Abstract

We have studied the performance of color-center lasers based on FA(II) and FB(II) centers in KCl and RbCl with the intent of simultaneously maximizing their output power and tuning range. We have achieved a combined tuning range of 2.22–3.64 μm and slope efficiencies as high as 10%. We also find these centers to be totally free of photodegradation effects during laser operation and to be storable without deterioration at temperatures below 0°C.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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