Ytterbium-doped transparent ceramics based on cubic garnets are promising for thin-disk lasers. 3.6 at.% Yb:Lu3Al5O12 transparent ceramics were fabricated by a solid-state reaction at 1800 °C in vacuum using Yb:Lu2O3 and Al2O3 nanopowders produced by laser ablation and their spectroscopic properties were studied. The stimulated-emission crosssection is 2.46×10-20 cm2 at 1030.2 nm. The Stark splitting of the Yb3+ multiplets was also determined. A compact CW Yb:Lu3Al5O12 ceramic laser pumped by a fiber-coupled 968 nm InGaAs laser diode generated 5.65 W at ~1031 nm with a slope efficiency of 67.2%. Using quasi-CW pumping, the peak power reached 8.83 W.
In this work we report on the results of synthesis and investigation of Fe2+:MgAl2O4ceramic samples. Nanopowders with small average particle size of ~ 18 nm were used for the preparation of the samples. It has allowed to synthesize the ceramics with an average grain size of 300–400 nm at a temperature as low as ~ 1200 °С. It was shown that the Fe ions occupy tetrahedral sites of lattice with a mandatory valence equaled to 2 when the content of iron in the samples of magnesium aluminate spinel is higher than 1 wt.%. Transmission of radiation in the samples increased with an increase in wavelength due to the reduction of Rayleigh scattering caused by pores. It was determined that the transmission of radiation in the samples at strong and weak laser radiation remains constant in a temperature range from -164 °С to+22°C.
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 Nddoped 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.