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  1. Tuning of structure and enhancement of upconversion luminescence in NaLuF4:Yb(3+),Ho(3+) crystals.

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    Lin, Hao; Xu, Dekang; Li, Anming; Teng, Dongdong; Yang, Shenghong; Zhang, Yueli

    2015-07-15

    A series of NaLuF4:Yb(3+),Ho(3+) nano/micro-crystals with different crystal structures were synthesized via a hydrothermal method using citric acid as a chelating agent. The influences of NaF content, Li(+) doping, reaction temperature and reaction time on the crystal structure and shape of the as-synthesized NaLuF4 crystals were systematically investigated. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time to report Li(+) doped α-NaLuF4:Yb(3+),Ho(3+) nanocrystals and the phase transformation by introducing Li(+) in NaLuF4 crystals. As for Li(+) doped α-NaLuF4, UC luminescence intensities of green emission (538 nm) and red emission (644 nm) in α-NaLuF4:Yb(3+),Ho(3+) nanocrystals with 20 mol% Li(+) doping are enhanced by 20 and 3.5 times compared to their Li(+)-free counterpart. As for Li(+) doped α/β-mixed NaLuF4, with the increase of Li(+) content, the phase transforms from the α/β-mixed phase to hexagonal then to cubic. UC emissions of 538 nm and 644 nm in NaLuF4:Yb(3+),Ho(3+) crystals doped with 5 mol% Li(+) are enhanced by 26.5 and 23 times, respectively. Besides, it is found that with the higher temperature and prolonged time, the morphology of NaLuF4 changes from nanoparticles to microtubes, resulting in the dramatic increase of UC emission intensity. The effects of Li(+) doping, reaction temperature and reaction time on the enhancement of UC emission intensity are discussed in detail. This study provides an effective and facile approach to obtain nano/micro-crystals with controllable structures and excellent optical properties. PMID:26144530

  2. Kerr-Lens Self-Mode-Locked Laser Characteristics of Yb:Lu2SiO5 Crystal

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    Liu, Jie; Yang, Ji-Min; Wang, Wei-Wei; Zheng, Li-He; Su, Liang-Bi; Xu, Jun

    2011-07-01

    A diode-pumped Kerr-lens self-mode-locked laser is achieved by using Yb: Lu2SiO5(Yb:LSO) crystal without additional components. Under the incident pump power of 14.44 W, a self-mode-locked output power of 2.98 W is obtained in the five-mirror cavity, corresponding to an optical-optical efficiency of 20.6%. Pulses as short as 8.2 ps are realized at 1059 nm, with the corresponding pulse energy and peak power of 28.9 nJ and 3.5 kW, respectively. A pair of SF10 prisms are inserted into the laser cavity to compensate for the group velocity dispersion. The pulse width is compressed to 2.2 ps with an average output power of 1.25 W.

  3. Yb:Lu2SiO5 crystal : characterization of the laser emission along the three dielectric axes

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    Toci, Guido; Pirri, Angela; Beitlerova, Alena; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Yoshikawa, Akira; Hybler, Jiri; Nikl, Martin; Vannini, Matteo

    2015-05-01

    Yb:doped Lu2SiO5 (Lutetium orthosilicate, LSO) is an optically biaxial crystal with laser emission in the range 1000- 1100 nm. It features different absorption and emission spectra for polarization along its three dielectric axes. In this work we have characterized the laser emission properties of Yb:LSO along all the three dielectric axis, evidencing differences that can be exploited in the design of ultrafast laser sources. The material was tested in a longitudinally pumped laser cavity. The laser emission efficiency was found similar along all the three dielectric axes, with slope efficiencies around 90% in most cases. Regarding the tuning range, for the most favourable polarization direction we obtained a continuously tunable emission between 993 and 1088 nm (i. e. 95 nm) peaked at 1040 nm. The tuning curves along the three dielectric axes spanned similar ranges but with relevant differences in the shape.

  4. Growth of RE:LuVO4 (RE=Nd, Tm, Yb) single crystals by the floating zone method and their spectroscopic properties

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    Higuchi, M.; Shimizu, T.; Takahashi, J.; Ogawa, T.; Urata, Y.; Miura, T.; Wada, S.; Machida, H.

