Mid-infrared diamond Raman laser with tuneable output

Alexander Sabella*, James A. Piper, Richard P. Mildren

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We present an OPO pumped mid IR diamond Raman laser with tuneable output from 3.49 μm to 3.78 μm, which to our knowledge is the longest wavelength produced in a solid state Raman laser. Up to 59 μJ is generated with a conversion efficiency of 10%. We also determine the Raman gain coefficient of diamond at 1.864 μm through measurement of the amplification of a seed signal. With pump and probe polarisations aligned with the <110< crystal axes a value of 4.8 cm/GW is measured, which corresponds to 6.4 cm/GW for polarisation aligned with the <111< crystal axes. Achievable conversion efficiencies were limited by multi-phonon absorption at the Stokes wavelength. Numerical modelling shows that increasing the output coupling factor of the cavity reduces the impact of multi-phonon absorption and leads to higher conversion efficiencies. By reducing the output coupler reflectivity from 55% to 5% and eliminating Fresnel reflections from cavity components, 30% conversion efficiency (44% quantum conversion efficiency) is predicted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolid State Lasers XXIII: Technology and Devices
EditorsW. Andrew Clarkson, Ramesh K. Shori
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780819498724
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventSolid State Lasers XXIII: Technology and Devices - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 2 Feb 20144 Feb 2014


OtherSolid State Lasers XXIII: Technology and Devices
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

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