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Appl Opt. 2010 Jul 10;49(20):3864-8. doi: 10.1364/AO.49.003864.

Efficient green continuous-wave lasing of blue-diode-pumped solid-state lasers based on praseodymium-doped LiYF4.

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Institute of Laser-Physics, University of Hamburg, Luruper Chaussee 149, D-22761 Hamburg, Germany.


We report highly efficient laser operation of praseodymium-doped LiYF(4) in the green spectral range. The influence of the crystal length and pump light focusing on the laser performance has been studied. The pump radiation was delivered by InGaN laser diodes. Optimizing the setup for a 2.9 mm long crystal with a doping concentration of 0.5% led to an electric to green laser power conversion efficiency as high as 7.4%. With 500 and 1000 mW of pump light power, output powers of 179 and 358 mW have been reached, respectively. With respect to absorbed power, slope efficiencies of up to approximately 60% have been achieved.


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