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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 10, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1993
  • pp: 633–637

Crystal growth, spectroscopy, and laser performance of Nd3+:KYF4

Toomas H. Allik, Larry D. Merkle, Richard A. Utano, Bruce H. T. Chai, J.-L. V. Lefaucheur, Heika Voss, and G. Jeffrey Dixon  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 10, Issue 4, pp. 633-637 (1993)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.10.000633


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Abstract

Nd3+-doped KYF4 boules (5 cm long by 2 cm diameter) have been grown by the top-seeded solution method. The broad absorption spectra near 800 nm and the long (>500 μs) fluorescence lifetime of the 4F3/2 laser state in this host are attractive diode-pump features with advantages over Nd3+:Y3Al5O12 and Nd3+:YLF4. We have investigated cw and Q-switched operation of Nd3+:KYF4 end pumped by a Ti: sapphire laser. Absorbed power slope efficiencies of 30% have been measured, but thermal effects limit input powers to 300 mW into the crystal.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: July 18, 1992
Revised Manuscript: October 8, 1992
Published: April 1, 1993

Citation
Toomas H. Allik, Larry D. Merkle, Bruce H. T. Chai, Heika Voss, G. Jeffrey Dixon, J.-L. V. Lefaucheur, and Richard A. Utano, "Crystal growth, spectroscopy, and laser performance of Nd3+:KYF4," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 633-637 (1993)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-10-4-633

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