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3. MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Ophthalmology
Broadband emission was obtained over 2.6 to 4.1 μm (Pr3+: 1G4→3F4, 3F3) in AlF3-based glass samples doped with different concentrations of praseodymium and 1 mol% ytterbium using a 976 nm laser pump. An efficient energy transfer process from Yb3+: 2F5/2 to Pr3+: 1G4 was analyzed through emission spectra and fluorescence lifetime values. The absorption and emission cross-sections were calculated by Füchtbauer-Ladenburg and McCumber theories and a positive gain can be obtained when P>0.3. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this work represents the first report of broadband mid-infrared emission of Pr3+ in an AlF3-based glass. The results show that praseodymium doped AlF3-based glass sensitized by ytterbium could be a promising candidate for fiber lasers operating in mid-infrared region.
Zhang, J., Mo Liu. & Yu, J. (2021). Praseodymium Mid-Infrared Emission In AlF3-Based Glass Sensitized By Ytterbium. Optics Express, vol. 29, no. 21, pg. 34166-34174. doi:10.1364/OE.438935