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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2008
  • pp: 884–896

Characterization and comparison of Yb 3 + -doped YA 1 O 3 perovskite crystals (Yb:YAP) with Yb 3 + -doped Y 3 Al 5 O 12 garnet crystals (Yb:YAG) for laser application

G. Boulon, Y. Guyot, H. Canibano, S. Hraiech, and A. Yoshikawa  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 5, pp. 884-896 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.25.000884


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Abstract

High-optical-quality single crystals of Yb 3 + -doped YAlO 3 perovskite ( Yb 3 + : YAP ) were grown by the Czochralski (CZ) method and characterized. From polarized absorption and emission spectra, assignment of the Yb 3 + energy levels was proposed. Yb 3 + concentration dependence of experimental decay times allows us to study concentration quenching and suggests both strong radiative and nonradiative energy transfers, from Yb 3 + ions to impurities, well described by a limited diffusion model. Yb 3 + : YAP crystal is a potentially useful polarized laser gain medium in laser-diode-pumped solid-state configurations. 5.7 at. % Yb 3 + optimum concentration was deduced by prediction of laser performances. In addition, thermal properties and figure of merit, which is defined from our own model taking into account only spectroscopic data, were also compared with those of Yb 3 + -doped YAG.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(160.0160) Materials : Materials
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(300.6250) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, condensed matter
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: February 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 27, 2008
Published: April 30, 2008

Citation
G. Boulon, Y. Guyot, H. Canibano, S. Hraiech, and A. Yoshikawa, "Characterization and comparison of Yb3+-doped YA1O3 perovskite crystals (Yb:YAP) with Yb3+-doped Y3Al5O12 garnet crystals (Yb:YAG) for laser application," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 884-896 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-25-5-884


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