    2005-09-01

    Neodymium, thulium and ytterbium-doped lutetium orthovanadate (RE:LuVO4) single crystals were successfully grown by the floating zone method under the atmosphere of a pure oxygen flow. All the grown crystals had no cracks and no inclusions for any dopant and concentration. Post-growth annealing at 1000 °C in air was effective in eliminating the coloring in yellowish ocher. Effective distribution coefficient of Nd in LuVO4 was found to be about 0.5 whereas those of Tm and Yb are nearly unity. Polarizing microscopy demonstrated that most crystals had no growth striations except for the Nd-doped crystals. The absorption coefficients of Nd:LuVO4 and Tm:LuVO4 around 800 nm were much higher than those of Nd:GdVO4 and Tm:GdVO4. For the Tm:LuVO4, relative intensity of fluorescence spectrum was higher than that of Tm:GdVO4 above 1900 nm where the self-absorption could be neglected. The width of fluorescence spectrum of Yb:LuVO4 around 1 μm was comparable to that of Yb:YVO4, indicating the possibility of formation of quasi-three level for lasing at room temperature.

  5. Passively mode-locked Yb:LuVO4 oscillator

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    Rivier, Simon; Mateos, Xavier; Liu, Junhai; Petrov, Valentin; Griebner, Uwe; Zorn, Martin; Weyers, Markus; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang; Jiang, Minhua

    2006-11-01

    Passive mode locking of the ytterbium doped orthovanadate crystal Yb:LuVO4 is reported for the first time. We demonstrate what we believe to be the shortest pulses directly generated with an Yb-doped crystalline laser using a semiconductor saturable absorber. The pulses at 1036 nm have a duration as short as 58 fs for an average power of 85 mW.

  6. Characterization of an Yb:LuVO 4 single crystal using X-ray topography, high-resolution X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Paszkowicz, W.; Romanowski, P.; Bąk-Misiuk, J.; Wierzchowski, W.; Wieteska, K.; Graeff, W.; Iwanowski, R. J.; Heinonen, M. H.; Ermakova, O.; Dąbkowska, H.

    2011-10-01

    Knowledge on the defect and electronic structure allows for improved modeling of material properties. A short literature review has shown that the information on defect structure of rare earth orthovanadate single crystals is limited. In this paper, defect and electronic structure of a needle-shaped Yb:LuVO 4 single crystal grown by the slow cooling method have been studied by means of X-ray diffraction topography employing white synchrotron beam, high-resolution diffraction (HRD) and photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques. Topographic investigations show that the crystal is composed of two blocks disoriented by about 1.5° and separated by a narrow deformed region. Some contrasts observed within the crystal volume may be attributed to glide bands and sector boundaries. The contrasts appearing in the vicinity of the surface may be interpreted as due to the presence of small inclusions. The HRD study indicates, in particular, that among point defects, the vacancy type defects dominate and that the density of other defects is small in comparison. The XPS measurements enabled, despite highly insulating properties of the studied crystal, an analysis of its bulk electronic structure, including the main core-levels (O 1 s, V 2 p, Lu 4 f) as well as the valence band range.

  7. A New Oxyborate in the Ternary Phase Diagrams Li 2O- Ln2O 3-B 2O 3: Li 2Ln5O 4(BO 3) 3 ( Ln=Yb, Lu): Crystal Structure of the Ytterbium Phase

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    Jubera, Veronique; Gravereau, Pierre; Chaminade, Jean-Pierre; Fouassier, Claude

