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Tunable laser operation of a Tm3+-doped tellurite glass laser near 2 μm pumped by a 1211 nm semiconductor disk laser

Fusari, F. and Vetter, S.L. and Richards, B. and Lagatsky, A.A. and Calvez, S. and Jha, A.K. and Dawson, M.D. and Sibbett, W. and Brown, C.T.A. (2010) Tunable laser operation of a Tm3+-doped tellurite glass laser near 2 μm pumped by a 1211 nm semiconductor disk laser. Optical Materials, 32 (9). pp. 1007-1010.

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Abstract

We report on the performance around 1970 nm of a thulium-doped TZNG bulk glass laser pumped by a semiconductor disk laser (SDL) emitting at 1211 nm. A pump-limited maximum output power of 60 mW at 1946 nm was obtained with a measured slope efficiency of 22.4%. The tuning range of 115 nm extended from 1850 nm to 2040 nm. Comparison with a previously reported performance when pumped at 793 nm with Ti:sapphire laser is discussed highlighting the competitiveness of pumping at 1211 nm.