8 July 2004 Simultaneous visible and near-infrared emission from a pulse-stretched alexandrite laser source
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Proceedings Volume 5332, Solid State Lasers XIII: Technology and Devices; (2004) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.528424
Event: Lasers and Applications in Science and Engineering, 2004, San Jose, Ca, United States
Abstract
An efficient method to make multi-spectral laser light having any selected pulsed duration in the range of 100 ns to 1 μs has been demonstrated in the laboratory. This laser system, based on the alexandrite tunable solid-state gain medium, which is tunable in its fundamental between 720 and 800 nm, was constructed near the gain maximum of 755 nm. A novel intracavity pulse-stretcher provides control of the pulse duration up to about 5 μs using the Pockels effect. In the demonstration prototype, however, the pulse duration was restricted to 500 ns to maintain the peak power needed for efficient nonlinear conversion. Following an amplification stage, Raman shifting in hydrogen gas was used to achieve efficient wavelength conversion to 1100 nm. The Raman shifted beam was frequency doubled to 550 nm using two BBO crystals arranged for walk-off compensation. The result was a convenient source of light whose spectral content, pulse duration, as well as other parameters, could be critically controlled.
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Bruce Boczar, Thanga Thevar, Ivelina Rousseva, Norman Kramer, Brian Pryor, Rick Frost, "Simultaneous visible and near-infrared emission from a pulse-stretched alexandrite laser source", Proc. SPIE 5332, Solid State Lasers XIII: Technology and Devices, (8 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.528424; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.528424
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