    2001-01-01

    A new type of lithium rare earth oxyborate of formula Li2Ln5O4(BO3)3 (Ln=Yb, Lu) has been discovered in the ternary phase diagrams Li2O-Ln2O3-B2O3. Single crystals of Li2Yb5O4(BO3)3 were grown by the flux method. The structure of this oxyborate was solved from a data collection with a four circle automatic diffractometer and with MoKα radiation. The cell is monoclinic (space group P21/m, Z=2) with a=10.095(2) Å, b=3.519(2) Å, c=15.647(11) Å, β=105.45(3)°, V=535.7(5) Å-3. Refinement of 86 parameters using 3298 independent reflections having intensity I>2σ(I) led to R=0.037 (wR=0.091). The structure of Li2Yb5O4(BO3)3 is made up of a bidimensional framework of edge or corner-sharing YbO7 polyhedra parallel to the (10overline1) plane and connected by three-coordinated boron atoms and lithium ions. It can also be described as a bidimensional assembly of OYb4 tetrahedra, ((Yb10O8)14+)n, separated by borate groups and lithium coordination polyhedra forming ribbons, ((Li4B6O18)14-)n, along the b direction. The presence of oxygen atoms sharing only Yb polyhedra justifies the oxyborate label.

  8. Rare-earth metal gallium silicides via the gallium self-flux method. Synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of RE(Ga1-xSix)2 (RE=Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Yb, Lu)

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    Darone, Gregory M.; Hmiel, Benjamin; Zhang, Jiliang; Saha, Shanta; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Greene, Richard; Paglione, Johnpierre; Bobev, Svilen

    2013-05-01

    Fifteen ternary rare-earth metal gallium silicides have been synthesized using molten Ga as a molten flux. They have been structurally characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction to form with three different structures—the early to mid-late rare-earth metals RE=La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Ho, Yb and Y form compounds with empirical formulae RE(GaxSi1-x)2 (0.38≤x≤0.63), which crystallize with the tetragonal α-ThSi2 structure type (space group I41/amd, No. 141; Pearson symbol tI12). The compounds of the late rare-earth crystallize with the orthorhombic α-GdSi2 structure type (space group Imma, No. 74; Pearson symbol oI12), with refined empirical formula REGaxSi2-x-y (RE=Ho, Er, Tm; 0.33≤x≤0.40, 0.10≤y≤0.18). LuGa0.32(1)Si1.43(1) crystallizes with the orthorhombic YbMn0.17Si1.83 structure type (space group Cmcm, No. 63; Pearson symbol oC24). Structural trends are reviewed and analyzed; the magnetic susceptibilities of the grown single-crystals are presented.

  9. Characterization of dislocations and sub-grain boundaries in mixed rare earth orthovanadate of Yb:YxLu1-xVO4

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    Zhong, Degao; Teng, Bing; Cao, Lifeng; Fei, You; Zhang, Shiming; Li, Yuyi; Wang, Chao; He, Linxiang; Huang, Wanxia

    2014-10-01

    Mixed crystal of Yb:YxLu1-xVO4 was grown by Czochralski method. Defects of dislocations and sub-grain boundaries in Yb:Y0.71Lu0.29VO4 single crystal were studied by using chemical etching and synchrotron X-ray topographic methods. Some of the three intersecting boundaries were revealed by chemical etching method in Yb:Y0.71Lu0.29VO4 crystal. The generalized Read-Shockley formula for intersecting boundaries was introduced to verify the one-to-one correspondence between etching pits along these sub-boundaries and edge dislocations with Burgers vectors of <1 0 0>. Synchrotron X-ray topographic confirmed that the dominating imperfections in the studied Yb:Y0.71Lu0.29VO4 single crystal are a variously developed block structure and sub-grain boundaries.

  10. Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ co-doped antimony selenide nanomaterials: synthesis, characterization, and electrical, thermoelectrical, and optical properties

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    Hanifehpour, Younes; Joo, Sang Woo; Min, Bong-Ki

    2013-03-01

    Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ co-doped Sb2Se3 nanomaterials were synthesized by co-reduction method in hydrothermal condition. Powder X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that the Ln x Ln' x Sb2-2 x Se3 Ln: Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ crystals ( x = 0.00 - 0.04) are isostructural with Sb2Se3. The cell parameters were increased for compounds upon increasing the dopant content ( x). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images show that co-doping of Lu3+/Yb3+ ions in the lattice of Sb2Se3 produces nanorods, while that in Lu3+/Er3+ produces nanoparticles, respectively. The electrical conductivity of co-doped Sb2Se3 is higher than that of the pure Sb2Se3 and increases with temperature. By increasing the concentration of Ln3+ions, the absorption spectrum of Sb2Se3 shows red shifts and some intensity changes. In addition to the characteristic red emission peaks of Sb2Se3, emission spectra of co-doped materials show other emission bands originating from f- f transitions of the Yb3+ ions.

