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Properties and performance of the LiCaAlF6:Cr3+ laser material
Author(s): Stephen A. Payne; Lloyd L. Chase; L. Jeffrey Atherton; John A. Caird; Wayne L. Kway; Michelle D. Shinn; Robert S. Hughes; Larry K. Smith
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Paper Abstract

The laser properties of the LiCaAlF6:Cr3+ (Cr:LiCAF) material are reviewed. The impact of the absorption and emission spectra on the laser performance is discussed. Laser-pumping and flashlamp-pumping experiments have shown that Cr:LiCAF has potential for high efficiency, although the presence of scattering losses remains a significant problem. The "gradient freeze" growth technique has been found to generate lower-loss material compared to Czochralski growth. The thermal lensing of Cr:LiCAF has been measured to be small and is in rough agreement with the magnitude expected on the basis of the intrinsic thermo-optical properties.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1223, Solid State Lasers, (1 April 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18400
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen A. Payne, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Lloyd L. Chase, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
L. Jeffrey Atherton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
John A. Caird, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Wayne L. Kway, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Michelle D. Shinn, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Robert S. Hughes, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Larry K. Smith, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1223:
Solid State Lasers
George Dube, Editor(s)

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