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Design and characterization of Yb and Nd doped transparent ceramics for high power laser applications: recent advancements.

Year: 2017

Authors: Lapucci A., Vannini M., Ciofini M., Pirri A., Nikl M., Li J., Esposito L., Biasini V., Hostasa J., Goto T., Boulon G., Maksimov R.N., Gizzi LA., Labate L., Toci G.

Labate L.,

Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR, Italy
Istituto di Fisica Applicata “Nello Carrara”, CNR, Sesto F.no, Italy
Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Ceramici, CNR, Faenza, Italy
Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University, 980-8577, Sendai, Japan
Institute Light Matter (ILM), CNRS-University Lyon1, 69622 Villeurbanne, France
Institute of Electrophysics, Ural Branch of RAS, , Ekaterinburg 620016, Russia
Ural Federal University “B.N. Yeltsin”, Ekaterinburg 620002, Russia

Abstract: We report a review on our recent developments in Yttebium and Neodymium doped laser ceramics, along two main research lines. The first is the design and development of Yb: YAG ceramics with non uniform doping distribution, for the management of thermo-mechanical stresses and for the mitigation of ASE: layered structures have been produced by solid state reactive sintering, using different forming processes (spray drying and cold press of the homogenized powders, tape cast of the slurry); samples have been characterized and compared to FEM analysis. The second is the investigation of Lutetium based ceramics (such as mixed garnets LuYAG and Lu2O3); this interest is mainly motivated by the favorable thermal properties of these hosts under high doping. We recently obtained for the first time high efficiency laser emission from Yb doped LuYAG ceramics. The investigation on sesquioxides has been focused on Nd-doped Lu2O3 ceramics, fabricated with the Spark Plasma Sintering method (SPS). We recently achieved the first laser emission above 1 W from Nd doped Lu2O3 ceramics fabricated by SPS.

Journal/Review: PROCEEDINGS OF SPIE

Volume: 10254      Pages from: 102540E-1  to: 102540E-6

More Information: Conference: 21st International Symposium on High Power Laser Systems and Applications
Location: Gmunden, AUSTRIA
Date: SEP 05-09, 2016
KeyWords: Laser ceramics; Nd:YAG; Yb:YAG; Lu2O3 sesquioxide; SPS method
DOI: 10.1117/12.2257409

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