Apr 25 2014
Chromium belongs to the group of transition elements in the periodic table; its ions of various charges are often used as dopants of the active lasing mediums. The addition of the chromium Cr2+ ion to ZnSe as the active medium causes emissions in the range of 1.9 to 3.5µm. An active lasing medium, which is doped with chromium ions, exhibits strong electron-phonon interaction, and has a large gain bandwidth. Hence, such lasers are called vibronic lasers.
For high output from the Cr:ZnSe laser the right magnitude of power needs to be maintained. The pumping source is another laser, the Tm fiber laser. The edges of the active medium, which is the chromium doped ZnSe crystal, are cut at the Brewster angle, in order to achieve the maximum wavelength.
||Other Laser (Tm Fiber)
||2.2 – 2.8µm
Physical and Chemical Properties
|Physical and Chemical Properties
The primary applications of the chromium doped ZnSe laser are in defense related operations, such as MWIR laser radar, counter measure against heat-seeking missiles, etc.
Some of the other applications of the Cr:ZnSe laser are listed below:
- Radar sensing
- As seeding or pumping sources for middle infrared optical parametric oscillators
- Medical procedures