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International Journal of Optics
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 8592359, 7 pages
Research Article

Optical Spectra Properties and Continuous-Wave Laser Performance of Tm,Y:CaF2 Single Crystals

1Synthetic Single Crystal Research Center, Key Laboratory of Transparent and Opto-Functional Inorganic Materials, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China
2School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun 130022, China
3Key Laboratory for Laser Plasmas (Ministry of Education), Collaborative Innovation Center of IFSA (CICIFSA), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
4State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Liangbi Su;

Received 12 August 2017; Revised 19 November 2017; Accepted 13 December 2017; Published 30 January 2018

Academic Editor: Wonho Jhe

Copyright © 2018 Jingxin Ding et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


3 at.% Tm, at.% Y:CaF2 crystals (, 0.5, 1, 2, and 3) were grown by the vertical Bridgman method and investigated. Codoping Y3+ ions can manipulate the local structure of Tm3+ ions in the CaF2 crystal and then improve the spectroscopic properties. Compared with 3 at.% Tm:CaF2, 3 at.% Tm, 3 at.% Y:CaF2 crystal has several advantages. Firstly, the absorption cross section is improved from 0.35 × 10−20 cm−2 to 0.45 × 10−20 cm−2 at 767 nm, and the fluorescence intensity had elevated 3.4 times. Secondly, the linewidth of the fluorescence spectrum and lifetime also increased from 164 nm to 191 nm and from 6.16 ms to 8.15 ms at room temperature, respectively. Furthermore, quantum efficiency improved from 58.2% to 80.3%. The maximum laser output power of 583 mW and slope efficiency of 25.3% were achieved in 3 at.% Tm, 3 at.% Y:CaF2 crystal under 790 nm diode pumping.