22 October 2013 Dual-wavelength resonant pumping of compact Er:YAG lasers providing high power output at 1645.55 nm for methane detection
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Eye safe laser operation of resonantly pumped Er:YAG laser systems is demonstrated in cw and Q-switched operation. Using narrow bandwidth diode laser modules we realized a single pump configuration providing an optical efficiency of about 30% which leads to an output power of 2.5 in cw mode and 6.6 mJ in Q-switched operation with a pulse width of 60 ns at pulse repetition frequencies of up to 125 Hz. By implementing an intra-cavity etalon we were able tune the laser wavelength while achieving a spectral width of 0.35 pm and a long-term frequency fluctuation of about 40 MHz. In dualside pumping configuration we obtained dual-wavelength pumping with 1532 nm and 1455 nm diode lasers which leads to 1.1 W output power. Compared to single wavelength pumping, the efficiency of the laser system was doubled. The feasibility of methane detection was demonstrated In cw and pulsed mode.
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H. Fritsche, O. Lux, C. Schuett, S. Heinemann, W. Gries, H. J. Eichler, "Dual-wavelength resonant pumping of compact Er:YAG lasers providing high power output at 1645.55 nm for methane detection", Proc. SPIE 8894, Lidar Technologies, Techniques, and Measurements for Atmospheric Remote Sensing IX, 88940A (22 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2029088; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2029088
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