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15 February 2012 Ceramic materials for high power solid state lasers
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We highlight our recent progress in achieving high efficiency solid state laser materials based on hot pressed Lu2O3. Experimental details to further enhance the lasing performance from sesquioxide-based ceramic lasers are presented. Synthesis of high purity rare-earth doped sesquioxide ceramic powder primarily based on Lu2O3 for high energy solid state lasers is discussed. We also report the effect of the powder quality and fabrication process on the optical quality and lasing performance of these ceramics. Various methods to obtain fine grained ceramics which are desirable for scaling to high power lasers are also presented.
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W. Kim, C. Baker, G. Villalobos, L. B. Shaw, B. Sadowski, J. Frantz, I. D. Aggarwal, and J. S. Sanghera "Ceramic materials for high power solid state lasers", Proc. SPIE 8235, Solid State Lasers XXI: Technology and Devices, 823508 (15 February 2012);

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