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Opt Lett. 2010 Dec 1;35(23):3874-6. doi: 10.1364/OL.35.003874.

1240 nm diamond Raman laser operating near the quantum limit.

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  • 1Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Edinburgh, South Australia, 5111, Australia.


An external-cavity diamond Raman laser generating up to 2.0 W at 1240 nm from 3.3 W of 1064 nm pump power is investigated as a function of pump polarization direction. The maximum conversion efficiency was 61%, and the slope efficiency of 84% closely approaches the quantum limit of 85.8%. The lowest threshold for Raman lasing is achieved for pump polarization parallel to the <111> axis, which we show is consistent with theory.

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