumped by CO2 lasers. Many of the systems involve FIRL transitions among the CO-stretching, CH3-rocking, OH-bending, and CH3-deformation vibrational modes, giving useful information on the torsion-rotation structure of the methanol vibrational energy manifold. Some anomalies and mysteries concerning the identity of the lasing levels have been resolved, but several new ones have arisen. Altogether, 45 CH3OH IR-pump/FIR-laser systems are examined in light of the new spectroscopic information; about half of the system assignments are new and half have been previously reported in the literature and are here confirmed, extended, or revised.

  12. A variable reflectivity output coupler for optically pumped far infrared lasers

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    Graf, U. U.; Harris, A. I.; Stutzki, J.; Genzel, R.

    1992-06-01

    The design and performance of a variable reflectivity output coupler for optically pumped far infrared lasers are investigated. The output coupler is a compact, tunable Michelson interferometer. The output coupling ratio is adjustable between 0 and equal to or greater than 60% for laser line wavelengths between 110 and 500 micrometers. This output coupler provides increased output power and flexibility. Beam profile measurements show that the Michelson output coupler produces a well collimated Gaussian laser beam. Design features are: the use of a 10 micrometers reflection coated quartz vacuum window which acts as a dichroic mirror for the pump radiation; the high mechanical stability obtained by leaf sping flexure mount of the movable Michelson mirror and by restricted alignment devices.

  13. System of laser pump and synchrotron radiation probe microdiffraction to investigate optical recording process

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    Yasuda, Nobuhiro; Fukuyama, Yoshimitsu; Kimura, Shigeru; Ito, Kiminori; Tanaka, Yoshihito; Osawa, Hitoshi; Matsunaga, Toshiyuki; Kojima, Rie; Hisada, Kazuya; Tsuchino, Akio; Birukawa, Masahiro; Yamada, Noboru; Sekiguchi, Koji; Fujiie, Kazuhiko; Kawakubo, Osamu; Takata, Masaki

    2013-06-01

    We have developed a system of laser-pump and synchrotron radiation probe microdiffraction to investigate the phase-change process on a nanosecond time scale of Ge2Sb2Te5 film embedded in multi-layer structures, which corresponds to real optical recording media. The measurements were achieved by combining (i) the pump-laser system with a pulse width of 300 ps, (ii) a highly brilliant focused microbeam with wide peak-energy width (ΔE/E ˜ 2%) made by focusing helical undulator radiation without monochromatization, and (iii) a precise sample rotation stage to make repetitive measurements. We successfully detected a very weak time-resolved diffraction signal by using this system from 100-nm-thick Ge2Sb2Te5 phase-change layers. This enabled us to find the dependence of the crystal-amorphous phase change process of the Ge2Sb2Te5 layers on laser power.

  14. Mode structure in an optically pumped D sub 2 O far-infrared ring laser

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    Yuan, D.C. ); Soumagne, G.; Siegrist, M.R. )

    1990-02-01

    The mode structures in an optically pumped D {sub 2} O far-infrared ring laser and a corresponding linear resonator are compared in this paper. While single-mode operation can be obtained over the whole useful pressure range in the ring structure, this is only possible at pressures greater than 8 torr in the linear resonator case. A numerical model predicts quite well the pulse shape, pressure dependence, and influence of the resonator quality in the ring cavity.

  15. Mode structure in an optically pumped D2O far-infrared ring laser

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    Yuan, D. C.; Soumagne, G.; Siegrist, M. R.

    1990-02-01

    The mode structures in an optically pumped D2O far-infrared ring laser and a corresponding linear resonator have been compared. While single-mode operation can be obtained over the whole useful pressure range in the ring structure, this is only possible at pressures greater than 8 torr in the linear resonator case. A numerical model predicts quite well the pulse shape, pressure dependence, and influence of the resonator quality in the ring cavity.

  16. Stable, continuous-wave, intracavity, optical parametric oscillator pumped by a semiconductor disk laser (VECSEL).

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    Stothard, D J M; Hopkins, J-M; Burns, D; Dunn, M H

    2009-06-22

    We report relaxation oscillation free, true continuous-wave operation of a singly-resonant, intracavity optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based upon periodically-poled, MgO-doped LiNbO3 and pumped internal to the cavity of a compact, optically-excited semiconductor disk laser (or VECSEL). The very short upper-laser-state lifetime of this laser gain medium, coupled with the enhancing effect of the high-finesse pump laser cavity in which the OPO is located, enables a low threshold, high efficiency intracavity device to be operated free of relaxation oscillations in continuous-wave mode. By optimizing for low-power operation, parametric threshold was achieved at a diode-laser power of only 1.4 W. At 8.5 W of diode-laser power, 205 mW of idler power was extracted, indicating a total down-converted power of 1.25 W, and hence a down-conversion efficiency of 83%.

  17. LASERS: YAG:Nd laser pumped by an"optical boiler" system

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    Gondra, A. D.; Gradov, V. M.; Dybko, V. V.; Konstantinov, B. A.; Kromskiĭ, G. I.; Rogal'skiĭ, Yu I.; Rozhdestvin, V. N.; Smotryaev, S. A.; Terent'ev, Yu I.; Fefelov, A. P.; Khomenko, S. I.; Shcherbakov, A. A.

    1987-12-01

    New capabilities of an "optical boiler" pumping system, characterized by a high lasing efficiency and a high density of the stored energy, were predicted theoretically and confirmed experimentally. A record lasing efficiency of ~ 2.85% for single pulses was achieved in a pumping system with YAG:Nd rods distributed around a flashlamp when the output energy from one rod was 300 mJ. An increase in the efficiency in excess of 3% was forecast.

  18. Characterization of optically pumped semiconductor lasers in pulsed mode as a function of temperature

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    Bai, Yanbo; Wisdom, Jeffrey; Hyland, Patrick; Scholz, Christian; Chilla, Juan

    2017-02-01

    Self-heating of Optically Pumped Semiconductor (OPS) chip has been identified as the major limiting factor of power scaling in OPS-based lasers in continuous wave (cw) mode. In this work, characterization of OPS lasers in short pulse (100 ns) and low duty cycle (1%) regime, where self-heating is negligible, as a function of the heat sink temperature is presented. This data, combined with a rigorous thermal model, allows us to predict OPS chip performance in new cooling configurations for power scaling.

  19. 1300 nm optically pumped quantum dot spin vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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

    2015-10-12

    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 μm. 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.

  20. [94 km Brillouin distributed optical fiber sensors based on ultra-long fiber ring laser pumping].

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    Yuan, Cheng-Xu; Wang, Zi-Nan; Jia, Xin-Hong; Li, Jin; Yan, Xiao-Dong; Cui, An-Bin

    2014-05-01

    A novel optical amplification configuration based on ultra-long fiber laser with a ring cavity was proposed and applied to Brillouin optical time-domain analysis (BOTDA) sensing system, in order to extend the measurement distance significantly. The parameters used in the experiment were optimized, considering the main limitations of the setup, such as depletion, self-phase modulation (SPM) and pump-signal relative intensity noise (RIN) transfer. Through analyzing Brillouin gain spectrum, we demonstrated distributed sensing over 94 km of standard single-mode fiber with 3 meter spatial resolution and strain/temperature accuracy of 28 /1. 4 degree C.

  1. Microsecond fiber laser pumped, single-frequency optical parametric oscillator for trace gas detection.

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    Barria, Jessica Barrientos; Roux, Sophie; Dherbecourt, Jean-Baptiste; Raybaut, Myriam; Melkonian, Jean-Michel; Godard, Antoine; Lefebvre, Michel

    2013-07-01

    We report on the first microsecond doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO). It is based on a nested cavity OPO architecture allowing single longitudinal mode operation and low oscillation threshold (few microjoule). The combination with a master oscillator-power amplifier fiber pump laser provides a versatile optical source widely tunable in the 3.3-3.5 μm range with an adjustable pulse repetition rate (from 40 to 100 kHz), high duty cycle (~10(-2)) and mean power (up to 25 mW in the idler beam). The potential for trace gas sensing applications is demonstrated through photoacoustic detection of atmospheric methane.

  2. Yb:fiber-laser-pumped high-energy picosecond optical parametric oscillator.

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    Lamour, T P; Kornaszewski, L; Sun, J H; Reid, D T

    2009-08-03

    We report a high-energy extended-cavity MgO:PPLN optical parametric oscillator, synchronously-pumped by a femtosecond Yb:fiber laser. The oscillator operated at a signal wavelength of 1530 nm with a repetition-frequency of 15.3 MHz (9.8 m length) achieved using intracavity relay-imaging optics. The signal pulses had an average power above 1.0 W, durations of 1.5 ps and energies greater than 70 nJ, making it a potential source for rapid femtosecond waveguide inscription in infrared materials.

  3. Active lamp pulse driver circuit. [optical pumping of laser media

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    Logan, K. E. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    A flashlamp drive circuit is described which uses an unsaturated transistor as a current mode switch to periodically subject a partially ionized gaseous laser excitation flashlamp to a stable, rectangular pulse of current from an incomplete discharge of an energy storage capacitor. A monostable multivibrator sets the pulse interval, initiating the pulse in response to a flash command by providing a reference voltage to a non-inverting terminal of a base drive amplifier; a tap on an emitter resistor provides a feedback signal sensitive to the current amplitude to an inverting terminal of amplifier, thereby controlling the pulse amplitude. The circuit drives the flashlamp to provide a squarewave current flashlamp discharge.

  4. Optical Parametric Oscillator on GaSe Crystal Pumped by a 3 Micron Erbium Laser

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    2007-11-02

    based on Ho3+ and Er - doped crystals have been developed. Holmium lasers have wavelengths near 2 micron and Erbium lasers near 3 micron. Both...experience in working with GaSe OPO pumped by Q-switched pulses shows that pumping of GaSe by 2 |im laser radiation (a holmium laser) is also possible

  5. Nd:LNA laser optical pumping of He-4 - Application to space magnetometers

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    Slocum, R. E.; Schearer, L. D.; Tin, P.; Marquedant, R.

    1988-01-01

    Results obtained from laser pumping in a helium magnetometer sensor, using a tunable Nd:LNA laser pumped with a high-power diode laser, are reported. It is shown that it was possible to observe both the Hanle signals and the n = 0, p = 1 parametric resonance by monitoring the pumping radiation passing through the cell. As the diode laser-pumped Nd:LNA laser was tuned through the D0, D1, and D2 transitions, three distinct resonance signals were produced. A comparison of the slope of lamp-pumped signals and laser-pumped D1 signals showed that, under otherwise identical conditions, the slope of the D1 laser signal was 45 times greater than the lamp-pumped signal.

  6. Nd:LNA laser optical pumping of He-4 - Application to space magnetometers

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    Slocum, R. E.; Schearer, L. D.; Tin, P.; Marquedant, R.

    1988-12-01

    Results obtained from laser pumping in a helium magnetometer sensor, using a tunable Nd:LNA laser pumped with a high-power diode laser, are reported. It is shown that it was possible to observe both the Hanle signals and the n = 0, p = 1 parametric resonance by monitoring the pumping radiation passing through the cell. As the diode laser-pumped Nd:LNA laser was tuned through the D0, D1, and D2 transitions, three distinct resonance signals were produced. A comparison of the slope of lamp-pumped signals and laser-pumped D1 signals showed that, under otherwise identical conditions, the slope of the D1 laser signal was 45 times greater than the lamp-pumped signal.

  7. High power tunable femtosecond ultraviolet laser source based on an Yb-fiber-laser pumped optical parametric oscillator.

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    Gu, Chenglin; Hu, Minglie; Fan, Jintao; Song, Youjian; Liu, Bowen; Chai, Lu; Wang, Chingyue; Reid, Derryck T

    2015-03-09

    We report a high average power tunable 51 MHz femtosecond ultraviolet (UV) laser source based on an intra-cavity sum frequency mixing optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a fiber laser. The UV laser is generated by sum frequency generation (SFG) between the second harmonic of a mode-locked Yb-fiber laser and the signal of the OPO. A non-collinear configuration is used in the SFG to compensate the group velocity mismatch, and to increase the SFG conversion efficiency dramatically. Tunable ultraviolet pulses within the wavelength range from 385 to 400 nm have been produced with a maximum average power of 402 mW and a pulse width of 286 fs at 2 W Yb-fiber laser pump, corresponding to 20.1% near-infrared to UV conversion efficiency at 387 nm. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of tunable femtosecond UV pulse generation from a fiber laser pumped OPO, and is also the highest average power tunable UV femtosecond pulses from an OPO.

  8. Study of optimal gas pressure in optically pumped D IIO gas terahertz laser

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    He, Zhihong; Yao, Jianquan; Ren, Xia; Yang, Yang; Luo, Xizhang; Wang, Peng

    2008-03-01

    Heavy water vapor (D IIO gas) which owns special structure properties, can generate terahertz (THz) radiation by optically pumped technology, and its 385 μm wavelength radiation can be widely used. In this research, on the base of semi-classical density matrix theory, we set up a three-level energy system as its theoretical model, a TEA-CO II laser 9R (22) output line (λ=9.26 μm) acted as pumping source, D IIO gas molecules were operating medium, the expressions of pumping absorption coefficient G p and THz signal gain coefficient G s were deduced , It was shown that the gain of THz signal was related with the energy-level parameters of operating molecules and some operating parameters of the THz laser cavity, mainly including gas pressure, temperature etc.; By means of iteration method, the output power density of THz pulse signal was calculated numerically as its initial power density was known; Changing the parameter of gas pressure and keeping others steady, the relationship curve between the output power intensity (Is) of Tera-Hz pulse laser and the operating D IIO gas pressure (P) was obtained. The curve showed that the power intensity (Is) increased with gas pressure (P) in a certain range, but decreased when the pressure (P) exceeded some value because of the bottleneck effect, and there was an optimal gas pressure for the highest output power. We used a grating tuned TEA-CO II laser as pumping power and a sample tube of 97cm length as THz laser operating cavity to experiment. The results of theoretical calculation and experiment matched with each other.

  9. Eye-Safe Extracavity Raman Laser: a Passive Way of Eliminating Optical Feedback with Double-Pass Pumping

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    Dashkevich, V. I.; Rusak, A. A.; Orlovich, V. A.; Shkadarevich, A. P.

    2017-01-01

    A passive way of eliminating optical feedback between a pump laser and an extracavity two-pass pumped Raman laser in a compact arrangement was demonstrated. Feedback was suppressed by arranging the circuit elements in a configuration where the pump-laser 100% mirror and the Raman-laser output mirror formed an unstable cavity characterized by a substantially higher threshold for generating the fundamental radiation as compared with the stable pump-laser cavity. The method was demonstrated using an eye-safe KGd(WO4)2 Raman laser pumped by a pulsed KGd(WO4)2:Nd laser with the working transition {}{^4}F_{3/2}to {}^4I_{13/2} as an example. The Raman laser emitted pulses of energy 11.5 mJ at an electrical pump energy of 10 J, corresponding to a conversion efficiency of 31%. The Stokes pulse width ( 17 ns) was comparable to the pump pulse width ( 20 ns) owing to the extracavity location of the Raman laser.

  10. THz generation from optical rectification tilted-pulse-front pumping scheme with laser pulse focused to a line

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    Du, Hai-Wei; Hoshina, Hiromichi; Otani, Chiko

    2015-10-01

    In this study, we investigate THz pulses generated from optical rectification with tilted-pulse-front pumping scheme in which the laser beam is focused to a line in a stoichiometric lithium niobate (sLN) crystal. A cylindrical lens and a common lens are used to focus the pump laser beam to a line. The power law of THz pulse generation and the redshift induced from the sLN crystal are measured. The spectral shapes of the laser pulse are changed by inserting a filter into the pump laser beam, causing the THz radiation to change. The filter is a metal wire with 2 mm diameter. Experimental results show that this method can change the generated THz time waveforms but not their spectra. Such method offers a simple means to change and manipulate THz field generated from optical rectification with tiled-pulse-front pumping scheme.

  11. Rigrod laser-pumped-laser resonator model: II. Application to thin and optically-dilute laser media

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    Brown, D. C.

    2014-08-01

    In part I of this paper, and to set the foundation for this part II, we derived the resonator equations describing the normalized intensities, output power, gain, and extraction efficiency for a standard resonator incorporating two dielectric mirrors and a gain element. We then generalized the results to include an absorbing region representing a second laser crystal characterized by a small-signal transmission T0. Explicit expressions were found for the output power extracted into absorption by the second laser crystal and the extraction efficiency, and the limits to each were discussed. It was shown that efficient absorption by a thin or dilute second laser crystal can be realized in resonators in which the mirror reflectivities were high and in which the single-pass absorption was low, due to the finite photon lifetime and multi-passing of the absorbing laser element. In this paper, we apply the model derived in part I to thin or dilute laser materials, concentrating on a Yb, Er:glass intracavity pumped by a 946 nm Nd:YAG laser, a Yb, Er:glass laser-pumped intracavity by a 977 nm diode laser, and an Er:YAG laser-pumped intracavity to a 1530 nm diode laser. It is shown that efficient absorption can be obtained in all cases examined.

  12. Lamp pumped Nd:YAG laser. Space-qualifiable Nd:YAG laser for optical communications

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    Ward, K. B.

    1973-01-01

    Results are given of a program concerned with the design, fabrication, and evaluation of alkali pump lamps for eventual use in a space qualified Nd:YAG laser system. The study included evaluation of 2mm through 6mm bore devices. Primary emphasis was placed upon the optimization of the 4mm bore lamp and later on the 6mm bore lamp. As part of this effort, reference was made to the Sylvania work concerned with the theoretical modeling of the Nd:YAG laser. With the knowledge gained, a projection of laser performance was made based upon realistic lamp parameters which should easily be achieved during following developmental efforts. Measurements were made on the lamp performance both in and out of the cavity configuration. One significant observation was that for a constant vapor pressure device, the spectral and fluorescent output did not vary for vacuum or argon environment. Therefore, the laser can be operated in an inert environment (eg. argon) with no degradation in output. Laser output of 3.26 watts at 430 watts input was obtained for an optimized 4mm bore lamp.

  13. Precision measurement of the nuclear polarization in laser-cooled, optically pumped 37K

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    Fenker, B.; Behr, J. A.; Melconian, D.; Anderson, R. M. A.; Anholm, M.; Ashery, D.; Behling, R. S.; Cohen, I.; Craiciu, I.; Donohue, J. M.; Farfan, C.; Friesen, D.; Gorelov, A.; McNeil, J.; Mehlman, M.; Norton, H.; Olchanski, K.; Smale, S.; Thériault, O.; Vantyghem, A. N.; Warner, C. L.

    2016-07-01

    We report a measurement of the nuclear polarization of laser-cooled, optically pumped 37K atoms which will allow us to precisely measure angular correlation parameters in the {β }+-decay of the same atoms. These results will be used to test the V - A framework of the weak interaction at high precision. At the Triumf neutral atom trap (Trinat), a magneto-optical trap confines and cools neutral 37K atoms and optical pumping spin-polarizes them. We monitor the nuclear polarization of the same atoms that are decaying in situ by photoionizing a small fraction of the partially polarized atoms and then use the standard optical Bloch equations to model their population distribution. We obtain an average nuclear polarization of \\bar{P}=0.9913+/- 0.0009, which is significantly more precise than previous measurements with this technique. Since our current measurement of the β-asymmetry has 0.2 % statistical uncertainty, the polarization measurement reported here will not limit its overall uncertainty. This result also demonstrates the capability to measure the polarization to \\lt 0.1 % , allowing for a measurement of angular correlation parameters to this level of precision, which would be competitive in searches for new physics.

  14. Precision measurement of the nuclear polarization in laser-cooled, optically pumped 37 K

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    Fenker, B.; Behr, J. A.; Melconian, D.; ...

    2016-07-13

    We report a measurement of the nuclear polarization of laser-cooled, optically pumped 37K atoms which will allow us to precisely measure angular correlation parameters in themore » $${\\beta }^{+}$$-decay of the same atoms. These results will be used to test the V ₋ A framework of the weak interaction at high precision. At the Triumf neutral atom trap (Trinat), a magneto-optical trap confines and cools neutral 37K atoms and optical pumping spin-polarizes them. We monitor the nuclear polarization of the same atoms that are decaying in situ by photoionizing a small fraction of the partially polarized atoms and then use the standard optical Bloch equations to model their population distribution. We obtain an average nuclear polarization of $$\\bar{P}=0.9913\\pm 0.0009$$, which is significantly more precise than previous measurements with this technique. Since our current measurement of the β-asymmetry has $$0.2 \\% $$ statistical uncertainty, the polarization measurement reported here will not limit its overall uncertainty. This result also demonstrates the capability to measure the polarization to $$\\lt 0.1 \\% $$, allowing for a measurement of angular correlation parameters to this level of precision, which would be competitive in searches for new physics.« less

  15. High-Power CW Diode-Laser-Array-Pumped Solid-State Lasers and Efficient Nonlinear Optical Frequency Conversion

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    1993-12-29

    laser - diode pump power. The data was taken for TEM00 mode operation with a 4% output coupler. The performance of this side pumped miniature slab laser ...performance of the laser when operated at 1.321rm. [32] TEM00 mode, 4% Output Coupler 5 4 a- 3 2 0 .. . 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Diode Pump Power (W) Figure 18... TEM00 mode output power vs input laser - diode pumping power for the 5 Watt laser . 25 50 Watt cw,

  16. Green pumped Alexandrite lasers

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    Kuper, Jerry W.; Brown, David C.

    2005-04-01

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

  17. OPO performance with a long pulse length, single frequency Nd:YAG laser pump. [Optical Parametric Oscillators

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    Kozlovsky, W. J.; Gustafson, E. K.; Eckardt, R. C.; Byer, R. L.

    1988-01-01

    With the advent of new nonlinear materials and single-frequency pump sources, there is renewed interest in optical parametric oscillators (OPOs). A single-mode diode-laser-pumped monolithic Nd:YAG nonplanar ring laser that is both amplified and frequency doubled is used to pump a monolithic MgO:LiNbO3 pulsed singly resonant OPO. The OPO signal output was temperature tuned from 834 to 958 nm, producing an idler tuning from 1.47 to 1.2 microns. Efforts toward a CW all-solid-state doubly resonant OPO are also described.

  18. OPO performance with a long pulse length, single frequency Nd:YAG laser pump. [Optical Parametric Oscillators

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    Kozlovsky, W. J.; Gustafson, E. K.; Eckardt, R. C.; Byer, R. L.

    1988-01-01

    With the advent of new nonlinear materials and single-frequency pump sources, there is renewed interest in optical parametric oscillators (OPOs). A single-mode diode-laser-pumped monolithic Nd:YAG nonplanar ring laser that is both amplified and frequency doubled is used to pump a monolithic MgO:LiNbO3 pulsed singly resonant OPO. The OPO signal output was temperature tuned from 834 to 958 nm, producing an idler tuning from 1.47 to 1.2 microns. Efforts toward a CW all-solid-state doubly resonant OPO are also described.

  19. System of laser pump and synchrotron radiation probe microdiffraction to investigate optical recording process

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    Yasuda, Nobuhiro; Fukuyama, Yoshimitsu; Osawa, Hitoshi; Kimura, Shigeru; Ito, Kiminori; Tanaka, Yoshihito; Matsunaga, Toshiyuki; Kojima, Rie; Hisada, Kazuya; Tsuchino, Akio; Birukawa, Masahiro; Yamada, Noboru; Sekiguchi, Koji; Fujiie, Kazuhiko; Kawakubo, Osamu; Takata, Masaki

    2013-06-15

    We have developed a system of laser-pump and synchrotron radiation probe microdiffraction to investigate the phase-change process on a nanosecond time scale of Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} film embedded in multi-layer structures, which corresponds to real optical recording media. The measurements were achieved by combining (i) the pump-laser system with a pulse width of 300 ps, (ii) a highly brilliant focused microbeam with wide peak-energy width ({Delta}E/E {approx} 2%) made by focusing helical undulator radiation without monochromatization, and (iii) a precise sample rotation stage to make repetitive measurements. We successfully detected a very weak time-resolved diffraction signal by using this system from 100-nm-thick Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} phase-change layers. This enabled us to find the dependence of the crystal-amorphous phase change process of the Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} layers on laser power.

  20. Development of optically pumped XeF laser technology in NINT

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    Yu, Li; Yi, Aiping; Liu, Jingru; Ma, Lianying; Huang, Chao; Shen, Yanlong; Zhu, Feng; Zeng, Jiangtao; An, Xiaoxia; Tang, Ying; Qian, Hang; Huang, Ke; Ye, Xisheng; Zhao, Liu; Luan, Kunpeng

    2015-05-01

    The investigations of the XeF laser bumped by ultraviolet radiation have been studied for more than 20 years in Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology (NINT Xi'an China). Up to now, several XeF laser devices were developed and an integrative experimental system has been set up which is comprised of a laser device, an electrical power supply, a high voltage trigger generator and a mixture gas supply device. Many key technologies were studied in detail and have been applied now. These technologies include section surface discharge, XeF2 photodissociation, synchronal trigger generating, double-sides optical pumping from opposite directions, active mixture gases supplying in real time, gases circulation, and so on. The XeF laser system operating on pulse repetition frequency (PRF) is up to 10 Hz. Two kinds of operating modes were applied. For the open gas flowing mode, the pulse energy of 3.2 J and the average power of 32 W at 10Hz is obtained. For the gases circumrotate mode, the average energy of 20 laser pulses is more than 0.5J.

  1. Structural and optical behavior due to thermal effects in end-pumped Yb:YAG disk lasers.

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    Sazegari, Vahid; Milani, Mohammad Reza Jafari; Jafari, Ahmad Khayat

    2010-12-20

    We employ a Monte Carlo ray-tracing code along with the ANSYS package to predict the optical and structural behavior in end-pumped CW Yb:YAG disk lasers. The presence of inhomogeneous temperature, stress, and strain distributions is responsible for many deleterious effects for laser action through disk fracture, strain-induced birefringence, and thermal lensing. The thermal lensing, in turn, results in the optical phase distortion in solid-state lasers. Furthermore, the dependence of optical phase distortion on variables such as the heat transfer coefficient, the cooling fluid temperature, and crystal thickness is discussed.

  2. CW laser pumped emerald laser

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

    1984-02-01

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

  3. Optical pumping spectroscopy of Rb vapour with co-propagating laser beams: line identification by a simple theoretical model

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    Krmpot, Aleksandar J.; Rabasović, Mihailo D.; Jelenković, Branislav M.

    2010-07-01

    In this paper the saturation spectra of rubidium vapour at room temperature, obtained with overlapped co-propagating laser beams, were examined. Unlike the standard saturation spectroscopy, here the transmission of the pump laser beam was detected. The pump laser was locked to an atomic transition of the D2 line, while the probe laser frequency was scanned in a wide frequency range. The pump and probe beams had approximately the same intensities; thus the probe laser can saturate transitions and contribute to optical pumping. This, together with Doppler broadening, leads to rich pump transmission spectra, with many lines appearing due to the interaction of lasers with atoms in different velocity groups. The advantages of this method are well-resolved structures and appearance of spectral lines on a flat, Doppler-free background. Agreement between experimental and theoretical results shows the usefulness of this simple model, based on the rate equations, for identification of lines and determination of relative contribution to the observed line intensity from atoms with different velocities. Theoretical spectra are a useful tool for the calibration of experimental spectra obtained by a nonlinear dependence of the laser frequency on the voltage applied to the piezo used for the laser diode frequency scanning.

  4. Laser diode pumped solid state laser

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

    1987-04-07

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

  5. Efficient, high-power, ytterbium-fiber-laser-pumped picosecond optical parametric oscillator.

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    Kokabee, O; Esteban-Martin, A; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2010-10-01

    We report a high-power picosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) synchronously pumped by a Yb fiber laser at 1.064 μm, providing 11.7 W of total average power in the near to mid-IR at 73% extraction efficiency. The OPO, based on a 50 mm MgO:PPLN crystal, is pumped by 20.8 ps pulses at 81.1 MHz and can simultaneously deliver 7.1 W of signal at 1.56 μm and 4.6 W of idler at 3.33 μm for 16 W of pump power. The oscillator has a threshold of 740 mW, with maximum signal power of 7.4 W at 1.47 μm and idler power of 4.9 W at 3.08 μm at slope efficiencies of 51% and 31%, respectively. Wavelength coverage across 1.43-1.63 μm (signal) and 4.16-3.06 μm (idler) is obtained, with a total power of ~11 W and an extraction efficiency of ~68%, with pump depletion of ~78% maintained over most of the tuning range. The signal and idler output have a single-mode spatial profile and a peak-to-peak power stability of ±1.8% and ±2.9% over 1 h at the highest power, respectively. A signal pulse duration of 17.3 ps with a clean single-peak spectrum results in a time-bandwidth product of ~1.72, more than four times below the input pump pulses.

  6. Compact and highly efficient laser pump cavity

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

    1999-01-01

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

  7. Optically pumped semiconductor lasers: from nonlinear lensing to solar lasers (Conference Presentation)

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    Wilcox, Keith G.; Quarterman, Adrian H.; Smyth, Conor J. C. P.; Mirkhanov, Shamil

    2017-03-01

    We report on recent developments in the characterisation of non-linear lensing in semiconductor disk laser gain samples. We find that there is a significant nonlinear lens present and the magnitude and sign of this depend on the conditions under which it is being observed. Under experimental conditions which are, to date, the closest to intra-cavity conditions, with 350 fs pulses at the same wavelength a mode-locked SDL using that gain chip would operate at we find that the lens is always negative and its magnitude is almost independent of pump intensity. We also report on the experimental observation of different mode-locking regimes in SDLs including dual wavelength mode-locking and pulse molecule formation and compare these experimentally observed modes of operation with predictions from microscopic modelling previously reported in by Kilen et. al. [1] [1] I. Kilen et. al. Optica, 1 (4) 192-197 (2014)

  8. 888 nm pumped dual Nd:YVO4 crystals acousto-optic Q-switched laser

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    Zhang, Wenqi; Shen, Yijie; Meng, Yuan; Gong, Mali

    2017-10-01

    888 nm pumped acousto-optic (AO) Q-switched laser with high output power and high efficiency under dual Nd:YVO4 crystals configuration is firstly demonstrated and rate equations for dual-crystal lasers are further ameliorated and investigated. In continuous wave (CW) operation, we experimentally achieve a maximum output power exceeding 50 W. The global optical efficiency reaches 49.5% and the slope efficiency attains 55.5% via using a 1.5 at.% crystal with a 0.5 at.% crystal. In Q-switch operation, by utilizing double 0.5 at.% crystals, the global optical efficiency rises from 25.6% to 45.6% and the pulse duration varies from 26.2 to 42.4 ns when pulse repetition frequency (PRF) increases from 10 to 100 kHz. The measured beam quality factors M2 at 100 kHz are 1.012 and 1.041 with 52.8 W output power in the two orthogonal directions respectively.

  9. High power mid-infrared continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator pumped by fiber lasers

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    Xu, Xiaojun; Li, Xiao; Liu, Lei; Shang, Yaping

    2015-02-01

    3~5μm mid-infrared laser has many important applications, such as gas detection, spectral analysis, remote sensing, medical treatment, and also in the military laser radar, infrared countermine, and so on. Optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is an efficient way to generate laser in this wavelength range, which has attracted the eyes of many people. In this paper, the recent development of mid-infrared OPO is overviewed. Meanwhile, detailed introduction on our recent work is given. Maximum idler output power of 34.2W at center wavelength of 3.35μm was obtained, to our knowledge, which is the new power record of the international public reporting for the continue-wave (CW) mid-infrared OPO. It is worth mentioning that the pump source, the quasi single-frequency (SF) narrow line width fiber laser, was also developed by our groups. According to the current status of research, some solutions is proposed in order to achieve higher power, narrower line width, and compact volume mid-infrared OPO in a wide tunable range.

  10. Far-infrared laser action in vinyl chloride, vinyl bromide, and vinyl fluoride optically pumped by a CW N2O laser

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    Gastaud, C.; Redon, M.; Belland, P.; Fourrier, M.

    1984-06-01

    This paper reports the first use of a N2O laser for optically pumping vinyl halides, to obtain new cw submillimeter laser lines. Eighteen far-infrared (FIR) emissions have been observed in vinyl chloride, twenty five in vinyl bromide and thirty eight in vinyl flouride.

  11. Direct nuclear pumped laser

    DOEpatents

    Miley, George H.; Wells, William E.; DeYoung, Russell J.

    1978-01-01

    There is provided a direct nuclear pumped gas laser in which the lasing mechanism is collisional radiated recombination of ions. The gas laser active medium is a mixture of the gases, with one example being neon and nitrogen.

  12. NaK 2 (1)Sigma(+) yields 1 (1)Sigma(+) band optically pumped laser near 1. 02 micrometers

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    Clark, B.K.; Luh, W.T.; Huennekens, J.

    1989-01-01

    Optically pumped laser emission has been observed on the NaK 2(A) 1 Sigma (+) to 1 (X) 1 Sigma (+) electronic state transition. The emission occurs between 1.015 and 1.035 microns when a sodium-potassium heat-pipe oven is pumped with 695-745nm pulsed dye laser radiation. The laser emission occurs on many ro-vibrational transitions without the use of cavity mirrors. However, the addition of a simple cavity increases both the number of observed lasing transitions and the amplitude of the emission on each line. Reported are results for the dependence of the emission intensity on pump laser power, oven temperature, and buffer gas pressure.

  13. OPO (optical parametric oscillators) performance with a long-pulse-length, single-frequency Nd:YAG laser pump

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    Byer, R.L.; Kozlovsky, W.J.; Gustafson, E.K.; Eckardt, R.C.

    1988-01-01

    With the advent of new nonlinear materials and single-frequency pump sources, there is renewed interest in Optical Parametric Oscillators (OPO's). The authors used a single-mode diode-laser-pumped monolithic Nd:YAG nonplanar ring laser that is both amplified and frequency-doubled, to pump a monolithic MgO:LiNbO3 pulsed singly resonant OPO. Optical parametric oscillators offer wide tunability by using a solid-state nonlinear crystal as the gain medium. Since the parametric gain does not come from atomic or molecular transition, the operating wavelength range is limited only by crystal dispersion, the optical transmission ranges for the pump, signal, and idler. Repeatable, reliable, and damage-free operation of OPO's has been difficult to obtain because the nonlinear nature of the gain has required the use of high-peak-power lasers as the pump sources. The short-pulse-length, high-peak-power lasers that were available for early OPO development had fluctuating spatial and temporal mode properties that were responsible for many problems in OPO operation.

  14. 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

  15. Stability transfer of stabilized Ar{sup +} laser on optically pumped I{sub 2} laser. Towards frequency standard around 1,3 {mu}m

    SciTech Connect

    Belaidi, H.; Juncar, P.; Razet, A.; Himbert, M.

    1994-12-31

    A Doppler-free stimulated-emission technique using an optically pumped I{sub 2} laser with applications in spectorscopy and infrared frequency standards is reported. A single mode on a hyperfine component of the 13P(43-0) {sup 127}I{sub 2} line, is used as laser pump. Continuous wave oscillation is observed on transitions belonging to the B-X system into highly excited vibrational levels of the ground state. The long term stability of the Argon laser ({Delta}{mu}/{mu} {approx} 10{sup -13} in 100 s) can be transferred on the iodine laser.

