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Bridgman growth of LiYF4 and LiLuF4 crystals for radiation-balanced lasers
Author(s): Azzurra Volpi; Junwei Meng; Alexander R. Albrecht; Mansoor Sheik-Bahae; Daniel Biner; Karl W Krämer; Markus P. Hehlen
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Paper Abstract

Single crystals of LiYF4 (YLF) and LiLuF4 (LLF) doped with Yb3+, Tm3+, or Ho3+ are attractive materials for enabling radiation balanced lasers (RBLs) operating in the 1–2 μm wavelength range. High material purity and short growth times are critical for exploring and optimizing the performance of these materials. We show that the Bridgman growth method can yield single crystals within ~1 week and requiring only a few grams of the respective starting materials. We report on progress growing YLF and LLF crystals by the vertical Bridgman method and discuss the challenges posed by the incongruent melting properties of YLF. The congruently-melting LLF is found to be an attractive candidate material for RBL applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10936, Photonic Heat Engines: Science and Applications, 109360P (1 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2510691
Show Author Affiliations
Azzurra Volpi, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Junwei Meng, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Alexander R. Albrecht, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Daniel Biner, Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
Karl W Krämer, Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
Markus P. Hehlen, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
New Mexico Consortium (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10936:
Photonic Heat Engines: Science and Applications
Denis V. Seletskiy; Richard I. Epstein; Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, Editor(s)

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