Two-wavelength Tm:YLF/KGW external-cavity Raman laser at 2197 nm and 2263 nm

Uzziel Sheintop, Daniel Sebbag, Pavel Komm, Shaul Pearl, Gilad Marcus, Salman Noach*

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Abstract

This paper presents a KGW Raman laser with an external-cavity configuration at the 2 µm region. The Raman laser is pumped by an actively Q-switched Tm:YLF laser, especially designed for this purpose emitting at 1880 nm. Due to the KGW bi-axial properties, the Raman laser is able to lase separately at two different output lines, 2197 nm and 2263 nm. The output energies and pulse durations that were achieved for these two lines are 0.15 mJ/pulse at 21 ns and 0.4 mJ/pulse at 5.4 ns, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the KGW crystal, which is well known for its wide use in shorter wavelengths, is demonstrated in a Raman laser in the 2 µm region. According to the achieved results and due to the KGW properties, it appears to be a suitable crystal for energy scaling and efficient Raman conversion in this spectral range. An estimation of the Raman gain coefficient for this wavelength is provided as well.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)17112-17121
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Volume27
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 Jun 2019

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