  16. LiGaSe2 optical parametric oscillator pumped by a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser

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    Vedenyapin, V.; Boyko, A.; Kolker, D.; Isaenko, L.; Lobanov, S.; Kostyukova, N.; Yelisseyev, A.; Zondy, J.-J.; Petrov, V.

    2016-11-01

    Optical parametric oscillation is demonstrated for the first time with the chalcogenide nonlinear crystal LiGaSe2 pumped by a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser. Angle tuning provides coverage of the 4.8-9.9 µm spectral range in the mid-IR by idler pulses.

  17. Influence of the time modulation of the pump laser caused by mode beating on optical parametric process.

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    Sun, Qibing; Liu, Hongjun; Huang, Nan; Long, Hanbo; Wen, Jin; Zhu, Shaolan; Zhao, Wei

    2010-02-01

    Numerical simulation and analysis about the influence of the time modulation of the pump laser caused by mode beating on optical parametric process are presented with OPA and OPG as examples. It is shown that the output power of the generated beams from optical parametric process is modulated in the time domain and exhibits large power fluctuations, when a Q-switched laser oscillating on several random longitudinal modes is used as the pump laser. Irregular spike sequences of the generated beams are observed. We also find that the output power of the light from optical parametric process becomes more stable and exhibits a less fluctuation, when the number of the longitudinal modes (n) increases.

  18. Broad-band laser optical pumping of Rb for the creation of nuclear polarisation in {sup 3}He

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    Kolachevsky, Nikolai N; Papchenko, A A; Sobel'man, Igor I; Sorokin, Vadim N; Prokof'ichev, Yu V; Skoi, V R

    2000-01-31

    A large volume (30 cm{sup 3}) of dense (up to 10{sup 15} cm{sup -3}) Rb vapour was pumped optically by a high-power laser diode array. The conditions for the propagation of high-power broad-band optical pump radiation through an optically dense medium were examined. A spectroscopic method was developed for determination of the polarisation of Rb. The dependence of the polarisation of Rb on its vapour pressure was investigated at buffer gas pressures of 1, 8, and 13 bar. Under optimal conditions a 15-W diode laser made it possible to polarise at least 10{sup 18} of {sup 3}He atoms per second during collisions between Rb and {sup 3}He atoms, sufficient for the creation of an efficient neutron polariser. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  19. Realizing A Mid-Infrared Optically Pumped Molecular Gas Laser Inside Hollow-Core Photonic Crystal Fiber

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-01-01

    Filled Fiber Lasers ............................................. 53  vii 5.2.1 Quantitative Study of Laser Optical Properties ...gases have attractive properties including high damage thresholds, the possibility of heat dissipation through gas circulation, relatively large...CO2 [18], and OCS [19], to alkali vapor [20], CO [13, 14], HBr [15], C2H2 and HCN 3 [16]. Some of these OPGLs can be pumped via rotational

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

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

    2008-01-21

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

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

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

    2008-03-01

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

  2. Transverse pumped laser amplifier architecture

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    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.

  3. Transverse pumped laser amplifier architecture

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Solar pumped laser

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

    1984-01-01

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

  6. Highly efficient optically pumped vertical-emitting semiconductor laser with more than 20 W average output power in a fundamental transverse mode.

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    Rudin, B; Rutz, A; Hoffmann, M; Maas, D J H C; Bellancourt, A-R; Gini, E; Südmeyer, T; Keller, U

    2008-11-15

    We have demonstrated an optically pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (OP-VECSEL) generating more than 20 W of cw output power in a fundamental transverse mode (M2 approximately 1.1) at 960 nm. The laser is highly efficient with a slope efficiency of 49%, a pump threshold of 4.4 W, and an overall optical-to-optical efficiency of 43%.

  7. Raman-pumped Fourier-domain mode-locked laser: analysis of operation and application for optical coherence tomography.

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    Klein, Thomas; Wieser, Wolfgang; Biedermann, Benjamin R; Eigenwillig, Christoph M; Palte, Gesa; Huber, Robert

    2008-12-01

    We demonstrate a Raman-pumped Fourier-domain mode-locked (FDML) fiber laser and optical coherence tomography imaging with this source. The wavelength sweep range of only 30 nm centered around 1550 nm results in limited axial resolution, hence a nonbiological sample is imaged. An output power of 1.9 mW was achieved at a sweep rate of 66 kHz and a maximum ranging depth of ~2.5 cm. Roll-off characteristics are found to be similar to FDML lasers with semiconductor optical amplifiers as gain media. The application of Raman gain also enables unperturbed cavity ring-down experiments in FDML lasers for the first time, providing direct access to the photon lifetime in the laser cavity. Good agreement with nonswept cw operation is proof of the stationary operation of FDML lasers.

  8. Solar Pumped, Alkali Vapor Laser.

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    1987-09-04

    tempature we extrapolated to higher temperatures by multiplying the cross...for broadband optical pumping. Tempature profiles for both the axial direction and the vertical direction were made utilizing the LIF method explained...laser in the crossed heat .: pi pe oven. .. 1 ;mirro len Lasing was achieved at a minimum tempature in the crossed heat pipe oven of around 400 C

  9. Double resonance fequency light shift compensation in optically oriented laser-pumped alkali atoms

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    Baranov, A. A. Ermak, S. V.; Sagitov, E. A.; Smolin, R. V.; Semenov, V. V.

    2015-09-15

    The contributions of the vector and scalar components to the magnetically dependent microwave transition frequency light shift are analyzed and the compensation of these components is experimentally demonstrated for the {sup 87}Rb atoms optically oriented by a laser tuned to the D{sub 2} line of the head doublet. The Allan variance is studied as a function of the averaging time for a tandem of optically pumped quantum magnetometers (OPQMs), one of which is based on a low-frequency spin oscillator while another is based on a quantum microwave discriminator with a resonance frequency that corresponds to magnetically dependent transitions between HFS sublevels with the extremal value of the magnetic quantum number. It is shown that the compensation of the scalar and vector components of the light shift in OPQMs reduces the Allan variance at averaging times that exceed hundreds of seconds compared to a quantum discriminator based on the magnetically independent 0–0 transition. In this case, the minimal Allan variance in OPQMs at the end resonance is achieved at considerably longer averaging times than in the case of the quantum discriminator that is tuned to the 0–0 transition frequency.

  10. Fusion reactor pumped laser

    DOEpatents

    Jassby, Daniel L.

    1988-01-01

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

  11. Optical parameteric oscillation in MgO:LiNbO sub 3 driven by a diode pumped single frequencey q-switched laser

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    Gerstenberger, D.C.; Tye, G.E.; Wallace, R.W. )

    1990-01-01

    The authors report how they have obtained optical parametric oscillation tunable over the 940--1220 nm spectral region from a monolithic magnesium oxide doped lithium niobate ring resonator. The monolithic OPO was pumped by the 532 nm second harmonic of a diode laser pumped single frequency {ital Q}-switched Nd:YAG laser. The exceptional frequency and amplitude stability of the single frequency pump source provided stable OPO output pulses.

  12. An actively Q-switched single-longitudinal-mode fiber laser with an optically pumped saturable absorber

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    Yun, Hyo-Geun; Lee, Seoung Hun; Lee, Min Hee; Kim, Kyong Hon

    2013-09-01

    We have demonstrated an actively Q-switched single-longitudinal-mode (SLM) erbium-doped fiber (EDF) ring laser by using an EDF saturable absorber modulated under an external laser pulse injection. A laser output of 1531.9 nm wavelength from a distributed-feedback laser diode was amplified with an EDF amplifier and modulated with an external electro-optical modulator, and the modulated signals were used as control pulses to saturate the EDF saturable absorber for the actively Q-switched ring-type fiber laser operation. Actively Q-switched 1542 nm wavelength laser pulses of 4.5 nJ pulse energy and of 4.0μs pulse width were achieved at a repetition rate of 100 Hz. When the Q-switched laser pulse energy was reduced to about 0.54 nJ by decreasing the gain-pump power used for exciting the ring cavity and the control-pulse beam power used for bleaching out the saturable absorber, the SLM laser pulses were achieved. Further improvement of the Q-switched SLM laser pulse output can be achieved simply by using an external laser amplifier and by shortening the cavity length with short pigtailed-fiber laser components, and thus the SLM laser pulses can be useful for various applications.

  13. Multi-metastable states induced by the optical pump-probe process in terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Wang, F.; Guo, X. G. Wang, C.; Cao, J. C.

    2014-07-14

    The optical pump-probe process in terahertz quantum cascade lasers is studied theoretically by using the open system simulation method. The emitter injection is considered and the charge neutrality in the active region is broken. We find that nonequilibrium oscillations may appear in the recovery processes. In particular, the formation of different equilibrium values of the population change after the periodic pulse pumping is observed clearly. Here, the phenomenon of multi-metastable states stems from the electron regulation by the emitter injection. Finally, we discuss the important impacts of the equilibrium stabilization time and obtain an in-depth understanding of the emitter injection.

  14. A 41-W ZnGeP₂ optical parametric oscillator pumped by a Q-switched Ho:YAG laser.

    PubMed

    Yao, Bao-Quan; Shen, Ying-Jie; Duan, Xiao-Ming; Dai, Tong-Yu; Ju, You-Lun; Wang, Yue-Zhu

    2014-12-01

    We reported a high-power ZnGeP₂ (ZGP) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a Q-switched Ho:YAG laser. The maximum output power of the ZGP OPO was 41.2 W at 107.0 W incident Ho pump power, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 44.6%. The ZGP OPO produced 16-ns mid-IR pulse laser in the 3.74-3.98 μm and 4.38-4.76 μm spectral regions simultaneously. The beam quality was measured to be M²<4.37. The continuous wave maximum average output power of the Ho:YAG laser was 128 W, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 65.8%.

  15. Precision measurement of the nuclear polarization of laser-cooled, optically pumped 37K

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    Behr, J. A.; Craiciu, I.; Gorelov, A.; Smale, S.; Warner, C. L.; Lawrence, L.; Fenker, B.; Behling, R. S.; Mehlman, M.; Melconian, D.; Gwinner, G.; Anholm, M.; McNeil, J.; Ashery, D.; Cohen, I.

    2016-09-01

    We have spin-polarized laser cooled 37K by direct optical pumping and measured the polarization to < 0 . 1 % accuracy [B. Fenker arXiv:1602.04526]. Our polarization method naturally monitors the polarization of the nuclei as they decay. The atoms absorb circularly polarized light directed along the quantization axis near-resonant with the atomic S1 / 2 to P1 / 2 transition. Once the atoms are polarized, they stop absorbing light, so the ratio between the final P1 / 2 population and its initial maximum probes the degree of polarization. We monitor the P1 / 2 population using UV photons energetic enough to photoionize the P1 / 2 state but not the S1 / 2 state. Since the final P1 / 2 population nearly vanishes, 5% precision on the final/maximum ratio determines the polarization to 0.1%. We eliminate a nonclassical effect, coherent population trapping, which could produce poorly polarized unexcited atoms. We show planned upgrades. Our result for the nuclear vector polarization during our Aβ measurement [B. Fenker, this conference] was 99.13(9)%, not the dominant systematic. Supported by NSERC, D.O.E., Israel Science Foundation. TRIUMF receives federal funding via a contribution agreement with the National Research Council of Canada.

  16. Fiber-laser-based green-pumped picosecond MgO:sPPLT optical parametric oscillator.

    PubMed

    Chaitanya Kumar, S; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2013-12-15

    We report a stable, high-power, picosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) at 160 MHz repetition rate synchronously pumped by a frequency-doubled mode-locked Yb-fiber laser at 532 nm and tunable in the near-infrared, across 874-1008 nm (signal) and 1126-1359 nm (idler). Using a 30-mm-long MgO:sPPLT crystal, the OPO provides average output power up to 780 mW in the signal at 918.58 nm and 600 mW in the idler at 1242 nm. The device operates stably over many days, even close to degeneracy, exhibiting passive long-term power stability better than 1.8% rms in the signal and 2.4% rms in the idler over 2.5 h at a temperature of 55°C. We investigate spectral and temporal characteristics of the signal pulses under different conditions and demonstrate cavity-length tuning enabled by the dispersion properties of MgO:sPPLT. The output signal pulses have a duration of 2.4 ps at 967 nm.

  17. Optical Pumping and Laser Induced Nuclear Orientation of a Microsecond Isomeric Level in BARIUM-134

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    Bell, Curtis John

    Using optical pumping techniques, on and off-line experiments were performed on a microsecond nuclear isomer (('134m)Ba 10('+) ). Shifts in atomic resonances detected by changes in the angular distribution of characteristic nuclear radiations (expressed as changes in shape and size) yield information on changes in nuclear structure. The 10('+) isomeric state was produced using a 49 MeV pulsed beam of ('13)C on an isotopically enriched ('124)Sn target. The reaction products recoil out of the target and are slowed to thermal velocities in 10 torr of xenon in a region illuminated with circularly polarized light (553.5 nm) from a Coherent 699-21 dye laser. Nuclear parameters measured were the lifetime (3.8(2)(mu)s) and g-factor (g = -.20(1)) of the 10('+) state. Atomic parameters measured for barium were the depolarization cross sections of the ('1)P(,1) atomic level (6.0(6) nm('2)) in xenon, the quenching cross section for hydrogen (0.042(4) nm('2)), and the branching ratio of the metastable (('1,3)D(,1,2,3)) atomic states (0.011(1)). A possible anisotropy signal and the cumulative results (no measurable anisotropy) are presented. Difficulties encountered were insufficient neutralization, and unexpectedly large spatial distribution, and 'trapping' in metastable atomic states.

  18. Simple and efficient method of spin-polarizing a metastable helium beam by diode laser optical pumping

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    Granitza, B.; Salvietti, M.; Torello, E.; Mattera, L.; Sasso, A.

    1995-08-01

    Diode laser optical pumping to produce a highly spin-polarized metastable He beam to be used in a spin-polarized metastable atom deexcitation spectroscopy experiment on magnetized surfaces is described. Efficient pumping of the beam is performed by means of an SDL-6702 distributed Bragg reflector diode laser which yields 50 mW of output power in a single longitudinal mode at 1083 nm, the resonance wavelength for the 23 S→23 P0,1,2 (D0, D1, and D2) transitions of He*. The light is circularly polarized by a quarter-wave plate, allowing easy change of the sense of atomic polarization. The laser frequency can be locked to the atomic transition for several hours by phase-sensitive detection of the saturated absorption signal in a He discharge cell. Any of the three transitions of the triplet system can be pumped with the laser but the maximum level of atomic polarization of 98.5% is found pumping the D2 line.

  19. Development of stable, narrow spectral line-width, fiber delivered laser source for spin exchange optical pumping

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    Liu, Bo; Tong, Xin; Jiang, Chenyang; ...

    2015-06-05

    In this study, we developed a stable, narrow spectral line-width, fiber delivered laser source for spin exchange optical pumping. An optimized external cavity equipped with an off-the-shelf volume holographic grating narrowed the spectral line-width of a 100 W high-power diode laser and stabilized the laser spectrum. The laser spectrum showed a high side mode suppression ratio of >30 dB and good long-term stability (center wavelength drifting within ±0.002 nm during 220 h of operation). Finally, our laser is delivered by a multimode fiber with power ~70 W, center wavelength of 794.77 nm, and spectral bandwidth of ~0.12 nm.

  20. OPTICAL RECORDING AND COMMUNICATION: Mismatch of the pump parameters of coupled chaotic lasers and the signal recovery errors in the data transmission scheme based on these lasers

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    Ledenev, V. I.

    2004-08-01

    The pulse characteristics of a periodically pumped chaotic CO2 laser are calculated numerically. The errors of the encoding-function recovery in the data transmission link based on two optically coupled chaotic CO2 lasers are studied depending on the amplitude mismatch and pump modulation frequencies. It is shown that the recovery error is minimal when the pump parameters of a transmitter and a receiver are identical. It is also shown that the mismatch of the pump amplitudes of the receiver and transmitter affects the recovery error much weaker than the mismatch of their periods. The dependences of the recovery error on the signal modulation degree are found. It is found that the shape of the recovered encoding function is determined by the type of a deviated parameter.

  1. Exploding conducting film laser pumping apparatus

    DOEpatents

    Ware, Kenneth D.; Jones, Claude R.

    1986-01-01

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

  2. NONLINEAR OPTICAL PHENOMENA: Efficient frequency doubling in a transversely diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser

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    Donin, Valerii I.; Nikonov, Andrei V.; Yakovin, Dmitrii V.

    2004-10-01

    A simple scheme is proposed for efficient frequency doubling in a Nd:YAG laser transversely pumped by diode lasers. The average output TEM00-mode power of the 1064-nm Q-switched laser at the Q-switching rate exceeding 20 kHz is 15 W. The radiation power at the second harmonic frequency (λ=532 nm) is found to be 12 and 8.3 W for KTP and LBO crystals for Q-switching rates f>=20 kHz and 10 kHz, respectively. The maximum second-harmonic conversion efficiency is ~80%.

  3. Intracavity optical parametric oscillator based on GTR-KTP driven by laser-diode end-pumped Q-switched Nd:YVO 4 laser

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    Yang, Jian-Fei; Zhang, Bai-Tao; Huang, Hai-Tao; He, Jing-Liang; Xu, Jin-Long; Zhao, Shuang; Yang, Xiu-Qin; Qiu, Gang; Liu, Zong-Kai

    2010-07-01

    An efficient, eye-safe, high-repetition-rate, single-resonant intracavity optical parameter oscillator, driven by a laser-diode (LD) end-pumped acousto-optically Q-switched Nd:YVO 4 laser, based on high gray-trace resistance KTiPO 4 (GTR-KTP), was demonstrated. With a pump power of 13.8 W and frequency repetition rate of 40 kHz, the maximum power of 1.72 W with pulse width of 2.09 ns at signal wavelength 1572 nm is obtained. The corresponding peak power and single pulse energy is calculated to be 21 kW and 43 μJ, respectively. And the conversion efficiency from incident pump power at 808 nm to output power at signal wavelength 1572 nm is about 12.5%. The output instability is measured only to be 1% within 1 h.

  4. Pumped up Lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2000-01-01

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

  5. Light-shift suppression in a miniaturized Mx optically pumped Cs magnetometer array with enhanced resonance signal using off-resonant laser pumping.

    PubMed

    Scholtes, Theo; Schultze, Volkmar; IJsselsteijn, Rob; Woetzel, Stefan; Meyer, Hans-Georg

    2012-12-31

    The performance of an optically pumped Mx magnetometer with miniaturized Cs cell at earth's magnetic field strength (50 μT) is investigated. Operation using detuned high intensity laser light is shown to be superior to the conventional resonant operation in terms of the projected shot-noise-limited ( 50 fT/√Hz) and the actual noise-limited sensitivity using a noise compensation method. The Zeeman light shift effect, emerging due to the off-resonant circularly polarized laser radiation and leading to a strong orientational dependence of the measurement, is suppressed by averaging two identical magnetometer configurations pumped with oppositely circularly polarized light. A residual heading error within the range of 14 nT, limited by the present experimental characterization setup, was achieved.

  6. 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.

  7. Use of a pulse-periodic optically pumped CF4 laser for photofragmentation of UF6 molecules

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    Kolesnikov, Yurij A.; Kotov, A. A.; Novikov, Victor P.

    1998-05-01

    Investigations of fragmentation of uranium hexafluoride molecules in radiation field of the optically pumped CF4 laser are carried out. The optical pumping was made by the pulse-periodic TEA CO2 laser. The optical cell of the CF4 laser was cooled by nitrogen vapor with automatic stabilization of the temperature. The maximum radiation energy carried by a single CF4 laser pulse is 250 mJ and the average power at a pulse repetition frequency of 50 Hz is up to 6 W. It was found that besides the direct fragmentation of UF6 molecules, the bimolecular V-V exchange realizes most probably at collision of highly excited molecules, consequently the vibronic energy of one of the molecules can exceed the dissociation threshold. Increase by an order of the UF6 molecules photofragmentation efficiency at presence of hydrogen can be explained by high chemical activation because of reverse electron relaxation of highly vibronic excited UF6 molecules. There is also ascertained that polymerization of UF5 radicals appears to be the most high-speed of al secondary reactions. In the main part the polymers ar found on the cell surface having number of the radicals in range from 2 to approximately 10.

  8. Diode-side-pumped Nd:YLiF4 laser emitting at 1053 nm with 53.6% optical efficiency and diffraction-limited beam quality

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    Wetter, Niklaus U.; Deana, Alessandro M.

    2013-03-01

    We present a Nd:YLiF4 diode-side-pumped resonator architecture based on a gain-guided, mode-selective technique that employs a double pass of the fundamental laser mode through the crystal. The folded cavity is very compact, robust and cost efficient. With this design we demonstrate 19 W of quasi-cw, stable diffraction-limited laser emission at 1053 nm when pumping at 792 nm with 35.4 W. The slope efficiency of the laser is 65.3% and the optical-to-optical efficiency is 53.6%, which is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest efficiency reported for Nd:YLiF4 lasers pumped into the 4F5/2 band, including longitudinal pumping schemes and lasers emitting at the higher gain line of 1047 nm.

  9. Efficient analytic model to optimum design laser resonator and optical coupling system of diode-end-pumped solid-state lasers: influence of gain medium length and pump beam M2 factor.

    PubMed

    Shayeganrad, Gholamreza; Mashhadi, Leila

    2008-02-10

    A comprehensive analytical model for optimization longitudinal pumping of ideal four-level lasers is presented for accurate analysis by removing limiting assumptions on active length and pump-beam radius in the gain medium. By taking into account the circular-symmetric Gaussian pump beam including the M2 factor, an analytical formula for the root mean square of the pump beam in the active medium is developed to relate properties of the gain medium and pump beam to the requirement on efficient optimum design. Under the condition of minimum root mean square of pump-beam radius inside the active medium, the key parameters of the optimum optical coupling system have been analytically derived. Using these parameters, optimum mode size and maximum output efficiency are derived as a function of the gain medium length, absorption coefficient, pump-beam M2 factor, and input power. Dependence of the obtained parameters on the gain medium length, absorption coefficient, pump-beam M2 factor, and input power has been investigated. The results of this theory are found to be more comprehensive than the previous theoretical investigations. The present model provides a straightforward procedure to design the optimum laser resonator and the coupling optics for maximizing the output.

  10. Analysis of Effect of Singlet-Triplet Annihilation in a Low-Threshold Optically Pumped Organic Semiconductor Laser

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    Shayesteh, Mohammad Reza

    2017-10-01

    We investigate the impact of optical excitation in a low-threshold organic semiconductor vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (OVCSEL) to achieve lasing. We study the threshold behavior and the dynamics of the optimized OVCSEL structure when pumped by both picosecond and nanosecond pulses. The boundary between pulsed and continuous wave lasing is analyzed for the study of annihilation quenching losses in the proposed OVCSEL. Results from numerical simulation show that, for the picosecond pulses excitation case, the singlet-triplet annihilation is not effective and a lasing threshold of about 0.75 μJ cm-2 can be obtained. We show that for the nanosecond pulses pumping case, triplet excitons largely quench singlet excitons and lasing is sustained for a short time following turn-on of the pump.

  11. Pump and probe damage testing for investigation of transient material modifications associated with laser damage in optical materials

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    Negres, R A; Feit, M D; DeMange, P; Bude, J D; Demos, S G

    2007-10-18

    Laser-induced breakdown in the bulk of transparent dielectric materials is associated with the generation of extreme localized conditions of temperatures and pressures. In this work, we perform pump and probe damage testing experiments to investigate the evolution of transient absorption by the host material arising from modifications following confined laser energy deposition in fused silica and DKDP materials. Specifically, we measure the size of the damage sites observed in the region of spatial overlap between the pump and probe pulses versus probe time delay and energy. Results of this proof-of-principle experimental work confirm that material modifications under extreme conditions created during a damage event include transient optical absorption. In addition, we found that the relaxation times of the induced absorption are very distinct for DKDP and SiO{sub 2} even under identical excitation conditions, on the order of 100 ns and 100 {micro}s, respectively.

  12. Efficient Oscillator for 192-μm 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-μm 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-μm 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.

  13. A 2μm-pump laser-based DIRCM system and aero-optics in the mid-IR

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    Renz, Günther; Bohn, Willy

    2007-10-01

    The improvement of the security of platforms (aircrafts) with countermeasure techniques in the mid-IR especially in the take-off or landing phase is nowadays more stringent due to upcoming threats. We report on the development of a Tm:YLF-fiber laser (1.908 μm) pumped Ho:YAG (2.09 µm) high energy laser system with pulse energies up to 100 mJ at pulse lengths close to 20 ns and repetition rates of 100 Hz. A high quality laser beam leaving a platform through a variable-index-of-refraction airflow will experience wave-front aberrations and consequently lose its ability to be perfectly focused in the far field. Two main causes of laser beam degradations are issued in this investigation. First, there is the degradation immediately around the fuselage, referred to aero-optic problems and second the atmospheric propagation influence via air turbulence. The aero-optic influence on the laser beam degradation will be investigated in a laboratory experimental approach with a mid-IR laser beam traversing a transonic free air stream relevant to a real air flow around a fuselage. The propagation characteristics of a laser beam passing turbulent air will be numerically simulated with a multiple phase-screen method and a Fourier propagation technique. Different turbulence degrees relevant to propagation directions especially behind aircrafts will be considered.

  14. 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.

  15. Intracavity-Pumped Raman Laser Action in a Mid-IR, Continuous-Wave (cw) MgO:PPLN Optical Parametric Oscillator

    SciTech Connect

    Okishev, A.V.; Zuegel, J.D.

    2006-12-13

    Intracavity-pumped Raman laser action in a fiber-laser–pumped, single-resonant, continuous-wave (cw) MgO:PPLN optical parametric oscillator with a high-Q linear resonator has been observed for the first time to our knowledge. Experimental results of this phenomenon investigation will be discussed.

  16. Photometry of a Sodium Laser Guide Star from the Starfire Optical Range. II. Compensating the Pump Beam

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    Drummond, Jack; Telle, John; Denman, Craig; Hillman, Paul; Spinhirne, Jim; Christou, Julian

    2004-10-01

    Measurements of the brightness and size of a mesospheric sodium guide star pumped by a laser launched through an adaptive optics (AO) system are reported from experiments conducted on 2003 July 22 at the Starfire Optical Range. The guide star was produced by a laser launched through a 0.5 m telescope with (closed loop) and without (open loop) higher order atmospheric compensation using an ~60 actuator AO system and with various laser polarization states. A 3.5 m telescope (without AO) 50 m away from the launch site recorded the closed- and open-loop images. Calibrated using standard stars, the maximum brightness observed for the 8.5 W of compensated pump laser power out of the top of the telescope for a 96% circularly polarized beam was V1=7.35 (840 photons s-1 cm-2 at the bottom of the atmosphere) for the open-loop beam (where V1 is the V magnitude corrected for the transmission of the V filter at the 589 nm wavelength of the sodium D2 absorption line) and V1=7.4 (800 photons s-1 cm-2) for the closed-loop beam. It appears that circular polarization enhances the brightness of the return by 75%. Open-loop tests produced an integrated guide star that was 11% brighter than closed-loop, but the guide star produced from a closed-loop circularly polarized pump beam was about 50% of the width of either the open-loop beam or the linearly polarized closed-loop beam. At 0.85" FWHM, or 38 cm at 92 km altitude, the guide star is suitable for many astronomical AO applications. The guide star spot sizes were measured from images reconstructed with multiframe blind deconvolution. Because of optical losses, only 8.5 W of laser power was transmitted out of the top of the telescope. Reducing this by atmospheric extinction, the ``power through the mesospheric footprint,'' or peak Gaussian intensity, was 3.9 mW cm-2 for the closed-loop circularly polarized laser beam. This is about 60% of the saturation intensity Isat for the optically pumped atom, and 20% of the Isat for the

  17. Exploding conducting film laser pumping apparatus

    DOEpatents

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

    1984-04-27

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

  18. Gigashot Optical Laser Demonstrator

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    Deri, R. J.

    2015-10-13

    The Gigashot Optical Laser Demonstrator (GOLD) project has demonstrated a novel optical amplifier for high energy pulsed lasers operating at high repetition rates. The amplifier stores enough pump energy to support >10 J of laser output, and employs conduction cooling for thermal management to avoid the need for expensive and bulky high-pressure helium subsystems. A prototype amplifier was fabricated, pumped with diode light at 885 nm, and characterized. Experimental results show that the amplifier provides sufficient small-signal gain and sufficiently low wavefront and birefringence impairments to prove useful in laser systems, at repetition rates up to 60 Hz.

  19. Semiconductor disk laser pumped Cr2+:Znse lasers.

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    Hempler, Nils; Hopkins, John-Mark; Rösener, Benno; Rattunde, Marcel; Wagner, Joachim; Fedorov, Vladimir V; Moskalev, Igor S; Mirov, Sergey B; Burns, David

    2009-09-28

    A new flexible pump source, the optically-pumped semiconductor disk laser (SDL), for the Cr(2+):ZnSe laser is reported. The SDL provides up to 6W output power at a free running central wavelength of 1.98 microm. The Cr(2+):ZnSe laser operated at an output power of 1.8W and a slope efficiency of approximately 50% with respect to absorbed pump power whilst maintaining a low output intensity noise figure of <0.14% RMS. The system required no optical isolation even under the situation of significant optical feedback.

  20. Efficient OPSL-pumped mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with 67% optical-to-optical efficiency

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    Heuer, Alexander M.; Saraceno, Clara J.; Beil, Kolja; Huber, Günter; Kränkel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We present a mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with up to 67% of optical-to-optical efficiency. By utilizing a high brightness optically pumped semiconductor laser (OPSL) as a pump source and using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) we obtained self-starting mode locking. A pulse duration of 571 fs at 4.73 W of average output power with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 67% was achieved. In a slightly different cavity configuration the pulse duration was reduced to 313 fs at 2.16 W of average output power. In both cases the pulse duration was longer than the Fourier limit and the spectrum supports significantly shorter pulse durations. The laser wavelength is centered at 1034 nm and the repetition rate is 100.76 MHz in both cases. In continuous wave fundamental mode operation the optical-to-optical efficiency was as high as 78% with output powers exceeding 5 W. PMID:26739546

  1. Efficient OPSL-pumped mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with 67% optical-to-optical efficiency

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    Heuer, Alexander M.; Saraceno, Clara J.; Beil, Kolja; Huber, Günter; Kränkel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We present a mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with up to 67% of optical-to-optical efficiency. By utilizing a high brightness optically pumped semiconductor laser (OPSL) as a pump source and using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) we obtained self-starting mode locking. A pulse duration of 571 fs at 4.73 W of average output power with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 67% was achieved. In a slightly different cavity configuration the pulse duration was reduced to 313 fs at 2.16 W of average output power. In both cases the pulse duration was longer than the Fourier limit and the spectrum supports significantly shorter pulse durations. The laser wavelength is centered at 1034 nm and the repetition rate is 100.76 MHz in both cases. In continuous wave fundamental mode operation the optical-to-optical efficiency was as high as 78% with output powers exceeding 5 W.

  2. 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.

  3. Optical and infrared lasers

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    Javan, A.

    1978-01-01

    Quantum mechanical predictions for the gain of an optically pumped CW FIR laser are presented for cases in which one or both of the pump and FIR transitions are pressure or Doppler broadened. The results are compared to those based on the rate equation model. Some of the quantum mechanical predictions are verified in CH3OH.

  4. Optically Pumped Atomic Rubidium Lasers: Two-Photon and Exciplex Excitation Mechanisms

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    2013-06-01

    glass cells containing alkali vapors while the side fluorescence was collected and analyzed to determine important atomic and molecular properties . The...increased. Slope efficiencies tend to increase with alkali concentration, but it is anomalous for the threshold to decrease. Secondly, it was shown...a small gain volume. Several additional schemes for optically pumping alkali metals to achieve lasing in the infrared and blue have been developed

  5. Development of optically pumped DBR-free semiconductor disk lasers (Conference Presentation)

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    Yang, Zhou; Albrecht, Alexander R.; Cederberg, Jeffrey G.; Sheik-Bahae, Mansoor

    2017-03-01

    Semiconductor disk lasers (SDLs) are attractive for applications requiring good beam quality, wavelength versatility, and high output powers. Typical SDLs utilize the active mirror geometry, where a semiconductor DBR is integrated with the active region by growth or post-growth bonding. This imposes restrictions for the SDL design, like material system choice, thermal management, and effective gain bandwidth. In DBR-free geometry, these restrictions can be alleviated. An integrated gain model predicts DBR-free geometry with twice the gain bandwidth of typical SDLs, which has been experimentally verified with active regions near 1 μm and 1.15 μm. The lift-off and bonding technique enables the integration of semiconductor active regions with arbitrary high quality substrates, allowing novel monolithic geometries. Bonding an active region onto a straight side of a commercial fused silica right angle prism, and attaching a high reflectivity mirror onto the hypotenuse side, with quasi CW pumping at 780 nm, lasing operation was achieved at 1037 nm with 0.2 mW average power at 1.6 mW average pump power. Laser dynamics show that thermal lens generation in the active region bottlenecks the laser efficiency. Investigations on total internal reflection based monolithic ring cavities are ongoing. These geometries would allow the intracavity integration of 2D materials or other passive absorbers, which could be relevant for stable mode locking. Unlike typical monolithic microchip SDLs, with the evanescent wave coupling technique, these monolithic geometries allow variable coupling efficiency.

  6. Pump efficiency improvement of a C-band tunable fiber laser using optical circulator and tunable fiber gratings.

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    Liaw, S-K; Jang, W Y; Wang, C-J; Hung, K L

    2007-04-20

    We propose and demonstrate a tunable fiber laser based on an optical circulator (OC) and two tunable fiber Bragg gratings (TFBGs). The OC acts as a pump power router to improve the pumping efficiency, and a 4% increase in overall conversion efficiency has been observed. The combined tuning spectra range of two TFBGs could cover the entire C-band spectrum from 1530 to 1560 nm. Stable laser output power above 10 dBm is obtained using 1.9 m of erbium-doped fiber and TFBGs with 50% reflectivity. With power equalization by using variable optical attenuators, the power variation is less than 0.1 dB in the whole C band with narrow linewidth of 0.05 nm. A signal-to-noise ratio of 60 dB and a continuous tuning resolution of 0.5 nm have been achieved. The TFBG-based tunable fiber laser can be a promising light source for WDM transmission and fiber sensor applications.

  7. Demonstration of a free-space optical communication system using a solar-pumped laser as signal transmitter

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    Guan, Z.; Zhao, C. M.; Yang, S. H.; Wang, Y.; Ke, J. Y.; Zhang, H. Y.

    2017-05-01

    A free-space optical communication system with a sun light directly pumped laser as the signal transmitter was demonstrated. A 0.6  ×  0.6 m Fresnel lens was used as the primary concentrator to collect the solar light. 6.8 W continuous wave laser power was obtained from a 4 mm diameter grooved Nd:YAG rod. The output intensity was modulated with a video signal via a LiNbO3 Mach-Zehnder optoelectronic modulator. The video signal with a resolution of 1920  *  1080/frame and the frame rate of 25 Hz was transmitted over five-meter free-space in real time with high fidelity. The transmission rate was 125 Mbps and bit error rate was lower than 10-6. This research shows the feasibility of applying a solar light directly pumped laser for free-space optical communication, which is significant for telecommunications between satellites.

