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Séminaire LAPHIA_Rare-earth-doped lasers from the visible to the mid-infrared_ Christian Kränkel_17 septembre 2015

le 17/09 de 13h à 14h15

Dans le cadre des séminaires du Cluster LAPHIA (IdEx Bordeaux), Christian Kränkel (Universität Hamburg) présentera ses travaux de recherche sur "Rare-earth-doped lasers from the visible to the mid-infrared".

Publié le lundi 07 septembre 2015

Le séminaire LAPHIA aura lieu le jeudi 17 septembre 2015 de 13h15 à 14h15 dans l'amphithéâtre de l'Institut d'Optique d'Aquitaine (tramway B - Arts et Métiers). 

Une pause café sera organisée à 13h dans le hall de l'IOA, vous êtes les bienvenus.


Abstract :

The 4f-shells of rare earth ions provide optical transitions from the UV to the mid-IR. Utilizing these transitions for efficient lasers is often not straight-forward and the choice of the host material is crucial in this respect. Besides obvious properties such as transparency range or thermal conductivity also factors like the crystal field strength and the phonon energies of the host lattice have to be taken into account to avoid unwanted parasitic radiative and non-radiative transitions between energy levels of the doping ion. 

In my presentation I will treat these requirements and present our latest results on novel, highly efficient rare-earth doped lasers. Pr3+- and Tb3+-doped materials allowed for more than 1 W of continuous wave output power at various visible wavelengths with efficiencies exceeding 50%, while Tm3+- and Er3+-doped laser crystals enabled highly efficient lasing in the 2 ?m and 3 ?m spectral range. The ongoing progress in semiconductor-based pump sources even allowed to increase the efficiency of well-established laser ions such as Yb3+ and allowed fs-lasers with optical-to-optical efficiencies in the order of 70% at 1 ?m.