Pulsed as well as cw laser action has been observed in a new host material for Nd3+ ions, Na+ beta″ alumina. The unusual characteristics of the material and its known physical properties are briefly described. Absorption spectra, fluorescence lifetime, laser-pulse shape, and peak emission wavelength are presented as experimental evidence, and comparisons are made with other Nd3+ host materials. Some exciting new possibilities for integrated-optics applications are explored.
© 1984 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 16, 1983
Manuscript Accepted: January 30, 1984
Published: April 1, 1984
M. Jansen, B. Dunn, G. C. Farrington, D. L. Yang, A. Alfrey, and O. M. Stafsudd, "Nd3+ beta″ alumina platelet laser," Opt. Lett. 9, 119-121 (1984)