  8. All-optical Q-switching limiter for high-power gigahertz modelocked diode-pumped solid-state lasers.

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    Klenner, Alexander; Keller, Ursula

    2015-04-06

    Passively modelocked diode-pumped solid-state lasers (DPSSLs) with pulse repetition rates in the gigahertz regime suffer from an increased tendency for Q-switching instabilities. Low saturation fluence intracavity saturable absorbers - such as the semiconductor saturable absorber mirrors (SESAMs) - can solve this problem up to a certain average output power limited by the onset of SESAM damage. Here we present a passive stabilization mechanism, an all-optical Q-switching limiter, to reduce the impact of Q-switching instabilities and increase the potential output power of SESAM modelocked lasers in the gigahertz regime. With a proper cavity design a Kerr lens induced negative saturable absorber clamps the maximum fluence on the SESAM and therefore limits the onset of Q-switching instabilities. No critical cavity alignment is required because this Q-switching limiter acts well within the cavity stability regime. Using a proper cavity design, a high-power diode-pumped Yb:CALGO solid-state laser generated sub-100 fs pulses with an average output power of 4.1 W at a pulse repetition rate of 5 GHz. With a pulse duration of 96 fs we can achieve a peak power as high as 7.5 kW directly from the SESAM modelocked laser oscillator without any further external pulse amplification and/or pulse compression. We present a quantitative analysis of this Kerr lens induced Q-switching limiter and its impact on modelocked operation. Our work provides a route to compact high-power multi-gigahertz frequency combs based on SESAM modelocked diode-pumped solid-state lasers without any additional external amplification or pulse compression.

  9. High-power diode-pumped solid-state lasers for optical space communications

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    Koechner, Walter; Burnham, Ralph; Kasinski, Jeff; Bournes, Pat; Dibiase, Don; Le, Khoa; Marshall, Larry; Hays, Alan

    1991-01-01

    The design and performance of a large diode-pumped multi-stage Nd:YAG laser system for space and airborne applications will be described. The laser operates at a repetition rate of 40 Hz and produces an output either at 1.064 micron or 532 nm with an average power in the Q-switched mode of 30 W at the fundamental and 20 W at the second harmonic wavelength. The output beam is diffraction limited (TEM 00 mode) and can optionally also be operated in a single longitudinal mode. The output energy ranges from 1.25 Joule/pulse in the free lasing mode, 0.75 Joule in a 17 nsec Q-switched pulse, to 0.5 Joules/pulse at 532 nm. The overall electrical efficiency for the Q-switched second harmonic output is 4.

  10. Alexandrite laser pumped by semiconductor lasers

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    Scheps, Richard; Gately, Bernard M.; Myers, Joseph F.; Krasinski, Jerzy S.; Heller, Donald F.

    1990-06-01

    We report the first operation of a direct diode-pumped tunable chromium-doped solid-state laser. A small alexandrite (Cr:BeAl2O4) crystal was longitudinally pumped by two visible laser diodes. The threshold pump power was 12 mW using the R1 line at 680.4 nm for the pump transition, and the slope efficiency was 25%. The measured laser output bandwidth was 2.1 nm.

  11. Alexandrite laser pumped by semiconductor lasers

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

    1990-06-04

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

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

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

    2006-04-01

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

  13. Diode Pumped Fiber Laser.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-12-01

    molybdium oxide ( GMO ). The best diameter variations obtained so far are on the order of 1%. It is expected that these fibers should exhibit lower...that the absorbed pump power at threshold is given by "P:" hvp 6, 1Pth = (9) O-rf 21 J(0) where SJ 1(0) =J 1(0, 0, ) =ffj soI (x, y, z) ro(x, y, z) dv...epoxy, the argon laser bean ) was first aligned through a fiber at a low power level and then slowly increased. For preliminary tests the laser cavity

  14. Solar Pumped Laser

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1976-09-01

    conductively cooled solar pumped laser, de- signed to prototype space qualiflable level and structurally compatible with the... xenon short-arc lamp and an ellipsoidal reflector. Lamp 1 is the original lamp, obtained and used on the last program and for the first part of this...apertured to about 5 . Two neutral density filters prevent saturation of the detector and provide electrical output compatible with the meter. A reading

  15. Temporal model of an optically pumped co-doped solid state laser

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    Wangler, T. G.; Swetits, J. J.; Buoncristiani, A. M.

    1993-01-01

    Currently, research is being conducted on the optical properties of materials associated with the development of solid state lasers in the two micron region. In support of this effort, a mathematical model describing the energy transfer in a holmium laser sensitized with thulium is developed. In this paper, we establish some qualitative properties of the solution of the model, such as non-negativity, boundedness, and integrability. A local stability analysis is then performed from which conditions for asymptotic stability are attained. Finally, we report on our numerical analysis of the system and how it compares with experimental results.

  16. NDT of fiber-reinforced composites with a new fiber-optic pump-probe laser-ultrasound system.

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    Pelivanov, Ivan; Buma, Takashi; Xia, Jinjun; Wei, Chen-Wei; O'Donnell, Matthew

    2014-06-01

    Laser-ultrasonics is an attractive and powerful tool for the non-destructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E) of composite materials. Current systems for non-contact detection of ultrasound have relatively low sensitivity compared to contact peizotransducers. They are also expensive, difficult to adjust, and strongly influenced by environmental noise. Moreover, laser-ultrasound (LU) systems typically launch only about 50 firings per second, much slower than the kHz level pulse repetition rate of conventional systems. As demonstrated here, most of these drawbacks can be eliminated by combining a new generation of compact, inexpensive, high repetition rate nanosecond fiber lasers with new developments in fiber telecommunication optics and an optimally designed balanced probe beam detector. In particular, a modified fiber-optic balanced Sagnac interferometer is presented as part of a LU pump-probe system for NDT&E of aircraft composites. The performance of the all-optical system is demonstrated for a number of composite samples with different types and locations of inclusions.

  17. Photoexcitation of lasers and chemical reactions for NASA missions: A theoretical study. [optical pumping in high pressure gas

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    Javan, A.; Guerra, M.

    1981-01-01

    The possibility of obtaining CW laser oscillation by optical pumping in the infrared at an elevated gas pressure is reviewed. A specific example utilizing a mixture of CO and NO gases is included. The gas pressures considered are in excess of several atmospheres. Laser frequency tuning over a broad region becomes possible at such elevated gas pressures due to collisional broadening of the amplifying transitions. The prior-rate and surprisal analysis are applied to obtain detailed VV and VT rates for CO and NO molecules and the transfer rates in a CO-NO gas mixture. The analysis is capable of giving temperature dependence of the rate constants. Computer estimates of the rates are presented for vibrational levels up to v = 50. The results show that in the high-lying vibrational states the VV transfer rates with Delta nu = 2 become appreciable.

  18. Solar Pumped Laser Microthruster

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

    2010-10-01

    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.

  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. Solar Pumped Laser Microthruster

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

    2010-10-08

    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.

  1. 10-W mid-IR optical parametric oscillators based on ZnGeP2 elements pumped by a fibre-laser-pumped Ho : YAG Laser. Experimental and numerical study

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    Antipov, O. L.; Eranov, I. D.; Kositsyn, R. I.

    2017-07-01

    The possibility of increasing the power and efficiency of 3.5-5.0 μm optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) based on one or two ZnGeP2 crystals pumped by a repetitively pulsed Ho : YAG laser (λ = 2097 nm), which, in turn, is pumped by a thulium fibre laser (λ = 1908 nm), is studied. The OPO based on a tandem of ZnGeP2 elements is demonstrated to generate high-quality beams with an average power up to 10 W in pulses with durations of 15-25 ns at a repetition rate of ~17 kHz. The total conversion efficiency of the fibre laser power to the mid-IR radiation reached 25%. A theoretical OPO model explaining a cluster spectrum and higher output power in the case of the ZnGeP2 tandem than in the case of a single element is developed.

  2. X-ray studies and time-resolved photoluminescence on optically pumped antimonide-based midinfrared type-II lasers.

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    Schwender, Carsten; Drumm, Jan Oliver; Hoffmann, Goetz; Vogelgesang, Birgit; Fouckhardt, Henning

    2004-12-01

    We report on high-resolution X-ray diffraction and time-resolved photoluminescence (TR-PL) studies of antimonide-based midinfrared (MIR) type-II laser samples. A structural characterization taking into account asymmetrical strain, layer tilting, and relaxation enables an accurate determination of the average lattice constant of the active region and the composition of the cladding layers. By designing the antimonide-to-arsenide interfaces, we achieve exact lattice matching of the active region to the substrate. Non-radiative recombination processes are investigated with time-resolved photoluminescence. The samples are also characterized under optically pumped laser operation. By an examination of the time-integrated and time-resolved amplified spontaneous emission (TR-ASE), we investigate the modal gain and gain dynamics. The variable stripe length method is combined with the TR-PL approach. Compared to the time-integrated gain spectra the spectral dependence of the maximum and minimum time-resolved gain shows a broad plateau. The full width half maximum (FWHM) of the TR-ASE pulse is 5.5 +/- 0.5 ps. Thus, short pulses in this range should be achievable upon laser operation. The active regions of the laser structures investigated here are promising subunits of type-II quantum cascade lasers.

  3. 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.

  4. Few-cycle, broadband, mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator pumped by a 20-fs Ti:sapphire laser

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    Chaitanya Kumar, Suddapalli; Esteban-Martin, Adolfo; Ideguchi, Takuro; Yan, Ming; Holzner, Simon; Hänsch, Theodor W; Picqué, Nathalie; Ebrahim-Zadeh, Majid

    2014-01-01

    A few-cycle, broadband, singly-resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for the mid-infrared based on MgO-doped periodically-poled LiNbO3 (MgO:PPLN), synchronously pumped by a 20-fs Ti:sapphire laser is reported. By using crystal interaction lengths as short as 250 µm, and careful dispersion management of input pump pulses and the OPO resonator, near-transform-limited, few-cycle idler pulses tunable across the mid-infrared have been generated, with as few as 3.7 optical cycles at 2682 nm. The OPO can be continuously tuned over 2179-3732 nm (4589-2680 cm-1) by cavity delay tuning, providing up to 33 mW of output power at 3723 nm. The idler spectra exhibit stable broadband profiles with bandwidths spanning over 422 nm (FWHM) recorded at 3732 nm. The effect of crystal length on spectral bandwidth and pulse duration is investigated at a fixed wavelength, confirming near-transform-limited idler pulses for all grating interaction lengths. By locking the repetition frequency of the pump laser to a radio-frequency reference, and without active stabilization of the OPO cavity length, an idler power stability better than 1.6% rms over >2.75 hours is obtained when operating at maximum output power, in excellent spatial beam quality with TEM00 mode profile. Photograph shows a multigrating MgO:PPLN crystal used as a nonlinear gain medium in the few-cycle femtosecond mid-IR OPO. The visible light is the result of non-phase-matched sum-frequency mixing between the interacting beams. PMID:25793016

  5. Few-cycle, broadband, mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator pumped by a 20-fs Ti:sapphire laser.

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    Chaitanya Kumar, Suddapalli; Esteban-Martin, Adolfo; Ideguchi, Takuro; Yan, Ming; Holzner, Simon; Hänsch, Theodor W; Picqué, Nathalie; Ebrahim-Zadeh, Majid

    2014-09-01

    A few-cycle, broadband, singly-resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for the mid-infrared based on MgO-doped periodically-poled LiNbO3 (MgO:PPLN), synchronously pumped by a 20-fs Ti:sapphire laser is reported. By using crystal interaction lengths as short as 250 µm, and careful dispersion management of input pump pulses and the OPO resonator, near-transform-limited, few-cycle idler pulses tunable across the mid-infrared have been generated, with as few as 3.7 optical cycles at 2682 nm. The OPO can be continuously tuned over 2179-3732 nm (4589-2680 cm(-1)) by cavity delay tuning, providing up to 33 mW of output power at 3723 nm. The idler spectra exhibit stable broadband profiles with bandwidths spanning over 422 nm (FWHM) recorded at 3732 nm. The effect of crystal length on spectral bandwidth and pulse duration is investigated at a fixed wavelength, confirming near-transform-limited idler pulses for all grating interaction lengths. By locking the repetition frequency of the pump laser to a radio-frequency reference, and without active stabilization of the OPO cavity length, an idler power stability better than 1.6% rms over >2.75 hours is obtained when operating at maximum output power, in excellent spatial beam quality with TEM00 mode profile. Photograph shows a multigrating MgO:PPLN crystal used as a nonlinear gain medium in the few-cycle femtosecond mid-IR OPO. The visible light is the result of non-phase-matched sum-frequency mixing between the interacting beams.

  6. Diode-pumped optical parametric oscillator

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    Geiger, A.R.; Hemmati, H.; Farr, W.H.

    1996-02-01

    Diode-pumped optical parametric oscillation has been demonstrated for the first time to our knowledge in a single Nd:MgO:LiNbO{sub 3} nonlinear crystal. The crystal is pumped by a semiconductor diode laser array at 812 nm. The Nd{sup 3+} ions absorb the 812-nm radiation to generate 1084-nm laser oscillation. On internal {ital Q} switching the 1084-nm radiation pumps the LiNbO{sub 3} host crystal that is angle cut at 46.5{degree} and generates optical parametric oscillation. The oscillation threshold that is due to the 1084-nm laser pump with a pulse length of 80 ns in a 1-mm-diameter beam was measured to be {approx_equal}1 mJ and produced 0.5-mJ output at 3400-nm signal wavelength. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  7. Optically pumped alkali laser and amplifier using helium-3 buffer gas

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    Beach, Raymond J.; Page, Ralph; Soules, Thomas; Stappaerts, Eddy; Wu, Sheldon Shao Quan

    2010-09-28

    In one embodiment, a laser oscillator is provided comprising an optical cavity, the optical cavity including a gain medium including an alkali vapor and a buffer gas, the buffer gas including .sup.3He gas, wherein if .sup.4He gas is also present in the buffer gas, the ratio of the concentration of the .sup.3He gas to the .sup.4He gas is greater than 1.37.times.10.sup.-6. Additionally, an optical excitation source is provided. Furthermore, the laser oscillator is capable of outputting radiation at a first frequency. In another embodiment, an apparatus is provided comprising a gain medium including an alkali vapor and a buffer gas including .sup.3He gas, wherein if .sup.4He gas is also present in the buffer gas, the ratio of the concentration of the .sup.3He gas to the .sup.4He gas is greater than 1.37.times.10.sup.-6. Other embodiments are also disclosed.

  8. Plasma channel optical pumping device and method

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    Judd, O.P.

    1983-06-28

    A device and method are disclosed for optically pumping a gaseous laser using blackbody radiation produced by a plasma channel which is formed from an electrical discharge between two electrodes spaced at opposite longitudinal ends of the laser. A preionization device which can comprise a laser or electron beam accelerator produces a preionization beam which is sufficient to cause an electrical discharge between the electrodes to initiate the plasma channel along the preionization path. The optical pumping energy is supplied by a high voltage power supply rather than by the preionization beam. High output optical intensities are produced by the laser due to the high temperature blackbody radiation produced by the plasma channel, in the same manner as an exploding wire type laser. However, unlike the exploding wire type laser, the disclosed invention can be operated in a repetitive manner by utilizing a repetitive pulsed preionization device. 5 figs.

  9. High-power, fiber-laser-pumped, picosecond optical parametric oscillator based on MgO:sPPLT.

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    Kumar, S Chaitanya; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2011-12-19

    We report a stable, high-power, mid-infrared synchronously-pumped optical parametric oscillator (SPOPO) based on MgO:sPPLT, pumped by a 1064 nm, picosecond Yb-fiber laser operating at a repetition rate of 81.1 MHz. The singly resonant SPOPO is tunable over 1531-1642 nm (111 nm) in the near-infrared signal and 3022-3488 nm (466 nm) in the mid-infrared idler, providing a total tuning range of 577 nm. Careful optimization of output coupling results in a signal output power as high as 4.3 W at 1593 nm and a mid-infrared idler power of 2 W at 3204 nm for 13.4 W of pump power at a total extraction efficiency of 47%. The SPOPO can be operated near room temperature, down to 30 °C, and exhibits passive peak-to-peak power stability better than 8.6% at 1568 nm (signal) and 8.2% at 3310 nm (idler) over 13 hours at full power. The output signal pulses have duration of 17.5 ps, with a FWHM spectral bandwidth of 1.4 nm centered at 1568 nm.

  10. A fiber laser pumped dual-wavelength mid-infrared laser based on optical parametric oscillation and intracavity difference frequency generation

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    Wang, Peng; Shang, Yaping; Li, Xiao; Shen, Meili; Xu, Xiaojun

    2017-02-01

    We report a dual-wavelength mid-infrared laser based on intracavity difference frequency generation (DFG) in an MgO-doped periodically poled LiNbO3, which was pumped by a dual-wavelength fiber MOPA consisting of two parts: a dual-wavelength seed and a power amplifier. The maximum pump power was 74.1 W and the wavelengths were 1060 nm and 1090 nm. The wavelengths of the mid-infrared output were 3.1 µm and 3.4 µm under maximum pump power with a total idler power of 6.57 W. The corresponding pump-to-idler slope efficiency reached 12%. The contrast for the peak intensity of the emissions for the two idlers was 0.6. A power preamplifier was added in a further experiment to enhance the contrast. The idler output reached 4.45 W under the maximum pump power of 70 W, which was lower than before. However, the contrast for the idler emission peak intensity was increased to 1.18. The signal wave generated in the experiment only had a single wavelength around 1.6 µm, indicating that two kinds of nonlinear processes occurred in the experiment, namely optical parametric oscillation and intracavity DFG.

  11. 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.

  12. Analysis of gain distribution in cladding-pumped thulium-doped fiber laser and optical feedback inhibition problem in fiber-bulk laser system

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    Ji, En-Cai; Liu, Qiang; Hu, Zhen-Yue; Gong, Ma-Li

    2015-10-01

    The steady-state gain distribution in cladding pumped thulium-doped fiber laser (TDFL) is analytically and numerically solved based on the rate equations including loss coefficients and cross relaxation effect. With the gain curve, a problem, which is named optical feedback inhibition (OFI) and always occurs in tandem TDFL-Ho:YAG laser system, is analyzed quantitatively. The actual characteristics of output spectra and power basically prove the conclusion of theoretical analysis. Then a simple mirror-deflected L-shaped cavity is employed to restrain the external feedback and simplify the structure of fiber-bulk Ho:YAG laser. Finally, 25 W of 2097-nm laser power and 51.2% of optical-to-optical conversion efficiency are obtained, and the beam quality factor is less than 1.43 obtained by knife-edge method. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61275146), the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20120002110066), and the Special Program of the Co-construction with Beijing Municipal Government of China (Grant No. 20121000302).

  13. Optically pumped laser lines of Na2 pumped by Kr/+/ /6471 A/ and HeNe /6328 A/ lasers - Identification of old lines and prediction of possible new lines

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    Verma, K. K.; Stwalley, W. C.; Zemke, W. T.

    1981-01-01

    The laser emission lines of a sodium dimer laser pumped by Kr(+) and HeNe lasers at wavelengths of 6471 and 6328 A, respectively, are identified. The Na2 fluorescence was excited in a crossed heat pipe oven at a sodium pressure of about 1 torr, and recorded spectra were compared with transition probability calculations. For the 6471-A pump, three series excited by absorption through the transitions v-prime = 13, J-prime = 35 - v-double prime = 4, J-double prime = 34; v-prime = 13, J-prime = 83 - v-double-prime = 2, J-double prime = 84 and v-prime = 20, J-prime = 98 - v-double prime = 6, J-double prime = 99 are observed in the region 6100-8350 A. At 6328 A, series excited through the transitions v-prime = 14, J-prime = 45 - v-double prime = 2, J-double prime = 46; v-prime = 16, J-prime = 17 - v-double prime = 4, J-double prime = 18; v-prime = 22, J-prime = 86 - v-double prime = 6, J-double prime = 85 and v-prime = 25, J-prime = 87 - v-double prime = 8, J-double prime = 86. Most of the previously observed optically pumped lines are found to correspond to the three level laser system. Additional wavelengths expected to undergo lasing under slightly improved conditions are also identified.

  14. Pulsed optically pumped frequency standard

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    Godone, Aldo; Micalizio, Salvatore; Levi, Filippo

    2004-08-01

    We reconsider the idea of a pulsed optically pumped frequency standard conceived in the early 1960s to eliminate the light-shift effect. The development of semiconductor lasers and of pulsed electronic techniques for atomic fountains and new theoretical findings allow an implementation of this idea which may lead to a frequency standard whose frequency stability is limited only by the thermal noise in the short term and by the temperature drift in the long term. We shall also show both theoretically and experimentally the possibility of doubling the atomic quality factor with respect to the classical Ramsey technique approach.

  15. Theoretical simulations of protective thin film Fabry-Pérot filters for integrated optical elements of diode pumped alkali lasers (DPAL)

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    Quarrie, L. E-mail: lindsay.o.quarrie@gmail.com

    2014-09-15

    The lifetime of Diode-Pumped Alkali Lasers (DPALs) is limited by damage initiated by reaction of the glass envelope of its gain medium with rubidium vapor. Rubidium is absorbed into the glass and the rubidium cations diffuse through the glass structure, breaking bridging Si-O bonds. A damage-resistant thin film was developed enhancing high-optical transmission at natural rubidium resonance input and output laser beam wavelengths of 780 nm and 795 nm, while protecting the optical windows of the gain cell in a DPAL. The methodology developed here can be readily modified for simulation of expected transmission performance at input pump and output laser wavelengths using different combination of thin film materials in a DPAL. High coupling efficiency of the light through the gas cell was accomplished by matching the air-glass and glass-gas interfaces at the appropriate wavelengths using a dielectric stack of high and low index of refraction materials selected to work at the laser energies and protected from the alkali metal vapor in the gain cell. Thin films as oxides of aluminum, zirconium, tantalum, and silicon were selected allowing the creation of Fabry-Perot optical filters on the optical windows achieving close to 100% laser transmission in a solid optic combination of window and highly reflective mirror. This approach allows for the development of a new whole solid optic laser.

  16. Solar pumped, alkali vapor laser

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    Ham, David; Defaccio, Mark A.

    1987-09-01

    High power lasers based in space have been considered as sources for power transmission, laser propulsion, materials processing and space defense. The feasibility of such systems is based on the cost per unit power delivered, with detailed studies indicating that light weight has a greater impact on cost than laser efficiency. Solar radiation is a natural source of power for these devices and two methods for conversion of solar radiation to laser radiation can be considered. An indirectly solar pumped laser would first convert the solar radiation to electricity or longer wavelength blackbody radiation which is then used to power the laser. A directly longer wavelength blackbody radiation which is then used to power the laser. A directly pumped solar laser would utilize a portion of te solar spectrum to directly pump the laser medium, eliminating the intervening step and substantially reducing the systems weight and complexity. Detailed comparisons showed a directly pumped laser with an overall efficiency of only 1.5 percent can compete with an indirectly energized solar laser with an overall efficiency of ten percent. With this in mind, a concept for a directly solar pumped laser was developed based on an alkali vapor (sodium) as the laser medium.

  17. Compact high power mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator pumped by a gain-switched fiber laser with "figure-of-h" pulse shape.

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    Jiang, Peipei; Chen, Tao; Wu, Bo; Yang, Dingzhong; Hu, Chengzhi; Wu, Pinghui; Shen, Yonghang

    2015-02-09

    We demonstrate a compact high power mid-infrared (MIR) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a gain-switched linearly polarized, pulsed fiber laser. The gain-switched fiber laser was constructed with a piece of Yb doped polarization maintaining (PM) fiber, a pair of fiber Bragg gratings written into the matched passive PM fiber and 6 pigtailed pump laser diodes working at 915 nm with 30 W output peak power each. By modulating the pulse width of the pump laser diode, simple pedestal-free pulse shape or pedestal-free trailing pulse shape ("figure-of-h" as we call it) could be achieved from the gain-switched fiber laser. The laser was employed as the pump of a two-channel, periodically poled magnesium oxide lithium niobate-based OPO system. High power MIR emission was generated with average output power of 5.15 W at 3.8 μm channel and 8.54 W at 3.3 μm channel under the highest pump power of 45 W. The corresponding pump-to-idler conversion efficiency was computed to be 11.7% and 19.1%, respectively. Experimental results verify a significant improvement to signal-to-idler conversion efficiency by using "figure-of-h" pulses over simple pedestal-free pulses. Compared to the master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) fiber laser counterpart, the presented gain switched fiber laser is more attractive in OPO pumping due to its compactness and simplicity which are beneficial to construction of OPO systems for practical MIR applications.

  18. Widely tunable all-fiber optical parametric oscillator based on a photonic crystal fiber pumped by a picosecond ytterbium-doped fiber laser.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Lei; Yang, Sigang; Wang, Xiaojian; Gou, Doudou; Li, Xiangliang; Chen, Hongwei; Chen, Minghua; Xie, Shizhong

    2013-11-15

    We report on a fully fiber-integrated widely tunable optical parametric oscillator based on a photonic crystal fiber pumped by a picosecond ytterbium-doped fiber laser. The output wavelength of the oscillator can be continuously tuned from 898 to 1047 nm and from 1086 to 1277 nm, which is as wide as 340 nm. In particular, a larger Raman gain peak is simultaneously observed when the pump wavelength is far from the zero-dispersion wavelength in the normal-dispersion regime. The bandwidth of the output of the oscillator can be tuned by slightly adjusting the pump power.

  19. Investigation of diode-pump absorption efficiency and thermo-optical effects in a high-power Yb:KGW laser

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    Kim, G H; Yang, J H; Lee, B; Sall, E G; Chizhov, S A; Kang, U; Yashin, V E

    2015-03-31

    Diode-pump absorption is experimentally studied in a high-power Yb:KGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} (Yb:KGW) laser in the presence and absence of lasing. The maximum absorption efficiency in the cw regime exceeds 77% which is by a factor of 1.4 greater than the maximum absorption efficiency in the absence of lasing. The powers of thermo-optical lenses induced in laser crystals during lasing are measured. A strong dependence of the lens power and aberrations on the orientation of laser crystals relative to the propagation direction and polarisation is confirmed. (lasers)

  20. Laser-induced fluorescence measurements of translational temperature and relative cycle number by use of optically pumped trace-sodium vapor.

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    Dobson, C C

    1999-06-20

    Sodium fluorescence induced by a narrow-bandwidth tunable laser has been used to measure temperature, pressure, axial velocity, and species concentrations in wind tunnels, rocket engine exhausts, and the upper atmosphere. Optical pumping of the ground states of the sodium, however, can radically alter the shape of the laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating such measurements. Here a straightforward extension of rate equations originally proposed to account for the features of the pumped spectrum is used to make temperature measurements from spectra taken in pumped vapor. Also determined from the spectrum is the relative fluorescence cycle number, which has application to measurement of diffusion rate and transverse flow velocity. The accuracy of both the temperature and the cycle-number measurements is comparable with that of temperature measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  1. Laser-Induced Fluorescence Measurements of Translational Temperature and Relative Cycle Number by use of Optically Pumped Trace-Sodium Vapor

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    Dobson, Chris C.

    1999-06-01

    Sodium fluorescence induced by a narrow-bandwidth tunable laser has been used to measure temperature, pressure, axial velocity, and species concentrations in wind tunnels, rocket engine exhausts, and the upper atmosphere. Optical pumping of the ground states of the sodium, however, can radically alter the shape of the laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating such measurements. Here a straightforward extension of rate equations originally proposed to account for the features of the pumped spectrum is used to make temperature measurements from spectra taken in pumped vapor. Also determined from the spectrum is the relative fluorescence cycle number, which has application to measurement of diffusion rate and transverse flow velocity. The accuracy of both the temperature and the cycle-number measurements is comparable with that of temperature measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  2. Laser-Induced Fluorescence Measurements of Translational Temperature and Relative Cycle Number by use of Optically Pumped Trace-Sodium Vapor

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    Dobson, Chris C.

    1998-01-01

    Sodium fluorescence induced by a narrow bandwidth tunable laser has been used to measure temperature, pressure, axial velocity and species concentrations in wind tunnels, rocket engine exhausts and the upper atmosphere. Optical pumping of the ground states of the sodium, however, can radically alter the shape of the laser induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating such measurements. Here a straightforward extension of rate equations originally proposed to account for the features of the pumped spectrum is to make temperature measurements from spectra taken in pumped vapor. Also determined from the spectrum is the relative fluorescence cycle number, which has application to measurement of diffusion rate and transverse flow velocity. The accuracy of both the temperature and cycle-number measurements is comparable with that of temperature measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  3. Laser-Induced Fluorescence Measurements of Translational Temperature and Relative Cycle Number by use of Optically Pumped Trace-Sodium Vapor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dobson, Chris C.

    1999-01-01

    Sodium fluorescence induced by a narrow-bandwidth tunable laser has been used to measure temperature, pressure, axial velocity, and species concentrations in wind tunnels, rocket engine exhausts, and the upper atmosphere. Optical pumping of the ground states of the sodium, however, can radically alter the shape of the laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating such measurements. Here a straightforward extension of rate equations originally proposed to account for the features of the pumped spectrum is used to make temperature measurements from spectra taken in pumped vapor. Also determined from the spectrum is the relative fluorescence cycle number, which has application to measurement of diffusion rate and transverse flow velocity, The accuracy of both the temperature and the cycle-number measurements is comparable with that of temperature measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  4. Laser-Induced Fluorescence Measurements of Translational Temperature and Relative Cycle Number by use of Optically Pumped Trace-Sodium Vapor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dobson, Chris C.

    1998-01-01

    Sodium fluorescence induced by a narrow bandwidth tunable laser has been used to measure temperature, pressure, axial velocity and species concentrations in wind tunnels, rocket engine exhausts and the upper atmosphere. Optical pumping of the ground states of the sodium, however, can radically alter the shape of the laser induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating such measurements. Here a straightforward extension of rate equations originally proposed to account for the features of the pumped spectrum is to make temperature measurements from spectra taken in pumped vapor. Also determined from the spectrum is the relative fluorescence cycle number, which has application to measurement of diffusion rate and transverse flow velocity. The accuracy of both the temperature and cycle-number measurements is comparable with that of temperature measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  5. Laser-Induced Fluorescence Measurements of Translational Temperature and Relative Cycle Number by use of Optically Pumped Trace-Sodium Vapor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dobson, Chris C.

    1999-01-01

    Sodium fluorescence induced by a narrow-bandwidth tunable laser has been used to measure temperature, pressure, axial velocity, and species concentrations in wind tunnels, rocket engine exhausts, and the upper atmosphere. Optical pumping of the ground states of the sodium, however, can radically alter the shape of the laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating such measurements. Here a straightforward extension of rate equations originally proposed to account for the features of the pumped spectrum is used to make temperature measurements from spectra taken in pumped vapor. Also determined from the spectrum is the relative fluorescence cycle number, which has application to measurement of diffusion rate and transverse flow velocity, The accuracy of both the temperature and the cycle-number measurements is comparable with that of temperature measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. High average power, widely tunable femtosecond laser source from red to mid-infrared based on an Yb-fiber-laser-pumped optical parametric oscillator.

    PubMed

    Gu, Chenglin; Hu, Minglie; Zhang, Limeng; Fan, Jintao; Song, Youjian; Wang, Chingyue; Reid, Derryck T

    2013-06-01

    We report on the highly efficient generation of widely tunable femtosecond pulses based on intracavity second harmonic generation (SHG) and sum frequency generation (SFG) in a MgO-doped periodically poled LiNbO(3) optical parametric oscillator (OPO), which is pumped by a Yb-doped large-mode-area photonics crystal fiber femtosecond laser. Red and near infrared from intracavity SHG and SFG and infrared signals were directly obtained from the OPO. A 2 mm β-BaB(2)O(4) is applied for Type I (oo → e) intracavity SHG and SFG, and then femtosecond laser pulses over 610 nm ~ 668 nm from SFG and 716 nm ~ 970 nm from SHG are obtained with high efficiency. In addition, the oscillator simultaneously generates signal and idler femtosecond pulses over 1450 nm ~ 2200 nm and 2250 nm ~ 4000 nm, respectively.

  9. 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.

  10. Optical parametric mid-IR HgGa{sub 2}S{sub 4} oscillator pumped by a repetitively pulsed Nd:YAG laser

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    Badikov, Valerii V; Don, A K; Mitin, Konstantin V; Seregin, Aleksandr M; Sinaiskii, V V; Shchebetova, N I; Shchetinkina, T A

    2007-04-30

    An efficient Q-switched optical parametric HgGa{sub 2}S{sub 4} crystal oscillator pumped by a Nd:YAG laser is developed. The oscillator can be continuously tuned in the region from 3.7 to 5.7 {mu}m. The average output power at 4 {mu}m was 67 mW for a pulse repetition rate of 20 Hz. The energy conversion efficiency achieved 4.9%. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  11. Coupling quantum dots to optical fiber: Low pump threshold laser in the red with a near top hat beam profile

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    Cheng, H.; Mironov, A. E.; Ni, J. H.; Yang, H. J.; Chen, W. W.; Dai, Z.; Park, S.-J.; Eden, J. G.; Dragic, P. D.; Dong, J.

    2015-02-23

    Direct coupling of the optical field in a ∼244 nm thick, CdSe/ZnS quantum dot film to an optical fiber has yielded lasing in the red (λ ∼ 644 nm) with a threshold pump energy density < 2.6 mJ cm{sup −2}. Comprising 28–31 layers of ∼8 nm diameter quantum dots deposited onto the exterior surface of a 125 μm diameter coreless silica fiber, this free-running oscillator produces 134 nJ in 3.6 ns FWHM pulses which correspond to 37 W of peak power from an estimated gain volume of ∼4.5 × 10{sup −7} cm{sup 3}. Lasing was confirmed by narrowing of the output optical radiation in both the spectral and temporal domains, and the laser beam intensity profile approximates a top hat.

  12. Tm:YLF laser-pumped periodically poled MgO-doped congruent LiNbO3 crystal optical parametric oscillators.

    PubMed

    Xu, Lin; Zhang, Shuaiyi; Chen, Weibiao

    2012-02-15

    At room temperature, highly efficient, doubly resonant periodically poled MgO-doped congruent LiNbO3 crystal optical parametric oscillators (OPO) pumped at 1.9 μm have been realized for the first time to our knowledge. A 2.9 W, 2 kHz acousto-optic Q-switched homemade Tm:YLF laser served as a pump source. A 900 mW mid-infrared emission generated from an OPO is illustrated. The overall mid-infrared generation conversion efficiency reached 31%, whereas the slope efficiency was up to 70%.

