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An Overview on Yb-Doped Transparent Polycrystalline Sesquioxide Laser Ceramics

Year: 2018

Authors: Pirri A., Toci G., Patrizi B., Vannini M.

Autors Affiliation: [Pirri, Angela] CNR, Ist Fis Applicata Carrara, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Fi, Italy.
[Toci, Guido; Vannini, Matteo] CNR, Ist Nazl Ott, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Fi, Italy.
[Patrizi, Barbara] CNR, Ist Nazl Ott, I-50125 Florence, Italy.

Abstract: This paper is devoted to summarizing and discussing the scientific progress achieved during the past decade in diode-pumped ytterbium-doped solid-state lasers. The output radiation centered on the 1-mu m region is of particular interest for the well-known applications of previously developed Nd3+ lasers. Several hosts have been studied and tested in recent years. Due to the enormous number of papers dealing with ytterbium, Yb3+, doped hosts, we will limit our report here to materials based on transparent polycrystalline sesquioxide laser ceramics, such as Lu2O3, Sc2O3, and Y2O3. The reason is basically due to the wider emission band of ytterbium-doped sesquioxides as compared with more commonly used hosts such as YAG. The higher thermal conductivity with respect to hosts such as CaF2 makes them very interesting for applications requiring both good thermal conductivity and a wide fluorescence emission band, as well as for short puke generation at high average power levels. Furthermore, the replacement of trivalent Yb in sesquioxides does not require any charge compensation (as is the for instance case of the replacement of divalent Ca in CaF2), which makes their fabrication easier, in particular at high doping levels.

Journal/Review: IEEE JOURNAL OF SELECTED TOPICS IN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS

Volume: 24 (5)      Pages from: 1602108-1  to: 1602108-8

KeyWords: Calcium compounds; Ceramic materials; Crystals; Doping (additives); Electric conductivity; Lutetium compounds; Polycrystalline materials; Pumping (laser); Semiconductor doping; Semiconductor lasers; Solid state lasers; Thermal conductivity; Thermal conductivity of solids; Ytterbium, Ceramics; Charge compensation; Fluorescence emission; Laser ceramics; Pump laser; Scientific progress; Short pulse generation; Solid-state ceramics, Fluorine compounds
DOI: 10.1109/JSTQE.2018.2799003

Citations: 4
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