  11. Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ co-doped antimony selenide nanomaterials: synthesis, characterization, and electrical, thermoelectrical, and optical properties

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    2013-01-01

    Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ co-doped Sb2Se3 nanomaterials were synthesized by co-reduction method in hydrothermal condition. Powder X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that the LnxLn′xSb2−2xSe3 Ln: Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ crystals (x = 0.00 − 0.04) are isostructural with Sb2Se3. The cell parameters were increased for compounds upon increasing the dopant content (x). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images show that co-doping of Lu3+/Yb3+ ions in the lattice of Sb2Se3 produces nanorods, while that in Lu3+/Er3+ produces nanoparticles, respectively. The electrical conductivity of co-doped Sb2Se3 is higher than that of the pure Sb2Se3 and increases with temperature. By increasing the concentration of Ln3+ions, the absorption spectrum of Sb2Se3 shows red shifts and some intensity changes. In addition to the characteristic red emission peaks of Sb2Se3, emission spectra of co-doped materials show other emission bands originating from f-f transitions of the Yb3+ ions. PMID:23537193

  12. Thermal and laser properties of Yb:LuAG for kW thin disk lasers.

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    Beil, Kolja; Fredrich-Thornton, Susanne T; Tellkamp, Friedjof; Peters, Rigo; Kränkel, Christian; Petermann, Klaus; Huber, Günter

    2010-09-27

    Thin disk laser experiments with Yb:LuAG (Yb:Lu(3)Al(5)O(12)) were performed leading to 5 kW of output power and an optical-to-optical efficiency exceeding 60%. Comparative analyses of the laser relevant parameters of Yb:LuAG and Yb:YAG were carried out. While the spectroscopic properties were found to be nearly identical, investigations of the thermal conductivities revealed a 20% higher value for Yb:LuAG at Yb(3+)-doping concentrations of about 10%. Due to the superior thermal conductivity with respect to Yb:YAG, Yb:LuAG offers thus the potential of improved performance in high power thin disk laser applications. PMID:20940967

  13. New microarchitectures of (Er,Yb):Lu2O3 nanocrystals embedded in PMMA: synthesis, structural characterization, and luminescent properties

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    2013-01-01

    We report the formation of two-dimensional disordered arrays of poly(methyl)methacrylate (PMMA) microcolumns with embedded single size distribution of Lu0.990Er0.520Yb0.490 nanocrystals, (Er,Yb):Lu2O3, using a disordered porous silicon template. The cubic (Er,Yb):Lu2O3 nanocrystals, which crystallize into the cubic system with Ia3¯ space group, were synthesized using the modified Pechini method. Electronic microscopic techniques were used to study the distribution of the nanocrystals in the PMMA columns. Cathodoluminescence was used to observe the visible luminescence of the particles. Red emission attributed to 4 F9/2 → 4I15/2 erbium transition is predominant in these new composites. PMID:24034270

  14. Near-infrared Downconversion in LuPO4: Tm3+, Yb3+ Phosphors.

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    Li, Li; Wang, Yongjie; Shen, Jun; Chang, Wenxuan; Jin, Tianting; Wei, Xiantao; Tian, Ya

    2016-04-01

    Tm3+ and Yb3+ codoped LuPO4 phosphors were synthesized by the reverse-strike co-precipitation method. The obtained LuPO4:Tm3+,Yb3+ phosphors were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance spectra, photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and decay lifetime to understand the observed near-infrared downconversion (DC) phenomena. The XRD results show that all the prepared phosphors can be readily indexed to the pure tetragonal phase of LuPO4 and exhibit good crystallinity. The experimental results showed that the strong visible emission around 649 nm from Tm3+(1G4 --> 3F4) and near-infrared (NIR) emission around 1003 nm from Yb3+(2F5/2 --> 2F7/2) of LuPO4:Tm3+,Yb3+ phosphors were observed under 468 nm excitation, respectively. The Yb3+ concentration dependence of luminescent properties and lifetimes of both the visible and NIR emissions have also been investigated. The quenching concentration of Yb3+ ions approaches 30 mol%. The DC mechanism is also discussed in detail. PMID:27451658