  13. Fiber-laser-based, green-pumped, picosecond optical parametric oscillator using fan-out grating PPKTP.

    PubMed

    Chaitanya Kumar, S; Parsa, S; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2016-01-01

    We report a stable, Yb-fiber-laser-based, green-pumped, picosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for the near-infrared based on periodically poled potassium titanyl phosphate (PPKTP) nonlinear crystal, using fan-out grating design and operating near room temperature. The OPO is continuously tunable across 726-955 nm in the signal and 1201-1998 nm in the idler, resulting in a total signal plus idler wavelength coverage of 1026 nm by grating tuning at a fixed temperature. The device generates up to 580 mW of average power in the signal at 765 nm and 300 mW in the idler at 1338 nm, with an overall extraction efficiency of up to 52% and a pump depletion >76%. The extracted signal at 765 nm and idler at 1746 nm exhibit excellent passive power stability better than 0.5% and 0.8% rms, respectively, over 1 h with good beam quality in TEM00 mode profile. The output signal pulses have a Gaussian temporal duration of 13.2 ps, with a FWHM spectral bandwidth of 3.4 nm at 79.5 MHz repetition rate. Power scaling limitations of the OPO due to the material properties of PPKTP are studied.

  14. Nuclear pumped gas laser research

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    Thom, K.

    1976-01-01

    Nuclear pumping of lasers by fission-fragments from nuclear chain reactions is discussed. Application of the newly developed lasers to spacecraft propulsion or onboard power, to lunar bases for industrial processing, and to earth for utilization of power without pollution and hazards is envisioned. Emphasis is placed on the process by which the fission-fragement kinetic energy is converted into laser light.

  15. Method and device for remotely monitoring an area using a low peak power optical pump

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    Woodruff, Steven D.; Mcintyre, Dustin L.; Jain, Jinesh C.

    2014-07-22

    A method and device for remotely monitoring an area using a low peak power optical pump comprising one or more pumping sources, one or more lasers; and an optical response analyzer. Each pumping source creates a pumping energy. The lasers each comprise a high reflectivity mirror, a laser media, an output coupler, and an output lens. Each laser media is made of a material that emits a lasing power when exposed to pumping energy. Each laser media is optically connected to and positioned between a corresponding high reflectivity mirror and output coupler along a pumping axis. Each output coupler is optically connected to a corresponding output lens along the pumping axis. The high reflectivity mirror of each laser is optically connected to an optical pumping source from the one or more optical pumping sources via an optical connection comprising one or more first optical fibers.

  16. A non-critically phase matched KTA optical parametric oscillator intracavity pumped by an actively Q-switched Nd:GYSGG laser with dual signal wavelengths

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    Zhong, Kai; Guo, Shibei; Wang, Maorong; Mei, Jialin; Xu, Degang; Yao, Jianquan

    2015-06-01

    A non-critically phase matched eye-safe KTA optical parametric oscillator intracavity pumped by a dual-wavelength acousto-optically Q-switched Nd:GYSGG laser is demonstrated. Simultaneous dual signal wavelength at 1525.1 nm/1531.2 nm can be realized using only one laser crystal and one nonlinear crystal. When the absorbed diode pump power at 808 nm is 7.48 W, the maximum output power, single pulse energy and peak power are 296 mW, 2.96 μJ and 6.4 kW, respectively. As the signal wavelengths exactly locates at the absorption band of C2H2, such an Nd:GYSGG/KTA eye-safe laser has good application prospects in differential absorption lidar (DIAL) for C2H2 detection and difference frequency generation for terahertz waves at 0.77 THz.

  17. High-power cw diode-laser-array-pumped solid-state lasers and efficient nonlinear optical frequency conversion. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Shine, R.J.; Byer, R.L.

    1994-01-03

    During the interim period of this bridging contract, the authors have continued to work on the development of high-power cw diode-laser-array-pumped solid-state lasers. Towards that end, they have built lower power lasers in order to test individual components needed for the high-power laser, specifically they have built a 1 watt ring laser and a 5 watt slab laser. The 1 watt laser was used to study the injection locking process while assembling all the necessary electronics. They have demonstrated that it is possible to injection lock a diode-pumped laser using a single piezo-mounted mirror due to the lower intrinsic laser noise compared to an arc-lamp-pumped system. This allows them to optimize the injection locking servo loop and build a more stable locking system. The 5 watt laser was used as a test bed to find a practical way to mount the slab laser while minimizing the losses that occur at the total internal reflection (TIR) points in the slab. After trying many different means of protecting the TIR surfaces, they found that a new product from DuPont, Teflon AF 1600, has all the properties needed to provide a low loss protective coating. Using this material, the laser had a cavity loss of below 2%, which allowed for efficient operation of the laser in a side-pumped design. This laser produced 5 watts of output power with a slope efficiency near 20%.

  18. Directly modulated green-light diode-pumped solid-state laser for underwater wireless optical communication.

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    Xu, Jing; Kong, Meiwei; Lin, Aobo; Song, Yuhang; Han, Jun; Xu, Zhiwei; Wu, Bo; Gao, Shiming; Deng, Ning

    2017-05-01

    It is widely known that a diode-pumped solid-state laser (DPSSL) has very limited modulation bandwidth. Recently, we directed our attention toward the opportunities for directly modulating a DPSSL to generate high-speed green-light signals, with high power and superior beam quality, which are highly desirable in underwater wireless optical communication. The constraint imposed by the limited modulation bandwidth of a DPSSL is circumvented with the strategy of orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing and power loading. With a compact DPSSL dismantled from a low-cost laser pointer, we achieve net bit rates of 108.55 Mb/s for the 64 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) signal at a bit error rate (BER) of 6.42×10-4 and 89.55 Mb/s for the 32 QAM signal at a BER of 4.81×10-4, respectively, over a 2 m underwater channel. When the underwater transmission distance is increased to 6 m, the BERs are still below the forward error correction (FEC) limit of 3.8×10-3.

  19. Large-Scale Statistics for Threshold Optimization of Optically Pumped Nanowire Lasers.

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    Alanis, Juan Arturo; Saxena, Dhruv; Mokkapati, Sudha; Jiang, Nian; Peng, Kun; Tang, Xiaoyan; Fu, Lan; Tan, Hark Hoe; Jagadish, Chennupati; Parkinson, Patrick

    2017-08-09

    Single nanowire lasers based on bottom-up III-V materials have been shown to exhibit room-temperature near-infrared lasing, making them highly promising for use as nanoscale, silicon-integrable, and coherent light sources. While lasing behavior is reproducible, small variations in growth conditions across a substrate arising from the use of bottom-up growth techniques can introduce interwire disorder, either through geometric or material inhomogeneity. Nanolasers critically depend on both high material quality and tight dimensional tolerances, and as such, lasing threshold is both sensitive to and a sensitive probe of such inhomogeneity. We present an all-optical characterization technique coupled to statistical analysis to correlate geometrical and material parameters with lasing threshold. For these multiple-quantum-well nanolasers, it is found that low threshold is closely linked to longer lasing wavelength caused by losses in the core, providing a route to optimized future low-threshold devices. A best-in-group room temperature lasing threshold of ∼43 μJ cm(-2) under pulsed excitation was found, and overall device yields in excess of 50% are measured, demonstrating a promising future for the nanolaser architecture.

  20. Laser generation at 1.3 μm in vertical microcavities containing InAs/InGaAs quantum dot arrays under optical pumping

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    Blokhin, S. A.; Kryzhanovskaya, N. V.; Moiseev, E. I.; Bobrov, M. A.; Kuz'menkov, A. G.; Blokhin, A. A.; Vasil'ev, A. P.; Karpovskii, I. O.; Zadiranov, Yu. M.; Troshkov, S. I.; Nevedomskii, V. N.; Nikitina, E. V.; Maleev, N. A.; Ustinov, V. M.

    2016-10-01

    The fundamental possibility of achieving temperature stability of laser emitters of 1.3-μm spectral range exhibiting a vertical microcavity and an active region based on InAs/InGaAs quantum dots (QDs) is investigated. It is demonstrated that using an undoped hybrid vertical optical microcavity formed by a lower undoped semiconductor and an upper distributed dielectric Bragg reflectors allows obtaining laser oscillation up to a temperature of 100°C at nearly constant threshold optical pump power for an active region consisting of QD layers under optimal spectral mismatch between the position of maximum gain of the QD ground state and the resonance wavelength.

  1. Coherent combining of fiber-laser-pumped frequency converters using all fiber electro-optic modulator for active phase control

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    Bourdon, P.; Durécu, A.; Canat, G.; Le Gouët, J.; Goular, D.; Lombard, L.

    2015-03-01

    Coherent beam combining (CBC) by active phase control could be useful for power scaling fiber-laser-pumped optical frequency converters like OPOs. However, a phase modulator operating at the frequency-converted wavelength is needed, which is non standard component. Fortunately, nonlinear conversion processes rely on a phase-matching condition correlating, not only the wave vectors of the coupled waves, but also their phases. This paper demonstrates that, using this phase correlation for indirect control of the phase, coherent combining of optical frequency converters is feasible using standard all-fibered electro-optic modulators. For the sake of demonstration, this new technique is experimentally applied twice for continuous wave second-harmonic-generator (SHG) combination: i) combining 2 SHG of 1.55-μm erbium-doped fiber amplifiers in PPLN crystals generating 775-nm beams; ii) combining 2 SHG of 1.064-μm ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers in LBO crystals generating 532-nm beams. Excellent CBC efficiency is achieved on the harmonic waves in both these experiments, with λ/20 and λ/30 residual phase error respectively. In the second experiment, I/Q phase detection is added on fundamental and harmonic waves to measure their phase variations simultaneously. These measurements confirm the theoretical expectations and formulae of correlation between the phases of the fundamental and harmonic waves. Unexpectedly, in both experiments, when harmonic waves are phase-locked, a residual phase difference remains between the fundamen tal waves. Measurements of the spectrum of these residual phase differences locate them above 50 Hz, revealing that they most probably originate in fast-varying optical path differences induced by turbulence and acoustic-waves on the experimental breadboard.

  2. 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.

  3. Optically-electrically pumped THz source

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    Haji-Saeed, Bahareh; Khoury, Jed; Buchwald, Walter; Woods, Charles; Wentzell, Sandra; Krejca, Brian; Kierstead, John

    2010-08-01

    In this paper, we propose a design for a widely tunable solid-state optically and electrically pumped THz source based on the Smith-Purcell free-electron laser. Our design consists of a thin dielectric layer sandwiched between an upper corrugated structure and a lower layer of thin metal, semiconductor, or high electron mobility material. The lower layer is for current streaming, which replaces the electron beam in the Smith-Purcell free-electron laser design. The upper layer consists of two micro-gratings for optical pumping, and a nano-grating to couple with electrical pumping in the lower layer. The optically generated surface plasmon waves from the upper layer and the electrically induced surface plasmon waves from the lower layer are then coupled. Emission enhancement occurs when the plasmonic waves in both layers are resonantly coupled.

  4. Optical pumping production of spin polarized hydrogen

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    Knize, R.J.; Happer, W.; Cecchi, J.L.

    1984-09-01

    There has been much interest recently in the production of large quantities of spin polarized hydrogen in various fields, including controlled fusion, quantum fluids, high energy, and nuclear physics. One promising method for the development of large quantities of spin polarized hydrogen is the utilization of optical pumping with a laser. Optical pumping is a process in which photon angular momentum is converted into electron and nuclear spin. The advent of tunable CW dye lasers (approx. 1 watt) allows the production of greater than 10/sup 18/ polarized atoms/sec. We have begun a program at Princeton to investigate the physics and technology of using optical pumping to produce large quantities of spin polarized hydrogen. Initial experiments have been done in small closed glass cells. Eventually, a flowing system, open target, or polarized ion source could be constructed.

  5. Nonlinear resonances caused by coherent, optical pumping and saturating effects in the presence of three laser fields for the 85Rb-D2 line

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    Hossain, M. M.; Mitra, S.; Poddar, P.; Chaudhuri, C.; Ray, B.; Ghosh, P. N.

    2011-06-01

    Atomic coherence resonances such as electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) and electromagnetically induced absorption (EIA) signals are observed in a Doppler broadened multi-level system for the D2 line of 85Rb atoms in a vapour cell considering different types of atom-laser coupling schemes. Besides the coherence resonances, the nonlinear resonances like velocity selective optical pumping (VSOP) dips and velocity selective resonances (VSR) are also observed for the non-zero velocity selective groups of atoms. In the presence of pump, control and probe laser fields, we observe two EIT signals in a double Λ-type system and two EIA signals in a double V-type system. We are able to see the EIA signal for the non-zero velocity group of atoms when the pump laser is locked with an open transition by a small red detuning. We also report the experimental observation of simultaneous EIT and EIA signals in a (Λ+V)-type system. The effect of frequency tuning of the control laser is also studied in the presence of the frequency locked pump laser. A simple theoretical analysis explains the experimental results.

  6. Studies of blackbody-pumped lasers

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

    1988-01-01

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

  7. Optically pumped quantum-dot Cd(Zn)Se/ZnSe laser and microchip converter for yellow-green spectral region

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    Lutsenko, E V; Voinilovich, A G; Rzheutskii, N V; Pavlovskii, V N; Yablonskii, G P; Sorokin, S V; Gronin, S V; Sedova, I V; Kop'ev, Petr S; Ivanov, Sergei V; Alanzi, M; Hamidalddin, A; Alyamani, A

    2013-05-31

    The room temperature laser generation in the yellow-green ({lambda} = 558.5-566.7 nm) spectral range has been demonstrated under optical pumping by a pulsed nitrogen laser of Cd(Zn)Se/ZnSe quantum dot heterostructures. The maximum achieved laser wavelength was as high as {lambda} = 566.7 nm at a laser cavity length of 945 {mu}m. High values of both the output pulsed power (up to 50 W) and the external differential quantum efficiency ({approx}60%) were obtained at a cavity length of 435 {mu}m. Both a high quality of the laser heterostructure and a low lasing threshold ({approx}2 kW cm{sup -2}) make it possible to use a pulsed InGaN laser diode as a pump source. A laser microchip converter based on this heterostructure has demonstrated a maximum output pulse power of {approx}90 mW at {lambda} = 560 nm. The microchip converter was placed in a standard TO-18 (5.6 mm in diameter) laser diode package. (semiconductor lasers. physics and technology)

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

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    Zhdanov, Boris; Knize, R J

    2007-08-01

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

  9. Mid-IR (4-5 µm) femtosecond multipass amplification of optical parametric seed pulse up to gigawatt level in Fe2+:ZnSe with optical pumping by a solid-state 3 µm laser

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    Potemkin, F. V.; Migal, E. A.; Pushkin, A. V.; Sirotkin, A. A.; Kozlovsky, V. I.; Korostelin, Yu V.; Podmar'kov, Yu P.; Firsov, V. V.; Frolov, M. P.; Gordienko, V. M.

    2016-12-01

    We demonstrate a first-of-its-kind efficient amplification of a broadband tunable (from 3.8 to 4.8 µm) mid-IR femtosecond seed pulse generated from a AgGaS2-based optical parametric amplifier pumped by a Cr:forsterite laser in a multi-pass Fe2+:ZnSe amplifier optically pumped by a solid-state nanosecond Cr:Yb:Ho:YSGG laser. A total gain of 2000 for an input seed energy of 40 nJ has been obtained. The magnitude of the output energy reaches 80 µJ at a pulse duration of 200 fs.

  10. Modeling of pulsed Cs vapor lasers in transversely pumped configuration

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    Zi, Fei; Zhang, Xian; Ma, Xiaoxiao; Huang, Kaikai; Lu, Xuanhui

    2017-06-01

    By means of combining the transverse differential equation of pump intensity and the longitudinal differential equation of laser power, an optical model for transversely pumped diode-pumped alkali vapor lasers (DPALs) is established. The spatial distributions of both radius and intensities are considered in the model for pump and laser beams. The simulation results are in good agreement with the experiment ones as compared to the reported pulsed transversely pumped Cs DPALs. Influences of pump power, temperature, cell length, and beam waist on output performance are investigated, which suggests a set of parameters for efficient DPAL operation. In particular, the optimal ratio of the beam waist between the laser and pump beam is demonstrated to be 0.81, which can increase the laser power by 85% larger than the current experimental result.

  11. Output characteristics of diode-end-pumped electro-optically Q-switched Nd:LuVO4 laser at 1064 nm

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    Zhao, Weifang; Zhang, Ling; Yu, Haijuan; Qi, Yaoyao; He, Chaojian; Zhang, Jingyuan; Lin, Xuechun

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrated a Q-switched Nd:LuVO4 laser with fundamental mode at 1064 nm using BaB2O4 electro-optic Q-switching. High-efficiency operation of Q-switched laser with dynamic to static ratio of 91.4% was realized. When the absorbed pump power was 6.59 W, the maximum average output power of 2.88 W was achieved with a repetition rate of 50 kHz. The optical conversion efficiency and slope efficiency were 43.7% and 55.5%, respectively. The minimum pulse width of 17.8 ns was achieved. Meanwhile, the pulse energy and peak power were 57.6 μJ and 3.2 kW, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first to demonstrate about the electro-optically Q-switched laser in Nd:LuVO4 crystal.

  12. Supercontinuum generation from a multiple-ring-holes tellurite microstructured optical fiber pumped by a 2 μm mode-locked picosecond fiber laser.

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    Deng, Dinghuan; Gao, Weiqing; Liao, Meisong; Duan, Zhongchao; Cheng, Tonglei; Suzuki, Takenobu; Ohishi, Yasutake

    2013-06-01

    Supercontinuum (SC) generation from a highly nonlinear tellurite microstructured optical fiber with multiple rings of holes was demonstrated by pumping with a 2 μm mode-locked picosecond fiber laser. The chromatic dispersion of the fiber was measured with a homemade white-light spectral interferometer in a wide wavelength range and agreed with the theoretical calculation. Although the pumped wavelength was far from the zero dispersion wavelength, with flat dispersion profile of the fiber in the anomalous dispersion, the SC could be expanded from 650 to 2850 nm with launched pulse energy of several hundred picojoules. Simulations of SC generation agreed with the experimental results.

  13. 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.

  14. Vanadium-pumped titanium x-ray laser

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    Nilsen, Joseph

    1992-01-01

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

  15. Vanadium-pumped titanium x-ray laser

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    Nilsen, J.

    1992-05-26

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

  16. Highly efficient tabletop x-ray laser at {lambda}=41.8 nm in Pd-like xenon pumped by optical-field ionization in a cluster jet

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    Ivanova, E. P.

    2011-10-15

    The atomic-kinetic calculations of gain at 41.8 nm in Pd-like xenon are performed. The interpretation of known experiments has proved that x-ray laser in Pd-like xenon is feasible in the extremely wide range of atomic densities: 10{sup 17}{<=}[Xe{sup 8+}]{<=} 3 x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}. This result is due to the large cross sections (and rates) of level excitations in Pd-like xenon by electron impact. We propose a highly efficient tabletop x-ray laser pumped by optical-field ionization in a xenon cluster jet. The efficiency of {approx}0.5% is possible with a pump laser pulse energy of {>=}0.001 J and an intensity of {approx}10{sup 16} W/cm{sup 2}.

  17. Experimental characterization of true spontaneous emission rate of optically-pumped InGaAs/GaAs quantum-well laser structure

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    Yu, Q.-N.; Jia, Y.; Lu, W.; Wang, M.-Q.; Li, F.; Zhang, J.; Zhang, X.; Ning, Y.-Q.; Wu, J.

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, an experimental approach to acquiring true spontaneous emission rate of optically-pumped InGaAs/GaAs quantum-well laser structure is described. This method is based on a single edge-emitting laser chip with simple sample processing. The photoluminescence spectra are measured at both facets of the edge-emitting device and transformed to the spontaneous emission rate following the theory described here. The unusual double peaks appearing in the spontaneous emission rate spectra are observed for the InGaAs/GaAs quantum-well structure. The result is analyzed in terms of Indium-rich island and Model-Solid theories. The proposed method is suitable for electrically-pumped quantum-well laser structures, as well.

  18. Photon Budget in Spin Exchange Optical Pumping

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    Lancor, Brian; Wyllie, Robert; Walker, Thad

    2009-05-01

    Standard models of spin-exchange optical pumping that include all known collisional spin relaxation and assume excited-state nuclear spin conservation consistently under-represent the amount of optical pumping light required to produce large quantities of polarized gas. The extremely large optical depths (˜100) used in these experiments require high transparency for fully polarized alkali atoms. Should polarized atoms continue to absorb light, even at a small rate, the effects on photon usage are dramatic. We are currently investigating the frequency dependence of the circular dichroism of the Rb D1 resonance. This effect may be of particular importance for broad linewidth laser sources. In addition, we have quantitatively modeled the evolution of the Rb nuclear spin during the optical pumping process, and find that the standard assumption of nuclear spin conservation in the excited state is violated and has a significant effect on photon usage.

  19. Optically pumped quantum-dot Cd(Zn)Se/ZnSe laser and microchip converter for yellow—green spectral region

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    Lutsenko, E. V.; Voinilovich, A. G.; Rzheutskii, N. V.; Pavlovskii, V. N.; Yablonskii, G. P.; Sorokin, S. V.; Gronin, S. V.; Sedova, I. V.; Kop'ev, Petr S.; Ivanov, Sergei V.; Alanzi, M.; Hamidalddin, A.; Alyamani, A.

    2013-05-01

    The room temperature laser generation in the yellow—green (λ = 558.5-566.7 nm) spectral range has been demonstrated under optical pumping by a pulsed nitrogen laser of Cd(Zn)Se/ZnSe quantum dot heterostructures. The maximum achieved laser wavelength was as high as λ = 566.7 nm at a laser cavity length of 945 μm. High values of both the output pulsed power (up to 50 W) and the external differential quantum efficiency (~60%) were obtained at a cavity length of 435 μm. Both a high quality of the laser heterostructure and a low lasing threshold (~2 kW cm-2) make it possible to use a pulsed InGaN laser diode as a pump source. A laser microchip converter based on this heterostructure has demonstrated a maximum output pulse power of ~90 mW at λ = 560 nm. The microchip converter was placed in a standard TO-18 (5.6 mm in diameter) laser diode package.

  20. Diode pumped tunable dye laser

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    Burdukova, O.; Gorbunkov, M.; Petukhov, V.; Semenov, M.

    2017-03-01

    A wavelength-tunable dye laser pumped by blue laser diodes (λ =445 nm) in a 200 ns pulsed mode has been developed. We used a 3-mirror cavity with transverse excitation and total internal reflection of laser beam in the active element. Tuning curves for 8 dyes in benzyl alcohol were measured in the range of 506-700 nm. Four dyes have their tuning range more than 60 nm, which is comparable to the tuning ranges of other dye lasers pumped by more expensive sources. The output energy obtained at the generation maximum of both DCM and coumarin 540A dyes was approximately 130 nJ while the pump energy was 2400 nJ.

  1. Tunable femtosecond near-infrared source based on a Yb:LYSO-laser-pumped optical parametric oscillator

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    Wen-Long, Tian; Zhao-Hua, Wang; Jiang-Feng, Zhu; Zhi-Yi, Wei

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a widely tunable near-infrared source from 767 nm to 874 nm generated by the intracavity second harmonic generation (SHG) in an optical parametric oscillator pumped by a Yb:LYSO solid-state laser. The home-made Yb:LYSO oscillator centered at 1035 nm delivers an average power of 2 W and a pulse duration as short as 351 fs. Two MgO doped periodically poled lithium niobates (MgO:PPLN) with grating periods of 28.5-31.5 μm in steps of 0.5 μm and 19.5-21.3 μm in steps of 0.2 μm are used for the OPO and intracavity SHG, respectively. The maximum average output power of 180 mW at 798 nm was obtained and the output pulses have pulse duration of 313 fs at 792 nm if a sech2-pulse shape was assumed. In addition, tunable signal femtosecond pulses from 1428 nm to 1763 nm are also realized with the maximum average power of 355 mW at 1628 nm. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB922402), the National Key Scientific Instruments Development Program of China (Grant No. 2012YQ120047), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61205130 and 11174361), and the Key Deployment Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. KJZD-EW-L11-03).

  2. Yb-fiber-laser-pumped, high-repetition-rate picosecond optical parametric oscillator tunable in the ultraviolet.

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    Samanta, G K; Kumar, S Chaitanya; Aadhi, A; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2014-05-19

    We report a compact tunable 240-MHz picosecond source for the ultraviolet based on intra-cavity frequency doubling of a signal-resonant MgO:sPPLT optical parametric oscillator (OPO), synchronously pumped at 532 nm in the green by the second harmonic of a mode-locked Yb-fiber laser at 80-MHz repetition rate. By deploying a 30-mm-long multi-grating MgO:sPPLT crystal for the OPO and a 5-mm-long BiB(3)O(6) crystal for internal doubling, we have generated tunable UV radiation across 317-340.5 nm, with up to 30 mW at 334.5 nm. The OPO also provides tunable visible signal in the red, across 634-681 nm, and mid-infrared idler radiation over 2429-3298 nm, with as maximum signal power of 800 mW at 642 nm. The signal pulses have a temporal duration of 12 ps at 665 nm and exhibit high spatial beam quality with Gaussian profile. The signal power is recorded to be naturally stable with a fluctuation of 1.4% rms over 14 hours, while UV power degradation has been observed and studied.

  3. Kinetics of optically pumped Kr metastables.

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    Han, Jiande; Heaven, Michael C

    2015-04-01

    Optically-pumped atomic gas lasers that utilize metastable excited states of rare gas atoms (Rg(*)) have been demonstrated using both pulsed and CW pump sources. These devices resemble diode-pumped alkali vapor lasers, but have the advantage of using a chemically inert lasing medium. Collisional energy transfer is needed to sustain a population inversion, and He is used as the transfer agent. Consequently, values for the Kr(*)+He state-to-state energy transfer rate constants are needed for the analysis and prediction of laser performance characteristics. In the present study, we report He energy transfer rate constants for Kr(*) in the 5p[5/2](2), 5p[5/2](3), 5p[1/2](1), and 5s[3/2](1) states.

  4. Laser diode pumped 106 mW blue upconversion fiber laser

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    Sanders, S.; Waarts, R. G.; Mehuys, D. G.; Welch, D. F.

    1995-09-01

    A laser diode pumped Tm3+-doped ZBLAN fiber upconversion laser is demonstrated with blue output power levels up to 106 mW. Differential optical-to-optical conversion efficiencies up to 30% are measured with respect to pump power coupled into the upconversion fiber. A single spatial mode blue output beam is demonstrated, with an M2 value of 1.4.

  5. 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.

  6. Revisiting of LED pumped bulk laser: first demonstration of Nd:YVO₄ LED pumped laser.

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    Barbet, Adrien; Balembois, François; Paul, Amandine; Blanchot, Jean-Philippe; Viotti, Anne-Lise; Sabater, Jacques; Druon, Frédéric; Georges, Patrick

    2014-12-01

    We describe here what is, to the best of our knowledge, the first LED pumped Nd:YVO₄ laser. Near-IR LED arrays with a wavelength centered close to 850 nm were used to pump transversely the crystal. By pulsing LEDs, with a duration of the order of the laser transition lifetime, we obtained sufficient pump intensities to reach the laser threshold. At a frequency of 250 Hz, we obtained an output energy of 40 μJ at 1064 nm for an input pump energy of 7.4 mJ, which corresponds to an optical efficiency of 0.5%. Experimental results of small signal gain are compared with theoretical analysis.

  7. Multireflection pumping concept for miniaturized diode-pumped solid-state lasers.

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    Meister, Jörg; Franzen, Rene; Apel, Christian; Gutknecht, Norbert

    2004-11-01

    An innovative pump concept for diode-pumped, solid-state lasers is introduced as an example for an Er:YSGG laser, permitting its miniaturization. Embedded in a multireflective pump cavity, the laser crystal is simultaneously side and end pumped. Specially calculated and shaped deflecting optics distribute the coaxially input pumping light homogeneously over the lateral surface of the crystal, therefore reducing the size of the laser head, including the optical resonator, to a length of 27.5 mm and an outside diameter of 12.5 mm. The differential efficiency achieved is between 8.7% and 24%. The laser emits energy of 15.7 mJ at an absolute efficiency of 9.1% and a repetition rate of 4 Hz.

  8. 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.

  9. Extraction of Semiconductor Microchip Differential Gain by Use of Optically Pumped Semiconductor Laser (POSTPRINT)

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    2009-09-01

    2009 American Institute of Physics. doi:10.1063/1.3222899 In recent years, the vertical external cavity surface emit- ting laser VECSEL 1–4 has...received considerable attention. In the past decade, VECSELs have been investigated for their high power, high efficiency, ability to operate in con... VECSELs , indicating potential uses in low-frequency rf sources.5 Direct source applications most often necessitate digital or analog modulation, e.g

  10. Study of Short-Lived Unstable Nuclei by Means of Laser Optical Pumping

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    1990-06-04

    Supervisor A ccepted by .......................................................... George F. Koster Chairman, Departmental Committee on Graduate Students...The work described in this thesis is the culmination of a program begun in 1975 at the George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory to incorporate laser...the rest frame of the parent. The value 3 of a is equal either to +1 or -1/3 , depending on whether the transition is Fermi transition or Gamow -Teller

  11. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETERS: Stimulated-emission wavelength switching in optically pumped InGaAs/AlGaInAs laser heterostructures

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    Andronov, Aleksandr A.; Nozdrin, Yu N.; Okomel'kov, A. V.; Yablonskii, A. N.; Marmalyuk, Aleksandr A.; Ryaboshtan, Yu L.

    2009-03-01

    We report stimulated near-IR emission in optically pumped InGaAs/AlGaInAs heterostructures and stimulated- emission wavelength switching from 1.9 to 1.5 and then to 1.2 μm with increasing optical pump intensity. The wavelength switching behaviour of the heterostructures depends on their geometry (band-gap profile) and the competition between stimulated emissions at different frequencies in different parts of the system.

  12. A boron nitride CW Carbon dioxide waveguide laser for optically pumping heavy water

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    Evans, D. E.; Prunty, S. L.; Sexton, M. C.

    1980-01-01

    Boron nitride has been used to fabricate a 1 cm 3 CW CO 2 capillary waveguide laser which operates at 130 torr gas pressure, and generates 7 W of 10 μm radiation untuned and up to 3 W on individual grating-selected emission lines. Pressure broadened gain profiles are limited to ±200 MHz from line centre by longitudinal cavity mode spacing. Increased absorption of the 9μm band R(22) line by D 2O vapour is observed as this line is tuned across the broadened gain profile towards its D 2O absorption.

  13. The Optically Pumped Cs Frequency Standard at the NRLM

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    1987-12-01

    References 1. J.L. Picqu6, "Hyperfine optical pumping of a cesium atomic beam, and applications," Metrologia, vo1.13, pp.115-119, 1977. 2. M. Arditi and... Arditi , "A caesium beam atomic clock with laser optical pumping, as a potential frequency standard," Metrologia, vo1.18, pp.59-66, 1982. 4. G

  14. Optical Pumping of Molecular Gases

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1976-04-01

    in Hg, excimer system. IV. OPTICALLY PUMPED Na Ř The details of our optical pumping studies of Na2 are presented in Appendix I. The study showed that...inversitot In IM -Second set of linesn have. tentatively been Identified ats D asid A btuu~t-sa A-band tratsitiwts termiuiatitig, oilt*n 3,4,5 for J0 TO HELIUM

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

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    Linden, Kurt J.; McDonnell, Patrick N.

    1994-02-01

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

  16. 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.

  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. Femtosecond-laser pumped CdSiP₂ optical parametric oscillator producing 100 MHz pulses centered at 6.2 μm.

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    Zhang, Zhaowei; Reid, Derryck T; Chaitanya Kumar, S; Ebrahim-Zadeh, Majid; Schunemann, Peter G; Zawilski, Kevin T; Howle, Christopher R

    2013-12-01

    We report the first, to the best of our knowledge, femtosecond-laser-pumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on the newly developed nonlinear crystal, CdSiP₂. The OPO was synchronously pumped by a mode-locked Yb:KYW/Yb:fiber master-oscillator power amplifier, providing 1.053 μm pump pulses with durations of 130 fs at a repetition rate of 100 MHz. The 0.5-mm-thick CdSiP₂ crystal was cut for a type-I noncritical interaction, providing a broad phase-matching bandwidth and ensuring excellent temporal overlap among the pump, signal, and idler pulses. The OPO generated signal pulses with a spectral coverage over 1260-1310 nm and mid-infrared idler pulses with a broad spectral coverage at 5.8-6.6 μm (6.2 THz). With a 2% output coupler (OC), the threshold pump power was 600 mW. At the maximum pump power of 1.6 W, 0.55 W was absorbed due to two-photon absorption and residual linear absorption in the CdSiP₂ crystal, 0.75 W was transmitted, and 53 mW signal power was extracted through the OC. We estimate that the generated idler power was 24 mW.

  19. High-power cw operation of diode laser transversely-pumped Nd:YAG lasers

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    Golla, Dirk; Knoke, S.; Schoene, Wolfram; Ernst, G.; Tuennermann, Andreas; Welling, Herbert

    1995-04-01

    We report on diode laser side-pumped, cw Nd:YAG rod lasers operating at pump powers up to 1 kW. With linear diode laser arrays as pump sources a pump power of 90 W/cm is realized. In multimode operation at 1064 nm, output powers of more than 300 W cw are observed. Applying a dynamically stable resonator design, an output power of more than 45 W in TEM00 mode operation is realized with an optical-to-optical efficiency of more than 11%. Higher pump powers up to several 100 W/cm can be achieved by using fiber-coupled diode lasers as pump sources. Laser performance, thermal properties and possible applications of these laser systems will be discussed.

  20. A new concept for solar pumped lasers

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    Christiansen, W. H.

    1978-01-01

    A new approach is proposed in which an intermediate body heated by sunlight is used as the pumping source for IR systems, i.e., concentration solar radiation is absorbed and reradiated via an intermediate blackbody. This body is heated by focused sunlight to a high temperature and its heat losses are engineered to be small. The cooled laser tube (or tubes) is placed within the cavity and is pumped by it. The advantage is that the radiation spectrum is like a blackbody at the intermediate temperature and the laser medium selectively absorbs this light. Focusing requirements, heat losses, and absorption bandwidths of laser media are examined, along with energy balance and potential efficiency. The results indicate that for lasers pumped through an IR absorption spectrum, the use of an intermediate blackbody offers substantial and important advantages. The loss in radiative intensity for optical pumping by a lower-temperature body is partly compensated by the increased solid angle of exposure to the radiative environment.

  1. Highly efficient multimode diode-pumped Yb:KYW laser

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    Kuznetsov, S. A.; Pivtsov, V. S.; Semenko, A. V.; Bagayev, S. N.

    2017-01-01

    Record high differential efficiency (53.2%) and full optical efficiency (48%) for a multimode diode-pumped Yb:KYW laser have been achieved. The characteristics of the laser and methods for improving its efficiency using a distributed Bragg reflector tapered diode laser (DBR TDL) are discussed.

  2. Calculation and comparison of thermal effect in laser diode pumped slab lasers with different pumping structures

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    Huang, Feng; Jiang, Nan; Wang, Yuefeng; Dong, Wei; Niu, Yanxiong

    2008-03-01

    Laser diode (LD) pumped slab laser, as an important high average power solid-state laser, is a promising laser source in military and industrial fields. The different laser diode pumping structures lead to different thermal effect in the slab gain medium. The thermal and stress analysis of slab laser with different pumping structure are performed by finite element analysis (FEA) with the software program ANSYS. The calculation results show that the face pumped and cooled laser results in a near one-dimension temperature distribution and eliminates thermal stress induced depolarization. But the structure is low pump efficiency due to the small thickness of slabs and the requirement to cool and pump through the same faces. End-pumped slab laser is high pump efficiency and excellent mode match, but its pumping arrangement is fairly complicated. The edge-pumped face-cooling slab laser's pump efficiency is better than face-pumping, and its pumping structure is simpler than end-pumped laser, but the tensile stress on surfaces may initiate failure of the gain medium so it is important to design so that the stress is well below the stress fracture limit. The comparison of the thermal effects with different pumping structure shows that, the edge-pumped slab laser has engineering advantages in high power slab laser's application. Furthermore, the end-pumped slab laser tends to get the best beam quality, so it is fit for the application which has a special requirement on laser beam quality.

