Mid-Infrared Lasers

Timothy J. Carrig, Andrew M. Schober
2010 IEEE Photonics Journal  
We review breakthroughs in the area of mid-infrared laser development. We summarize 2009 research across a broad range of mid-infrared laser technologies, including bulk solid-state lasers, fiber lasers, and nonlinear optics for the generation of infrared light between 2 and 8 m. Bulk laser development research centered around Tm 3þ and Ho 3þ lasers in garnet, tungstate and fluoride hosts, and Cr 2þ -doped chalcogenide lasers. Tm lasers were of particular interest with a single-frequency,
more » ... le-frequency, Tm:YAG nonplanar ring oscillator reported that output over 800 mW [4] .
doi:10.1109/jphot.2010.2044653 fatcat:quvtkakkf5enppnd434jjcu3ia