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Single crystals for laser technique
Author(s): Tadeusz Lukasiewicz
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Paper Abstract

Solid state lasers pumped with diode form a new class of lasers which replace those with lamp pumped lasers presently used. Properties of most often discussed single crystals for diode pumped solid state lasers are presented. YAG crystals doped with Yb and double-doped with Er, Yb and YVO crystals doped with rare earth elements are discussed. Recently promising for laser application seems to be doped tungstate KGd(WO4)2 and KY(WO4)2 crystals. Relatively new group of laser materials are borates, like GdCa4(BO3)3, Ca4YO(BO3)3, YAl(BO3)3 offering laser, self-frequency doubling and nonlinear optical properties. As active laser materials fluorides are discussed e.g. doped LiCaAlF6, LiSrAlF6 crystals. Important group of materials applied in laser technique are materials showing nonlinear absorption, which are used for passive modulation (Q-switch). YAG crystals doped with Cr, V, Co are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4813, Crystal Materials for Nonlinear Optical Devices and Microgravity Science, (25 October 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454832
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Tadeusz Lukasiewicz, Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4813:
Crystal Materials for Nonlinear Optical Devices and Microgravity Science
Ravindra B. Lal; Donald O. Frazier; Narayanan Ramachandran, Editor(s)

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