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New rare-earth hosts: OH in laser glasses
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Paper Abstract

Furnace-melt, multi-component glasses are used to produce dense gain media for waveguide and micro-chip lasers. The compositional flexibility is often accompanied by elevated water contents, which can lead to hydroxyl (OH) quenching. OH quenching can significantly shorten excited state lifetimes, even at low pump powers. It therefore becomes important to know and control the OH content of laser glasses. While a simple relation between infrared vibration spectra and OH contents exists for vitreous silica, we show that this relation does not apply to multicomponent glasses. Instead, we present a self-consistent calculation to determine an order- of-magnitude estimate of the number of quenched rare-earth (RE) ions in multi-component glasses. Infra-red absorption spectra and fluorescence lifetimes are required. This method gives an accurate prediction of quench-shortened fluorescent lifetimes in a wide variety of host glasses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 November 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3847, Optical Devices for Fiber Communication, (26 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.371260
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Philip M. Peters, National Institute of Standards and Technology and The Institute of Optics/Univ. of Roches (United States)
Susan N. Houde-Walter, The Institute of Optics/Univ. of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3847:
Optical Devices for Fiber Communication
Michel J. F. Digonnet, Editor(s)

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