9 May 2016 Fe:ZnMnSe laser active material properties at room and cryogenic temperature
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Fe:Zn(1-x)Mn(x)Se solid solution spectroscopic and laser properties were investigated in the temperature range 80- 290 K. Two novel samples with different zinc - manganese (Zn–Mn) ratio described by the Mn content x (0.1 or 0.2) were used and the results were compared to the known Fe:ZnSe crystal. The samples had a broad absorption spectra with the maximum around 3 μm and therefore an Er:YAG laser (2.94 μm, 10 mJ, 120 ns) was used as a pump radiation source. The Fe:ZnMnSe fluorescence spectra are generally broad in the range 3.5 – 5.5 μm. In the case of Fe:ZnMnSe x = 0.1, the fluorescence spectrum at 290 K is ranging from 3.5 to 5.5 μm. Lowering the temperature down to 80 K lead to the spectral narrowing mainly in the mid-IR part, but the fluorescence is still up to 5 μm at 80 K. In the case of Fe:ZnMnSe x = 0.2 the fluorescence is shifted towards mid-IR up to 5.2 μm even at 80 K. The fluorescence lifetime decreases from tens of us at 80 K down to 1 us at 240 K. The laser oscillations were successfully achieved with both novel Fe:ZnMnSe crystals in the temperature range 80- 290 K. In the case of x = 0.1, the central wavelength was ~4.2 μm at 80 K and the temperature increase up to 290 K led to almost linear increase of the wavelength up to ~4.75 μm. The tendency was similar in the case of Fe:ZnMnSe x = 0.2: the output wavelength increased from ~4.3 μm up to ~4.8 μm with the temperature increase from 80 to 290 K. The laser spectral linewidth was about 300 nm. In comparison with the Fe:ZnSe crystal, the laser output wavelength shift toward mid-IR region without any spectrally tunable element in the laser cavity can be clearly observed.
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H. Jelínková, M. E. Doroshenko, V. V. Osiko, M. Němec, J. Šulc, M. Jelínek, D. Vyhlídal, V. Kubecek, M. Čech, N. O. Kovalenko, A. S. Gerasimenko, "Fe:ZnMnSe laser active material properties at room and cryogenic temperature", Proc. SPIE 9893, Laser Sources and Applications III, 98930A (9 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2228844; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2228844

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