  3. Fiber-laser-pumped, high-energy, mid-IR, picosecond optical parametric oscillator with a high-harmonic cavity.

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    Xu, L; Chan, H-Y; Alam, S-U; Richardson, D J; Shepherd, D P

    2015-07-15

    We demonstrate the generation of high-energy, mid-IR, picosecond pulses in a high-harmonic-cavity optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that has a relatively compact cavity with a length that is a small fraction of that required to match the pump repetition rate. The OPO, based on an MgO-doped periodically poled LiNbO3 crystal, is pumped by a fiber master-oscillator-power-amplifier system employing direct amplification and delivering 11-μJ, 150-ps pulses at 1035 nm. For a 1.554-m-long OPO cavity, resonating near-infrared signal pulses with a repetition rate that is the 193rd harmonic of the 1-MHz pump are demonstrated. The mid-infrared idler output pulses, tunable from 2300 nm to 3500 nm, are generated at a 1-MHz repetition rate and have energies as high as 1.5 μJ.

  4. Dynamical modeling and experiment for an intra-cavity optical parametric oscillator pumped by a Q-switched self-mode-locking laser

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    Wang, Jing; Liu, Nianqiao; Song, Peng; Zhang, Haikun

    2016-11-01

    The rate-equation-based model for the Q-switched mode-locking (QML) intra-cavity OPO (IOPO) is developed, which includes the behavior of the fundamental laser. The intensity fluctuation mechanism of the fundamental laser is first introduced into the dynamics of a mode-locking OPO. In the derived model, the OPO nonlinear conversion is considered as a loss for the fundamental laser and thus the QML signal profile originates from the QML fundamental laser. The rate equations are solved by a digital computer for the case of an IOPO pumped by an electro-optic (EO) Q-switched self-mode-locking fundamental laser. The simulated results for the temporal shape with 20 kHz EO repetition and 11.25 W pump power, the signal average power, the Q-switched pulsewidth and the Q-switched pulse energy are obtained from the rate equations. The signal trace and output power from an EO QML Nd3+: GdVO4/KTA IOPO are experimentally measured. The theoretical values from the rate equations agree with the experimental results well. The developed model explains the behavior, which is helpful to system optimization.

  5. Single-step sub-200  fs mid-infrared generation from an optical parametric oscillator synchronously pumped by an erbium fiber laser.

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    Metzger, Bernd; Pollard, Benjamin; Rimke, Ingo; Büttner, Edlef; Raschke, Markus B

    2016-09-15

    We demonstrate the single-step generation of mid-infrared femtosecond laser pulses in a AgGaSe2 optical parametric oscillator that is synchronously pumped by a 100 MHz repetition rate sub-90 fs erbium fiber laser. The tuning range of the idler beam in principle covers ∼3.5 to 17 μm, only dependent on the choice of cavity and mirror design. As an example, we experimentally demonstrate idler pulse generation from 4.8 to 6.0 μm optimized for selective vibrational resonant molecular spectroscopy. We find an oscillation threshold as low as 150 mW of pump power. At 300 mW pump power and a central wavelength of ∼5.0  μm, we achieve an average infrared power of up to 17.5 mW, with a photon conversion efficiency of ∼18%. A pulse duration of ∼180  fs is determined from a nonlinear cross-correlation with residual pump light. The single-step nonlinear conversion leads to a high power stability with <1% average power drift at <0.5%  rms noise over 1 h.

  6. Design and Development of Electrically Pumped Coaxial Nanoscale Laser for On-chip Optical Communication - TOPIC STIR

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    2015-08-31

    291–319 (1958) 25. S. Hartmann, A. Molitor, M. Blazek, and W. Elsäßer, "Tailored first- and second-order coherence properties of quantum dot superluminescent diodes via optical feedback," Opt. Lett. 38, 1334-1336 (2013) ...integrated systems. To overcome the challenges facing laser miniaturization, drastically new designs based on metallic nano-cavities have been pursued... Laser for On-chip Optical Communication - TOPIC STIR The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and

  7. Dual-loss-modulated Q-switched mode-locked laser intracavity pumped temperature-tuned subnanosecond KTiOPO4 optical parametric oscillator.

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    Chu, Hongwei; Zhao, Jia; Yang, Kejian; Zhao, Shengzhi; Li, Dechun; Li, Tao; Li, Guiqiu; Qiao, Wenchao

    2015-12-10

    Using an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) and Cr4+:YAG as the dual-loss modulation, an intracavity KTiOPO4 optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a simultaneously Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) YVO4/Nd:YVO4 laser was realized. The shortest mode-locking pulse duration of the signal wave at 1573 nm was directly measured as 450 ps at an AOM frequency of 2 kHz and a diode pump power of 10.5 W, corresponding to a peak power of 35.5 kW. The temperature tuning of the output signal wavelength was realized in the range from 1571.99 to 1572.61 nm with a blueshift ratio of 0.027  nm/°C. A set of coupled rate equations for the dual-loss-modulated QML laser pumping intracavity OPO was built for the first time to our knowledge. The numerical solutions were fitted with the experimental results.

  8. Computer simulation of processes in solid-state laser oscillators and amplifiers with phototube pumping: Laser pumping systems

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    Gradov, V. M.; Kromskiy, G. I.; Mak, A. A.; Sklizkov, G. V.; Fedotov, S. I.; Shcherbakov, A. A.

    1986-03-01

    Optical pumping systems for solid state lasers are evaluated comparatively on the basis of a mathematical model of processes and the results of computer simulation. The principal criterion for comparison is the overall energy efficiency, assuming that two essential requirements are met: a pumping power level adequate for attainment of the emission or amplification threshold and uniform distribution of the pumping radiation density above the threshold level over the active medium. The method covers spherical and cylindrical surfaces. The general algorithm of the solution of the corresponding integral and differential equations was programmed for a self consistent calculation of the pumping system characteristics. The method is applied to two different pumping systems where discharge produces an optically dense plasma and an optically thin plasma respectively. Analysis and calculations are particularized for several known variants of these pumping systems with various modes of laser emission tuning.

  9. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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    Han, K. S.

    1985-01-01

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

  10. Fusion pumped laser

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    Pappas, Daniel S.

    1989-01-01

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

  11. 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.

  12. Diode Pumped Fiber Laser.

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    1987-08-01

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  13. Tunable continuous wave single-mode dye laser directly pumped by a diode laser

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    Stefanska, D.; Suski, M.; Furmann, B.

    2017-04-01

    In this work, a tunable continuous wave single-mode ring dye laser (a modified version of Coherent model CR 699-21), directly optically pumped by an economy-class diode laser, has been set up. The laser was operated on Coumarin 498, and its generation profile covered part of the green spectral region not easily accessible in single-mode operation. The performance of the laser in both broad-band and single-mode operation regimes was studied. It was proved that optical pumping by diode lasers allows one to obtain single-mode operation of dye lasers that is sufficiently stable for high-resolution spectroscopy applications.

  14. 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.

  15. Efficient diode end-pumped acousto-optically Q-switched Nd:YAG/BaTeMo2O9 Raman laser.

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    Bai, Fen; Wang, Qingpu; Jiao, Zhiyong; Xu, Xianfeng; Zhang, Hui; Tao, Xutang

    2016-11-10

    BaTeMo2O9 (BTM) is employed to achieve efficient stimulated Raman scattering conversion in a diode end-pumped acousto-optically Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. With an incident diode power of 8.6 W, 732 mW of 1179 nm first-Stokes average output power was generated at a pulse repetition rate of 10 kHz, corresponding to a diode-to-Raman conversion efficiency of 8.5%.

  16. A compact spin-exchange optical pumping system for 3He polarization based on a solenoid coil, a VBG laser diode, and a cosine theta RF coil

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    Lee, Sungman; Kim, Jongyul; Moon, Myung Kook; Lee, Kye Hong; Lee, Seung Wook; Ino, Takashi; Skoy, Vadim R.; Lee, Manwoo; Kim, Guinyun

    2013-02-01

    For use as a neutron spin polarizer or analyzer in the neutron beam lines of the HANARO (High-flux Advanced Neutron Application ReactOr) nuclear research reactor, a 3He polarizer was designed based on both a compact solenoid coil and a VBG (volume Bragg grating) diode laser with a narrow spectral linewidth of 25 GHz. The nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signal was measured and analyzed using both a built-in cosine radio-frequency (RF) coil and a pick-up coil. Using a neutron transmission measurement, we estimated the polarization ratio of the 3He cell as 18% for an optical pumping time of 8 hours.

  17. The optical pumping of alkali atoms using coherent radiation from semi-conductor injection lasers and incoherent radiation from resonance lamps

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    Singh, G.

    1973-01-01

    An experimental study for creating population differences in the ground states of alkali atoms (Cesium 133) is presented. Studies made on GaAs-junction lasers and the achievement of population inversions among the hyperfine levels in the ground state of Cs 133 by optically pumping it with radiation from a GaAs diode laser. Laser output was used to monitor the populations in the ground state hyperfine levels as well as to perform the hyperfine pumping. A GaAs laser operated at about 77 K was used to scan the 8521 A line of Cs 133. Experiments were performed both with neon-filled and with paraflint-coated cells containing the cesium vapor. Investigations were also made for the development of the triple resonance coherent pulse technique and for the detection of microwave induced hyperfine trasistions by destroying the phase relationships produced by a radio frequency pulse. A pulsed cesium resonance lamp developed, and the lamp showed clean and reproducible switching characteristics.

  18. Rovibrational cooling of molecules by optical pumping.

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    Manai, I; Horchani, R; Lignier, H; Pillet, P; Comparat, D; Fioretti, A; Allegrini, M

    2012-11-02

    We demonstrate rotational and vibrational cooling of cesium dimers by optical pumping techniques. We use two laser sources exciting all the populated rovibrational states, except a target state that thus behaves like a dark state where molecules pile up thanks to absorption-spontaneous emission cycles. We are able to accumulate photoassociated cold Cs(2) molecules in their absolute ground state (v = 0, J = 0) with up to 40% efficiency. Given its simplicity, the method could be extended to other molecules and molecular beams. It also opens up general perspectives in laser cooling the external degrees of freedom of molecules.

  19. 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.

  20. Optical pumping and xenon NMR

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    Raftery, M. Daniel

    1991-11-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of xenon has become an important tool for investigating a wide variety of materials, especially those with high surface area. The sensitivity of its chemical shift to environment, and its chemical inertness and adsorption properties make xenon a particularly useful NMR probe. This work discusses the application of optical pumping to enhance the sensitivity of xenon NMR experiments, thereby allowing them to be used in the study of systems with lower surface area. A novel method of optically-pumping 129Xe in low magnetic field below an NMR spectrometer and subsequent transfer of the gas to high magnetic field is described. NMR studies of the highly polarized gas adsorbed onto powdered samples with low to moderate surface areas are now possible. For instance, NMR studies of optically-pumped xenon adsorbed onto polyacrylic acid show that xenon has a large interaction with the surface. By modeling the low temperature data in terms of a sticking probability and the gas phase xenon-xenon interaction, the diffusion coefficient for xenon at the surface of the polymer is determined. The sensitivity enhancement afforded by optical pumping also allows the NMR observation of xenon thin films frozen onto the inner surfaces of different sample cells. The geometry of the thin films results in interesting line shapes that are due to the bulk magnetic susceptibility of xenon. Experiments are also described that combine optical pumping with optical detection for high sensitivity in low magnetic field to observe the quadrupoler evolution of 131 Xe spins at the surface of the pumping cells. In cells with macroscopic asymmetry, a residual quadrupolar interaction causes a splitting in the 131Xe NMR frequencies in bare Pyrex glass cells and cells with added hydrogen.

  1. Optical pumping and xenon NMR

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    Raftery, M.D.

    1991-11-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of xenon has become an important tool for investigating a wide variety of materials, especially those with high surface area. The sensitivity of its chemical shift to environment, and its chemical inertness and adsorption properties make xenon a particularly useful NMR probe. This work discusses the application of optical pumping to enhance the sensitivity of xenon NMR experiments, thereby allowing them to be used in the study of systems with lower surface area. A novel method of optically-pumping [sup 129]Xe in low magnetic field below an NMR spectrometer and subsequent transfer of the gas to high magnetic field is described. NMR studies of the highly polarized gas adsorbed onto powdered samples with low to moderate surface areas are now possible. For instance, NMR studies of optically-pumped xenon adsorbed onto polyacrylic acid show that xenon has a large interaction with the surface. By modeling the low temperature data in terms of a sticking probability and the gas phase xenon-xenon interaction, the diffusion coefficient for xenon at the surface of the polymer is determined. The sensitivity enhancement afforded by optical pumping also allows the NMR observation of xenon thin films frozen onto the inner surfaces of different sample cells. The geometry of the thin films results in interesting line shapes that are due to the bulk magnetic susceptibility of xenon. Experiments are also described that combine optical pumping with optical detection for high sensitivity in low magnetic field to observe the quadrupoler evolution of 131 Xe spins at the surface of the pumping cells. In cells with macroscopic asymmetry, a residual quadrupolar interaction causes a splitting in the [sup 131]Xe NMR frequencies in bare Pyrex glass cells and cells with added hydrogen.

  2. Optical polarization control of photo-pumped stimulated emissions at 238 nm from AlGaN multiple-quantum-well laser structures on AlN substrates

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    Lachab, Mohamed; Sun, WenHong; Jain, Rakesh; Dobrinsky, Alex; Gaevski, Mikhail; Rumyantsev, Sergey; Shur, Michael; Shatalov, Max

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate the capability to control the optical polarization of room-temperature stimulated emissions (SEs) at 238-239 nm from optically pumped AlGaN multiple-quantum-well (MQW) heterostructures on bulk AlN. The results of structural and optical characterizations provided evidence that altering the strain state in the pseudomorphically grown MQW laser structures enabled the switching of the polarization direction of the SE from predominantly transverse electric (TE) at 238 nm to predominantly transverse magnetic (TM) at 239 nm. The SE observed at 238 nm represents the shortest peak wavelength with TE polarization yet reported for AlGaN materials grown on any type of substrate.

  3. High power continuous-wave diode-laser-pumped Nd:YAG laser

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    Golla, D.; Knoke, S.; Schöne, W.; Tünnermann, A.; Schmidt, H.

    1994-05-01

    We report on a diode-laser-pumped cw Nd: YAG laser operating at a power level of 150 W. By using a transverse pump geometry, the radiation of 54 diode lasers with an output power of 10 W each is coupled into a Nd:YAG rod. In multimode operation, an optical slope efficiency of 32% and an optical to optical efficiency of 29% are obtained. In TEM00 operation, an output power of more than 30 W is realized with an optical to optical efficiency of 10%.

  4. Pump light distribution in a laser rod pumped exfocally in a rotational ellipsoid.

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    Mahlein, H F; Zeidler, G

    1971-04-01

    In a rotational ellipsoidal exfocal pumping system the linear lamp is arranged between vertex and nearest focus, and the laser rod is aligned between the second focus and the other vertex along the major axis of a rotational ellipsoidal mirror. For this optical pumping system, a calculation of the pump light distribution in the laser rod was performed on a computer by use of a ray tracing procedure. The calculations take account of reflection losses, multiple reflections, and shadowing at the end faces of the laser rod and the lamp. A series of diagrams presents the results of the computer calculations, which are also compared with experimental results.

  5. Volumetric direct nuclear pumped laser

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

    1978-01-01

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

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

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    Deyoung, R. J.

    1988-01-01

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

  7. Diode-pumped laser with improved pumping system

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    Chang, Jim J.

    2004-03-09

    A laser wherein pump radiation from laser diodes is delivered to a pump chamber and into the lasing medium by quasi-three-dimensional compound parabolic concentrator light channels. The light channels have reflective side walls with a curved surface and reflective end walls with a curved surface. A flow tube between the lasing medium and the light channel has a roughened surface.

  8. "Diode Pumped Solid State Lasers At 2 And 3 µm"

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    Esterowitz, Leon

    1988-06-01

    The most attractive alternative to flashlamp pumping of solid state lasers is the diode laser. In the past two decades numerous laboratory devices have been assembled which incorporated single diode lasers, small laser diode arrays or LED's for pumping of Nd:YAG, Nd:glass and a host of other Nd lasers. The low power output, low packaging density, and extremely high cost of diode lasers prevented any serious applications for laser pumping in the past. The reason for the continued interest in this area stems from the potential dramatic increase in system efficiency and component lifetime, and reduction of thermal load of the solid-state laser material. The latter not only will reduce thereto-optic effects and therefore lead to better beam quality but also will enable an increase in pulse repetition frequency. The attractive operating parameters combined with low voltage operation and the compactness of an all solid-state laser system have a potential high payoff. The high pumping efficiency compared to flashlamps stems from the good spectral match between the laser diode emission and the rare earth activator absorption bands. A significant advantage of laser diode pumping compared to arc lamps is system lifetime and reliability. Laser diode arrays have exhibited lifetimes on the order of 10,000 hours in cw operation and 109 shots in the pulsed mode. Flashlamp life is on the order of 107 shots, and about 200 hours for cw operation. In addition, the high pump flux combined with a substantial UV content in lamp pumped systems causes material degradation in the pump cavity and in the coolant. Such problems are virtually eliminated with laser diode pump sources. The absence of high voltage pulses, high temperatures and UV radiation encountered with arc lamps leads to much more benign operating features for solid state laser systems employing laser diode pumps. Laser diode technology dates back to 1962 when laser action in GaAs diodes was first demonstrated. However, it

  9. Excited state absorption of pump radiation as a loss mechanism in solid-state lasers

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    Kliewer, M.L.; Powell, R.C.

    1989-08-01

    The characteristics of optical pumping dynamics occurring in laser-pumped rare earth-doped, solid-state laser materials were investigated by using a tunable alexandrite laser to pump Y/sub 3/Al/sub 5/O/sub 12/:Nd/sup 3+/ in an optical cavity. It was found that the slope efficiency of the Nd laser operation depends strongly on the wavelength of the pump laser. For pump wavelengths resulting in low slope efficiencies, intense fluorescence emission is observed from the sample in the blue-green spectral region. This is attributed to the excited state absorption of pump photons which occurs during radiationless relaxation from the pump band to the metastable state. This type of process will be an important loss mechanism for monochromatic pumping of laser systems at specific pump wavelengths.

  10. Excited-state absorption of pump radiation as a loss mechanism in solid-state lasers

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    Kliewer, M.L.; Powell, R.C.

    1989-08-01

    The characteristics of optical pumping dynamics occuring in laser-pumped rare earth-doped, solid-state laser materials were investigated by using a tunable alexandrite laser to pump Y3Al5O12:Nd(3+) in an optical cavity. It was found that the slope efficiency of the Nd laser operation depends strongly on the wavelength of the pump laser. For pump wavelength resulting in low slope efficiencies, intense fluorescence emission is observed form the sample in the blue-green spectral region. This is attributed to the excited state absorption of pump photons which occurs during radiationless relaxation from the pump band to the metastable state. This type of process will be an important loss mechanism for monochromatic pumping of laser systems at specific pump wavelengths.

  11. Excited state absorption of pump radiation as a loss mechanism in solid-state lasers

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    Kliewer, Michael L.; Powell, Richard C.

    1989-01-01

    The characteristics of optical pumping dynamics in laser-pumped, rare-earth-doped, solid-state laser materials are investigated by using a tunable alexandrite laser to pump Y3Al5O12:Nd(3+) in an optical cavity. It is found that the slope efficiency of the Nd laser operation depends strongly on the wavelength of the pump laser. For pump wavelengths resulting in low slope efficiencies, intense fluorescence emission is observed from the sample in the blue-green spectral region. This is attributed to the excited-state absorption of pump photons which occurs during radiationless relaxation from the pump band to the metastable state. This type of process is an important loss mechanism for monochromatic pumping of laser systems at specific pump wavelengths.

  12. Modeling of diode pumped metastable rare gas lasers.

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    Yang, Zining; Yu, Guangqi; Wang, Hongyan; Lu, Qisheng; Xu, Xiaojun

    2015-06-01

    As a new kind of optically pumped gaseous lasers, diode pumped metastable rare gas lasers (OPRGLs) show potential in high power operation. In this paper, a multi-level rate equation based model of OPRGL is established. A qualitative agreement between simulation and Rawlins et al.'s experimental result shows the validity of the model. The key parameters' influences and energy distribution characteristics are theoretically studied, which is useful for the optimized design of high efficient OPRGLs.

  13. Efficient potassium diode pumped alkali laser operating in pulsed mode.

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    Zhdanov, Boris V; Rotondaro, Matthew D; Shaffer, Michael K; Knize, Randall J

    2014-07-14

    This paper presents the results of our experiments on the development of an efficient hydrocarbon free diode pumped alkali laser based on potassium vapor buffered by He gas at 600 Torr. A slope efficiency of more than 50% was demonstrated with a total optical conversion efficiency of 30%. This result was achieved by using a narrowband diode laser stack as the pump source. The stack was operated in pulsed mode to avoid limiting thermal effects and ionization.

  14. High-peak-power sub-nanosecond intracavity KTiOPO4 optical parametric oscillator pumped by a dual-loss modulated laser with acousto-optic modulator and single-walled carbon nanotube

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    Qiao, Junpeng; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Zhao, Jia; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Dechun; Li, Tao; Qiao, Wenchao; Lu, Jianren; Wang, Yonggang; Chu, Hongwei; Luan, Chao

    2016-08-01

    A high-peak-power low-repetition-rate sub-nanosecond intracavity KTiOPO4 (KTP) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a doubly Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) YVO4/Nd:YVO4 laser with an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) and a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber (SWCNT-SA) has been demonstrated. A maximum output power of 373 mW at a signal wavelength of 1570 nm was obtained. The smallest pulse width, highest pulse energy, and greatest peak power of mode-locking pulses were estimated to be 119 ps, 124 µJ, and 1.04 MW, respectively, under a maximum incident pump power of 8.3 W and an AOM repetition rate of 2 kHz. This OPO operation paves a simple way to produce eye-safe laser sources at 1570 nm with low repetition rates, small pulse widths, and high peak powers.

  15. An investigation of a mathematical model of an optically pumped Ti(3+):Al2O3 laser system

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    Roberts, Lila F.

    1989-01-01

    During the last several years, solid state lasers were developed that have the potential for meeting rigorous performance requirements for space-based remote sensing of the atmosphere. In order to design a stable and efficient laser and to understand the effect on laser output of changes in the physical and design parameters, an understanding of the development of the dynamical processes of the laser is necessary. Typically, the dynamical processes in a laser system are investigated via rate equations describing the evolution of the occupancy in the electronic levels and of the photon density in the laser cavity. There are two approaches to this type of study. Most often, for the sake of simplicity, the spatial variations of the dynamic variables in the laser system are disregarded and the mathematical model consists of a system of first order nonlinear ordinary differential equations (ODE). The second approach is to take into account both spatial and temporal variations in the dynamic variables in the laser cavity. The resulting model consists of a first order semilinear system of partial differential equations (PDE). The model which was studied was studied was generic in the sense that it was a four-level laser system, but the parameters used in the numerical study were specific to Titanium-doped sapphire. For simplicity, a constant, spatially uniform pumping scheme was considered. In addition, a simplification of the model was made so that it treats a single lasing wavelength with a narrow bandwidth. The purpose was to investigate both versions of the mathematical model and to determine whether the numerical solutions are similar both qualitatively and quantitatively. The systems of ordinary differential equations were solved numerically using a Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg algorithm which was very efficient for typical values of the physical parameters. A numerical scheme, based on the Modified Euler method, for computing solutions to the system of partial differential

  16. Laser Induced Optical Pumping Measurements of Cross Sections for Fine and Hyperfine Structure Transitions in Sodium Induced by Collisions with Helium Argon Atoms

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    Dobson, Chris C.; Sung, C. C.

    1998-01-01

    Optical pumping of the ground states of sodium can radically alter the shape of the laser induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating measurements of temperature, pressure, etc., which are based on these spectra. Modeling of the fluorescence using rate equations for the eight hyperfine states of the sodium D manifolds can be used to quantify the contribution to the ground state pumping of transitions among the hyperfine excited states induced by collisions with buffer gas atoms. This model is used here to determine, from the shape of experimental spectra, cross sections for (Delta)F transitions of the P(sub 3/2) state induced by collisions with helium and argon atoms, for a range of values assumed for the P(sub 1/2), (Delta)F cross sections. The hyperfine cross sections measured using this method, which is thought to be novel, are compared with cross sections for transitions involving polarized magnetic substates, m(sub F), measured previously using polarization sensitive absorption. Also, fine structure transition ((Delta)J) cross sections were measured in the pumped vapor, giving agreement with previous measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  17. Laser-Induced Optical Pumping Measurements of Cross Section for Fine- and Hyperfine-Structure Transitions in Sodium Induced by Collisions with Helium and Argon Atoms

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    Dobson, Chris C.; Sung, C. C.

    1999-01-01

    Optical pumping of the ground states of sodium can radically alter the shape of the laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating measurements of temperature, pressure, etc., which are based on these spectra. Modeling of the fluorescence using rate equations for the eight hyperfine states of the sodium D manifolds can be used to quantify the contribution to the ground state pumping of transitions among the hyperfine excited states induced by collisions with buffer gas atoms. This model is used here to determine, from the shape of experimental spectra, cross sections lor DELTA.F transitions of the P(sub 3/2) state induced by collisions with helium and argon atoms, for a range of values assumed for the P(sub 1/2), DELTA.F cross sections. The hyperfine cross sections measured using this method, which to our knowledge is novel, are compared with cross sections for transitions involving polarized magnetic substates m(sub F) measured previously using polarization sensitive absorption. Also, fine-structure transition cross sections were measured in the pumped vapor, giving agreement with previous measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  18. Laser-Induced Optical Pumping Measurements of Cross Section for Fine- and Hyperfine-Structure Transitions in Sodium Induced by Collisions with Helium and Argon Atoms

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dobson, Chris C.; Sung, C. C.

    1999-01-01

    Optical pumping of the ground states of sodium can radically alter the shape of the laser-induced fluorescence excitation spectrum, complicating measurements of temperature, pressure, etc., which are based on these spectra. Modeling of the fluorescence using rate equations for the eight hyperfine states of the sodium D manifolds can be used to quantify the contribution to the ground state pumping of transitions among the hyperfine excited states induced by collisions with buffer gas atoms. This model is used here to determine, from the shape of experimental spectra, cross sections lor DELTA.F transitions of the P(sub 3/2) state induced by collisions with helium and argon atoms, for a range of values assumed for the P(sub 1/2), DELTA.F cross sections. The hyperfine cross sections measured using this method, which to our knowledge is novel, are compared with cross sections for transitions involving polarized magnetic substates m(sub F) measured previously using polarization sensitive absorption. Also, fine-structure transition cross sections were measured in the pumped vapor, giving agreement with previous measurements made in the absence of pumping.

  19. Potential of solar-simulator-pumped alexandrite lasers

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    Deyoung, Russell J.

    1990-01-01

    An attempt was made to pump an alexandrite laser rod using a Tamarak solar simulator and also a tungsten-halogen lamp. A very low optical laser cavity was used to achieve the threshold minimum pumping-power requirement. Lasing was not achieved. The laser threshold optical-power requirement was calculated to be approximately 626 W/sq cm for a gain length of 7.6 cm, whereas the Tamarak simulator produces 1150 W/sq cm over a gain length of 3.3 cm, which is less than the 1442 W/sq cm required to reach laser threshold. The rod was optically pulsed with 200 msec pulses, which allowed the alexandrite rod to operate at near room temperature. The optical intensity-gain-length product to achieve laser threshold should be approximately 35,244 solar constants-cm. In the present setup, this product was 28,111 solar constants-cm.

  20. Optical pumping for nuclear beta decay

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    Behr, J. A.; Smale, S.; Craiciu, I.; Vantyghem, A.; Gorelov, A.; Anholm, M.; Behling, R. S.; Fenker, B.; Melconian, D.; Gwinner, G.; Friesen, D.

    2013-05-01

    For nuclear beta decay experiments to test the standard model, we must produce laser-cooled, polarized atoms with vector polarization of at least 99.9%, with knowledge of the polarization from atomic observables at 0.1% accuracy. We cycle on and off an AC MOT, and optically pump 37K atoms for 2 ms with trap off. We use circularly polarized light on the 4S1/2 --> 4P1/2 transition, using RF sidebands on a diode laser to excite transitions from both F=1 and F=2 ground states. We test techniques with stable 41K atoms, which have very similar hyperfine splitting to 37K. Optical pumping techniques include flipping spin state with liquid crystal variable retarders, 0.25 mm thick SiC substrate mirrors in front of the beta detectors, combining 769.9 D1 and 766.5 nm D2 with an angle-tuned narrow bandpass filter, relieving stress from conflat-compatible windows to minimize birefringence, and shifting the frequency of the light with the spin flips to compensate for Zeeman shifts. We must avoid coherent population trapping effects. The polarization is measured by the time dependence of the excited state population after optical pumping light is applied, probed by measuring fluorescence and by nonresonant photoionization. Supported by NSERC, NRC through TRIUMF.

  1. Direct generation of an optical vortex beam from a diode-pumped Yb:MgWO4 laser

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    Lu, Jieling; Lin, Haifeng; Zhang, Ge; Li, Bingxuan; Zhang, Lizhen; Lin, Zhoubin; Chen, Yung-Fu; Petrov, Valentin; Chen, Weidong

    2017-08-01

    We report for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, the generation of a multi-watt optical vortex beam based on a novel monoclinic Yb3+-doped MgWO4 crystal. The robust first-order Laguerre-Gaussian doughnut beam (LG01) with high mode purity and good beam quality can be selectively excited without using any intra-cavity handedness-selective element. Our results demonstrate the potential of the Yb:MgWO4 crystal for generation of high-power optical vortex beams from compact solid-state lasers.

  2. Highly efficient tunable mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator pumped by a wavelength locked, Q-switched Er:YAG laser.

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    Liu, Jun; Tang, Pinghua; Chen, Yu; Zhao, Chujun; Shen, Deyuan; Wen, Shuangchun; Fan, Dianyuan

    2015-08-10

    A highly efficient and stable mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator is demonstrated, pumped by an electro-optic Q-switched Er:YAG laser with operating wavelength locked at 1645 nm by a volume Bragg grating. The oscillator, based on MgO-doped periodically poled lithium niobate (MgO:PPLN) crystal, yields a maximum overall average output power in excess of 1 W, corresponding to a conversion efficiency of 35.5% and a slope efficiency of 43.6%. The signal and idler wavelengths of the OPO are around ~2.7 μm and ~4.3 μm, respectively, corresponding to the two peak absorption bands of CO(2). Lasing characteristics of the oscillator, including the time evolution of the pump, signal and idler pulses at different pump power levels, are also investigated. Temperature tuning of the MgO:PPLN crystal gives signal and idler ranges of 2.67 to 2.72 μm and 4.17 to 4.31 μm, respectively.

  3. 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.

  4. Lasers from fission. [nuclear pumping feasibility experiments

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

    1975-01-01

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

  5. Lasers from fission. [nuclear pumping feasibility experiments

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

    1975-01-01

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Mirrorless Lasing in Optically Pumped Rubidium Vapor

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2013-03-01

    MIRRORLESS LASING IN OPTICALLY PUMPED RUBIDIUM VAPOR THESIS Ryan M. Richards AFIT-ENP...MIRRORLESS LASING IN OPTICALLY PUMPED RUBIDIUM VAPOR THESIS Presented to the Faculty Department of Physics Graduate School of...RELEASE; DISTRIBUTION IS UNLIMITED. v AFIT-ENP-13-M-41 MIRRORLESS LASING IN OPTICALLY PUMPED RUBIDIUM VAPOR Ryan M. Richards

  11. High-power compact laser with segmented longitudinal pumping of coupled laser channels

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    Mamonov, D N; Il'ichev, N N; Sirotkin, A A; Pivovarov, P A; Derzhavin, S I; Klimentov, S M; Rebrov, S G

    2015-06-30

    The characteristics of a compact Nd:YAG/Cr:YAG laser with segmented end pumping using a bundle of seven optical fibres are presented. In the regime of optical coupling of thus formed seven laser channels, 3-ns pulses with an energy up to 20 mJ, as well as their trains, are obtained. The used method makes it possible to scale the energy and power of lasers of this type with controlled spatial beam profile. (lasers)

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

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

    1987-02-01

    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.

  15. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  16. High power diode pumped alkali vapor lasers

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    Zweiback, J.; Krupke, B.

    2008-05-01

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

  17. Highly Efficient Operation of Tm:fiber Laser Pumped Ho:YLF Laser

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    Bai, Yingxin; Petros, M.; Yu, Jirong; Petzar, Paul; Trieu, Bo; Chen, Sam; Lee, Hyung; Singh, U.

    2006-01-01

    A 19 W, TEM(sub 00) mode, Ho:YLF laser pumped by continuous wave Tm:fiber laser has been demonstrated at the room temperature. The slope efficiency and optical-to-optical efficiency are 65% and 55%, respectively.

  18. Plasma formation in diode pumped alkali lasers sustained in Cs

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    Markosyan, Aram H.; Kushner, Mark J.

    2016-11-01

    In diode pumped alkali lasers (DPALs), lasing action occurs on the resonant lines of alkali atoms following pumping by broadband semiconductor lasers. The goal is to convert the efficient but usually poor optical quality of inexpensive diode lasers into the high optical quality of atomic vapor lasers. Resonant excitation of alkali vapor leads to plasma formation through the excitation transfer from the 2P states to upper lying states, which then are photoionized by the pump and intracavity radiation. A first principles global model was developed to investigate the operation of the He/Cs DPAL system and the consequences of plasma formation on the efficiency of the laser. Over a range of pump powers, cell temperatures, excitation frequency, and mole fraction of the collision mixing agent (N2 or C2H6), we found that sufficient plasma formation can occur that the Cs vapor is depleted. Although N2 is not a favored collisional mixing agent due to large rates of quenching of the 2P states, we found a range of pump parameters where laser oscillation may occur. The poor performance of N2 buffered systems may be explained in part by plasma formation. We found that during the operation of the DPAL system with N2 as the collisional mixing agent, plasma formation is in excess of 1014-1015 cm-3, which can degrade laser output intensity by both depletion of the neutral vapor and electron collisional mixing of the laser levels.

  19. Modeling a diode pumped Nd: YAG rod laser

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    Shu, Hong; Chen, Ying; Bass, Michael; Acharekar, Madhu A.

