17 February 2010 250W diode laser for low pressure Rb vapor pumping
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The diode pumped alkali vapor lasers operating at subatmospheric pressure require developing of a new generation of high-power laser diode sources with about 10 GHz wide emission spectrum. The latest achievements in the technology of volume Bragg gratings (VBGs) recorded in photo-thermo-refractive glass opened new opportunities for the design and fabrication of compact external cavity laser diodes, diode bars and stacks with reflecting VBGs as output couplers. We present a diode laser system providing up to 250 W output power and emission spectral width of 20 pm (FWHM) at the wavelength of 780 nm. The stability and position of an emission wavelength is determined by the resonant wavelength of a VBG which is controlled by temperature. Stability of an emitting wavelength is within 5 pm. Thermal tuning of the wavelength provides maximum overlapping of emitting line with absorption spectrum of a Rb (rubidium)- cell. The designed system consists of 7 modules tuned to the same wavelength corresponding to D2 spectral line of Rb87 or Rb85 and coupled to a single output fiber. Analogous systems could be used for other Rb isotopes spectral lines as well as for lasers based on other alkali metal vapors (Cs and K) or any agents with narrow absorption lines.
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A. Podvyaznyy, G. Venus, V. Smirnov, O. Mokhun, V. Koulechov, D. Hostutler, L. Glebov, "250W diode laser for low pressure Rb vapor pumping", Proc. SPIE 7583, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications VIII, 758313 (17 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.846385; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.846385


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