Abstract

Yb:BaCaBO3F (Yb:BCBF) has been investigated as a new laser crystal with potential for self-frequency-doubling. An Yb:BCBF laser has been pumped at 912 nm, and a measured slope efficiency of 38% has been obtained for the fundamental laser output at 1034 nm. Single crystal powders of BCBF have been compared with KD*P for a relative measure of the second harmonic generating potential, yielding deff[BCBF]=(0.66)deff[KD*P]. The growth, spectroscopy, laser performance, and linear and nonlinear optical properties of Yb:BCBF are reported here.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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