Abstract

Pulsed as well as cw laser action has been observed in a new host material for Nd3+ ions, Na+ beta″ alumina. The unusual characteristics of the material and its known physical properties are briefly described. Absorption spectra, fluorescence lifetime, laser-pulse shape, and peak emission wavelength are presented as experimental evidence, and comparisons are made with other Nd3+ host materials. Some exciting new possibilities for integrated-optics applications are explored.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

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