Selecting Materials for Radiation Balanced Lasers

Abstract

Well-characterized solid-state laser materials are evaluated for performance in radiation balanced laser systems. New figures-of-merit are developed and applied to ytterbium doped materials. Superior performance is predicted for high cross section tungstate materials. Photothermal deflection experiments on samples of Yb doped KGd(WO4)2 confirm anti-Stokes fluorescence cooling. Observations of optical cooling in this high figure-of-merit material confirm the potential of this approach for laser power scaling. OCIS Codes: (140.3580) Lasers, solid-state, (140.3380) Laser materials, (140.3320) Laser cooling

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@inproceedings{Bowman2000SelectingMF, title={Selecting Materials for Radiation Balanced Lasers}, author={Steven R. Bowman and Carl E. Mungan}, year={2000} }