Investigating diamond Raman lasers at the 100W level using quasi-continuous-wave pumping

Robert J. Williams*, Ondrej Kitzler, Aaron McKay, Richard P. Mildren

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Quasi-cw pumping is used to investigate the high-power characteristics of cw beam conversion in diamond Raman lasers (DRLs). We show that thermal gradients establish in DRLs at approximately 50 μs for a 100 μm pump beam diameter, and thus that the steady state for cw operation can be reached within the 100-300 μs pulse duration of conventional quasi-cw pump laser technology. Using this approach, a steady-state on-time output power of 108 W was obtained from an external-cavity DRL during 250 μs pulses with 34% conversion efficiency. No thermal lens in the diamond was evident, showing excellent prospects for further power scaling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4152-4155
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2014

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