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Dielectric solid-state planar waveguide lasers: a review

Dielectric solid-state planar waveguide lasers: a review
Dielectric solid-state planar waveguide lasers: a review
This review takes a look at the historical development of the dielectric planar waveguide laser leading to key state-of-the-art technologies which fall within this broad subject area. Discussed herein are many of the advantages offered by the waveguide geometry such as; high optical-gain and thus low threshold-power requirements, suitability for quasi-three-level laser transitions, integration with functional devices on single substrates, guided spatial-mode control, and its considerable immunity to thermal effects and external environmental conditions. A detailed snapshot is made of many active host media for which there has been reported laser action in the planar waveguide geometry, covering many of the major rare-earth-ion transitions. Several fabrication techniques are highlighted and appraised for their applicability to different host media, touching on their benefits and drawbacks. Challenges and future prospects for these lasers are considered.
dielectric waveguides, lasers, optical planar waveguides
1077-260X
626-637
Mackenzie, J.I.
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Mackenzie, J.I.
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Mackenzie, J.I. (2007) Dielectric solid-state planar waveguide lasers: a review. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 13 (3), 626-637. (doi:10.1109/JSTQE.2007.897184).

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This review takes a look at the historical development of the dielectric planar waveguide laser leading to key state-of-the-art technologies which fall within this broad subject area. Discussed herein are many of the advantages offered by the waveguide geometry such as; high optical-gain and thus low threshold-power requirements, suitability for quasi-three-level laser transitions, integration with functional devices on single substrates, guided spatial-mode control, and its considerable immunity to thermal effects and external environmental conditions. A detailed snapshot is made of many active host media for which there has been reported laser action in the planar waveguide geometry, covering many of the major rare-earth-ion transitions. Several fabrication techniques are highlighted and appraised for their applicability to different host media, touching on their benefits and drawbacks. Challenges and future prospects for these lasers are considered.

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Published date: May 2007
Keywords: dielectric waveguides, lasers, optical planar waveguides

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Local EPrints ID: 47815
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/47815
ISSN: 1077-260X
PURE UUID: b940332a-ea74-49e8-8f92-6e47ee0caeac
ORCID for J.I. Mackenzie: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3355-6051

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Date deposited: 10 Aug 2007
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:48

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