Title

33 W quasi-continuous-wave narrow-band sodium D2a laser by sum-frequency generation in LBO

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-23-2014

Publication Title

Chinese Physical Society and IOP Publishing Ltd

DOI

10.1088/1674-1056/23/9/094208

Abstract

We demonstrate an all-solid quasi-continuous-wave (QCW) narrow-band source tunable to sodium D2a line at 589.159 nm. The source is based on sum-frequency mixing between lasers at 1064 nm and 1319 nm in a LBO crystal. The 1064 nm and 1319 nm lasers are produced from two diode side-pumped Nd:YAG master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) laser systems, respectively. A 33 W output of 589 nm laser is obtained with beam quality factor M2 = 1.25, frequency stability better than ±0.2 GHz and linewidth less than 0.44 GHz. A prototype 589 nm laser system is assembled, and a sodium laser guided star has been successfully observed in the field test.

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