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High-energy transversely pumped alkali vapor laser

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J. Zweiback, A. Komashko

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 7915, High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications V, 791509 (February 17, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.875725
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  • High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications V
  • Steven J. Davis; Michael C. Heaven; J. Thomas Schriempf
  • San Francisco, California, USA | January 22, 2011

abstract

We report on the results from our transversely pumped alkali laser. This system uses an Alexandrite laser to pump a stainless steel laser head. The system uses methane and helium as buffer gasses. Using rubidium, the system produced up to 40 mJ of output energy when pumped with 63 mJ. Slope efficiency was 75%. Using potassium as the lasing species the system produced 32 mJ and a 53% slope efficiency.

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J. Zweiback and A. Komashko
"High-energy transversely pumped alkali vapor laser", Proc. SPIE 7915, High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications V, 791509 (February 17, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.875725; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.875725


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