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 3/2→4I11/2 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.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)