A 1.55µm Er glass laser pumped by a 1.06µm Nd:YAG laser

Hanna, D.C., Kazer, A. and Shepherd, D.P. (1987) A 1.55µm Er glass laser pumped by a 1.06µm Nd:YAG laser. Optics Communications, 63, (6), 417-420. (doi:10.1016/0030-4018(87)90337-3).


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The current interest in optical communication systems operating around 1.5µm has generated a requirement for coherent sources in this spectral region. Given the variety of measurements and investigations to which such sources would be applied, there is a need for a convenient versatile source, capable of operating cw, pulsed, mode-locked and Q-switched. With such a source in mind; we have looked at the possibilities of an Er glass laser pumped by a Nd:YAG laser. In this paper we report the preliminary results of lasing at 1.54µm from a commercially available Er glass rod pumped by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The performance data indicate that cw lasing using a cw Nd:YAG laser should also be possible, and that a fibre laser based on this same glass should have a very low threshold, compatible with pumping by a diode-pumped miniature Nd:YAG laser.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/0030-4018(87)90337-3
ISSNs: 0030-4018 (print)
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 78715
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:14
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/78715

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