J. Phys. IV France 01 (1991) C7-395-C7-402
SPECTROSCOPIC AND STIMULATED EMISSION PROPERTIES OF Er-DOPED CRYSTALS FOR THREE-MICRON LASERSV. LUPEI
Institute of Atomic Physics, 76900-Bucharest, Romania
Based on spectroscopic data the various processes (energy transfers, excited state absorption) that influence the population dynamics of the excited levels in concentrated Er3+ doped laser crystals are discussed and their role in determining the population inversion between the 4I11/2 and 4I13/2 involved in three-micron laser emission is estimated by solving the laser rate equations for stationary regime under selective or non-selective pumping. The role of co-doping the crystals with ions that modify the mechanism of population of the initial laser level (such as Cr3+)or of ions that de-excite the terminal level (such as Nd3+, Tm3+ or Ho3+)is also discussed. It is thus shown that by a proper choice of the active medium and by correlation of the spectroscopic properties with the pump conditions a good control of the emission (wave length, regime of emission, efficiency and so on) could be obtained.
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