Applied Physics B

, Volume 103, Issue 1, pp 1–4 | Cite as

Characterization of an Yb:YAG ceramic waveguide laser, fabricated by the direct femtosecond-laser writing technique

  • T. Calmano
  • A.-G. Paschke
  • J. Siebenmorgen
  • S. T. Fredrich-Thornton
  • H. Yagi
  • K. Petermann
  • G. Huber
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Abstract

Using the direct femtosecond-laser writing technique tracks of modified material were written in an Yb(15%):YAG ceramic. Due to a stress-induced change of the refractive index between two parallel tracks waveguiding was achieved in channels between the tracks. Laser oscillation of these channel waveguides at a wavelength of 1030 nm was demonstrated with a maximum output power of 0.7 W. The investigation of two different outcoupling transmissions of 99% and 91% revealed that for the higher output coupling the slope efficiency is 35%, which is much lower in comparison to the case of lower output coupling with a slope efficiency of 65%. This effect may be explained by inversion dependent loss mechanisms.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Calmano
    • 1
  • A.-G. Paschke
    • 1
  • J. Siebenmorgen
    • 1
  • S. T. Fredrich-Thornton
    • 1
  • H. Yagi
    • 2
  • K. Petermann
    • 1
  • G. Huber
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Laser-PhysicsHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Takuma WorksKonoshima Chemical Co. Ltd.Takuma, Mitoyo-gun, KagawaJapan

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