This section of this review discusses the main features of methods for producing a new laser material--a ceramic for the development of powerful next-generation solid-state lasers. A laser ceramic with a perfect crystalline structure and containing no impurities is virtually identical to microcrystals of the same composition in its spectral and laser characteristics. The main methods of synthesizing precursors for a laser ceramic and examples of the technological implementation of these methods are considered.
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S. G. Garanin, N. N. Rukavishnikov, A. V. Dmitryuk, A. A. Zhilin, and M. D. Mikhaĭlov, "Laser ceramic. 1. Production methods," J. Opt. Technol. 77, 565-576 (2010)