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Chalcogenide glass microsphere laser

By Gregor R. Elliott, G.Senthil Murugan, James S. Wilkinson, Michalis N. Zervas and Daniel W. Hewak

Abstract

Laser action has been demonstrated in chalcogenide glass microsphere. A sub millimeter neodymium-doped gallium lanthanum sulphide glass sphere was pumped at 808 nm with a laser diode and single and multimode laser action demonstrated at wavelengths between 1075 and 1086 nm. The gallium lanthanum sulphide family of glass offer higher thermal stability compared to other chalcogenide glasses, and this, along with an optimized Q-factor for the microcavity allowed laser action to be achieved. When varying the pump power, changes in the output spectrum suggest nonlinear and/or thermal effects have a strong effect on laser action

Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:177029
Provided by: e-Prints Soton

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