Abstract

Room-temperature tunable cw laser oscillation of Cr3+ ions in forsterite crystals (Mg2SiO4) codoped with chromium and lithium has been demonstrated, for the first time to the authors' knowledge, in pumping a crystal with a Ti:sapphire laser into the first excited level of Cr3+ ions (A24T24 transition). The laser is smoothly tunable in the region of 10951170nm. A slope efficiency as great as 4.4% has been achieved.

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