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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 1999
  • pp: 4533–4547

Properties of Nd3+-doped and undoped tetragonal PbWO4, NaY(WO4)2, CaWO4, and undoped monoclinic ZnWO4 and CdWO4 as laser-active and stimulated Raman scattering-active crystals

Alexander A. Kaminskii, Hans J. Eichler, Ken-ichi Ueda, Nikolai V. Klassen, Boris S. Redkin, Ludmila E. Li, Julian Findeisen, Daniel Jaque, José García-Sole, Joaquín Fernández, and Rolindes Balda  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 21, pp. 4533-4547 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.004533


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Abstract

Spectroscopic, laser, and χ(3) nonlinear optical properties of tetragonal PbWO4, NaY(WO4)2, CaWO4, and monoclinic CdWO4 and ZnWO4 were investigated. Particular attention was paid to Nd3+-doped and undoped PbWO4 and NaY(WO4)2 crystals. Their absorption and luminescence intensity characteristics, including the peak cross sections of induced transitions, were determined. Pulsed and continuous-wave lasing in the two 4F3/24I11/2 and 4F3/24I13/2 channels was excited. For these five tungstates, highly efficient (greater than 50%) multiple Stokes generation and anti-Stokes picosecond generation were achieved. All the observed scattered laser components were identified. These results were analyzed and compared with spectroscopic data from spontaneous Raman scattering. A new crystalline Raman laser based on PbWO4 was developed for the χ(3) conversion frequency of 1-µm pump radiation to the first Stokes emission with efficiency up to 40%. We classify all the tungstates as promising media for lasers and neodymium-doped crystals for self-stimulated Raman scattering lasers.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect
(290.5860) Scattering : Scattering, Raman
(300.6250) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, condensed matter
(300.6450) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Raman

History
Original Manuscript: November 4, 1998
Revised Manuscript: February 8, 1999
Published: July 20, 1999

Citation
Alexander A. Kaminskii, Hans J. Eichler, Ken-ichi Ueda, Nikolai V. Klassen, Boris S. Redkin, Ludmila E. Li, Julian Findeisen, Daniel Jaque, José García-Sole, Joaquín Fernández, and Rolindes Balda, "Properties of Nd3+-doped and undoped tetragonal PbWO4, NaY(WO4)2, CaWO4, and undoped monoclinic ZnWO4 and CdWO4 as laser-active and stimulated Raman scattering-active crystals," Appl. Opt. 38, 4533-4547 (1999)
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