The spectroscopic properties and laser operation of a new neodymium-doped vanadate crystal, Nd:LuVO<sub>4</sub>, grown by the flux technique are reported. Polarized absorption and emission spectra were recorded at low and room temperatures, excited-state absorption was measured near 1060 and 1340 nm, and laser emission at 1066 nm was obtained after pumping near 809 and 880 nm.
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C. Maunier, J. L. Doualan, R. Moncorgé, A. Speghini, M. Bettinelli, and E. Cavalli, "Growth, spectroscopic characterization, and laser performance of Nd:LuVO4, a new infrared laser material that is suitable for diode pumping," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1794-1800 (2002)