Laser operation of the new stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2
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We demonstrate for the first time laser operation with the monoclinic stoichiometric crystal KYb(WO4)2 (hereafter KYbW). Lasing on the 2F 5/2 ?2F 7/2 transition of Yb3+ at room temperature has been achieved near 1074 nm with >41% slope efficiency (>26% maximum conversion efficiency) using a 0.5-mm-thick plate of KYbW. This new laser material holds great promise for diode-pumped high-power lasers, thin-disk and waveguide designs as well as for ultrashort (ps/fs) pulse laser systems.
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