Abstract

The effect of nonlinear signal absorption (NLSA) due to ground-state absorption and excited-state absorption in a transversely pumped high-power dye laser amplifier is theoretically examined with a one-dimensional steady-state model for a dye amplifier pumped by a copper vapor laser. A well-approximated analytical expression for the extraction efficiency is derived, from which the effect of NLSA in reducing the amplifier efficiency can be appreciated immediately and can also be interpreted in terms of certain characteristic lengths. The reduction in efficiency due to NLSA is found to be largely independent of the pump power, provided that the signal power is increased linearly with the pump power to continue to saturate the amplifier gain and suppress amplified spontaneous emission.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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