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5 October 2006 High-power fiber-laser-pumped mid-infrared laser sources
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We present an efficient, high-power mid-infrared laser source using a Thulium fiber laser as pump source. The CW fiber laser pumps a Q-switched Ho:YAG laser which in turn pumps a ZnGeP2-based OPO. We have built a semi-ruggedized version of the laser for countermeasure field trials, and using a 15 W fiber laser we obtained 5.2 W output power in the 3-5 μm band. We also present work on scaling up the power by using a 65 W fiber laser as the pump. Simulations and initial experiments suggest that the scaled-up version could produce more than 25 W in the mid-IR.
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Espen Lippert, Stephane Nicolas, Gunnar Arisholm, Knut Stenersen, Asta S. Villanger, and Gunnar Rustad "High-power fiber-laser-pumped mid-infrared laser sources", Proc. SPIE 6397, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures III, 639704 (5 October 2006); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.689778
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