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Efficiency and threshold pump intensity of CW solar-pumped solid-state lasers

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2 Author(s)
I. H. Hwang ; Hampton Univ., VA, USA ; J. H. Lee

The authors consider the relation between the threshold pumping intensity, the material properties, the resonator parameters, and the ultimate slope efficiencies of various solid-state laser materials for solar pumping. They clarify the relation between the threshold pump intensity and the material parameters and the relation between the ultimate slope efficiency and the laser resonator parameters such that a design criterion for the solar-pumped solid-state laser can be established. Among the laser materials evaluated, alexandrite has the highest slope efficiency of about 12.6%; however, it does not seem to be practical for a solar-pumped laser application because of its high threshold pump intensity. Cr:Nd:GSGG is the most promising for solar-pumped lasing

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IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 9 )