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GaInNAs semiconductor disk lasers as pump sources for Tm3+ (,Ho3+ )-doped glass, crystal and fibre lasers

Vetter, S.L. and McKnight, L. and Calvez, S. and Dawson, M.D. and Fusari, F. and Lagatsky, A.A. and Sibbett, W. and Brown, C.T.A. (2009) GaInNAs semiconductor disk lasers as pump sources for Tm3+ (,Ho3+ )-doped glass, crystal and fibre lasers. Proceedings of SPIE the International Society for Optical Engineering, 7193 (719317). ISSN 0277-786X

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We report the first use of a Semiconductor Disk Laser (SDL) as a pump source for ~2μm-emitting Tm3+ (,Ho3+)-doped dielectric lasers. The ~1213nm GaInNAs/GaAs SDL produces >1W of CW output power, a maximum power transfer net slope efficiency of 18.5%, and a full width half maximum wavelength tuning range of ~24nm. Free-running operation of a Tm3+-doped tellurite glass laser under 1213nm SDL pumping generated up to 60mW output power with 22.4% slope efficiency. Wavelength tunable output is also obtained from 1845 to 2043nm. Improved performance with output powers of ~200mW and a slope efficiency of ~35% are achieved by replacing the Tm3+-doped glass with a Tm3+-doped KYW active medium. Emission of a Tm3+,Ho3+-codoped tellurite glass laser is also reported with maximum output power of ~12mW and a ~7% slope efficiency. Finally, preliminary investigations of 1213nm-pumping of a Tm3+,Ho3+-codoped silica fibre laser lead to 36mW output power with ~19.3% slope efficiency.