    2006-02-01

    We evaluate the performance potential of a diode pumped Nd: YAG rod laser by finding the absorbed pump distribution using ASAP, pump induced thermal lensing, gain medium surface distortion and stresses using FEMLAB and depolarization losses using MATLAB. Beam propagation in the optically distorted Nd:YAG rod and the free space part of the cavity, and the output laser beam were determined with a computational scheme we developed which employs the beam propagation method combined with sparse matrix technology. We propose a special cavity design that can select the spatial eigen mode shape of the laser and simultaneously compensate for pump induced thermal lensing, gain medium surface distortion and birefringence. The converged solutions calculated this special cavity design give both high extraction efficiency and good output beam quality. Sensitivity of the output beam to mirror tilt, thermal induced mirror distortion, and errors in the cavity length or the optical distortions in the rod were also calculated.

  20. Plasma channel optical-pumping device and method

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    Judd, O.P.

    1981-07-17

    A device and method are described for optically pumping a gaseous laser using blackbody radiation produced by a plasma channel which is formed from an electrical discharge between two electrodes spaced at opposite longitudinal ends of the laser. A preionization device which can comprise a laser or electron beam accelerator produces a preionization beam which is sufficient to cause an elctrical discharge between the electrodes to initiate the plasma channel along the preionization path. The optical pumping energy is supplied by a high voltage power supply rather than by the preionization beam. High output optical intensities are produced by the laser due to the high temperature black-body radiation produced by the plasma channel, in the same manner as an exploding wire type laser. However, unlike the exploding wire type laser, the disclosed invention can be operated in a repetitive manner by utilizing a repetitive pulsed preionization device.

  1. 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.

  2. Gain and lasing of optically pumped metastable rare gas atoms.

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    Han, Jiande; Heaven, Michael C

    2012-06-01

    Optically pumped alkali vapor lasers are currently being developed in several laboratories. The objective is to construct high-powered lasers that also exhibit excellent beam quality. Considerable progress has been made, but there are technical challenges associated with the reactivity of the metal atoms. Rare gas atoms (Rg) excited to the np(5)(n+1)s (3)P(2) configuration are metastable and have spectral properties that are closely similar to those of the alkali metals. In principle, optically pumped lasers could be constructed using excitation of the np(5)(n+1)p←np(5)(n+1)s transitions. We have demonstrated this potential by observing gain and lasing for optically pumped Ar(*), Kr(*) and Xe(*). Three-level lasing schemes were used, with He or Ar as the collisional energy transfer agent that established the population inversion. These laser systems have the advantage of using inert reagents that are gases at room temperature.

  3. Portable Diode Pumped Femtosecond Lasers

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    2007-03-01

    Troshin, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov , T. A. Matrosava, M. I. Kupchenko, F. Brunner, R. Paschotta, F. Morier-Genoud, and U. Keller...Tolstik, V. G. Shcherbitsky, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov , T. A. Matrosava, and M. I. Kupchenko. “Spectroscopy and continuous-wave diode-pumped laser...Denisov, A. E. Troshin, K. V. Yumashev, N. V. Kuleshov, V. N. Matrosov , T. A. Matrosova, and M. I. Kupchenko. “Yb3+-doped YVO4 crystal for efficient

  4. Laser-diode-pumped Nd:YVO4/Nd:YAG MOPA burst-mode laser

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    Li, Xudong; Yan, Renpeng; Zhou, Yiping; Yu, Xin; Pan, Hu; Chen, Deying; Zhou, Zhongxiang

    2017-07-01

    We report a high-repetition-rate, high-peak-power laser diode (LD) pumped burst-mode 1064 nm laser from a Nd:YVO4/Nd:YAG master oscillator power amplifier. 10-100 kHz pulse burst in a duration up to 2 ms is achieved in LD end-pumped Nd:YVO4 acousto-optically Q-switched laser. After amplification with LD side-pumped Nd:YAG rod amplifiers, the single pulse energy reaches 73 mJ in 10 kHz pulse burst laser with a peak power of 7.8 MW.

  5. End-Pumped 895 nm Cs Laser

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    Beach, R J; Krupke, W F; Kanz, V K; Payne, S A; Dubinskii, M A; Merkle, L D

    2004-02-09

    A scientific demonstration of a Cs laser is described in which the measured slope efficiency is as high as 0.59 W/W using a Ti:Sapphire laser as a surrogate diode-pump. In addition to presenting experimental data, a laser energetics model that accurately predicts laser performance is described and used to model a power-scaled, diode-pumped system.

  6. Ho:YLF pumped HBr laser.

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    Botha, L R; Bollig, C; Esser, M J D; Campbell, R N; Jacobs, C; Preussler, D R

    2009-10-26

    A Ho:YLF laser pumped HBr molecular laser was developed that produced up to 2.5 mJ of energy in the 4 micron wavelength region. The Ho:YLF laser was fiber pumped using a commercial Tm:fibre laser. The Ho:YLF laser was operated in a single longitudinal mode via injection seeding with a narrow band diode laser which in turn was locked to one of the HBr transitions. The behavior of the HBr laser was described using a rate equation mathematical model and this was solved numerically. Good agreement both qualitatively and quantitatively between the model and experimental results was obtained.

  7. Optical fiber laser

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    Hakimi, F.; Po, H.; Snitzer, E.

    1987-07-14

    An optical fiber laser is described comprising: a gain cavity including a single mode optical fiber of given length having a core with a given index of refraction and a cladding surrounding the core and having an index of refraction lower than that of the core. The core comprises a host glass having incorporated a laser gain material with a fluorescence spectrum having at least one broadband region in which there is at least one peak emission line; filter means optically coupled to one end of the gain cavity and reflective to radiation emitted from the gain material over a predetermined wavelength interval about the peak emission line to provide feedback in the gain cavity; an etalon filter section butt coupled to the remaining end of the gain cavity optical fiber, the etalon filter section comprising a pair of filters spaced apart in parallel by a predetermined length of material transparent to any radiation emitted from the gain cavity. The predetermined length of the transparent material is such that the etalon filter section is no longer than the distance over which the wave train energy from the fiber core remains substantially planar so that the etalon filter section is inside the divergent region to enhance feedback in the gain cavity; and means for pumping energy into the gain cavity to raise the interval energy level such that only a small part of the ion population, corresponding to a predetermined bandwidth about the peak emission line, is raised above laser threshold. The laser emits radiation only over narrow lines over a narrow wavelength interval centered about the peak emission line.

  8. Effect of optical pumping in V and λ type pump probe systems

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    Chakrabarti, Shrabana; Ray, Biswajit; Ghosh, Pradip N.

    2008-05-01

    We have investigated the effect of a strong pump laser copropagating with a probe laser for both λ and V type level schemes of the pump and probe fields inside a room temperature Rb vapour cell. With the λ type scheme certain absorption enhanced peaks are observed across the Doppler broadened probe absorption profile. In addition to these peaks an Electromagnetically Induced Transparency dip is also observed at the centre of one of these peaks. For V type scheme pump probe spectroscopy with co and counter propagating pump probe beams are studied. In both cases we observe velocity selective resonances (VSR) which are strongly modified by optical pumping effects to another hyperfine component of the ground state. A repumping laser, from the dark ground level is used to transfer atoms from the dark state to the pump probe cycle to reduce the optical pumping effect. The effect of a control laser on the Lamb dip spectrum of the probe laser has also been investigated.

  9. Future directions in 980-nm pump lasers: submarine deployment to low-cost watt-class terrestrial pumps

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    Gulgazov, Vadim N.; Jackson, Gordon S.; Lascola, Kevin M.; Major, Jo S.; Parke, Ross; Richard, Tim; Rossin, Victor V.; Zhang, Kai

    1999-09-01

    The demands of global bandwidth and distribution are rising rapidly as Internet usage grows. This fundamentally means that more photons are flowing within optical cables. While transmitting sources launches some optical power, the majority of the optical power that is present within modern telecommunication systems originates from optical amplifiers. In addition, modern optical amplifiers offer flat optical gain over broad wavelength bands, thus making possible dense wavelength de-multiplexing (DWDM) systems. Optical amplifier performance, and by extension the performance of the laser pumps that drive them, is central to the future growth of both optical transmission and distribution systems. Erbium-doped amplifiers currently dominate optical amplifier usage. These amplifiers absorb pump light at 980 nm and/or 1480 nm, and achieve gain at wavelengths around 1550 nm. 980 nm pumps achieve better noise figures and are therefore used for the amplification of small signals. Due to the quantum defect, 1480 nm lasers deliver more signal photon per incident photon. In addition, 1480 nm lasers are less expensive than 980 nm lasers. Thus, 1480 nm pump lasers are used for amplification in situations where noise is not critical. The combination of these traits leads to the situation where many amplifiers contain 980 nm lasers to pump the input section of the Er- doped fiber with 1480 nm lasers being used to pump the latter section of Er fiber. This can be thought of as using 980 nm lasers to power an optical pre-amplifier with the power amplification function being pump with 1480 nm radiation. This paper will focus on 980 nm pump lasers and the impact that advances in 980 nm pump technology will have on optical amplification systems. Currently, 980 nm technology is rapidly advancing in two areas, power and reliability. Improving reliability is becoming increasingly important as amplifiers move towards employing more pump lasers and using these pump lasers without redundancy

  10. Transverse-pumped Cs vapor laser

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    Zhdanov, B. V.; Shaffer, M. K.; Sell, J.; Knize, R. J.

    2009-02-01

    Scaling of alkali lasers to higher powers requires combining beams of multiple diode laser pump sources. For longitudinal pumping this can be very complicated if more than four beams are to be combined. In this paper we report a first demonstration of a transversely pumped Cs laser with fifteen laser diode arrays. The LDA pump beams were individually collimated with a beam size of about 1 x 4 cm as measured at a 1 m distance from the diodes. All these beams were incident on a cylindrical lens to be focused and coupled through the side slit of a hollow, cylindrical diffuse reflector which contained the Cs vapor cell. We measured the output power and efficiency of the Cs laser for pump powers up to 200 W at different cell temperatures. Although the values of output power and slope efficiency obtained for this laser system were less than those for a longitudinally pumped alkali laser, these recent results can be significantly improved by using a more optimal laser cavity design. The demonstrated operation of Cs laser with transverse pumping opens new possibilities in power scaling of alkali lasers.

  11. 4.0 μm, high repetition rate periodically poled magnesium-oxide-doped lithium niobate mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator pumped by steep leading edge pulsed fiber laser.

    PubMed

    Wang, Lu; Liu, Qiang; Ji, Encai; Chen, Hailong; Gong, Mali

    2014-10-10

    A high repetition rate optical parametric oscillator (OPO) generating an idler laser with a wavelength as long as 4.0 μm at 200 and 400 kHz was demonstrated in this paper. The OPO was pumped by a master oscillator power amplifier structure fiber laser with excellent characteristics. The pump pulse from the fiber laser had a steep leading edge, which was theoretically proved to improve the OPO's performance, compared with the Gaussian pump pulse. A homemade periodically poled magnesium-oxide-doped lithium niobate crystal with a grating period of 29 μm was employed in our experiment. By optimizing the resonator, 2.75 and 1.67 W idler lasers were finally achieved at repetition rates as high as 200 and 400 kHz, respectively, with a wavelength as long as 4.0 μm. The conversion efficiencies were 12.03% and 7.31%, respectively.

  12. Solar-pumped solid state Nd lasers

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    Williams, M. D.; Zapata, L.

    1985-01-01

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

  13. Experimental and theoretical study on an intracavity KTiOPO4 optical parametric oscillator pumped by a dual loss modulated Q-switched and mode-locked laser

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    Qiao, Junpeng; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Zhao, Jia; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Dechun; Li, Tao; Qiao, Wenchao; Chu, Hongwei; Luan, Chao

    2017-07-01

    In this paper, a sub-nanosecond KTiOPO4 (KTP)-based intracavity optical parametric oscillator (IOPO) pumped by a dual-loss modulated Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) laser with an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) and a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber (Cr4+:YAG-SA) has been demonstrated. By changing the initial transmission of Cr4+:YAG-SA and the transmission of the output coupler at the signal wavelength, the signal pulse width compression can be realized. At an incident pump power of 8.3 W and an AOM repetition rate of 15 kHz, a single signal pulse underneath Q-switched envelope with the shortest pulse width of 220 ps was obtained. The experimental results reveal that this is a simple and effective way to obtain the sub-nanosecond OPO signal pulses. In addition, the related coupled rate equations have been set up and the simulation results agreed with the experimental results well.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Modeling of a dual-wavelength pumped metastable argon laser

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    Gao, Jun; Sun, PengFei; Wang, XinBing; Zuo, DuLuo

    2017-03-01

    Optically pumped metastable argon laser is an attractive research topic of innovative gas lasers, but the slow collisional relaxation rates of 1s 4-1s 5 (in Paschen notation) may form a bottleneck on the cycling of active atoms and decrease the laser output at room temperature. Here, by employing a method of a dual-wavelength pump, we demonstrate the removal of accumulation on the 1s 4 level and the improvement of output power in the simulation. The simulated results show that a large increase in laser output is possible with a relatively weak assistant pump intensity. This method offers a feasible way to scale the laser to higher gain.

  17. Feasibility of solar-pumped dye lasers

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

    1987-01-01

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

  18. 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.

  19. The LASL program in nuclear pumped liquid lasers

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

    1979-01-01

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

  20. Role of multilayer-like interference effects on the transient optical response of Si3N4 films pumped with free-electron laser pulses

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    Casolari, F.; Bencivenga, F.; Capotondi, F.; Giangrisostomi, E.; Manfredda, M.; Mincigrucci, R.; Pedersoli, E.; Principi, E.; Masciovecchio, C.; Kiskinova, M.

    2014-05-01

    X-ray/optical cross-correlation methods are attracting increasing interest for exploring transient states of matter using ultrashort free-electron laser (FEL) pulses. Our paper shows that in such studies the difference in the penetration depth of the FEL-pump and the infrared (IR) probe pulses become important, in particular, when exploring the changes in the optical properties of solid targets. We discuss the role of interference effects, using a phenomenological model with excited and unperturbed slabs. The reliability of this model was experimentally verified by measuring the transient optical response of free-standing and silicon (Si) supported silicon nitride (Si3N4) films, simultaneously in reflection and transmission, using s- and p-polarized IR light. The changes in the Si3N4 optical refractive index, induced by the FEL pulses, have fully been described in the frame of the proposed model. The experimental results confirm that the differences, observed in the FEL-induced transient reflectance and transmittance of the Si3N4 targets with different thicknesses, arise from multilayer-like interferometric phenomena.

  1. Diode pumped alkali vapor fiber laser

    DOEpatents

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

    2007-10-23

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

  2. Diode pumped alkali vapor fiber laser

    DOEpatents

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

    2006-07-26

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

  3. Solar-pumped solid-state lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Weksler, M.; Shwartz, J.

    1988-06-01

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

  4. Toward an ultra-broadband emission source based on the bismuth and erbium co-doped optical fiber and a single 830nm laser diode pump.

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    Zhang, Jianzhong; Sathi, Zinat M; Luo, Yanhua; Canning, John; Peng, Gang-Ding

    2013-03-25

    We demonstrate a broadband optical emission from Bi/Er co-doped fiber and a single 830nm laser diode pump. The ultra-broadband mechanism is studied and discussed in details based on a combination of experimental measurements, including luminescence, differential luminescence and ESA, on fiber samples of different Bi and Er concentrations. The Er co-doping in Bi doped fiber is found to be effective for broadband emission, by enhancing not only luminescence at C and L bands but also that at O and shorter wavelength bands. The luminescence intensity between 1100 and 1570nm is over -45dBm/5nm in single mode fiber using a few meters of Bi/Er co-doped fiber and offers a modest ~40dB dynamic range and a broad bandwidth of ~470nm for an OSA based spectral measurement.

  5. Stabilization of He2(A(sup 3)Sigma(sub u)(+)) molecules in liquid helium by optical pumping for vacuum UV laser

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    Zmuidzinas, J. S. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    A technique is disclosed for achieving large populations of metastable spin-aligned He2(a 3 Sigma u +) molecules in superfluid helium to obtain lasing in the vacuum ultraviolet wavelength regime around 0.0800 micron m by electronically exciting liquid (superfluid) helium with a comparatively low-current electron beam and spin aligning the metastable molecules by means of optical pumping with a modestly-powered (100mW) circularly-polarized continuous wave laser operating at, for example, 0.9096 or 0.4650 micron m. Once a high concentration of spin-aligned He2 (a 3 Sigma u +) is achieved with lifetimes of a few milliseconds, a strong microwave signal destroys the spin alignment and induces a quick collisional transition of He2 (a 3 Sigma u +) molecules to the a 1 Sigma u + state and thereby a lasing transition to the X 1 Sigma g + state.

  6. Longwave-IR optical parametric oscillator in orientation-patterned GaAs pumped by a 2 µm Tm,Ho:YLF laser.

    PubMed

    Feaver, R K; Peterson, R D; Powers, P E

    2013-07-01

    We demonstrate longwave infrared (LWIR) generation with an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on quasi-phasematched orientation-patterned gallium arsenide (OPGaAs). The OPGaAs OPO was directly pumped with a Q-switched λ = 2.054 μm Tm,Ho:YLF laser. OPGaAs samples representing three different grating periods were used to explore the LWIR OPO performance yielding outputs ranging from λ = 2.5-2.7 μm (signal) and λ = 8.8-11.5 μm (idler). Slope efficiencies for the combined signal and idler outputs reach as high as 26% while slope efficiencies for only the idler reached 8%. Spectral measurements of OPO output confirm good agreement with theoretical calculations.

  7. Numerical solutions of diode-pumped dual-loss-modulated Q-switched and mode-locked green laser with acousto-optic modulator and Cr 4+: YAG saturable absorber

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    Zhang, Gang; Zhao, Shengzhi; Li, Dechun; Yang, Kejian; Li, Guiqiu; Cheng, Kang; Zhang, Yan

    2011-04-01

    By considering the influence of the acousto-optic (AO) modulator and the nonlinear loss due to harmonic conversion in the intra-cavity frequency-doubling laser, a developed rate equation model for diode-pumped dual-loss-modulated Q-switched and mode-locked (QML) Nd:LuVO4/KTP green laser with acousto-optic (AO) modulator and Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber is presented. With this developed model, the pulse width, single-pulse energy and the other dual-loss-modulated QML green laser characteristics are numerically simulated. The simulation results show that the turnoff time is of great importance for the pulse energy and pulse width of the Q-switched pulse. A diode-pumped dual-loss-modulated QML Nd:LuVO4/KTP laser is constructed to successfully demonstrate the numerical simulation application.

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

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    Trusov, K. K.

    1982-11-01

    An experimental investigation was made of the efficiency of conversion of flashlamp pump radiation to fluorescence of coumarin 6 at a buffer gas pressure of 0-1 MPa. The lasing dynamics of the flashlamppumped vapor of this compound was also studied. It was found that the fluorescence quantum efficiency averaged over the absorption spectrum, which characterized the pump conversion efficiency, was langηrang<=0.3 at a buffer gas pressure of 0-1 MPa. Dependences of langηrang and the rate constant for optical bleaching of the dye on the buffer gas pressure were determined. A comparative analysis of the lasing dynamics of coumarin 6 in vapors and in an ether solution showed that the gas phase had a higher lasing threshold (18-20 times higher) and a larger increment of loss growth in the spectral range of lasing (four times higher). It also had a shorter maximum lasing duration (tmaxapprox500 nsec).

  9. Optically pumped subwavelength-scale metallodielectric nanopatch resonators

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    Kwon, Kyungmok; You, Jong-bum; Shim, Jaeho; Jung, Youngho; Yu, Kyoungsik

    2016-01-01

    We discuss subwavelength-scale semiconductor metal-optic resonators placed on the metal substrate with various top metal plate sizes. Albeit with large optical losses, addition of metal layers converts a leaky semiconductor nano-block into a highly-confined optical cavity. Optically pumped lasing action is observed with the extended top metal layer that can significantly suppress the radiation losses. Careful investigation of self-heating effects during the optical carrier injection process shows the importance of temperature-dependent material properties in the laser rate equation model and the overall laser performances. PMID:27549640

  10. Optically pumped subwavelength-scale metallodielectric nanopatch resonators

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    Kwon, Kyungmok; You, Jong-Bum; Shim, Jaeho; Jung, Youngho; Yu, Kyoungsik

    2016-08-01

    We discuss subwavelength-scale semiconductor metal-optic resonators placed on the metal substrate with various top metal plate sizes. Albeit with large optical losses, addition of metal layers converts a leaky semiconductor nano-block into a highly-confined optical cavity. Optically pumped lasing action is observed with the extended top metal layer that can significantly suppress the radiation losses. Careful investigation of self-heating effects during the optical carrier injection process shows the importance of temperature-dependent material properties in the laser rate equation model and the overall laser performances.

  11. Optically pumped subwavelength-scale metallodielectric nanopatch resonators.

    PubMed

    Kwon, Kyungmok; You, Jong-Bum; Shim, Jaeho; Jung, Youngho; Yu, Kyoungsik

    2016-08-23

    We discuss subwavelength-scale semiconductor metal-optic resonators placed on the metal substrate with various top metal plate sizes. Albeit with large optical losses, addition of metal layers converts a leaky semiconductor nano-block into a highly-confined optical cavity. Optically pumped lasing action is observed with the extended top metal layer that can significantly suppress the radiation losses. Careful investigation of self-heating effects during the optical carrier injection process shows the importance of temperature-dependent material properties in the laser rate equation model and the overall laser performances.

  12. Broadly tunable, longitudinally diode-pumped Alexandrite laser

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    Strotkamp, M.; Witte, U.; Munk, A.; Hartung, A.; Gausmann, S.; Hengesbach, S.; Traub, M.; Hoffmann, H.-D.; Hoeffner, J.; Jungbluth, B.

    2014-02-01

    We present design and first performance data of a broadly tunable Alexandrite laser longitudinally pumped by a newly developed high brightness single emitter diode laser module with output in the red spectral range. Replacing the flashlamps, which are usually used for pumping Alexandrite, will increase the efficiency and maintenance interval of the laser. The pump module is designed as an optical stack of seven single-emitter laser diodes. We selected an optomechanical concept for the tight overlay of the radiation using a minimal number of optical components for collimation, e.g. a FAC and a SAC lens, and focusing. The module provides optical output power of more than 14 W (peak pulse output in the focus) with a beam quality of M2 = 41 in the fast axis and M2 = 39 in the slow axis. The Alexandrite crystal is pumped from one end at a repetition rate of 35 Hz and 200μs long pump pulses. The temperature of the laser crystal can be tuned to between 30 °C and 190 °C using a thermostat. The diode-pumped Alexandrite laser reaches a maximum optical-optical efficiency of 20 % and a slope efficiency of more than 30 % in fundamental-mode operation (M2 < 1.10). When a Findlay-Clay analysis with four different output couplers is conducted, the round-trip loss of the cavity is determined to be around 1 %. The wavelength is tunable to between 755 and 788 nm via crystal temperature or between 745 and 805 nm via an additional Brewster prism.

  13. Thermal effects of pulsed pumping in semiconductor disk lasers

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    Zhang, Peng; Dai, Teli; Liang, Yiping; Fan, Siqiang; Zhang, Yu

    2012-11-01

    It has been demonstrated experimentally that pulsed pumping can significantly improve the thermal management in an optically-pumped semiconductor disk laser, and the output power of semiconductor disk lasers under pulsed pumping can be upgraded to times of those under continuous pumping. This paper presents numerical analysis of the thermal effects of pulsed pumping in semiconductor disk lasers, so to theoretically disclose the details of the thermal processes of pulsed pumping. In the simulation, the parabolic heat conduction equation, which is widely employed to describe the transient thermal transfer processes, is solved under cylindrical coordinates by the use of the finite element method, a periodic pump pulses train is assumed, and the maximum temperature rise in the multiple quantum wells active region is focused. The influences of the duty cycle, the repetition rate, and the pulse width of the pump pulses on the maximum temperature rise are investigated, and the results are compared with the case of continuous-wave pumping. Some simulation results are compared with reported data, and the theoretical results are in good agreement with the experiments.

  14. Color center laser pumped with a DCM dye laser

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    Hills, G. W.

    1982-08-01

    A CW, DCM dye laser has been used to pump a RbCl:Li crystal in a color center laser. The DCM dye laser was pumped by the 488 nm and 514.5 nm lines of an argon ion laser. When used in a broad band configuration the dye laser had a power output in the TEM 00 mode in excess of 600 mW at a wavelength of 655 nm. An output power in excess of 10 mW at 2.73 μm was possible from the RbCl:Li crystal in a Burleigh FCL for an input power of 600 mW at 655 nm. This method of pumping for the RbCl:Li alleviates the need for both argon ion and krypton ion laser pumps for the Burleigh FCL. All three crystals can be pumped to the specification power levels with a single argon ion laser.

  15. REVIEW ARTICLE: Optical pumping-induced spatio-temporal modifications to propagation, polarization and intensity of laser beams in sodium vapour

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    Holzner, R.; Dangel, S.

    1998-02-01

    Circularly polarized laser beams propagating through sodium vapour and tuned to the buffer-gas-broadened atomic 1355-5111/10/1/003/img1 transition can optically pump sodium atoms into a non-absorbing ground state. This causes an intensity-dependent refractive index gradient along as well as transverse to the laser beam propagation direction, giving rise to a number of nonlinear spatio-temporal intensity and polarization pattern creating processes. In the case of a single circularly polarized laser beam we have observed self-focusing and defocusing, the transformation of the incident Gaussian beam intensity profiles into ring profiles, a large shift of about 5 GHz of the maximum of the absorption profile when suitable magnetic fields are applied and the deflection of a beam by the inhomogeneous transverse magnetic field of a current-carrying wire. When two beams of opposite circular polarization are superimposed, astonishing effects such as the mutual deflection of both beams (beam bouncing), the mutual extinction of both beams (beam switching), the separation of initially overlapping beams (beam splitting) and the mutual attraction of both beams (beam attraction) can be observed. While most of the effects can be well described for the stationary state by a 1355-5111/10/1/003/img2 to 1355-5111/10/1/003/img3 atomic transition model, the correct description of the dynamics requires the consideration of all hyperfine states.

  16. Crystal growth and near infrared optical properties of Pr 3+ doped lead halide materials for resonantly pumped eye safe laser applications

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    Jones, Ivy Krystal

    In this dissertation the material development and optical spectroscopy of Pr3+ activated low phonon energy halide crystals is presented for possible applications in resonantly pumped eye-safe solid-state laser gain media. In the last twenty years, the developments in fiber and diode lasers have enabled highly efficient resonant pumping of Pr3+ doped crystals for possible lasing in the 1.6--1.7 microm region. In this work, the results of the purification, crystal growth, and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopic characterization of Pr3+ doped lead (II) chloride, PbCl2 and lead (II) bromide, PbBr2 are presented. The investigated PbCl2 and PbBr2 crystals are non-hygroscopic with maximum phonon energies between ~180--200 cm-1, which enable efficient emission in the NIR spectral region (~ 1.6 microm) from the 3F3/3F4 → 3H4 transition of Pr3+ ions. The commercial available starting materials were purchased as ultra dry, high purity (~ 99.999 %) beads and purified through a combination of zone-refinement and halogenation. The crystal growth of Pr3+ doped PbCl 2 and PbBr2 was performed via vertical Bridgman technique using a two-zone furnace. The resulting Pr3+ doped PbCl 2 and PbBr2 crystals exhibited characteristic IR absorption bands in the 1.5--1.7 microm region (3H4 → 3F3/3F4), which allow for resonant pumping using commercial diode lasers. A broad IR emission band centered at ~1.6 microm was observed under ~1445 nm diode laser excitation from both Pr3+ doped halides. This dissertation presents comparative spectroscopic results for Pr 3+:PbCl2 and Pr3+:PbBr2 including NIR absorption and emission studies, lifetime measurements, modelling of radiative and non-radiative decay rates, determination of transition cross-section, and the net effective gain cross sections.

  17. Fiber-laser pumped actively Q-switched Er:LuYAG laser at 1648 nm

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    Yang, X. F.; Wang, Y.; Zhao, T.; Zhu, H. Y.; Shen, D. Y.

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrated an acousto-optic Q-switched 1648 nm Er:LuYAG laser resonantly pumped by a cladding-pumped Er,Yb fiber laser at 1532 nm. Stable Q-switching operation was obtained with the pulse repetition rate (PRR) varying from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. At PRR of 200 Hz, the laser yielded Q-switched pulses with 3.3 mJ pulse energy and 65 ns pulse duration, corresponding to a peak power of 50.7 kW for 10.4 W of incident pump power.

  18. Method and system for homogenizing diode laser pump arrays

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    Bayramian, Andrew James

    2016-05-03

    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%.

  19. 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%.

  20. Diode-side-pumped Alexandrite slab lasers.

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    Damzen, M J; Thomas, G M; Minassian, A

    2017-05-15

    We present the investigation of diode-side-pumping of Alexandrite slab lasers in a range of designs using linear cavity and grazing-incidence bounce cavity configurations. An Alexandrite slab laser cavity with double-pass side pumping produces 23.4 mJ free-running energy at 100 Hz rate with slope efficiency ~40% with respect to absorbed pump energy. In a slab laser with single-bounce geometry output power of 12.2 W is produced, and in a double-bounce configuration 6.5 W multimode and 4.5 W output in TEM00 mode is produced. These first results of slab laser and amplifier designs in this paper highlight some of the potential strategies for power and energy scaling of Alexandrite using diode-side-pumped Alexandrite slab architectures with future availability of higher power red diode pumping.

  1. Optically pumped polarized ion sources

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    Anderson, L.W.

    1995-04-01

    Polarized negative hydrogen ions are produced in an optically pumped polarized ion source (OPPIS) as follows. A proton beam is extracted from an ECR ion source, accelerated to an energy of a few kilovolts, and focused into a parallel beam. The proton beam is passed through an optically pumped electron spin polarized alkali vapor target in a large magnetic field where the proton beam is partially neutralized by the pick-up of a polarized electron. The optically pumped alkali vapor target must be in a magnetic field large enough to decouple L and S in the n=2 level of atomic hydrogen so that the radiative decay to the ground level does not result in the loss of electron spin polarization. The large magnetic field also helps avoid radiation trapping limitations on the alkali density. The resulting fast atomic hydrogen beam passes through zero field where Sona transitions convert the electron spin polarization into nuclear spin polarization. The beam then is partially converted into polarized negative hydrogen ions in a sodium vapor target. At the present time the best dc OPPIS (at TRIUMF) produces 120 {mu}A with a polarization of 0.8. The best pulsed OPPIS (at INR in Moscow) produces 400 {mu}A. The use of OPPIS with deuterium has been pioneered at KEK in Japan. There is current research at TRIUMF on the possibility of using multiple spin/charge exchange collisions to increase the available current into the mA range, and there is current research at Osaka in the use of the technique with heavier ions such as helium.

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

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    Trusov, K.K.

    1982-11-01

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

  3. High power tandem-pumped thulium-doped fiber laser.

    PubMed

    Wang, Yao; Yang, Jianlong; Huang, Chongyuan; Luo, Yongfeng; Wang, Shiwei; Tang, Yulong; Xu, Jianqiu

    2015-02-09

    We propose a cascaded tandem pumping technique and show its high power and high efficient operation in the 2-μm wavelength region, opening up a new way to scale the output power of the 2-μm fiber laser to new levels (e.g. 10 kW). Using a 1942 nm Tm(3+) fiber laser as the pump source with the co- (counter-) propagating configuration, the 2020 nm Tm(3+) fiber laser generates 34.68 W (35.15W) of output power with 84.4% (86.3%) optical-to-optical efficiency and 91.7% (92.4%) slope efficiency, with respect to launched pump power. It provides the highest slope efficiency reported for 2-μm Tm(3+)-doped fiber lasers, and the highest output power for all-fiber tandem-pumped 2-μm fiber oscillators. This system fulfills the complete structure of the proposed cascaded tandem pumping technique in the 2-μm wavelength region (~1900 nm → ~1940 nm → ~2020 nm). Numerical analysis is also carried out to show the power scaling capability and efficiency of the cascaded tandem pumping technique.

  4. Pulsed Optically Pumped Rb clock

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    Micalizio, S.; Levi, F.; Godone, A.; Calosso, C. E.; François, B.; Boudot, R.; Affolderbach, C.; Kang, S.; Gharavipour, M.; Gruet, F.; Mileti, G.

    2016-06-01

    INRIM demonstrated a Rb vapour cell clock based on pulsed optical pumping (POP) with unprecedented frequency stability performances, both in the short and in the medium-long term period. In the frame of a EMRP project, we are developing a new clock based on the same POP principle but adopting solutions aimed at reducing the noise sources affecting the INRIM clock. At the same time, concerning possible technological applications, particular care are devoted in the project to reduce the size and the weight of the clock, still keeping the excellent stability of the INRIM clock. The paper resumes the main results of this activity.

  5. Compact, passively Q-switched, all-solid-state master oscillator-power amplifier-optical parametric oscillator (MOPA-OPO) system pumped by a fiber-coupled diode laser generating high-brightness, tunable, ultraviolet radiation.

    PubMed

    Peuser, Peter; Platz, Willi; Fix, Andreas; Ehret, Gerhard; Meister, Alexander; Haag, Matthias; Zolichowski, Paul

    2009-07-01

    We report on a compact, tunable ultraviolet laser system that consists of an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) and a longitudinally diode-pumped Nd:YAG master oscillator-power amplifier (MOPA). The pump energy for the whole laser system is supplied via a single delivery fiber. Nanosecond pulses are produced by an oscillator that is passively Q-switched by a Cr(4+):YAG crystal. The OPO is pumped by the second harmonic of the Nd:YAG MOPA. Continuously tunable radiation is generated by an intracavity sum-frequency mixing process within the OPO in the range of 245-260 nm with high beam quality. Maximum pulse energies of 1.2 mJ were achieved, which correspond to an optical efficiency of 3.75%, relating to the pulse energy of the MOPA at 1064 nm.

  6. Direct solar-pumped iodine laser amplifier

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  7. Diode-laser-pump module with integrated signal ports for pumping amplifying fibers and method

    DOEpatents

    Savage-Leuchs,; Matthias, P [Woodinville, WA

    2009-05-26

    Apparatus and method for collimating pump light of a first wavelength from laser diode(s) into a collimated beam within an enclosure having first and second optical ports, directing pump light from the collimated beam to the first port; and directing signal light inside the enclosure between the first and second port. The signal and pump wavelengths are different. The enclosure provides a pump block having a first port that emits pump light to a gain fiber outside the enclosure and that also passes signal light either into or out of the enclosure, and another port that passes signal light either out of or into the enclosure. Some embodiments use a dichroic mirror to direct pump light to the first port and direct signal light between the first and second ports. Some embodiments include a wavelength-conversion device to change the wavelength of at least some of the signal light.

  8. Diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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. Optical pumping in a whispering-mode optical waveguide

    DOEpatents

    Kurnit, N.A.

    1981-08-11

    A device and method for optical pumping in a whispering mode optical waveguide are described. Both a helical ribbon and cylinder are disclosed which incorporate an additional curvature for confining the beam to increase intensity. An optical pumping medium is disposed in the optical path of the beam as it propagates along the waveguide. Optical pumping is enhanced by the high intensities of the beam and long interaction path lengths which are achieved in a small volume.

  10. Optical pumping in a whispering mode optical waveguide

    DOEpatents

    Kurnit, Norman A.

