Laser oscillation in Nd:MgO:LiNbO3 has been demonstrated. Thresholds as low as 3.6 mW and slope efficiencies up to 39% were achieved in a resonantly pumped miniature device. The electro-optical and nonlinear-optical properties of the host were also used to make active internal Q-switched and self-frequency-doubled lasers. Photorefractive damage is shown to be greatly suppressed compared with that for non-MgO-doped material. Absorption spectra, fluorescence spectra, and lifetime measurements are also reported.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 15, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: October 8, 1985
Published: January 1, 1986
T. Y. Fan, A. Cordova-Plaza, M. J. F. Digonnet, R. L. Byer, and H. J. Shaw, "Nd:MgO:LiNbO3 spectroscopy and laser devices," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3, 140-148 (1986)