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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: George I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2250–2256

Thulium-sensitized neodymium in KPb 2 Cl 5 for mid-infrared laser development

A. G. Bluiett, N. J. Condon, S. O’Connor, S. R. Bowman, Michael Logie, and Joseph Ganem  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 22, Issue 10, pp. 2250-2256 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.22.002250


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Abstract

The energy transfer from Tm 3 + to Nd 3 + was explored in Tm,Nd: KPb 2 Cl 5 for sensitization of a possible 5 μ m Nd laser. Evidence for an efficient energy transfer from Tm 3 + to Nd 3 + under 785 nm excitation was obtained through monitoring changes in (i) the Tm 3 + decay behavior and (ii) the 5 μ m emission intensity arising from the I 11 2 4 I 9 2 4 transition of Nd 3 + ions. The quantum efficiency of the 5 μ m emission from Nd 3 + was estimated to be approximately four times greater in Tm,Nd: KPb 2 Cl 5 compared with Nd: KPb 2 Cl 5 . Sensitization of Nd 3 + with Tm 3 + in KPb 2 Cl 5 promises a significant increase in the maximum achievable slope efficiency of a potential 5 μ m Nd laser.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared

ToC Category:
Spectroscopy

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A. G. Bluiett, N. J. Condon, S. O'Connor, S. R. Bowman, Michael Logie, and Joseph Ganem, "Thulium-sensitized neodymium in KPb2Cl5 for mid-infrared laser development," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 2250-2256 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-22-10-2250

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