We measured the concentration of Nd3+ in PbWO4 crystal by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry and determined the segregation coefficient to be 0.688. The polarized absorption spectra, polarized fluorescence spectra, and fluorescence decay curves of both the as-grown and the annealed Nd3+:PbWO4 crystals were measured at room temperature. The effect of the annealing treatment on the spectroscopic properties of Nd3+:PbWO4 crystal was discussed. The experimental results show that the annealing treatment is an effective method for improvement of the spectroscopic and laser performances of Nd3+:PbWO4 crystal.
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Yujin Chen, Yanfu Lin, Zundu Luo, and Yidong Huang, "Effect of annealing treatment on spectroscopic properties of a Nd3+-doped PbWO4 single crystal," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 898-904 (2005)