In this Letter, a method for recovering homogeneous upconversion coefficients (HUCs) in -doped glasses and erbium-activated devices is illustrated. It is based on a particle swarm optimization (PSO) approach. The HUCs are calculated on the basis of known values of optical gain evaluated in different pumping conditions. The obtained numerical results proof that the proposed technique provides solutions that are very close to the expected values. Therefore the method constitutes a tool for the design and optimization of efficient rare-earth doped lasers and optical amplifiers. This approach can be considered a feasible and valid alternative method in the field of material science and optical engineering for determining HUCs and avoiding the employment of expensive equipment for the measurement of ion–ion interaction parameters.
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