Tailoring stimulated emission cross sections of Nd3+ laser glass: Observation of large cross sections for BiCl3 glasses

M. J. Weber, D. C. Ziegler, C. A. Angell

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The stimulated emission cross sections of rare-earth transitions depend strongly on the host. The properties that influence the cross sections - line strength, linewidth, and refractive index - are reviewed, and rules for tailoring cross sections are discussed. To illustrate the application of these rules, the largest stimulated emission cross section for the 4F 3/24I11/2 transition of Nd3+ observed for any oxide or halide glass was obtained for a new class of bismuth-chloride-based glasses. Spectroscopic and physical properties and laser parameters of these and other halide glasses are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4344-4350
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1982
Externally publishedYes


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