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Lasing efficiency and photochemical stability of IR laser dyes in the 710-1080-nm spectral region

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2 Author(s)
Oettinger, Peter E. ; Thermo Electron Corporation, Waltham, MA, USA ; Dewey, C.Forbes

The lasing efficiencies and photochemical stabilities of laser dyes useful in the 710-1080-nm spectral region have been investigated using a Q -switched ruby laser pumping source. The measured bleaching rates P defined as the probability of irreversible decomposition of a dye molecule per absorbed photon, varied from \leq 1 \times 10^{-5} to 3 \times 10^{-4} for the different dye-solvent combinations investigated. Broad-band lasing efficiencies (the ratios of dye laser output to ruby radiation input) ranged from 4 to 43 percent. Shifts of wavelength tuning range with variations in solvent, dye concentration, and dye laser cavity geometry are reported.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 2 )