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LED-pumped alexandrite laser oscillator and amplifier

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Pierre Pichon
Jean-Philippe Blanchot
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Frédéric Druon
François Balembois
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Patrick Georges

Abstract

Taking advantage of light-emitting-diode (LED) performance breakthrough driven by the lighting market, we report, to the best of our knowledge, the first LED-pumped chromium-doped crystal laser oscillator and amplifier based on alexandrite crystals (Cr3+:BeAl2O4). We developed a Ce:YAG concentrator as the pumped source, illuminated by blue LEDs that can be easily power scaled. With 2200 LEDs (450 nm), the Ce:YAG concentrator can deliver to the gain medium up to 268 mJ at 10 Hz at 550 nm with a irradiance of 8.5 kW/cm2. We demonstrate, in oscillator configuration, an LED-pumped alexandrite laser delivering an energy of 2.9 mJ at 748 nm in free running operation. In the cavity, we measured a double-pass small signal gain of 1.28, which is in good agreement with numerical simulations. As an amplifier, the system demonstrated to boost a CW Ti:sapphire laser by a factor of 4 at 750 nm in eight passes with a large tuning range from 710 nm to 800 nm.
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hal-01676610 , version 1 (09-09-2022)

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Pierre Pichon, Adrien Barbet, Jean-Philippe Blanchot, Frédéric Druon, François Balembois, et al.. LED-pumped alexandrite laser oscillator and amplifier. Optics Letters, 2017, 42 (20), pp.4191-4194. ⟨10.1364/OL.42.004191⟩. ⟨hal-01676610⟩
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