  15. Lasing of Yb in a mixed YGdVO4 crystal with bistability and polarization switching

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    Liu, Junhai; Zhang, Huaijin; Mateos, Xavier; Han, Wenjuan; Petrov, Valentin

    2009-02-01

    The orthovanadate crystals YVO4, GdVO4, and LuVO4 attract much attention as promising host materials for the trivalent Yb-ion since such crystals are characterized by large absorption and emission cross sections, broad absorption and emission bands, and higher thermal conductivities than most of the other Yb-doped materials. More interestingly, their laser operation is characterized by optical bistability, apparently a unique feature of Yb-doped vanadates, not found so far in other Yb-lasers or even in other solid-state lasers. The optically "passive" vanadates, YVO4, GdVO4, and LuVO4, as well as the stoichiometric YbVO4 exhibit the same zircon structure and continuous isostructural solid solutions can be expected. The absorption and emission spectra of Yb0.0054:Y0.3481Gd0.6465VO4, a specific compound in the mixed Ybt:YxGd1-x-tVO4 series, inherit the spectroscopic features of both Yb:YVO4 and Yb:GdVO4. We found that this Yb-doped solid solution also displays optical bistability in continuous-wave (cw) laser operation. The strongly pronounced bistability extends from Pabs=1.9 W to Pabs=3.4 W while the output power amounts to 0.98 W at the upthreshold. Distinct from the previously reported Yb:LuVO4 laser, coexistence and switching of the σ and π polarization states occur along with emission wavelength shift in the bistability region upon decreasing the pump power. Increasing the output coupling reduces the bistability region while expanding the coexistence region for the σ and π polarization states.

  16. Rare-earth metal gallium silicides via the gallium self-flux method. Synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties of RE(Ga1–xSix)₂ (RE=Y, La–Nd, Sm, Gd–Yb, Lu)

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    Darone, Gregory M.; Hmiel, Benjamin; Zhang, Jiliang; Saha, Shanta; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Greene, Richard; Paglione, Johnpierre; Bobev, Svilen

    2013-05-01

    Fifteen ternary rare-earth metal gallium silicides have been synthesized using molten Ga as a molten flux. They have been structurally characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction to form with three different structures—the early to mid-late rare-earth metals RE=La–Nd, Sm, Gd–Ho, Yb and Y form compounds with empirical formulae RE(GaxSi1–x)₂ (0.38≤x≤0.63), which crystallize with the tetragonal α-ThSi₂ structure type (space group I4₁/amd, No. 141; Pearson symbol tI12). The compounds of the late rare-earth crystallize with the orthorhombic α-GdSi₂ structure type (space group Imma, No. 74; Pearson symbol oI12), with refined empirical formula REGaxSi2–x–y (RE=Ho, Er, Tm; 0.33≤x≤0.40, 0.10≤y≤0.18). LuGa₀.₃₂₍₁₎Si₁.₄₃₍₁₎ crystallizes with the orthorhombic YbMn₀.₁₇Si₁.₈₃ structure type (space group Cmcm, No. 63; Pearson symbol oC24). Structural trends are reviewed and analyzed; the magnetic susceptibilities of the grown single-crystals are presented. - Graphical abstract: This article details the exploration of the RE–Ga–Si ternary system with the aim to systematically investigate the structural “boundaries” between the α-ThSi₂ and α-GdSi₂-type structures, and studies of the magnetic properties of the newly synthesized single-crystalline materials. Highlights: • Light rare-earth gallium silicides crystallize in α-ThSi₂ structure type. • Heavy rare-earth gallium silicides crystallize in α-GdSi₂ structure type. • LuGaSi crystallizes in a defect variant of the YbMn₀.₁₇Si₁.₈₃ structure type.

