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Crystal host engineering for transition metal lasers
Author(s): Jonathan W. Evans; Sean A. McDaniel; Ronald W. Stites; Patrick A. Berry; Gary Cook; Thomas R. Harris; Kenneth L. Schepler
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Paper Abstract

Much progress has been made in power scaling mid-infrared lasers based on transition metal ions such as Cr2+, Co2+, and Fe2+ in zinc and cadmium chalcogenides. Still, the exploration of the physics of the devices is incomplete. In this work, we analyze absorption spectra from Fe2+ in several binary and ternary hosts at low temperatures. We examine the effect of host ion size and mass on the zero-phonon energy of these spectra and further develop our previous model for the upper state lifetime of Fe2+ in these materials. The effect of the relative disorder in the crystalline environment on the lasing characteristics of Cr:ZnS, Cr:ZnSe, Fe:ZnSe, and Fe:CdMnTe laser devices is explored. We show that increasing disorder of the crystal host is easily observed in broadening of the absorption spectra and the spectral linewidth of the laser output, and the reduction in the portion of the emission spectrum accessible for mode locking. Practical design guidelines for laser devices are developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2020
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 11259, Solid State Lasers XXIX: Technology and Devices, 112590C (21 February 2020);
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Jonathan W. Evans, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Sean A. McDaniel, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Ronald W. Stites, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Patrick A. Berry, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Gary Cook, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Thomas R. Harris, Azimuth Corp. (United States)
Kenneth L. Schepler, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11259:
Solid State Lasers XXIX: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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