Large, A.C., Hanna, D.C., Shepherd, D.P., Tropper, A.C., Warburton, T.J., Borel, C., Ferrand, B., Rameix, A. and Thony, P.
Low threshold 1.64µm operation of a Yb:Er:YAG waveguide laser
In Proceedings of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO/Europe).
Optical Society of America., .
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Er3+-doped Y3Al5O12 (YAC) is an interesting system with several useful laser transitions. Laser operation has previously been demonstrated on the 1.6µm, 2.94µm, and 561nm shown in the level diagram. Co-doping with Yb3+ allows these transitions to be pumped on the strong, diode compatible absorptions at 940 and 970 nm. Low-loss YAG waveguides grown by liquid-phase epitaxy have operated as low threshold lasers in Nd3+ and Yb3+-doped systems. In the present work we have investigated the laser performance at 1.6µm of Yb,Er codoped YAG epilayers grown on an undoped YAG substrate
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