  17. Neutron capture cross sections of natural Yb, /sup 170/Yb, /sup 175/Lu, and /sup 184/W in the energy range from 5 to 200 keV for the /sup 176/Lu-chronometer

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    Beer, H.; Wisshak, K.; Kaeppeler, F.

    1980-09-01

    The neutron capture cross sections of natural Yb, /sup 170/Yb, /sup 175/Lu and /sup 184/W have been measured in the keV neutron energy range with a pulsed Van de Graaff accelerator using the kinematically collimated neutron beam from the /sup 7/Li(p,n) and the T(p,n) reaction. Prompt capture gamma rays were registered by a Moxon-Rae detector. All measurements were performed in a single run relative to the /sup 197/Au cross section as a standard. The cross sections of /sup 175/Lu and /sup 170/Yb were used to investigate the /sup 176/Lu-cosmic clock.

  18. High-energy, ceramic-disk Yb:LuAG laser amplifier.

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    Siebold, M; Loeser, M; Roeser, F; Seltmann, M; Harzendorf, G; Tsybin, I; Linke, S; Banerjee, S; Mason, P D; Phillips, P J; Ertel, K; Collier, J C; Schramm, U

    2012-09-24

    We report the first short-pulse amplification results to several hundred millijoule energies in ceramic Yb:LuAG. We have demonstrated ns-pulse output from a diode-pumped Yb:LuAG amplifier at a maximum energy of 580 mJ and a peak optical-to-optical efficiency of 28% at 550 mJ. In cavity dumped operation of a nanosecond oscillator we obtained 1 mJ at up to 100 Hz repetition rate. A gain bandwidth of 5.4 nm was achieved at room temperature by measuring the small-signal single-pass gain. Furthermore, we compared our results with Yb:YAG within the same amplifier system. PMID:23037349

  19. High brightness continuous wave ceramic Yb:LuAG thin-disk laser.

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    Peng, Yuan Han; Cheng, James; Cheah, Yan Ying; Lai, Kin Seng; Lau, Ernest; Ang, Seok Khim

    2015-07-27

    We report on a ceramic Yb:LuAG thin-disk laser in continuous wave operation. The Yb:LuAG ceramic was fabricated using solid-state reactive sintering method. In multi-mode operation in open-air, an output power of 1.74 kW with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 65.0% and slope efficiency of 71.2% was obtained. In near-fundamental mode operation we obtained an output power of 1.29 kW and an average beam quality factor of M2 = 1.44 with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 48.2%. The near-fundamental mode result was realized with a simple evacuated, stable resonator cavity with just the thin-disk gain medium and output coupler. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is not only the first time more than 1 kW has been demonstrated from a ceramic Yb:LuAG medium, but this is also currently the brightest continuous wave Yb-doped ceramic laser. PMID:26367619

  20. Evolution of the crystal and magnetic structure of the R2MnRuO7 (R = Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, and Y) family of pyrochlore oxides.

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    Martínez-Coronado, R; Retuerto, M; Fernández, M T; Alonso, J A

    2012-07-28

    The members of the family of pyrochlore oxides with the formula R(2)MnRuO(7) (R = Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu and Y) have been synthesized and characterized. Polycrystalline samples were prepared by a soft chemistry procedure involving citrates of the different metal ions, followed by thermal treatments in air or O(2) pressure. The crystallographic and magnetic structures have been analysed from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and neutron powder diffraction (NPD) data, in complement with magnetic measurements; the evolution along the series of the crystallographic parameters (unit-cell parameters, bond distances and angles) is discussed. In R(2)MnRuO(7) pyrochlores, Mn and Ru ions statistically occupy the 16c sites in a cubic unit cell with space group Fd ̅3m, which defines an intrinsic frustrated three-dimensional system. In all the cases, the low-temperature NPD data unveils an antiferromagnetic coupling of two subsets of Mn(4+)/Ru(4+) spins, indicating that the magnetic frustration is partially relieved by the random distribution of Mn and Ru over the 16c sites. At lower temperatures there is a polarization of the R(3+) magnetic moments, which also participate in the magnetic structure, when a magnetic rare earth is present. PMID:22669397

