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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David Hagan
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1420–1426

Highly transparent Nd3+:Lu2O3 produced by spark plasma sintering and its laser oscillation

Liqiong An, Akihiko Ito, Jian Zhang, Dingyuan Tang, and Takashi Goto  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 4, Issue 7, pp. 1420-1426 (2014)

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Laser oscillation was demonstrated using a 1 at.% Nd3+-doped Lu2O3 (Nd3+:Lu2O3) transparent ceramic produced by spark plasma sintering. Nd2O3, Lu2O3, and LiF commercial powders were mixed by ball milling and were sintered at 1723 K using a two-step sintering profile. After the transparent Nd3+:Lu2O3 ceramic was annealed in air, its transmittance at 1076 nm reached 81.8%, which was close to the theoretical value for Lu2O3 (82.2%). The absorption cross-section at 806 nm was 1.29 × 10−20 cm2, and the fluorescence decay time at 1076 nm was 229 μs. The laser oscillation of Nd3+:Lu2O3 ceramic for the transition from 4F3/2 to 4I11/2—specifically, at 1076.7 and 1080.8 nm—was simultaneously obtained, with a laser output of 0.21 W and slope efficiency of 14%.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials

ToC Category:
Laser Materials

Original Manuscript: March 14, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 4, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2014
Published: June 23, 2014

Liqiong An, Akihiko Ito, Jian Zhang, Dingyuan Tang, and Takashi Goto, "Highly transparent Nd3+:Lu2O3 produced by spark plasma sintering and its laser oscillation," Opt. Mater. Express 4, 1420-1426 (2014)

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