    1984-01-01

    A device and method for optical pumping in a whispering mode optical waveguide. Both a helical ribbon and cylinder are disclosed which incorporate an additional curvature for confining the beam to increase intensity. An optical pumping medium is disposed in the optical path of the beam as it propagates along the waveguide. Optical pumping is enhanced by the high intensities of the beam and long interaction pathlengths which are achieved in a small volume.

  11. Comparison of high-power diode pumped actively Q-switched double-clad flower shape co-doped-Er3+:Yb3+fiber laser using acousto-optic and mechanical (optical) modulators

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    El-Sherif, Ashraf F.; Harfosh, Amr

    2015-09-01

    A diode-pumped acousto-optic Q-switching Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped high-power fiber laser is reported, laser output average power in excess of 1.65 W was achieved for Q-switching at relatively high repetition rates from 10 to 100 kHz. The shortest pulse duration obtained was 10 ns, giving a highest peak power of 9.8 kW and 98 μJ energy per pulse, this is the highest power yet reported from any type of actively Q-switched flower double-clad Er3+:Yb3+ fiber laser operating in low order mode at 1550 nm. The pulse train with high pulse-to-pulse stability of 95% occurred at a range of repetition rates up to 100 kHz with peak power of 0.4 kW, 40 ns pulse width and 16 μJ energy per pulse at 1550 nm for a launched pump power of 5 W. With the mechanical modulation Q-switching of the Er3+:Yb3+ co-doped fiber laser, it was found that the narrowest pulse width of 35 ns was obtained with peak power of 15.5 kW and energy per pulse 0.5 mJ at pulse repetition frequency of 1 kHz. A moderate pulse-to-pulse stability of 75% occurred over a range of high repetition rates. A comparison between mechanical modulation and acousto-optic Q-switching has been made at a repetition rate of 20 kHz. The energy per pulse, pulse width, and the average power of a mechanical optical Q-switching laser were greater than for the acousto-optic Q-switching, but the pulse width is narrower and so the high peak power of an acousto-optic Q-switching pulse is greater than for the mechanical (optical) Q-switching laser at repetition rates of up to 100 kHz.

  12. Solar Pumped High Power Solid State Laser for Space Applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  13. All fiber thulium-doped fiber laser pumped Q-switched Ho:YAP laser

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    Yu, Ting; Ye, Xisheng; Yang, Zhongguo; Chen, Xiaolong; Xia, Wenbin; Zhang, Jiayang; Zhang, Wei; Chen, Jianyu; Si, Jiliang; Chen, Weibiao

    2017-05-01

    The high power infrared 2μm lasers have been extensively investigated for a number of commercial, scientific and engineering applications, such as remote chemical sensing, medical diagnostics, eye-safe laser radar, and environmental monitoring. Furthermore, high-power 2μm lasers are effective pump sources of optical parametrical oscillators and optical parametrical amplifications to generate mid-infrared 3-5μm laser. In recent years, Ho:YAlO3(Ho:YAP) crystal has drawn great attention as a promising efficient laser material for its long emission wavelength at 2118nm. An acoustic-optical Q-switched Ho:YAP laser pumped by an all fiber thulium-doped fiber laser is demonstrated. The all fiber thulium-doped fiber laser can emit 80W output power, and the output laser wavelength is 1915nm. By using this 1915nm laser to end pump the AO Q-switched Ho:YAP laser system, 2118nm laser with 30W average power and 45ns pulse width at 20kHz repetition rates was obtained.

  14. Narrow linewidth 578 nm light generation using frequency-doubling with a waveguide PPLN pumped by an optical injection-locked diode laser.

    PubMed

    Kim, Eok Bong; Lee, Won-Kyu; Park, Chang Yong; Yu, Dai-Hyuk; Park, Sang Eon

    2010-05-10

    This study demonstrates 578 nm yellow light generation with a narrow linewidth using a waveguide periodically poled lithium niboate (PPLN) and an optical injection-locked diode laser. The frequency of an external cavity diode laser used as a master laser operating at 1156 nm in optical injection-locking mode was locked into a high-finesse cavity with the Pound-Drever-Hall technique, which results in a linewidth reduction of the master laser. The linewidth of the master laser was estimated to be approximately 1.6 kHz. In an effort to amplify the optical power, a distributed feed-back laser was phase-locked to the master laser by an optical injection-locking technique. A waveguide PPLN was used for second harmonic generation. Frequency-doubled yellow light of approximately 2.4 mW was obtained with a conversion efficiency of 6.5%. (c) 2010 Optical Society of America.

  15. A Modular Control Platform for a Diode Pumped Alkali Laser

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    Shapiro, J.; Teare, S.

    Many of the difficulties of creating compact, high power laser systems can be overcome if the heat dissipating properties of chemical lasers can be combined with the efficiency of diode lasers. Recently, the novel idea of using solid state diode lasers to pump gaseous gain media, such as is done in diode pumped alkali lasers (DPALs), has been proposed and early experiments have shown promising results. However, a number of technical issues need to be overcome to realize high output power from these lasers. In order to achieve higher power, the efficiency of coupling between pump laser energy and the chemical cell must be increased, and eventually multiple high power diode pumps must be combined and synchronized so that their energy can pump the chemical cell. Additionally, an inter-cavity adaptive optics system may be a requirement to be able to propagate these lasers with high efficiency. DPAL systems are complex and require a significant amount of data fusion and active feedback to control and optimize their performance. There are a wide range of components including pump lasers, gain cells and monitoring points needed to study and refine the overall laser system. In support of this dynamic development environment, we have developed a hardware framework using commercial off the shelf (COTS) components which supports the rapid assembly of functional system blocks into a cohesive integrated system. Critical to this system are a simple communication protocol, industry standard communication pipes (USB, Bluetooth, etc), and flexible high level scripting. Simplifying the integration process has the benefit of allowing flexible "on the fly" modifications to adapt the system as needed and enhance available functionality. The modular nature of the architecture allows scalability and adaptability as more pieces are added to the system. Key components of this system are demonstrated for selected portions of a DPAL system using a USB backbone.

  16. 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.

  17. Laser diode end-pumped ND:YAG laser. Memorandum report

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    Elder, I.F.

    1992-01-01

    100 Hz operation of a Nd:YAG laser longitudinally pumped by a 1 W peak power quasi-cw laser diode was investigated theoretically and experimentally. An optical-to-optical slope efficiency of 33%, indicating a wall-plug efficiency of 7%, was exhibited, but the threshold optical power of 330 mW was high due to poor antireflection coatings on the laser rod giving a round-trip intracavity loss of 3.1 %. The 1.064 micrometer output was observed to be diffraction-limited. The theoretical modelling of the laser's input/ output characteristics agreed well with the experimentally obtained results.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Continuously tunable solution-processed organic semiconductor DFB lasers pumped by laser diode.

    PubMed

    Klinkhammer, Sönke; Liu, Xin; Huska, Klaus; Shen, Yuxin; Vanderheiden, Sylvia; Valouch, Sebastian; Vannahme, Christoph; Bräse, Stefan; Mappes, Timo; Lemmer, Uli

    2012-03-12

    The fabrication and characterization of continuously tunable, solution-processed distributed feedback (DFB) lasers in the visible regime is reported. Continuous thin film thickness gradients were achieved by means of horizontal dipping of several conjugated polymer and blended small molecule solutions on cm-scale surface gratings of different periods. We report optically pumped continuously tunable laser emission of 13 nm in the blue, 16 nm in the green and 19 nm in the red spectral region on a single chip respectively. Tuning behavior can be described with the Bragg-equation and the measured thickness profile. The laser threshold is low enough that inexpensive laser diodes can be used as pump sources.

  1. Demonstration of optical parametric gain generation in the 1 μm regime based on a photonic crystal fiber pumped by a picosecond mode-locked ytterbium-doped fiber laser

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    Zhang, Lei; Yang, Si-Gang; Wang, Xiao-Jian; Gou, Dou-Dou; Chen, Hong-Wei; Chen, Ming-Hua; Xie, Shi-Zhong

    2014-01-01

    We report the experimental demonstration of the optical parametric gain generation in the 1 μm regime based on a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with a zero group velocity dispersion (GVD) wavelength of 1062 nm pumped by a homemade tunable picosecond mode-locked ytterbium-doped fiber laser. A broad parametric gain band is obtained by pumping the PCF in the anomalous GVD regime with a relatively low power. Two separated narrow parametric gain bands are observed by pumping the PCF in the normal GVD regime. The peak of the parametric gain profile can be tuned from 927 to 1038 nm and from 1099 to 1228 nm. This widely tunable parametric gain band can be used for a broad band optical parametric amplifier, large span wavelength conversion or a tunable optical parametric oscillator.

  2. High average power diode pumped solid state lasers for CALIOPE

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    Comaskey, B.; Halpin, J.; Moran, B.

    1994-07-01

    Diode pumping of solid state media offers the opportunity for very low maintenance, high efficiency, and compact laser systems. For remote sensing, such lasers may be used to pump tunable non-linear sources, or if tunable themselves, act directly or through harmonic crystals as the probe. The needs of long range remote sensing missions require laser performance in the several watts to kilowatts range. At these power performance levels, more advanced thermal management technologies are required for the diode pumps. The solid state laser design must now address a variety of issues arising from the thermal loads, including fracture limits, induced lensing and aberrations, induced birefringence, and laser cavity optical component performance degradation with average power loading. In order to highlight the design trade-offs involved in addressing the above issues, a variety of existing average power laser systems are briefly described. Included are two systems based on Spectra Diode Laboratory`s water impingement cooled diode packages: a two times diffraction limited, 200 watt average power, 200 Hz multi-rod laser/amplifier by Fibertek, and TRW`s 100 watt, 100 Hz, phase conjugated amplifier. The authors also present two laser systems built at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) based on their more aggressive diode bar cooling package, which uses microchannel cooler technology capable of 100% duty factor operation. They then present the design of LLNL`s first generation OPO pump laser for remote sensing. This system is specified to run at 100 Hz, 20 nsec pulses each with 300 mJ, less than two times diffraction limited, and with a stable single longitudinal mode. The performance of the first testbed version will be presented. The authors conclude with directions their group is pursuing to advance average power lasers. This includes average power electro-optics, low heat load lasing media, and heat capacity lasers.

  3. Transverse Diode Pumping of Solid-State Lasers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-05-29

    more common apertures (laser rod end and cavity end mirror ) leads to a thin-film coating damage issue. The transverse pumped geometry avoids the...proprietary one-half inch square cooler developed for high-power adaptive optics mirror applications. The laser performance observed, with up to 35 watts of...including the development of active mirrors capable of sustaining high power loadings. As part of those efforts, TTC has developed a small (one-half inch

  4. Thulium:ZBLAN blue fiber laser pumped by two wavelengths

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    Tohmon, G.; Sato, H.; Ohya, J.; Uno, T.

    1997-05-01

    We demonstrate and analyze an upconversion blue fiber laser pumped by two wavelengths. Lasing at 0.48 {mu}m with very low pump threshold power is obtained from a Tm-doped fluorozirconate fiber that is counterpropagating pumped by 1.21- and 0.649-{mu}m light. We employed a rate-equation analysis using parameters obtained by fitting to the experimental data to predict the 0.48-{mu}m output characteristics as a function of fiber length and output reflectivity. {copyright} 1997 Optical Society of America

  5. Ultrafast supercontinuum fiber-laser based pump-probe scanning magneto-optical Kerr effect microscope for the investigation of electron spin dynamics in semiconductors at cryogenic temperatures with picosecond time and micrometer spatial resolution

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    Henn, T.; Kiessling, T. Ossau, W.; Molenkamp, L. W.; Biermann, K.; Santos, P. V.

    2013-12-15

    We describe a two-color pump-probe scanning magneto-optical Kerr effect microscope which we have developed to investigate electron spin phenomena in semiconductors at cryogenic temperatures with picosecond time and micrometer spatial resolution. The key innovation of our microscope is the usage of an ultrafast “white light” supercontinuum fiber-laser source which provides access to the whole visible and near-infrared spectral range. Our Kerr microscope allows for the independent selection of the excitation and detection energy while avoiding the necessity to synchronize the pulse trains of two separate picosecond laser systems. The ability to independently tune the pump and probe wavelength enables the investigation of the influence of excitation energy on the optically induced electron spin dynamics in semiconductors. We demonstrate picosecond real-space imaging of the diffusive expansion of optically excited electron spin packets in a (110) GaAs quantum well sample to illustrate the capabilities of the instrument.

  6. Laser-diode and Flash Lamp Pumped Solid-State Lasers

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    Garrec, Bruno Le

    2010-04-01

    Since the early 80's, most authors are considering that to enable high-average-power operation at the highest laser efficiency, it is necessary to replace flash lamp pumped solid-state lasers with laser-diode pumped solid-state lasers. This assumption is based on the fact that diode pumping has many advantages compared to flash lamp pumping that is seen as an old technology. Although it is very difficult to get true numbers, we shall show that Diode Pumped Solid State Lasers nearby the kW level have a moderate efficiency (<<10%), lower than expected. Flash lamp pumped fusion lasers are still in the run with a low efficiency but can access high beam quality and high harmonic generation efficiency. For the ELI project, we believe that considering a flash lamp pumped laser makes sense when the amplifier can run at 1 shot/mn to delivering 200J of green light. We shall show that it is an engineering problem to be solved with the help of: adaptive optic and large non linear crystals.

  7. Incoherently pumped continuous wave dye laser

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    Thiel, E.; Zander, C.; Drexhage, K. H.

    1987-05-01

    Continuous wave operation of a dye laser, pumped by an incoherent light source, is reported. A jet of a water-based solution of Rhodamine 6G is used as the laser medium in a spherical cavity with high reflectivity mirrors. Two high pressure arcs generated by electrical discharge between tungsten electrodes serve as pump source. They produce a power density of 0.5-10 kW/cm 2 in the jet causing the dye to lase at 615 nm.

  8. 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.

  9. High-temperature diode laser pumps for directed energy fiber lasers (Conference Presentation)

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    Kanskar, Manoj; Bao, Ling; Chen, Zhigang; DeVito, Mark; Dong, Weimin; Grimshaw, Mike P.; Guan, Xinguo; Hemenway, David M.; Martinsen, Robert; Zhang, Jim; Zhang, Shiguo

    2017-05-01

    Kilowatt-class fiber lasers and amplifiers are becoming increasingly important building blocks for power-scaling laser systems in various different architectures for directed energy applications. Currently, state-of-the-art Yb-doped fiber lasers operating near 1060 nm operate with optical-to-optical power-conversion efficiency of about 66%. State-of-the-art fiber-coupled pump diodes near 975 nm operate with about 50% electrical-to-fiber-coupled optical power conversion efficiency at 25C heatsink temperature. Therefore, the total system electrical-to-optical power conversion efficiency is about 33%. As a result, a 50-kW fiber laser will generate 75 kW of heat at the pump module and 25 kW at the fiber laser module with a total waste heat of 100 kW. It is evident that three times as much waste heat is generated at the pump module. While improving the efficiency of the diodes primarily reduces the input power requirement, increasing the operating temperature primarily reduces the size and weight for thermal management systems. We will discuss improvement in diode laser design, thermal resistance of the package as well as improvement in fiber-coupled optical-to-optical efficiency to achieve high efficiency at higher operating temperature. All of these factors have a far-reaching implication in terms of significantly improving the overall SWAP requirements thus enabling DEW-class fiber lasers on airborne and other platforms.

  10. 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.

  11. Resonantly pumped high efficiency Ho:YAG laser.

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    Shen, Ying-Jie; Yao, Bao-Quan; Duan, Xiao-Ming; Dai, Tong-Yu; Ju, You-Lun; Wang, Yue-Zhu

    2012-11-20

    High-efficient CW and Q-switched Ho:YAG lasers resonantly dual-end-pumped by two diode-pumped Tm:YLF lasers at 1908 nm were investigated. A maximum slope efficiency of 74.8% in CW operation as well as a maximum output power of 58.7 W at 83.2 W incident pump power was achieved, which corresponded to an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 70.6%. The maximum pulse energy of 2.94 mJ was achieved, with a 31 ns FWHM pulse width and a peak power of approximately 94.7 kW.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Optical contact approach to laser rod support.

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    Gurski, T. R.

    1972-01-01

    The successful application of an optical contact is described between a ruby laser rod that has no mechanical support and a sapphire rod. The contact is found to be durable in the environmental conditions associated with a high-power pulsed ruby laser. The described contact technique makes it possible to construct a laser oscillator using an ellipsoidal pump mirror that does not employ dielectric coatings in the cavity. Another advantage consists in that the ruby laser is not shaded from the pump light by mounting jigs at its ends.

  15. 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.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    1989-08-07

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

  17. ACTIVE MEDIA. LASERS: Diode-array-pumped repetitively pulsed neodymium phosphate glass laser

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    Bogatov, A. P.; Drakin, A. E.; Miftakhutdinov, D. R.; Mikaelyan, G. T.; Starodub, A. N.

    2008-09-01

    Repetitively pulsed generation (200 μs, 40 Hz) was obtained in a neodymium phosphate glass laser pumped by a 870-nm diode array. The maximum slope lasing efficiency with respect to the optical pump energy equal to 13% is restricted by the factor (≈0.23) of active-medium filling by the mode field. By adjusting the laser cavity, the single-transverse mode regime, in particular, the generation of the TEM00 mode is obtained in the entire range of pump energies.

  18. Stimulated IR emission in an optically pumped cesium vapour

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    Sitnikov, M G; Znamenskiy, Nikolay V; Manykin, Eduard A; Petrenko, Evgenii A; Grigoryan, Grigorii G

    2000-03-31

    It is demonstrated that the optical pumping of a Cs vapour with light pulses of a dye laser tunable within the range of 15390-17920 cm{sup -1} gives rise to high-power stimulated IR emission on several atomic transitions. Analysis of threshold, energy, and spectral characteristics of this emission allowed the mechanism underlying this effect to be explained. (active media. lasers)

  19. Diode Laser Pumped Alkali Vapor Lasers with Exciplex-Assisted Absorption

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    2013-05-14

    ORGANIZATION Emory University, 1515 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322 REPORT NUMBER The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, 4000...supplies high power pumping system to AFRL. 1S. SUBJECT TERMS High-power lasers, line-narrowed diode lasers, volume Bragg grating, gas phase, OPAL, hybrid...Central Florida, School of Optics/CREOL Michael C. Heaven Department of Chemistry Emory University Atlanta, GA 30322 Multidisciplinary Research

  20. Vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting 625-nm laser upon optical pumping of an InGaP/AlGaInP nanostructure with a Bragg mirror

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    Kozlovskii, Vladimir I; Lavrushin, B M; Skasyrsky, Yan K; Tiberi, M D

    2009-08-31

    Pulsed lasing is obtained in a multilayer quantum-well InGaP/AlGaInP structure in a cavity with an external mirror and a Bragg AlAs/AlGaAs mirror pumped by the 532-nm second harmonic from a diode-pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. Lasing is obtained at the TEM{sub 00} fundamental transverse mode of the cavity at a wavelength of 625 nm. The pulse beam power was 3.1 W and the radiation divergence achieved a diffraction limit of 10-12 mrad for 5-ns pulses with a repetition rate of 6 kHz. (lasers)

  1. Solar-pumped photodissociation iodine laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

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

    1986-01-01

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

  2. Long gain length solar pumped box laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Deyoung, R. J.

    1986-01-01

    A solar pumped laser has its lasing path lengthened by forming a square loop in the lasing path by means of bending mirrors. Solar radiation is collected and concentrated into a donut shaped intensity pattern. This intensity pattern is directed onto the lasing path such that there is a maximum fit of the solar intensity pattern to the square loop laser cavity.

  3. Pump-linewidth-tolerant optical wavelength conversion for high-order QAM signals using coherent pumps.

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    Lu, Guo-Wei; Albuquerque, André; Puttnam, Benjamin J; Sakamoto, Takahide; Drummond, Miguel; Nogueira, Rogério; Kanno, Atsushi; Shinada, Satoshi; Wada, Naoya; Kawanishi, Tetsuya

    2014-03-10

    Optical wavelength conversion (OWC) is expected to be a desirable function in future optical transparent networks. Since high-order quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) is more sensitive to the phase noise, in the OWC of high-order QAM signals, it is crucial to suppress the extra noise introduced in the OWC subsystem, especially for the scenario with multiple cascaded OWCs. Here, we propose and experimentally demonstrate a pump-linewidth-tolerant OWC scheme suitable for high-order QAM signals using coherent two-tone pumps. Using 3.5-MHz-linewidth distributed feedback (DFB) lasers as pump sources, our scheme enables wavelength conversion of both 16QAM and 64QAM signals with negligible power penalty, in a periodically-poled Lithium Niobate (PPLN) waveguide based OWC. We also demonstrate the performance of pump phase noise cancellation, showing that such coherent two-tone pump schemes can eliminate the need for ultra-narrow linewidth pump lasers and enable practical implementation of low-cost OWC in future dynamic optical networks.

  4. Coherent communication link using diode-pumped lasers

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    Kane, Thomas J.; Wallace, Richard W.

    1989-01-01

    Work toward developing a diffraction limited, single frequency, modulated transmitter suitable for coherent optical communication or direct detection communication is discussed. Diode pumped, monolithic Nd:YAG nonplanar ring oscillators were used as the carrier beam. An external modulation technique which can handle high optical powers, has moderate modulation voltage, and which can reach modulation rates of 1 GHz was invented. Semiconductor laser pumped solid-state lasers which have high output power (0.5 Watt) and which oscillate at a single frequency, in a diffraction limited beam, at the wavelength of 1.06 microns were built. A technique for phase modulating the laser output by 180 degrees with a 40-volt peak to peak driving voltage is demonstrated. This technique can be adapted for amplitude modulation of 100 percent with the same voltage. This technique makes use of a resonant bulk modulator, so it does not have the power handling limitations of guided wave modulators.

  5. Theoretical model and simulations for a cw exciplex pumped alkali laser.

    PubMed

    Huang, Wei; Tan, Rongqing; Li, Zhiyong; Lu, Xiaochuan

    2015-12-14

    The Exciplex Pumped Alkali Laser (XPAL) system, which is similar to DPAL (Diode Pumped Alkali vapor Laser), has been demonstrated in mixtures of Cs vapor, Ar, with and without ethane. Unlike DPAL, it uses the broadband absorption blue satellite of the alkali D2 line, created by naturally occuring collision pairs. For example, Cs-Ar collision pairs have an absorption width which is as wide as the one of commercial semiconductor diode lasers. A continuous wave XPAL four-level theoretical model is presented in this paper. More factors are considered, such as the spectral dependence of pumped laser absorption for broadband pumping and the longitudinal population variation. Some intra-cavity details, such as longitudinal distributions of pumped laser and alkali laser, can also be solved well. The predictions of optical-to-optical efficiency as a function of temperature and pumped laser intensity are presented. The model predicts that there is an optimum value of temperature or pumped laser intensity. The analysis of the influence of cell length on optical-to-optical efficiency shows that a better performance can be achieved when using longer cell. The prediction of influence of Ar concentration and reflectivity of output coupler shows that higher optical-to-optical efficiency could be achieved if lower reflectivity of output coupler and higher Ar concentration are used. The optical-to-optical efficiency as high as 84% achieved by optimizing configuration with the pumped intensity of 5 × 10⁷ W/cm² presented shows that broadband pumped four-level XPAL system has a potential of high optical-to-optical efficiency.

  6. 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.

  7. 980nm diode laser pump modules operating at high temperature

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    Campbell, Jenna; Semenic, Tadej; Leisher, Paul; Bhunia, Avijit; Mashanovitch, Milan; Renner, Daniel

    2016-03-01

    Existing thermal management technologies for diode laser pumps place a significant load on the size, weight and power consumption of High Power Solid State and Fiber Laser systems, thus making current laser systems very large, heavy, and inefficient in many important practical applications. This problem is being addressed by the team formed by Freedom Photonics and Teledyne Scientific through the development of novel high power laser chip array architectures that can operate with high efficiency when cooled with coolants at temperatures higher than 50 degrees Celsius and also the development of an advanced thermal management system for efficient heat extraction from the laser chip array. This paper will present experimental results for the optical, electrical and thermal characteristics of 980 nm diode laser pump modules operating effectively with liquid coolant at temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius, showing a very small change in performance as the operating temperature increases from 20 to 50 degrees Celsius. These pump modules can achieve output power of many Watts per array lasing element with an operating Wall-Plug-Efficiency (WPE) of >55% at elevated coolant temperatures. The paper will also discuss the technical approach that has enabled this high level of pump module performance and opportunities for further improvement.

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

    DOEpatents

    Nilsen, Joseph

    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).

  9. Intensity Scaling for Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-01-01

    unphased diode lasers is absorbed in the near IR by atomic potassium, rubidium , or cesium. The gain cell for a DPAL system using a heat pipe design is...demonstrated linear scaling of a rubidium laser to 32 times threshold.3 In our present work, we explore scaling to pump in- tensities of >100kW/cm2. The...of output power. Each alkali atom in the laser medium may be required to cycle as many as 1010 pump photons per second. We demonstrated a rubidium

  10. Optically pumped gold nanorod plasmonic microlaser

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    Shi, Ce; Soltani, Soheil; Armani, Andrea

    2014-03-01

    High optical field intensities build up inside microtoroids owing to its ultra-high quality factor, making them an ideal platform for plasmonic-photonic interactions with noble metals and a suitable pump source for microlaser. In this work, a microlaser based on hybrid silica microtoroids coated with gold nanorods is theoretically modeled and experimentally demonstrated. Theoretically, we used 3-D Comsol Multiphysics and modeled the interaction between the optical mode of the microtoroids and the surface plasmonic resonance of gold nanorods, both on and off resonance. To thoroughly study the role that the polymer layer plays in the plasmonic laser system, we perform a series of finite element method simulations in which the polymer layer thickness and refractive index is varied, and its effect on the plasmonic resonance is quantified. Experimentally, we demonstrated a visible laser at 575nm from hybrid microtoroids with a 30μWthreshold and an approximately 1nm linewidth. We have also varied the gold nanorod concentration on the microtoroids surface, and studied its effect on the Quality factor and the threshold power in order to get the optimum concentration for lasing.

  11. 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.

  12. LD dual-end-pumped CW Tm:YLF laser

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    Chen, Xin-yu; Zhang, Yu; Yu, Yong-ji; Wang, Chao; Jin, Guang-yong

    2013-09-01

    We report on a LD dual-end-pumped 792nm continuous wave operation Tm:YLF laser. Firstly, the rate equation of LD end-pumped CW operation Tm:YLF laser were established, in which the energy transfer upconversion and without energy transfer upconversion under continuous-wave considerate were considered, as well the pump threshold and the slope efficiency of the laser system were analyzed. Simultaneously, the cavity stability condition and the pattern matching of the plano- concave resonator were analyzed according to ABCD Matrix theory. Comparing respectively the laser threshold and the slope efficiency and optical-optical conversion efficiency under circumstances which the output mirror transmittance of 15% and 23%. In addition, the M2 of the output laser were contrasted and analyzed in adjusting the resonator cavity length by using different radius of curvature of the output mirror in 150mm, 200mm and 300mm all in the above case. As the process of thermal lens focal length changing greater than 90mm, it exhibited that the two fundamental modes in the cavity resonator matched well in numerical simulation when the radius of curvature of the output mirror was 300mm, as well the two fundamental modes matched well when it more than 100mm in a certain pump power. We designed a single LD dual-end-pumped continuous wave operation Tm:YLF laser. Using Tm:YLF (3 at.%) crystal for gain medium, which the size was 3×3×14mm3. In experiments, the Tm:YLF laser crystal keeps 291K and the temperature control method is water cooling. The length of the resonator was 135mm when L shape plano-concave resonator was applied, and the radius of curvature output mirror was 300mm, as well as the temperature of the Tm:YLF laser crystal was 291K. The output laser we observed by this system and the central laser wavelength was 1944nm. The threshold power was 8.11W and the highest output power reaches to 4.01W when the totally input pump power was 17W, and the optical conversion efficiency was 23

  13. Designing a Broadband Pump for High-Quality Micro-Lasers via Modified Net Radiation Method.

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    Nechayev, Sergey; Reusswig, Philip D; Baldo, Marc A; Rotschild, Carmel

    2016-12-07

    High-quality micro-lasers are key ingredients in non-linear optics, communication, sensing and low-threshold solar-pumped lasers. However, such micro-lasers exhibit negligible absorption of free-space broadband pump light. Recently, this limitation was lifted by cascade energy transfer, in which the absorption and quality factor are modulated with wavelength, enabling non-resonant pumping of high-quality micro-lasers and solar-pumped laser to operate at record low solar concentration. Here, we present a generic theoretical framework for modeling the absorption, emission and energy transfer of incoherent radiation between cascade sensitizer and laser gain media. Our model is based on linear equations of the modified net radiation method and is therefore robust, fast converging and has low complexity. We apply this formalism to compute the optimal parameters of low-threshold solar-pumped lasers. It is revealed that the interplay between the absorption and self-absorption of such lasers defines the optimal pump absorption below the maximal value, which is in contrast to conventional lasers for which full pump absorption is desired. Numerical results are compared to experimental data on a sensitized Nd(3+):YAG cavity, and quantitative agreement with theoretical models is found. Our work modularizes the gain and sensitizing components and paves the way for the optimal design of broadband-pumped high-quality micro-lasers and efficient solar-pumped lasers.

  14. Designing a Broadband Pump for High-Quality Micro-Lasers via Modified Net Radiation Method

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    Nechayev, Sergey; Reusswig, Philip D.; Baldo, Marc A.; Rotschild, Carmel

    2016-01-01

    High-quality micro-lasers are key ingredients in non-linear optics, communication, sensing and low-threshold solar-pumped lasers. However, such micro-lasers exhibit negligible absorption of free-space broadband pump light. Recently, this limitation was lifted by cascade energy transfer, in which the absorption and quality factor are modulated with wavelength, enabling non-resonant pumping of high-quality micro-lasers and solar-pumped laser to operate at record low solar concentration. Here, we present a generic theoretical framework for modeling the absorption, emission and energy transfer of incoherent radiation between cascade sensitizer and laser gain media. Our model is based on linear equations of the modified net radiation method and is therefore robust, fast converging and has low complexity. We apply this formalism to compute the optimal parameters of low-threshold solar-pumped lasers. It is revealed that the interplay between the absorption and self-absorption of such lasers defines the optimal pump absorption below the maximal value, which is in contrast to conventional lasers for which full pump absorption is desired. Numerical results are compared to experimental data on a sensitized Nd3+:YAG cavity, and quantitative agreement with theoretical models is found. Our work modularizes the gain and sensitizing components and paves the way for the optimal design of broadband-pumped high-quality micro-lasers and efficient solar-pumped lasers. PMID:27924844

  15. Designing a Broadband Pump for High-Quality Micro-Lasers via Modified Net Radiation Method

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    Nechayev, Sergey; Reusswig, Philip D.; Baldo, Marc A.; Rotschild, Carmel

    2016-12-01

    High-quality micro-lasers are key ingredients in non-linear optics, communication, sensing and low-threshold solar-pumped lasers. However, such micro-lasers exhibit negligible absorption of free-space broadband pump light. Recently, this limitation was lifted by cascade energy transfer, in which the absorption and quality factor are modulated with wavelength, enabling non-resonant pumping of high-quality micro-lasers and solar-pumped laser to operate at record low solar concentration. Here, we present a generic theoretical framework for modeling the absorption, emission and energy transfer of incoherent radiation between cascade sensitizer and laser gain media. Our model is based on linear equations of the modified net radiation method and is therefore robust, fast converging and has low complexity. We apply this formalism to compute the optimal parameters of low-threshold solar-pumped lasers. It is revealed that the interplay between the absorption and self-absorption of such lasers defines the optimal pump absorption below the maximal value, which is in contrast to conventional lasers for which full pump absorption is desired. Numerical results are compared to experimental data on a sensitized Nd3+:YAG cavity, and quantitative agreement with theoretical models is found. Our work modularizes the gain and sensitizing components and paves the way for the optimal design of broadband-pumped high-quality micro-lasers and efficient solar-pumped lasers.

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

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

    2005-09-01

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

  17. Pump wavelength tuning of optical parametric oscillations and frequency mixing in KTiOAsO4

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    Jani, Mahendra G.; Murray, James T.; Petrin, Roger R.; Powell, Richard C.; Loiacono, D. N.; Loiacono, G. M.

    1992-01-01

    The properties of alexandrite laser-pumped optical parametric oscillators are reported for potassium titanyl arsenate. Near-infrared tuning curves and slope efficiencies were measured as functions of pump wavelength and pump power. In addition, sum frequency mixing of red and infrared wavelengths to produce green emission is also reported.

  18. Pump and probe spectroscopy with continuous wave quantum cascade lasers

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    Kirkbride, James M. R.; Causier, Sarah K.; Dalton, Andrew R.; Ritchie, Grant A. D.; Weidmann, Damien

    2014-02-07

    This paper details infra-red pump and probe studies on nitric oxide conducted with two continuous wave quantum cascade lasers both operating around 5 μm. The pump laser prepares a velocity selected population in a chosen rotational quantum state of the v = 1 level which is subsequently probed using a second laser tuned to a rotational transition within the v = 2 ← v = 1 hot band. The rapid frequency scan of the probe (with respect to the molecular collision rate) in combination with the velocity selective pumping allows observation of marked rapid passage signatures in the transient absorption profiles from the polarized vibrationally excited sample. These coherent transient signals are influenced by the underlying hyperfine structure of the pump and probe transitions, the sample pressure, and the coherent properties of the lasers. Pulsed pump and probe studies show that the transient absorption signals decay within 1 μs at 50 mTorr total pressure, reflecting both the polarization and population dephasing times of the vibrationally excited sample. The experimental observations are supported by simulation based upon solving the optical Bloch equations for a two level system.

  19. Ray tracing in nuclear-pumped flowing gas lasers

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    Mat'ev, V Yu

    2003-06-30

    The ray tracing in the resonators of a nuclear-pumped flowing gas lasers is considered. The refractive index profile of the medium in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis in such lasers can be considered parabolic, but the steepness of the parabola is quite nonuniform along the ray trace, and the resonator stability condition (the absolute value of the ray matrix trace for a single trip of the ray in the resonator is smaller than two) is not sufficient to confine the ray within the resonator after a large number of trips. (lasers)

  20. Applications of lasers and electro-optics

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    Tan, B. C.; Low, K. S.; Chen, Y. H.; Ahmad, Harith; Tou, T. Y.

    Supported by the IRPA Programme on Laser Technology and Applications, many types of lasers have been designed, constructed and applied in various areas of science, medicine and industries. Amongst these lasers constructed were high power carbon dioxide lasers, rare gas halide excimer lasers, solid state Neodymium-YAG lasers, nitrogen lasers, flashlamp pumped dye lasers and nitrogen and excimer laser pumped dye lasers. These lasers and the associated electro-optics system, some with computer controlled, are designed and developed for the following areas of applications: (1) industrial applications of high power carbon dioxide lasers for making of i.c. components and other materials processing purposes -- prototype operational systems have been developed; (2) Medical applications of lasers for cancer treatment using the technique of photodynamic therapy -- a new and more effective treatment protocol has been proposed; (3) agricultural applications of lasers in palm oil and palm fruit-fluorescence diagnostic studies -- fruit ripeness signature has been developed and palm oil oxidation level were investigated; (4) development of atmospheric pollution monitoring systems using laser lidar techniques -- laboratory scale systems were developed; and (5) other applications of lasers including laser holographic and interferometric methods for the non destructive testing of materials.