  1. YB48 the metal rich boundary of YB66; crystal growth and thermoelectric properties

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    Hossain, M. Anwar; Tanaka, Isao; Tanaka, Takaho; Khan, A. Ullah; Mori, Takao

    2015-12-01

    It was discovered that the well-known higher boride YB66, one of the first reported phonon glass electron crystals (PGEC), could be obtained in a much more metal-rich composition than previously thought possible. Using the floating zone growth method, YB48 single crystals with YB66 crystal structure could be obtained, and their thermoelectric properties measured. This expansion of the homogeneity range of the well-known YB66 compound is surprising and a new Y atomic site was discovered. YB48 exhibits much higher power factors than YB66 which increase rapidly with increasing temperature. The obtained dimensionless figure of merit of this compound at 990 K is approximately 30 times higher than that of previously reported YB66 samples, and higher than any other pristine higher boride. This discovery reveals YB48 as a promising high temperature thermoelectric material.

  2. First laser operation and spectroscopic characterization of mixed garnet Yb:LuYAG ceramics

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    Toci, Guido; Pirri, Angela; Li, Jiang; Xie, Tengfei; Pan, Yubai; Nikl, Martin; Babin, Vladimir; Beitlerová, Alena; Vannini, Matteo

    2016-03-01

    We present the optical and spectroscopic characterization and the first example of laser operation of Yb doped LuYAG ceramics, with two different compositions, namely (Lu0.25Y0.75)3Al5O12 and (Lu0.50Y0.50)3Al5O12, both with 15% Yb doping. Ceramic samples were prepared by reactive sintering from high purity α-Al2O3, Lu2O3, Y2O3, Yb2O3 powders using Tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and MgO as sintering aids. After ball milling, the slurry was dried, uniaxially pressed into 20 mm diameter pellets at 20 MPa, and then cold isostatically pressed at 200 MPa. Sintering was conducted at 1850°C for 30 h under vacuum, followed by annealing in air (1500 °C, 10 h) to remove the oxygen vacancies. Laser tests were carried out in a laser cavity end pumped by a fiber coupled diode laser emitting at 936 nm. A slope efficiency as high as 65.2% with a maximum output power of 8.7 W (in quasi-CW pumping conditions) was obtained from the sample with composition (Lu0.25Y0.75)3Al5O12, whereas the sample with composition (Lu0.50Y0.50)3Al5O12 had a maximum slope efficiency of 49.5% (due to the higher scattering losses), and 6.7 W of maximum output power. Furthermore we characterized the tuning range of the two samples.

  3. Spectroscopic and laser characterization of Yb0.15:(LuxY1-x)3Al5O12 ceramics with different Lu/Y balance.

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    Pirri, Angela; Toci, Guido; Li, Jiang; Xie, Tengfei; Pan, Yubai; Babin, Vladimir; Beitlerova, Alena; Nikl, Martin; Vannini, Matteo

    2016-08-01

    We report a broad comparative analysis of the spectroscopic and laser properties of solid solution Lutetium-Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (LuYAG, (LuxY1-x)3Al5O12) ceramics doped with Yb. The investigation was mainly aimed to assess the impact of the Lu/Y ratio on the Yb optical and laser properties. Therefore we analyzed a set of samples with different Y/Lu balance, namely 25/75, 50/50 and 75/25, with 15% Yb doping. We found that the Yb absorption and emission spectra changed from YAG to LuAG when gradually increasing in Lu content. Regarding the laser emission, remarkable results were achieved with all samples. Maximum output power was 8.2 W, 7.3 W and 8.7 W for Y/Lu balance 25/75, 50/50 and 75/25 respectively, at 1030 nm; the slope efficiency and the optical-to-optical efficiencies approached or exceeded 60% and 50% respectively. The tuning range was investigated using an intracavity ZnSe prism. The broadest tuning range (998 nm to 1063 nm) was obtained with Y/Lu balance 75/25, whereas the emission of the other two samples extended from 1000 nm to 1058 nm. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first comparative analysis of Yb:LuYAG ceramics or crystals as laser host across such a broad range of Y/Lu ratios. PMID:27505750

