Titanium sapphire: A decade of diode-laser pumping

Jamie C.E. Coyle, John-Mark Hopkins, Alexander A. Lagatsky, Alan J. Kemp

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Abstract

For many years, Ti:sapphire was the prototypical example of a solid-state laser material that could not be diode pumped. The rationale for this assessment follows from the laser properties of Ti:sapphire, which combine to demand high brightness pumping in the blue-green region (see fig. 1 [1]). The development of efficient Gallium Nitride (GaN) based laser diodes eroded this logic [2], and improvements in the spatial brightness of GaN diode lasers subsequently enabled the first demonstration of a directly diode-laser pumped Ti:sapphire laser in 2009 [3], This presentation will outline the physics that makes diode-pumping difficult, and the developments that mean, it is, nonetheless, possible. Interestingly, diode-pumping of CW and modelocked Ti:sapphire lasers was achieved not by a radical redesign of the laser, but by careful optimisation of existing approaches that enabled the rapidly improving brightness of GaN diode lasers to be exploited [3-5].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2019
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ.
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781728104690
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2019
Event2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 23 Jun 201927 Jun 2019

Publication series

Name2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2019

Conference

Conference2019 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2019
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityMunich
Period23/06/1927/06/19

Keywords

  • titanium sapphire
  • diode-lasers
  • Ti:sapphire laser
  • GaN diodes

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