15 February 2011 Energy scaling of nanosecond gain-switched Cr2+:ZnSe lasers
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In this paper, we report record nanosecond output energies of gain-switched Cr:ZnSe lasers pumped by Q-switched Cr:Tm:Ho:YAG (100 ns @ 2.096 μm) and Raman shifted Nd:YAG lasers (7 ns @ 1.906 μm). In these experiments we used Brewster cut Cr:ZnSe gain elements with a chromium concentration of 8x1018 cm-3. Under Cr:Tm:Ho:YAG pumping, the first Cr:ZnSe laser demonstrated 3.1 mJ of output energy, 52% slope efficiency and 110 nm linewidth centered at a wavelength of 2.47 μm. Maximum output energy of the second Cr:ZnSe laser reached 10.1 mJ under H2 Raman shifted Nd:YAG laser pumping. The slope efficiency estimated from the input-output data was 47%.
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V. V. Fedorov, I. S. Moskalev, M. S. Mirov, S. B. Mirov, T. J. Wagner, M. J. Bohn, P. A. Berry, K. L. Schepler, "Energy scaling of nanosecond gain-switched Cr2+:ZnSe lasers", Proc. SPIE 7912, Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices, 79121E (15 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876700; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.876700
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