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An intra-cavity Raman laser using synthetic single-crystal diamond

Lubeigt, Walter and Bonner, Gerald Michael and Hastie, Jennifer and Dawson, Martin and Burns, David and Kemp, Alan (2010) An intra-cavity Raman laser using synthetic single-crystal diamond. Optics Express, 18 (16). pp. 16765-16770. ISSN 1094-4087

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Abstract

Low birefringence synthetic single-crystal diamond was used as a Raman laser medium inside a Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser. A maximum average output power of 375mW was achieved at a wavelength of 1240nm and a repetition rate of 6.3kHz. This equates to a conversion efficiency of 4% from the diode laser to the first Stokes component at 1240nm. Optical losses within the diamond (~1% per single pass) limited the performance and are currently the main barrier to the demonstration of an efficient CW diamond Raman laser.