Abstract

Laser action has been demonstrated in two new tunable Cr3+-doped crystals. Absorption, emission, and excitation measurements for various crystal orientations have been performed for chromium-doped LiInGeO4 and LiScGeO4 single crystals. From the spectroscopic measurements, two optical active centers were identified: tetrahedrally coordinated Cr4+ and octahedrally coordinated Cr3+. Gain-switched, tunable laser operation of Cr3+ centers has been demonstrated in both crystals. An ultrawide tuning range from 1150 to 1480 nm for LiInGeO4 and 1220–1380 nm for LiScGeO4 has been achieved. To our knowledge this is the widest bandwidth and the most near-infrared shifted wavelength range for lasing ever demonstrated for Cr3+ ions.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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