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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4146–4149

Laser demonstration with highly doped Yb:Gd2O3 and Yb:Y2O3 crystals grown by an original flux method

Frédéric Druon, Matias Velázquez, Philippe Veber, Sylvie Janicot, Oudomsack Viraphong, Gabriel Buşe, Marwan Abdou Ahmed, Thomas Graf, Daniel Rytz, and Patrick Georges  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 20, pp. 4146-4149 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.004146


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Abstract

We present, to the best of our knowledge, the first laser demonstration of an Yb-doped Gd2O3 cubic crystal. This crystal was obtained by the flux method using an original borate-based solvent, which was particularly well suited to the growth of rare earth sesquioxide crystals at half the working temperature of classical growth techniques. This flux method is a very interesting alternative for the production of laser sesquioxide crystals, not only because it provides access to new matrices of the cubic polymorph, but also because it permits high Yb3+-doping levels for these crystals. The first laser results of two highly Yb3+-doped sesquioxides, namely Gd2O3 and Y2O3, grown by this flux method are presented here, including the Ti:sapphire and diode pumping configurations. Laser efficiencies and emission spectra for these two crystals were studied and compared.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 23, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 11, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 11, 2013
Published: October 10, 2013

Citation
Frédéric Druon, Matias Velázquez, Philippe Veber, Sylvie Janicot, Oudomsack Viraphong, Gabriel Buşe, Marwan Abdou Ahmed, Thomas Graf, Daniel Rytz, and Patrick Georges, "Laser demonstration with highly doped Yb:Gd2O3 and Yb:Y2O3 crystals grown by an original flux method," Opt. Lett. 38, 4146-4149 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-20-4146


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