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Diode pumped alkali vapor fiber laser

United States Patent

October 23, 2007
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A method and apparatus is provided for producing near-diffraction-limited laser light, or amplifying near-diffraction-limited light, in diode pumped alkali vapor photonic-band-gap fiber lasers or amplifiers. Laser light is both substantially generated and propagated in an alkali gas instead of a solid, allowing the nonlinear and damage limitations of conventional solid core fibers to be circumvented. Alkali vapor is introduced into the center hole of a photonic-band-gap fiber, which can then be pumped with light from a pump laser and operated as an oscillator with a seed beam, or can be configured as an amplifier.
Payne; Stephen A. (Castro Valley, CA), Beach; Raymond J. (Livermore, CA), Dawson; Jay W. (Livermore, CA), Krupke; William F. (Pleasanton, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
11/ 447,391
June 5, 2006
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.