Infrared emission at 1.8, 2.9, and 4.3 μm is measured in dysprosium-doped gallium lanthanum sulfide (Ga:La:S) glass excited at 815 nm. Emission cross sections were calculated by Judd–Ofelt analysis, the Füchtbauer–Ladenburg equation, and the theory of McCumber. The στ value for the 4.3-μm transition is ~4000 times larger in the Ga:La:S glass than in a dysprosium-doped LiYF4 crystal, which has lased on this transition. The large στ value and the recently reported ability of Ga:La:S glass to be fabricated into fiber form show the potential for an efficient, low-threshold mid-infrared fiber laser. The fluorescence peak at 4.3 mm coincides with the fundamental absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide, making the glass a potential laser source for gas-sensing applications.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 8, 1996
Published: October 1, 1996
T. Schweizer, D. W. Hewak, B. N. Samson, and D. N. Payne, "Spectroscopic data of the 1.8-, 2.9-, and 4.3-μm transitions in dysprosium-doped gallium lanthanum sulfide glass," Opt. Lett. 21, 1594-1596 (1996)