Abstract

Transparent glass-ceramics (GCs) containing Co:Mg(Al,Ga)2O4 nanocrystals (mean diameter of 7–9 nm) are synthesized by heat treatments at 850–950°C from magnesium aluminosilicate glass nucleated by TiO2 and doped with Ga2O3 and CoO. The GCs exhibit a broadband A24(F4)T14(F4) absorption due to the Co2+ ions, low saturation fluence (0.5  J/cm2), fast recovery time of initial absorption (300  ns), and high laser damage threshold (20  J/cm2). They are used for passive Q-switching of a diode side-pumped Er,Yb:glass laser generating 3.1 mJ/20 ns pulses (peak power, 155 kW) at 1535 nm with a TEM00 output mode. The Q-switching performance of the Co:Mg(Al,Ga)2O4-based GCs is compared with that for various Co2+-doped GCs and Co:MgAl2O4 single crystal. The prepared GCs are promising for further applications in passively Q-switched Er:YAG and other Er crystalline (or ceramic) lasers.

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