15 February 2018 Near-IR, blue, and UV generation by frequency conversion of a Tm:YAP laser
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We describe generation of near-infrared (944nm, 970nm), blue (472nm, 485nm), and UV (236 nm) light by frequency up-conversion of 2 μm output of a compact and efficient passively Q-switched Tm:YAP laser. The Tm:YAP laser source was near diffraction limited with maximum Q-switched pulse peak power of 190 kW. For second harmonic generation (SHG) of NIR, both periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) and lithium tri-borate (LBO) were evaluated, with 58% conversion efficiency and 3.1 W of 970 nm power achieved with PPLN. The PPLN 970nm emission was frequency doubled in 20mm long type I LBO, generating 1.1 W at 485nm with a conversion efficiency of 34%. With LBO used for frequency doubling of 2.3 W of 1888 nm Tm:YAP output to 944nm, 860mW was generated, with 37% conversion efficiency. Using a second LBO crystal to generate the 4th harmonic, 545mW of 472nm power was generated, corresponding to 64% conversion efficiency. To generate the 8th harmonic of Tm:YAP laser emission, the 472nm output of the second LBO was frequency doubled in a 7mm long BBO crystal, generating 110 mW at 236nm, corresponding to 21% conversion efficiency.
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Brian Cole, Brian Cole, Lew Goldberg, Lew Goldberg, Steve Chinn, Steve Chinn, } "Near-IR, blue, and UV generation by frequency conversion of a Tm:YAP laser ", Proc. SPIE 10511, Solid State Lasers XXVII: Technology and Devices, 1051112 (15 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2290105; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2290105
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