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1 May 2014 Laser characteristics of TGT-grown Nd,Y-codoped:SrF2 single crystal
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In this contribution we present spectroscopic and laser properties of TGT (temperature gradient technique) grown Nd,Y:SrF2 crystals with neodymium concentration of 0.4, 0.65 and 0.8 at.%. The absorption cross-section, fluorescence spectra and fluorescence decay time were measured. For the laser experiments, the noncoated crystal samples 3.5 or 5 mm thick were pumped by a 796 nm laser diode matching the Nd:SrF2 absorption peak. Several output couplers with reflectivity ranging from 70 to 98 % at the generated wavelength were tested. In the pulsed pumping regime (pulseduration 2 ms, frequency 10 Hz), the maximum average output power of 75 mW was obtained with the slope efficiency as high as 48 % and the optical-to-optical efficiency of 42 % with respect to the absorbed pump power. The output beam spatial profile was nearly Gaussian in both axes, oscillations started at the wavelength of 1057 nm. At higher pumping levels, the second emission line at 1050 nm appears corresponding to our fluorescence measurements. Wavelength tuning using birefringent filter from 1048 to 1070 nm is probably given by crystal-field splitting of the 4F3/2 manifold in Nd3+. True-CW laser operation was also successfully obtained at lower pumping level with the maximum output power of 90 mW using output coupler reflectivity of 98 %.
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Michal Jelínek, Václav Kubeček, Liangbi Su, Dapeng Jiang, Fengkai Ma, Qian Zhang, Yuexin Cao, and Jun Xu "Laser characteristics of TGT-grown Nd,Y-codoped:SrF2 single crystal", Proc. SPIE 9135, Laser Sources and Applications II, 91351U (1 May 2014);

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