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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2002
  • pp: 240–242

Self-sum- and -difference-frequency mixing in GdAl3(BO3)4:Nd3+ for generation of tunable ultraviolet and infrared radiation

Alain Brenier, Chaoyang Tu, Jianfu Li, Zhaojie Zhu, and Baichang Wu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 4, pp. 240-242 (2002)

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We exploited Nd<sup>3+</sup> laser emission at 1061.9 nm (<sup>4</sup><i>F</i><sub>3/2</sub>→<sup>4</sup><i>I</i><sub>11/2</sub> channel) in a self-χ<sup>(2)</sup> active GdAl<sub>3</sub>(BO<sub>3</sub>)<sub>4</sub>:Nd<sup>3+</sup> laser crystal. UV radiation was obtained from a 1.8% yield from self-sum-frequency mixing: 1/pump + 1/1061.9 = 1/UV, during pumping in the Nd<sup>3+</sup> <sup>4</sup><i>G</i><sub>5/2</sub>–<sup>2</sup><i>G</i><sub>7/2</sub> levels near 588 nm. The UV tunability had a range of 378–382 nm. We have demonstrated, for the first time to our knowledge, generation of coherent IR radiation from a self-difference-frequency mixing laser: 1/pump - 1/1061.9 = 1/IR. We got a 0.5% yield and tunability in the 1305–1365-nm range.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.7300) Lasers and laser optics : Visible lasers
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy

Alain Brenier, Chaoyang Tu, Jianfu Li, Zhaojie Zhu, and Baichang Wu, "Self-sum- and -difference-frequency mixing in GdAl3(BO3)4:Nd3+ for generation of tunable ultraviolet and infrared radiation," Opt. Lett. 27, 240-242 (2002)

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