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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 16 — Aug. 12, 2002
  • pp: 832–839

Powerful visible (530–770 nm) luminescence in Yb,Ho:GGG with IR diode pumping

A.V. Kir’yanov, V. Aboites, A.M. Belovolov, M.I. Timoshechkin, M.I. Belovolov, M.J. Damzen, and A. Minassian  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 16, pp. 832-839 (2002)

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Powerful visible luminescence in a Gadolinium Gallium Garnet (GGG) crystal, co-activated with Yb3+(~15 at.%) and Ho3+(~0.1 at.%) ions, is investigated under CW laser diode pumping (λ = 938 and 976 nm). The main visible emission band is observed in the green with its peak at λ ~540 nm) and measured to be about 10% with respect to Yb3+IR luminescence (λ ~1000 nm). Red (λ ~650 nm) and near-IR (λ ~755 nm) emission bands are also observed but are weaker (about 3–5%). Analysis of the crystal absorption and luminescence spectra allows one to conclude that Yb3+ -Ho3+ stepwise up-conversion is the mechanism explaining the phenomenon. Ho3+ ions embedded in the crystal in small concentration are shown to form an effective reservoir for energy transferred from the excited Yb3+ subsystem and to be an efficient source of the visible emission.

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OCIS Codes
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: June 10, 2002
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2002
Published: August 12, 2002

Alexander Kir'yanov, V. Aboites, A. Belovolov, M. Timoshechkin, M. Belovolov, M. Damzen, and A. Minassian, "Powerful visible (530�??770 nm) luminescence in Yb,Ho:GGG with IR diode pumping," Opt. Express 10, 832-839 (2002)

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