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Yb:YAG absorption at ambient and cryogenic temperatures

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4 Author(s)
Brown, D.C. ; Snake Creek Lasers LLC, Hallstead, PA, USA ; Cone, R.L. ; Yongchen Sun ; Equall, R.W.

We have performed absorption measurements and generated absorption cross sections as a function of wavelength for the laser material YAG doped with ytterbium at 300, 175, and 75 K. This data was generated to enable a direct comparison of the absorption intensity and linewidths at room and cryogenic temperatures, and in particular near the temperature of liquid nitrogen at 77 K. The data have been used to compute universal absorption contour plots that display absorption as a function of the incident light center wavelength and optical thickness (doping density times penetration depth) for a number of bandwidths, and assuming that the spectrum of the incident light can be described as a Gaussian. Curves are presented for both 300 and 75 K, and may be used to optimize the absorption and laser efficiency.

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Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 3 )