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Numerical modelling of a continuous wave Yb:doped bulk crystal laser emitting on a three-level laser transition around 980 nm

Sylvie Yiou 1 François Balembois 1 Patrick Georges 1
1 Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique / Elsa
LCFIO - Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique
Abstract : We present a new model for cw, Yb-doped, bulk crystal lasers emitting on a three-level laser transition near 980 nm. This model takes into account the saturation of the absorption and the spatial evolution of the pump and laser beams inside the crystal, which are two important points in three-level lasers. We have validated our numerical model by building an efficient cw Yb:S-FAP (ytterbium:strontium-fluoroapatite) laser emitting at 985 nm and pumped at 899 nm by a Ti:sapphire laser. Our model can be used to define the parameters that optimize the laser output power at 985 nm, such as the relative sizes of the pump and laser beams, the optimum output coupler, or characteristics of the crystal (length, Yb concentration). By adapting this model to diode pumping, we have established the conditions to obtain cw, efficient laser operation at 985 nm of an Yb:SFAP crystal pumped by a standard 1 3 100-mm2 laser diode
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Sylvie Yiou, François Balembois, Patrick Georges. Numerical modelling of a continuous wave Yb:doped bulk crystal laser emitting on a three-level laser transition around 980 nm. Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Optical Society of America, 2005, 22 (3), pp.572-581. ⟨hal-00686983⟩

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