Spectroscopic characteristics of Er-doped LiNbO3


Amin, J., Dussardier, B., Schweizer, T., Hempstead, M. and Wilkinson, J.S. (1995) Spectroscopic characteristics of Er-doped LiNbO3. At Quantum Electronics Conference (QE12), Southampton, GB, 04 - 08 Sep 1995. 1pp.

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Er-doped LiNbO3 has recently been strongly pursued as an integrated laser source at 1550nm due to the potential offered by the host material for electro-optic, acousto-optic and non-linear interactions, and several devices have been demonstrated for advanced laser applications. To fully exploit this laser system, it is important to know the spectral characteristics of the dopant-host combination and to quantify the radiative and nonradiative transitions between different excited levels in order to be able to predict and optimise the device performance. For example, it is well known that pumping Er-doped devices at 980nm provides high efficiencies (in dB/mW) and signal-to-noise ratios. However, the Er:LiNbO3 devices demonstrated thus far have been pumped at 1480nm, due to the problems associated with photorefractive damage and upconyersion at 980nm. Recent results in Nd:LiNbO3 have shown that the photorefractive damage at near IR wavelengths can be suppressed sufficiently to allow laser operation. Furthermore, recent investigations using XSW have revealed that Er3+ ions in LiNbO3 are located in an octahedral position close to a Li site, thus allowing the incorporation of high concentrations of Er3+ in this host material without fluorescence quenching. This leads to the belief that the upconversion at 980nm is due to a resonant two stage ESA process involving a single erbium ion. In this paper we present a Judd-Ofelt analysis of Er3+ ions in LiNbO3 using measured line-strengths of 10 transitions from the ground state to excited state manifolds, and use these line strengths to evaluate ESA transition strengths from the 4 I 13/24 and 4 I 9/2 levels. Measured oscillator strengths at 300K are compared with calculated electric and magnetic dipole oscillator strengths and the results are found to be within the typical uncertainties associated with these types of calculations. Measured and calculated lifetimes will be compared and used to deduce the quantum efficiencies of the various excited levels. Upconversion at 980nm will be discussed in the light of these results.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: Poster P1-32
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science
ePrint ID: 76961
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:56
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/76961

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