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Chin. Phys. B, 2015, Vol. 24(9): 094216    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/24/9/094216

Spectroscopic properties of heavily Ho3+-doped barium yttrium fluoride crystals

Ji En-Cai (吉恩才)a, Liu Qiang (柳强)a, Nie Ming-Ming (聂明明)a, Luo Hui (罗辉)b, Hu Yu-Xi (胡玉熙)b, Guan Zhou-Guo (官周国)b, Gong Ma-Li (巩马理)a
a State Key Laboratory of Precision Measurement Technology and Instruments, Center for Photonics and Electronics, Department of Precision Instrument, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China;
b Southwest Technical Institute of Physics, Chengdu 610061, China

The 30 at.% Ho: BaY2F8 crystals were grown by the Czochralski method, and their spectroscopic properties are analyzed systematically by standard Judd-Ofelt theory. The Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters are estimated to be Ω2=6.74× 10-20cm2, Ω4=1.20× 10-20 cm2, and Ω6=0.66× 10-20cm2, and the fluorescence branching ratios and radiative lifetimes for a series of excited state manifolds are also determined. The emission cross sections with our measured infrared luminescence spectra, especially important for 4.1 μm, are calculated to be about 4.37× 10-21 cm2. The crystal quality is preliminarily tested through a mid-infrared laser emission experiment.

Keywords:  Ho:BYF crystal      Judd-Ofelt theory      mid-infrared laser  
Received:  30 May 2015      Revised:  07 July 2015      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  42.70.Hj (Laser materials)  
  42.55.Rz (Doped-insulator lasers and other solid state lasers)  

Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61275146), the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20120002110066), and the Special Program of the Co-construction with Beijing Municipal Government of China (Grant No. 20121000302).

Corresponding Authors:  Liu Qiang     E-mail:

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Ji En-Cai (吉恩才), Liu Qiang (柳强), Nie Ming-Ming (聂明明), Luo Hui (罗辉), Hu Yu-Xi (胡玉熙), Guan Zhou-Guo (官周国), Gong Ma-Li (巩马理) Spectroscopic properties of heavily Ho3+-doped barium yttrium fluoride crystals 2015 Chin. Phys. B 24 094216

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