Widely tunable short-infrared thulium and holmium doped fluorozirconate waveguide chip lasers

D. G. Lancaster*, S. Gross, M. J. Withford, T. M. Monro

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We report widely tunable (∼260 nm) Tm3+ and Ho3+ doped fluorozirconate (ZBLAN) glass waveguide extended cavity lasers with close to diffraction limited beam quality (M2∼1.3). The waveguides are based on ultrafast laser inscribed depressed claddings. A Ti:sapphire laser pumped Tm3+-doped chip laser continuously tunes from 1725 nm to 1975 nm, and a Tm3+-sensitized Tm3+:Ho3+ chip laser displays tuning across both ions evidenced by a red enhanced tuning range of 1810 to 2053 nm. We also demonstrate a compact 790 nm diode laser pumped Tm3+-doped chip laser which tunes from 1750 nm to 1998 nm at a 14% incident slope efficiency, and a beam quality of M2∼1.2 for a large mode-area waveguide with 70 μm core diameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25286-25294
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2014

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