Abstract

We grew oriented single crystals of BaYLuF8 and Nd:BaY2F8 doped with Nd3+. An experimental investigation and comparison of the spectroscopic properties of the two crystals are presented to guide their use as lasing elements in solid-state lasers. The absorption and stimulated emission cross section of the Nd3+ F3/24 decay to the I9/24, I11/24 and I13/24 states, for light linearly polarized along the three principal axes, were obtained at room temperature. Nd:BaYLuF8 shows absorption and stimulated emission cross sections that are very similar to those of Nd:BaY2F8, making it a good candidate for lasers. Because Nd:BaYLuF8 is easier to grow than Nd:BaY2F8, it is a viable alternative as a laser medium.

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