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XU Fei, PAN Qi-kun, CHEN Fei, ZHANG Kuo, YU De-yang, HE Yang, SUN Jun-jie. Development progress of Fe2+:ZnSe lasers[J]. Chinese Optics, 2021, 14(3): 458-469. doi: 10.37188/CO.2020-0180
Citation: XU Fei, PAN Qi-kun, CHEN Fei, ZHANG Kuo, YU De-yang, HE Yang, SUN Jun-jie. Development progress of Fe2+:ZnSe lasers[J]. Chinese Optics, 2021, 14(3): 458-469. doi: 10.37188/CO.2020-0180

Development progress of Fe2+:ZnSe lasers

doi: 10.37188/CO.2020-0180
Funds:  Supported by Nature National Science Foundation of China (No. 61705219); Jilin Province Science and Technology Development Plan Project (No. 20190103133JH); Foundation of State Key Laboratory of Laser interaction with Matter (No. SKLLIM1914)
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  • Corresponding author: panqikun2005@163.com
  • Received Date: 2020-10-10
  • Rev Recd Date: 2020-11-09
  • Available Online: 2021-02-05
  • Publish Date: 2021-05-14
  • Mid-infrared lasers with emission spectrums located in the 3~5 μm atmospheric window have a wide range of possible applications in medical treatment, industrial processing, atmospheric remote sensing, space communication, infrared countermeasures and other fields. Transition Metal (TM) doped Ⅱ~Ⅵ group sulfide crystals can be used as the gain medium to achieve mid-infrared laser output. Among them, Fe2 +:ZnSe lasers are advantageous for their high conversion efficiency, their wide tunable range in the mid-infrared band and their compact structure. They are one of the most effective ways of achieving a short pulse with high power and high energy in the mid-infrared band. With the development of material technology in recent years, Fe2 +:ZnSe lasers have begun developing rapidly and have become a heavily researched topic. This paper reviews the development of a TM2+:Ⅱ~Ⅵ laser represented by a Fe2 +:ZnSe laser. The preparation methods of a Fe2 +:ZnSe gain medium are introduced and analyzed. The pump sources and factors affecting the performance of Fe2 +:ZnSe lasers are discussed. The output characteristics of the Fe2 +:ZnSe laser are reviewed. The latest development of Fe2 +:ZnSe lasers in room temperature and ultrashort pulse directions is summarized and prospected. The possible future development direction of Fe2 +:ZnSe lasers is discussed.
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