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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2001–2006

Spectroscopic investigation of Nd 3 + -doped ZBLAN glass for solar-pumped lasers

Takenobu Suzuki, Hiroyuki Kawai, Hiroyuki Nasu, Shintaro Mizuno, Hiroshi Ito, Kazuo Hasegawa, and Yasutake Ohishi  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 28, Issue 8, pp. 2001-2006 (2011)

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We evaluated the optical properties required for the design of a solar-pumped laser for Nd 3 + -doped ZrF 4 - BaF 2 - LaF 3 - AlF 3 - NaF (ZBLAN) glass. The quantum efficiency (QE) of near-infrared emission from the F 3 / 2 4 state of Nd 3 + using sunlight as an excitation source was 70%. The product of the stimulated emission cross section and the radiative lifetime ( σ se τ r ) of the F 3 / 2 4 I 11 / 2 4 was 1.5 × 10 23 cm 2 · s . The integrated absorption strength in the 450 900 nm region was the largest among Nd 3 + -doped fluoride glasses. The high QE, large σ se τ r product, and large integrated absorption strength indicate that Nd 3 + -doped ZBLAN is one of the most promising materials for solar-pumped lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2290) Materials : Fiber materials
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

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Original Manuscript: April 18, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 16, 2011
Published: July 22, 2011

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Takenobu Suzuki, Hiroyuki Kawai, Hiroyuki Nasu, Shintaro Mizuno, Hiroshi Ito, Kazuo Hasegawa, and Yasutake Ohishi, "Spectroscopic investigation of Nd3+-doped ZBLAN glass for solar-pumped lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 2001-2006 (2011)

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