High power tungstate-crystal Raman laser operating in the strong thermal lensing regime

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Abstract

We report an investigation into a double metal tungstate Raman laser when pumped at elevated average powers. Potassium gadolinium tungstate (KGW) was placed in an external cavity configured for second-Stokes output and pumped at pulse repetition rate of 38 kHz with up to 46 W of average power. For output powers above 3 W, we observe preferential excitation of Hermite-Gaussian transverse modes whose order in the X1' principal direction of the thermal expansion tensor scales linearly with Raman power. We deduce that strong astigmatic thermal lensing is induced in the Raman crystal with a negative component in the X1' direction. At maximum pump power, 8.3 W of output power was obtained at a conversion efficiency of 18%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-715
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2014

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This paper was published in Optics express and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?uri=oe-22-1-707. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.

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