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

    DOEpatents

    Meissner, Helmuth E.; Beach, Raymond J.; Bibeau, Camille; Sutton, Steven B.; Mitchell, Scott; Bass, Isaac; Honea, Eric

    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.

  2. Degradation studies and pump optimization of optically pumped red-emitting AlGaInP-VECSELs

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    Kahle, Hermann; Mateo, Cherry M. N.; Jäger, Maren; Weinspach, Karoline; Baumgärtner, Stefan; Brauch, Uwe; Bek, Roman; Schwarzbäck, Thomas; Jetter, Michael; Graf, Thomas; Michler, Peter

    2015-03-01

    Optically pumped semiconductor (OPS) vertical external-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VECSELs) are an important category of power scalable lasers with a wide range of applications in biophotonics, medicine technologies, spectroscopy, projector technologies and lithography. The open laser resonator allows to implement frequency selective and converting intra-cavity elements. The possibility of bandgap engineering, laser emission in the fundamental Gaussian mode and the technical simplicity leads to ongoing growth of the area of applications for these tunable laser sources. We present degradation studies of metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE) grown, optically pumped, red-emitting AlGaInP-VECSELs with quantum wells (QWs) as active layers. Laser performance in continuous operation, pumped with a 532nm Nd:YAG laser and recorded over several hours, will be shown. Surface investigations of the gain structure via large-area photoluminescence maps show the possible consequences of optical pumping. A comparison of barrier-pumped performance data with the data of an in-well pumped VECSEL device is shown.

  3. Recent Progress in Optically Pumped Magnetometers

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    Alexandrov, E. B.

    Optically pumped magnetometres (OPM) are known as the most precise instruments for scalar measurement of low magnetic fields, including those of the Earth's magnetic field. For a long time OPM could not compete, in absolute accuracy, with the proton precession magnetometers, being, at the same time, much more sensitive and fast. Nowadays, due to the considerable progress in the OPM performance, several types of OPM became much more accurate than the best proton magnetometer. During the last decade the main progress was associated with OPM of the following three types: (1) The narrow-line potassium Mx-OMP with the highest shot- noise-limited resolution (about 10 fT/Hz1/2) and with an absolute accuracy better than 0.1 nT; (2) The “tandem” Mx-Mz-type magnetometer with a narrow line potassium Mz unit of enhanced absolute accuracy (of about 10 pT); (3) The laser pumped 3He free-precession magnetometer of highest absolute accuracy and lowest energy consumption. Each of these three types has its own specific features, preferable in certain applications.

  4. High Power 7-GHz Bandwidth External-Cavity Diode Laser Array and Its Use in Optically Pumping Singlet Delta Oxygen

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2006-10-11

    array,” Opt. Lett. 19, 1741 (1994). 2. Stuart MacCormack, Jack Feinberg, and M. H. Garrett , “Injection locking a laser-diode array with a phase...generate O2( 1∆) molecules, frequently called Singlet Delta Oxygen (SDO) molecules. High-power chemical oxygen-iodine lasers ( COIL ) use energy...45 A, thermal roll -over effect starts and output power drops due to high temperature (~30oC) of the DLA. The green data are the DLA’s free-running

  5. Further development of high-power pump laser diodes

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    Schmidt, Berthold; Lichtenstein, Norbert; Sverdlov, Boris; Matuschek, Nicolai; Mohrdiek, Stefan; Pliska, Tomas; Mueller, Juergen; Pawlik, Susanne; Arlt, Sebastian; Pfeiffer, Hans-Ulrich; Fily, Arnaud; Harder, Christoph

    2003-12-01

    AlGaAs/InGaAs based high power pump laser diodes with wavelength of around 980 nm are key products within erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA) for today's long haul and metro-communication networks, whereas InGaAsP/InP based laser diodes with 14xx nm emission wavelength are relevant for advanced, but not yet widely-used Raman amplifiers. Due to the changing industrial environment cost reduction becomes a crucial factor in the development of new, pump modules. Therefore, pump laser chips were aggressively optimized in terms of power conversion and thermal stability, which allows operation without active cooling at temperatures exceeding 70°C. In addition our submarine-reliable single mode technology was extended to high power multi-mode laser diodes. These light sources can be used in the field of optical amplifiers as well as for medical, printing and industrial applications. Improvements of pump laser diodes in terms of power conversion efficiency, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) locking performance of single mode devices, noise reduction and reliability will be presented.

  6. 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.

  7. Analysis of pumping schemes for high brightness diode-side-pumped lasers

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    Jabczynski, Jan K.; Kaskow, Mateusz; Zendzian, Waldemar; Kopczyński, Krzysztof; Puzewicz, Zbigniew

    2016-12-01

    Several schemes of side-pumping by novel, high brightness, 2D laser diode stacks were analyzed. The three most promising schemes were chosen, for which the optical set-ups have been designed, manufactured and preliminary characterized. The special, robust, compact cavity with high tolerances to misalignments, mechanical disturbances and shocks was designed. The analysis of temperature sensitivity of pump unit and laser was performed. In preliminary characterization 180 mJ of output energy with 2-mrad full divergence angle (parameter M2 5) in free running mode for 0.8-J of incident pump energy was demonstrated in such a compact cavity with 80% transmission of integrated output coupler. The main drawbacks in such design found in preliminary experiments are: low threshold of self-lasing due to high gain density and inhomogeneities in transverse beam profile. The strategy of mitigation of these drawbacks was discussed.

  8. Solar Pumped Lasers and Their Applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  9. Solar Pumped Lasers and Their Applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  10. Solar pumped lasers and their applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lee, Ja H.

    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.

  11. Study of the possibility of developing a multichannel-diode-pumped multikilowatt solid-state laser based on optically dense active media

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    Garnov, S V; Mikhailov, V A; Serov, R V; Smirnov, V A; Tsvetkov, V B; Shcherbakov, I A

    2007-10-31

    Optimal conditions are determined for the development of efficient diode-pumped 1-{mu}m solid-state lasers with output powers up to a few tens of kilowatts. The thermal operating conditions are analysed for various Yb{sup 3+}- or Nd{sup 3+}-doped active media used in high-power laser systems. The advantages and disadvantages of these active ions and various crystal matrices are discussed. The theoretical analysis and experimental simulations allow one to determine the application fields of various laser crystals. A new concept of a multibeam (multipoint) pumping of active media is proposed. (special issue devoted to the 25th anniversary of the a.m. prokhorov general physics institute)

  12. 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.

  13. Laser Diode Pumped Solid State Lasers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1987-01-01

    structures, monolithic phased arrays, multiple stripe lasers which were made possible by improved manufacturing technologies su LPE and particular...mass production of single laser diodes in Japan, went a development in the U.S. which is aimed at the fabrication of powerful monolithic arrays. The...Significant progress has been made recently in developing the monolithic , linear laser diode array. Output power, slope efficiency, laser threshold and

  14. Modeling of diode pumped nanoparticle gas laser

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    Yang, Xu; Wang, Hongyan; Yang, Zining; Xu, Xiaojun

    2017-05-01

    The hybrid gas phase and solid state laser shows its inherent advantages in heat management and high efficiency and compactness, with DPAL becoming a perfect example. However, this kind of laser is limited by concern, for example, narrow absorption linewidth and a series of problems resulting from chemical reactions. As a matter of fact, Prof. Krupke proposed some hybrid gas phase and solid state lasers before DPAL, while they were chemically unfavored. As a newest type of hybrid gas phase and solid state laser, diode pumped nanoparticle gas laser (DPNGL) is a potential candidate in high power laser field. We put forward a rate equation model for Yb3+ doped nanoparticle gas laser, and scattering of nanoparticles at the nano scale is included in this model. In addition, modifications of fluorescence lifetime and laser emission and pump absorption cross section are coupled into this model. Some vital factors are simulated and discussed. The results obtained from the modeling show that the influence of scattering is weak, and the Yb3+ concentration is not necessarily high to achieve a good laser performance. The results are sufficiently positive for DPNGL to be a promising high power laser.

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

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

    1988-01-01

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

  16. Advancements in flowing diode pumped alkali lasers

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    Pitz, Greg A.; Stalnaker, Donald M.; Guild, Eric M.; Oliker, Benjamin Q.; Moran, Paul J.; Townsend, Steven W.; Hostutler, David A.

    2016-03-01

    Multiple variants of the Diode Pumped Alkali Laser (DPAL) have recently been demonstrated at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Highlights of this ongoing research effort include: a) a 571W rubidium (Rb) based Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) with a gain (2α) of 0.48 cm-1, b) a rubidium-cesium (Cs) Multi-Alkali Multi-Line (MAML) laser that simultaneously lases at both 795 nm and 895 nm, and c) a 1.5 kW resonantly pumped potassium (K) DPAL with a slope efficiency of 50%. The common factor among these experiments is the use of a flowing alkali test bed.

  17. Fiber optic laser rod

    DOEpatents

    Erickson, G.F.

    1988-04-13

    A laser rod is formed from a plurality of optical fibers, each forming an individual laser. Synchronization of the individual fiber lasers is obtained by evanescent wave coupling between adjacent optical fiber cores. The fiber cores are dye-doped and spaced at a distance appropriate for evanescent wave coupling at the wavelength of the selected dye. An interstitial material having an index of refraction lower than that of the fiber core provides the optical isolation for effective lasing action while maintaining the cores at the appropriate coupling distance. 2 figs.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Pump and signal combiner for bi-directional pumping of all-fiber lasers and amplifiers.

    PubMed

    Theeg, Thomas; Sayinc, Hakan; Neumann, Jörg; Overmeyer, Ludger; Kracht, Dietmar

    2012-12-17

    We developed an all-fiber component with a signal feedthrough capable of combining up to 6 fiber-coupled multi-mode pump sources to a maximum pump power of 400 W at efficiencies in the range of 89 to 95%, providing the possibility of transmitting a high power signal in forward and in reverse direction. Hence, the fiber combiner can be implemented in almost any fiber laser or amplifier architecture. The complete optical design of the combiner was developed based on ray tracing simulations and confirmed by experimental results.

  1. High-power diode-pumped Tm:YLF slab laser

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    Schellhorn, M.; Ngcobo, S.; Bollig, C.

    2009-02-01

    A 2% Tm3+-doped LiYF4(Tm:YLF) slab is double-end-pumped by two laser diode stacks. The pumped volume has a rectangular cross section. The Tm:YLF laser produced 148 W of continuos-wave output at 1912 nm in a beam with M {/x 2}≈199 and M {/y 2}≈1.7 for 554 W of incident pump power. The slope efficiency with respect to the incident pump power was 32.6%, and the optical-to-optical efficiency was 26.7%.

  2. Characteristics of diode-pumped room-temperature Tm,Ho:YLF laser

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    Zhang, Xinlu; Wang, Yuezhu; Ju, Youlun; Yao, Baoquan

    2005-01-01

    A room-temperature Tm,Ho:YLF laser is constructed with a 2.5-mm-long Tm(6%) and Ho(0.4%) co-doped yttrium lithium fluoride crystal pumped by a laser diode operating at 792nm. The output power as a function incident pump power at different output coupler transmission values is given. At room temperature, the laser operates on a single transverse mode (TEM00) at 2.066μm, the laser threshold pump power is 55mW, and its maximum output power and optical-to-optical conversion efficiency are 388mW and 14.1% respectively. At the same time, the output power and optical-to-optical conversion efficiency as a function of incident pump power at different temperatures are obtained. Furthermore, the experimental results are explained reasonably.

  3. Fiber-optic parametric amplifier and oscillator based on intracavity parametric pump technique.

    PubMed

    Luo, Zhengqian; Zhong, Wen-De; Tang, Ming; Cai, Zhiping; Ye, Chenchun; Xiao, Xiaosheng

    2009-01-15

    A cost-effective fiber optical parametric amplifier (FOPA) based on the laser intracavity pump technique has been proposed and demonstrated experimentally. The parametric process is realized by inserting a 1 km highly nonlinear dispersion-shifted fiber (HNL-DSF) into a fiber ring-laser cavity that consists of a high-power erbium-doped fiber (EDF) amplifier and two highly reflective fiber Bragg gratings. Compared with the conventional parametric pump schemes, the proposed pumping technique is free from a tunable semiconductor laser as the pump source and also the pump phase modulation. When the oscillating power of 530 mW in the EDF laser cavity is achieved to pump the HNL-DSF, a peak parametric gain of 27.5 dB and a net gain over 45 nm are obtained. Moreover, a widely tunable fiber-optic parametric oscillator is further developed using the FOPA as a gain medium.

  4. Broad-Area Laser Diode With Fiber-Optic Injection

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hazel, Geoffrey; Mead, Patricia; Davis, Christopher; Cornwell, Donald

    1992-01-01

    Fiber-optic injection-locked broad-area laser diode features single-mode output via fiber-optic injection and serves as compact, rugged, high-power near-infrared source. Useful in free-space and fiber-optic communication links, as communication-receiver preamplifier, and pump source for solid-state lasers.

  5. Pump Diode Characterization for an Unstable Diode-Pumped Alkali Laser Resonator

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2013-03-01

    PUMP DIODE CHARACTERIZATION FOR AN UNSTABLE DIODE - PUMPED ALKALI LASER RESONATOR THESIS Chad T. Taguba, Master Sergeant, USAF AFIT-ENP-13-M-33...not subject to copyright protection in the United States. AFIT-ENP-13-M-33 PUMP DIODE CHARACTERIZATION FOR AN UNSTABLE DIODE - PUMPED ALKALI LASER ... DIODE CHARACTERIZATION FOR AN UNSTABLE DIODE - PUMPED ALKALI LASER RESONATOR Approved: Chad T. Taguba, BS Master Sergeant, USAF

  6. Frequency-doubled DBR-tapered diode laser for direct pumping of Ti:sapphire lasers generating sub-20 fs pulses.

    PubMed

    Müller, André; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Unterhuber, Angelika; Le, Tuan; Stingl, Andreas; Hasler, Karl-Heinz; Sumpf, Bernd; Erbert, Götz; Andersen, Peter E; Petersen, Paul Michael

    2011-06-20

    For the first time a single-pass frequency doubled DBR-tapered diode laser suitable for pumping Ti:sapphire lasers generating ultrashort pulses is demonstrated. The maximum output powers achieved when pumping the Ti:sapphire laser are 110 mW (CW) and 82 mW (mode-locked) respectively at 1.2 W of pump power. This corresponds to a reduction in optical conversion efficiencies to 75% of the values achieved with a commercial diode pumped solid-state laser. However, the superior electro-optical efficiency of the diode laser improves the overall efficiency of the Ti:sapphire laser by a factor > 2. The optical spectrum emitted by the Ti:sapphire laser when pumped with our diode laser shows a spectral width of 112 nm (FWHM). Based on autocorrelation measurements, pulse widths of less than 20 fs can therefore be expected.

  7. Pump power stability range of single-mode solid-state lasers with rod thermal lensing

    SciTech Connect

    De Silvestri, S.; La Porta, P.; Magni, V.

    1987-11-01

    The pump power stability range of solid-state laser resonators operating in the TEM/sub 00/ mode has been thoroughly investigated. It has been shown that, for a very general resonator containing intracavity optical systems, rod thermal lensing engenders a pump power stability range which is a characteristic parameter of laser material and pump cavity, but is independent of resonator configuration. Stability ranges have been calculated and critically discussed for Nd:YAG, Nd:Glasses, Nd:Cr:GSGG, and alexandrite. The independence of the pump power stability range from the resonator configuration has been experimentally demonstrated for a CW Nd:YAG laser.

  8. Highly scalable, resonantly cladding-pumped, Er-doped fiber laser with record efficiency.

    PubMed

    Dubinskii, M; Zhang, J; Ter-Mikirtychev, V

    2009-05-15

    We report the performance of a resonantly cladding-pumped, Yb-free, Er-doped fiber laser. We believe this is the first reported resonantly cladding-pumped fiber-Bragg-grating-based, Er-doped, large-mode-area (LMA) fiber laser. The laser, pumped by fiber-coupled InGaAsP/InP laser diode modules at 1,532.5 nm, delivers approximately 48 W of cw output at 1,590 nm. It is believed to be the highest power ever reported from a Yb-free Er-doped LMA fiber. This fully integrated laser also has the optical-to-optical efficiency of approximately 57%, to the best of our knowledge, the highest efficiency reported for cladding-pumped unidirectionally emitting Er-doped laser.

  9. FUNDAMENTAL AREAS OF PHENOMENOLOGY (INCLUDING APPLICATIONS): High-Efficiency High-Power Nd: YAG Laser under 885 nm Laser Diode Pumping

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    Li, Fang-Qin; Zhang, Xiao-Fu; Zong, Nan; Yang, Jing; Peng, Qin-Jun; Cui, Da-Fu; Xu, Zu-Yan

    2009-11-01

    A high-efficiency high-power Nd:YAG laser under 885nm laser diode (LD) pumping is demonstrated. The laser crystal is carefully designed, and the overlapping between the pump modes and the laser modes is optimized. The maximum output power at 1064 nm is 87W under the absorbed pump power 127.7W, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 72.4% and an optical-optical efficiency of 68.1%. The optical-optical efficiency is 58.4% for the pump power emitted directly from the LD. To our best knowledge, this is the maximal optical-optical conversion efficiency obtained for the LD end-pumped Nd:YAG lasers so far.

  10. Electrically pumped edge-emitting photonic bandgap semiconductor laser

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    Lin, Shawn-Yu; Zubrzycki, Walter J.

    2004-01-06

    A highly efficient, electrically pumped edge-emitting semiconductor laser based on a one- or two-dimensional photonic bandgap (PBG) structure is described. The laser optical cavity is formed using a pair of PBG mirrors operating in the photonic band gap regime. Transverse confinement is achieved by surrounding an active semiconductor layer of high refractive index with lower-index cladding layers. The cladding layers can be electrically insulating in the passive PBG mirror and waveguide regions with a small conducting aperture for efficient channeling of the injection pump current into the active region. The active layer can comprise a quantum well structure. The quantum well structure can be relaxed in the passive regions to provide efficient extraction of laser light from the active region.

  11. Femtosecond Cr:LiSAF and Cr:LiCAF lasers pumped by tapered diode lasers.

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    Demirbas, Umit; Schmalz, Michael; Sumpf, Bernd; Erbert, Götz; Petrich, Gale S; Kolodziejski, Leslie A; Fujimoto, James G; Kärtner, Franz X; Leitenstorfer, Alfred

    2011-10-10

    We report compact, low-cost and efficient Cr:Colquiriite lasers that are pumped by high brightness tapered laser diodes. The tapered laser diodes provided 1 to 1.2 W of output power around 675 nm, at an electrical-to-optical conversion efficiency of about 30%. Using a single tapered diode laser as the pump source, we have demonstrated output powers of 500 mW and 410 mW together with slope efficiencies of 47% and 41% from continuous wave (cw) Cr:LiSAF and Cr:LiCAF lasers, respectively. In cw mode-locked operation, sub-100-fs pulse trains with average power between 200 mW and 250 mW were obtained at repetition rates around 100 MHz. Upon pumping the Cr:Colquiriite lasers with two tapered laser diodes (one from each side of the crystal), we have observed scaling of cw powers to 850 mW in Cr:LiSAF and to 650 mW in Cr:LiCAF. From the double side pumped Cr:LiCAF laser, we have also obtained ~220 fs long pulses with 5.4 nJ of pulse energy at 77 MHz repetition rate. These are the highest energy levels reported from Cr:Colquiriite so far at these repetition rates. Our findings indicate that tapered diodes in the red spectral region are likely to become the standard pump source for Cr:Colquiriite lasers in the near future. Moreover, the simplified pumping scheme might facilitate efficient commercialization of Cr:Colquiriite systems, bearing the potential to significantly boost applications of cw and femtosecond lasers in this spectral region (750-1000 nm).

  12. Optical frequency comb generation by pulsed pumping

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    Malinowski, Marcin; Rao, Ashutosh; Delfyett, Peter; Fathpour, Sasan

    2017-06-01

    A synchronously pumped Kerr cavity is proposed and studied for power-efficient frequency comb generation in optical microring resonators. The system is modeled using the Lugiato-Lefever equation. Analytical solutions are provided for an ideal case and extended by numerical methods to account for optical loss and higher orders of dispersion. It is shown that the average power requirement is reduced by the duty cycle of the pulse with respect to the conventional continuous-wave-pumped microrings, and it is significantly lower than the pulsed pumping of straight waveguides.

  13. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETER: Dependence of polarisation of radiation of a linear Nd:YAG laser on the pump radiation polarisation

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    Kravtsov, Nikolai V.; Lariontsev, E. G.; Naumkin, Nikolai I.

    2004-09-01

    The dependence of polarisation characteristics of radiation of a linear Nd:YAG laser on polarisation of radiation of a pump diode laser is studied experimentally and theoretically. It is shown that, in the case of polarisation isotropy of the optical resonator, the polarisation of radiation of the Nd:YAG laser is completely determined by the polarisation of pump radiation. Based on the vector model of this laser pumped by polarised radiation, an analytic solution describing stationary lasing is obtained.

  14. 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.

  15. The analysis and system design for MCG measurement based on optically pumped cesium magnetometer

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    Yang, Zhang; Chong, Kang; Wang, Qingtao; Lei, Cheng; Zheng, Caiping

    2010-11-01

    At present, laser optical pumping magnetometer of sensitivity is continuous improved and can measure the range from Earth magnetic field to the bio-magnetic field. In the bio-magnetic field, magnetocardiography (MCG) is paid also more and more attention. In this paper, we will discuss cesium optically pumped magnetometer theoretical analysis, system design, the magnetic field gradient measuring principle. On this basis, we build optically pumped magnetometer in a gradient structure for the cardiac magnetic measurements and filter through the wavelet transform. Based on optical pumping magnetometer measuring MCG will be applied in life science, clinical medicine and other fields.

  16. 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.

  17. 946 nm Diode Pumped Laser Produces 100mJ

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    Axenson, Theresa J.; Barnes, Norman P.; Reichle, Donald J., Jr.

    2000-01-01

    An innovative approach to obtaining high energy at 946 nm has yielded 101 mJ of laser energy with an optical-to-optical slope efficiency of 24.5%. A single gain module resonator was evaluated, yielding a maximum output energy of 50 mJ. In order to obtain higher energy a second gain module was incorporated into the resonator. This innovative approach produced un-surprised output energy of 101 mJ. This is of utmost importance since it demonstrates that the laser output energy scales directly with the number of gain modules. Therefore, higher energies can be realized by simply increasing the number of gain modules within the laser oscillator. The laser resonator incorporates two gain modules into a folded "M-shaped" resonator, allowing a quadruple pass gain within each rod. Each of these modules consists of a diode (stack of 30 microlensed 100 Watt diode array bars, each with its own fiber lens) end-pumping a Nd:YAG laser rod. The diode output is collected by a lens duct, which focuses the energy into a 2 mm diameter flat to flat octagonal pump area of the laser crystal. Special coatings have been developed to mitigate energy storage problems, including parasitic lasing and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), and encourage the resonator to operate at the lower gain transition at 946 nm.

  18. Two-crystal, synchronously pumped, femtosecond optical parametric oscillator.

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    Ramaiah-Badarla, V; Esteban-Martin, A; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2015-02-01

    We demonstrate a femtosecond optical parametric oscillator based on two nonlinear crystals synchronously pumped by a single ultrafast laser for efficient intracavity signal amplification and output power enhancement. By deploying two identical MgO:PPLN crystals in a single standing-wave cavity, and two pump pulse trains of similar average power from the same Kerr-lens-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser, a minimum enhancement of 56% in the extracted signal power is achieved, with un-optimized output coupling, when temporal synchronization between the two intracavity signal pulse trains is established, resulting in a corresponding enhancement of 49% in pump depletion. Using intracavity dispersion control, near-transform-limited signal pulses with clean spectrum are obtained.

  19. Optical pumping of chemical HF lasers on the basis of NF{sub 3}-H{sub 2} and ClF{sub 5}-H{sub 2} mixtures by an open surface discharge in the bleaching-wave mode

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    Artem'ev, Mikhail Yu; Mikheev, L D; Nesterov, V M; Cheremiskin, V I; Bashkin, A S; Sentis, M L

    2001-07-31

    Lasing on HF upon optical pumping by emission of an open discharge, using NF{sub 3} and ClF{sub 5} as donors of fluorine atoms, was obtained for the first time in a chemical laser and the bleaching-wave mode was realised in a chemical HF laser. An open surface discharge was used as a pump source. The velocity of the bleaching wave, which was formed under its action, reached {approx}8 km s{sup -1}. The formation of this wave leads to a rapid (with an ultrasonic velocity) replacement of the working medium in the lasing region, which provides a quantum laser efficiency close to unity. The optimum compo-sition of the working mixture was found to be NF{sub 3}:H{sub 2}:Kr =6:10:125 Torr. For this composition, the output laser energy in a 3.2-{mu}s pulse reached {approx}0.4 J and the specific output energy was 3.5 J litre{sup -1}. Approximately the same output characteristics of laser emission (0.35 J in a 3.5-{mu}s pulse in the ClF{sub 5}:H{sub 2}:Kr=3:20:50 Torr mixture) were obtained in the system using ClF{sub 5} as donors of fluorine atoms. (lasers, active media)

  20. Resonantly pumped room temperature Ho:LuVO₄ laser.

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    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 μm room temperature Ho:LuVO4 laser, resonantly pumped by a 1.94 μm 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%.

  1. Tm:YLF Pumped Ho:YAG and Ho:LuAG Lasers

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    Barnes, Norman P.; Reichle, Donald J.; Walsh, Brian M.; Axenson, Theresa J.

    2004-01-01

    Room temperature Ho:YAG and Ho:LuAG lasers pumped by a Tm:YLF laser demonstrated a 3.4 mJ threshold and 0.41 slope efficiency, incident optical to laser output energy. Results for numerous rod lengths, Ho concentrations, and output mirror reflectivities are presented.

  2. The optically pumped semiconductor membrane external-cavity surface-emitting laser (MECSEL): a concept based on a diamond-sandwiched active region

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    Kahle, Hermann; Mateo, Cherry May N.; Brauch, Uwe; Bek, Roman; Jetter, Michael; Graf, Thomas; Michler, Peter

    2017-02-01

    Semiconductor disk lasers with all their advantages1 became an important stand-alone class of solid-state lasers during the last years. However, these systems suffer from heat incorporation into the active region caused by the excess energy of the pump photons. To overcome this limitation we realized the semiconductor membrane external-cavity surface-emitting laser as a diamond heat spreader sandwiched active region design. A detailed process description towards the MECSEL2 approach is given as well as fundamental performance values. Furthermore, parasitic lateral lasing effects are discovered and investigated. Nevertheless, the MECSEL approach indicates enormous potential to revolutionize the semiconductor based disk lasers regarding available output powers at room temperature and material combinations.

  3. Double-pass pumped extracavity optical parametric oscillator with passive optical feedback suppression

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    Alyamani, A.; Algahtani, M.; Rusak, A. A.; Orlovich, V. A.; Dashkevich, V. I.; El-Desouki, M.

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate a simple way of building a compact eye-safe laser source based on a double-pass pumped extracavity optical parametric oscillator (EOPO) without an optical Faraday isolator. A Nd:KGW pump laser (PL) and the KTP EOPO located close to the PL are designed with stable cavities, while the 100% end system mirrors form an unstable cavity with sufficiently high threshold at 1067 nm. At the 6.6 J pump of the Nd:KGW laser, the EOPO output energy obtained at 1577 nm is 14.7 mJ, corresponding to the conversion efficiency of 33% with respect to the fundamental. The pulse width is 7 ns and the output beam divergence is 3 times diffraction limit.

  4. 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.

  5. Infrared spectrum involving forbidden transitions & coriolis interaction and identification of optically pumped far infrared laser lines in asymmetrically mono-deuterated methanol (Methanol-D1)

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    Mukhopadhyay, Indra

    2016-05-01

    In this paper new type of ΔK = 2 and 0 transitions have been identified in the Fourier Transform spectrum of Methanol-D1 (CH2DOH). These transitions are normally forbidden but a "Coriolis" type interaction with nearby states is believed to be contributing sufficient transition strength through intensity borrowing effect. This is the first time such forbidden transitions are reported to be identified in the excited states, in this molecule. The present conjecture is supported by observation of a many strong allowed transitions to upper terminating levels which are seen to be highly perturbed. This conclusion has been reached by comparing calculated energy levels using known molecular parameters (Pearson et al., 2012; Coudert et al., 2014; El Hilali et al., 2011; Quade et al., 1998; Richard Quade, 1998, 1999; Mukhopadhyay, 1997) and the actually observed FIR lines. The upper levels are seen to be upshifted from expected position. A closer look at the calculated energy values seems to indicate a possible interaction between the above states and other proximate torsional-rotational states could occur. The possible candidates for the interacting level manifolds are narrowed down through the presence of the forbidden transition. We also take the opportunity to propose alternate rotational quantum numbers for some of the assignments recently reported in the literature (El Hilali et al., 2011). Some ambiguities are pointed out on the data and the reported analysis. There remain too many such irregularities and we propose to gather a large body assigned transitions in a future catalog. Assignments and relevant comments on optically pumped FIR laser radiation are also made.

  6. High efficiency cw laser-pumped tunable alexandrite laser

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

    1983-10-01

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

  7. Ho:YLF Laser Pumped by TM:Fiber Laser

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    Mizutani, Kohei; Ishii, Shoken; Itabe, Toshikazu; Asai, Kazuhiro; Sato, Atsushi

    2016-06-01

    A 2-micron Ho:YLF laser end-pumped by 1.94-micron Tm:fiber laser is described. A ring resonator of 3m length is adopted for the oscillator. The laser is a master oscillator and an amplifier system. It is operated at high repetition rate of 200-5000 Hz in room temperature. The laser outputs were about 9W in CW and more than 6W in Q-switched operation. This laser was developed to be used for wind and CO2 measurements.

  8. CW arc-lamp-pumped alexandrite lasers

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

    1988-06-01

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

  9. Design Considerations for the Diode-pumped Laser Ignition Project

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2013-01-01

    Design Considerations for the Diode - pumped Laser Ignition Project by Jeffrey O. White ARL-TN-0526 January 2013...Design Considerations for the Diode - pumped Laser Ignition Project Jeffrey O. White Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, ARL...August 2012 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Design Considerations for the Diode - pumped Laser Ignition Project 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c

  10. Absorption measurement of a 50-mm-Long periodically poled lithium niobate optical parametric oscillator pumped at 1064 nm by a Nd: YAG laser

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    Du, S.; Kaneda, Y.; Yarborough, M.

    2008-08-01

    We measured the absorption of different periodically poled lithium niobate crystals when different wavelength beams come through them. The choice of a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal is utilized by a singly resonant oscillator to efficiently generate 3800-nm light when it is pumped by a 1064-nm laser and to generate the 2600-nm signal, and, then, injection seeded at 1550 nm. The temperature-tuning curve and idler output power of the chosen crystal are measured.

  11. Thermal management, beam control, and packaging designs for high power diode laser arrays and pump cavity designs for diode laser array pumped rod shaped lasers

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    Chung, Te-Yuan

    Several novel techniques for controlling, managing and utilizing high power diode lasers are described. Low pressure water spray cooling for a high heat flux system is developed and proven to be an ideal cooling method for high power diode laser arrays. In order to enable better thermal and optical performance of diode laser arrays, a new and simple optical element, the beam control prism, is invented. It provides the ability to accomplish beam shaping and beam tilting at the same time. Several low thermal resistance diode packaging designs using beam control prisms are proposed, studied and produced. Two pump cavity designs using a diode laser array to uniformly pump rod shape gain media are also investigated.

  12. Multiwatt continuous wave Nd:KGW laser with hot-band diode pumping.

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    Talukder, Rubel Chandra; Eibna Halim, Md Zubaer; Waritanant, Tanant; Major, Arkady

    2016-08-15

    We have demonstrated what we believe is the first continuous wave neodymium-doped potassium gadolinium tungstate crystal (Nd:KGW) laser with hot-band diode pumping at ∼910  nm. This pumping wavelength reduced the quantum defect by >46% as compared to conventional ∼810  nm pumping and resulted in significantly lower thermal lensing. The laser produced 2.9 W of average output power at 1067 nm in a diffraction-limited beam for an absorbed pump power of 8.3 W. The slope efficiency and optical-to-optical efficiency were found to be 43% and 35%, respectively. Significant reduction of quantum defect offered by this pumping wavelength and availability of suitable high-power laser diodes opens up an attractive way to further power and efficiency scaling of Nd:KGW lasers.

  13. Theoretical studies of solar-pumped lasers

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    Harries, W. L.

    1982-01-01

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

  14. A High Efficiency Grazing Incidence Pumped X-ray Laser

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    Dunn, J; Keenan, R; Price, D F; Patel, P K; Smith, R F; Shlyaptsev, V N

    2006-08-31

    The main objective of the project is to demonstrate a proof-of-principle, new type of high efficiency, short wavelength x-ray laser source that will operate at unprecedented high repetition rates (10Hz) that could be scaled to 1kHz or higher. The development of a high average power, tabletop x-ray laser would serve to complement the wavelength range of 3rd and future 4th generation light sources, e.g. the LCLS, being developed by DOE-Basic Energy Sciences. The latter are large, expensive, central, synchrotron-based facilities while the tabletop x-ray laser is compact, high-power laser-driven, and relatively inexpensive. The demonstration of such a unique, ultra-fast source would allow us to attract funding from DOE-BES, NSF and other agencies to pursue probing of diverse materials undergoing ultrafast changes. Secondly, this capability would have a profound impact on the semiconductor industry since a coherent x-ray laser source would be ideal for ''at wavelength'' {approx}13 nm metrology and microscopy of optics and masks used in EUV lithography. The project has major technical challenges. We will perform grazing-incidence pumped laser-plasma experiments in flat or groove targets which are required to improve the pumping efficiency by ten times. Plasma density characterization using our existing unique picosecond x-ray laser interferometry of laser-irradiated targets is necessary. Simulations of optical laser propagation as well as x-ray laser production and propagation through freely expanding and confined plasma geometries are essential. The research would be conducted using the Physics Directorate Callisto and COMET high power lasers. At the end of the project, we expect to have a high-efficiency x-ray laser scheme operating below 20 nm at 10Hz with a pulse duration of {approx}2 ps. This will represent the state-of-the-art in x-ray lasers and would be a major step forward from our present picosecond laser-driven x-ray lasers. There is an added bonus of creating

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

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

    1991-09-01

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

  16. Transversely diode-pumped alkali metal vapour laser

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    Parkhomenko, A I; Shalagin, A M

    2015-09-30

    We have studied theoretically the operation of a transversely diode-pumped alkali metal vapour laser. For the case of high-intensity laser radiation, we have obtained an analytical solution to a complex system of differential equations describing the laser. This solution allows one to exhaustively determine all the energy characteristics of the laser and to find optimal parameters of the working medium and pump radiation (temperature, buffer gas pressure, and intensity and width of the pump spectrum). (lasers)

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.