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Brillouin lasers providing extremely narrow-linewidth are emerging as a powerful tool for microwave photonics, coherent communications, quantum processors, and spectroscopy. So far, laser performance and applications have been investigated for a handful of select materials and using guided-wave structures such as micro-resonators, optical fibers, and chip-based waveguides. Here, we report a Brillouin laser based on free-space laser action in an extreme optical material. Continuous-wave lasing 167 GHz from a 532 nm pump is demonstrated in diamond using a doubly resonant ring cavity, generating a pump-limited output power of 11 W. The Brillouin gain coefficient is measured to be 79 cm GW-1 with a linewidth of 12 MHz. These properties, along with an exceptionally high Brillouin frequency and wide transmission range, make diamond Brillouin lasers a promising high-power source of narrow-linewidth output and mm-wave beat notes.
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Mildren, R., Stampfl, C. & MQRES, M.
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