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Layered Yb:YAG ceramics produced by two different methods: processing, characterization and comparison
Author(s): Jan Hostaša; Laura Esposito; Valentina Biasini; Andreana Piancastelli; Matteo Vannini; Guido Toci
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Paper Abstract

The use of Yb:YAG ceramic gain media in solid state lasers has been of growing interest for high repetition rate and high power lasers. Probably the most important advantage of ceramic production technology in comparison with that of single crystals is the flexibility of shaping methods that allow the production of near-net-shape components with a welldefined internal structure. In the case of Yb:YAG with dopant distribution designed accordingly to the pumping and cooling geometry the efficiency of the laser device can be enhanced by mitigating thermal lensing effects. The presented work reports on Yb:YAG transparent ceramics composed of layers with different Yb doping produced by two different shaping methods: dry pressing of spray-dried powders and tape casting, all sintered under high vacuum. The selected geometry of materials was based on numerical simulations. Microstructure of the produced materials was characterized by SEM and EDX with a particular attention to the dopant content across the layers. The optical quality of produced ceramics was characterized and discussed in connection with the microstructure and laser emission results. Output power of nearly 7 W and slope efficiency 58.1 % were obtained in QCW regime from bilayered 0-10 %Yb:YAG. In the case of multilayered materials higher scattering losses were observed. The comparison between the two processing methods highlighted that the tape-cast materials provided higher optical uniformity and the diffusion zone between the single layers with different dopant content was about 150 nm compared to about 250 nm in samples produced by pressing of powders.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9726, Solid State Lasers XXV: Technology and Devices, 97261M (16 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2209339
Show Author Affiliations
Jan Hostaša, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Ceramici (Italy)
Laura Esposito, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Ceramici (Italy)
Valentina Biasini, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Ceramici (Italy)
Andreana Piancastelli, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Ceramici (Italy)
Matteo Vannini, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
Guido Toci, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9726:
Solid State Lasers XXV: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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