We report on the first observations, to our knowledge, of the <sup>4</sup>F<sub>3/2</sub>→<sup>4</sup>I<sub>11/2</sub> (1060-nm) induced fluorescence in a Nd-doped CaO–Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> glass pumped by an 810-nm diode laser. This new doped glass is produced as a 3-mm-diameter sphere by heating and melting in an aerodynamic containerless trap and is rapidly solidified by radiative cooling (>350 K/s). This glass has an interesting Nd<sup>3+</sup> emission maximum at 1067 nm (not many doped glasses have their emission maxima close to 1067 nm). The measured fluorescence decay time of the <sup>4</sup>F<sub>3/2</sub> level is short (0.3 ms) when the ion is excited by a narrow-band pulsed dye laser.
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P.-F. Paradis, F. Babin, J.-M. Gagné, and S. Lévesque, "Analysis of the fluorescence of a Nd-doped 50% CaO–50% Al2O3 glass, pumped at 810 nm, between 1050 and 1100 nm," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 1009-1012 (1997)