1 December 2017 Cryogenic-cooled Tm:SBN tunable laser
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Proceedings Volume 10603, Photonics, Devices, and Systems VII; 1060305 (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2292425
Event: Photonics Prague 2017, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
In this work the temperature dependence of spectroscopic and laser properties of new ac- tive medium Tm:SBN (Strontium-Barium Niobate, SrxBa1−xNb2O6, x = 0.61). The tested sample of Tm:SBN (2 wt. % of Tm2O3) appropriate for generation of laser radiation at 1.88 μm had plan-parallel polished faces without anti-reflection (thickness 6.65 mm). During spectroscopy and laser experiments the Tm:SBN was at- tached to temperature-controlled copper holder and was placed in a vacuum chamber. The transmission and emission spectra of Tm:SBN and the fluorescence decay time were measured depending on temperature range 80 - 350 K. The fluorescence decay time was measured to be 3.5 ms and 2.8 ms at 80 and 350 K, respectively. Longitudinal excitation of Tm:SBN was carried out by a fibre-coupled laser diode (pulse duration 10 ms, rep- etition rate 10 Hz, pump wavelength 793 nm). The laser resonator was hemispherical, 146 mm long, with flat pumping mirror (HR @1.8 - 2.1 μm) and spherical output coupler (r = 150 mm, R = 97.5 % @1.8 - 2.1 μm). The Tm:SBN laser properties were investigated at temperature range 80 - 300 K. The highest slope efficiency with respect to absorbed pumped power was 3 % at 80 K. The maximum output peak amplitude power was 0.12 W at 80 K, i.e. 3.2 times higher than it was measured at 200 K. Tunability of laser wavelength at 80 K in the range of 1827 - 1962 nm was obtained by using SiO2 birefringent filter. At 300 K, wavelength tunability reached 1859 - 1970 nm. Thus, the new Tm:SBN crystal can be an useful laser material in the region of 2 μm.
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Richard Švejkar, Jan Šulc, Michal Němec, Helena Jelínková, Maxim E. Doroshenko, Alexander G. Papashvili, Pavel A. Lykov, and Liudmila I. Ivleva "Cryogenic-cooled Tm:SBN tunable laser", Proc. SPIE 10603, Photonics, Devices, and Systems VII, 1060305 (1 December 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2292425; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2292425

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