  4. Morphology evolution and pure red upconversion mechanism of β-NaLuF4 crystals

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    Lin, Hao; Xu, Dekang; Li, Anming; Teng, Dongdong; Yang, Shenghong; Zhang, Yueli

    2016-06-01

    A series of β-NaLuF4 crystals were synthesized via a hydrothermal method. Hexagonal phase microdisks, microprisms, and microtubes were achieved by simply changing the amount of citric acid in the initial reaction solution. Pure red upconversion (UC) luminescence can be observed in β-NaLuF4:Yb3+, Tm3+, Er3+ and Li+ doped β-NaLuF4:20% Yb3+, 1% Tm3+, 20% Er3+. Based on the rate equations, we report the theoretical model about the pure red UC mechanism in Yb3+/Tm3+/Er3+ doped system. It is proposed that the pure red UC luminescence is mainly ascribed to the energy transfer UC from Tm3+:3F4 → 3H6 to Er3+:4I11/2 → 4F9/2 and the cross-relaxation (CR) effect [Er3+:4S3/2 + 4I15/2 → 4I9/2 + 4I13/2] rather than the long-accepted mechanism [CR process among Er3+:4F7/2 + 4I11/2 → 4F9/2 + 4F9/2]. In addition, compared to the Li+-free counterpart, the pure red UC luminescence in β-NaLuF4:20% Yb3+, 1% Tm3+, 20% Er3+ with 15 mol% Li+ doping is enhanced by 13.7 times. This study provides a general and effective approach to obtain intense pure red UC luminescence, which can be applied to other synthetic strategies.

  5. Morphology evolution and pure red upconversion mechanism of β-NaLuF4 crystals

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    Lin, Hao; Xu, Dekang; Li, Anming; Teng, Dongdong; Yang, Shenghong; Zhang, Yueli

    2016-01-01

    A series of β-NaLuF4 crystals were synthesized via a hydrothermal method. Hexagonal phase microdisks, microprisms, and microtubes were achieved by simply changing the amount of citric acid in the initial reaction solution. Pure red upconversion (UC) luminescence can be observed in β-NaLuF4:Yb3+, Tm3+, Er3+ and Li+ doped β-NaLuF4:20% Yb3+, 1% Tm3+, 20% Er3+. Based on the rate equations, we report the theoretical model about the pure red UC mechanism in Yb3+/Tm3+/Er3+ doped system. It is proposed that the pure red UC luminescence is mainly ascribed to the energy transfer UC from Tm3+:3F4 → 3H6 to Er3+:4I11/2 → 4F9/2 and the cross-relaxation (CR) effect [Er3+:4S3/2 + 4I15/2 → 4I9/2 + 4I13/2] rather than the long-accepted mechanism [CR process among Er3+:4F7/2 + 4I11/2 → 4F9/2 + 4F9/2]. In addition, compared to the Li+-free counterpart, the pure red UC luminescence in β-NaLuF4:20% Yb3+, 1% Tm3+, 20% Er3+ with 15 mol% Li+ doping is enhanced by 13.7 times. This study provides a general and effective approach to obtain intense pure red UC luminescence, which can be applied to other synthetic strategies. PMID:27306720

  6. Morphology evolution and pure red upconversion mechanism of β-NaLuF4 crystals.

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    Lin, Hao; Xu, Dekang; Li, Anming; Teng, Dongdong; Yang, Shenghong; Zhang, Yueli

    2016-01-01

    A series of β-NaLuF4 crystals were synthesized via a hydrothermal method. Hexagonal phase microdisks, microprisms, and microtubes were achieved by simply changing the amount of citric acid in the initial reaction solution. Pure red upconversion (UC) luminescence can be observed in β-NaLuF4:Yb(3+), Tm(3+), Er(3+) and Li(+) doped β-NaLuF4:20% Yb(3+), 1% Tm(3+), 20% Er(3+). Based on the rate equations, we report the theoretical model about the pure red UC mechanism in Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)/Er(3+) doped system. It is proposed that the pure red UC luminescence is mainly ascribed to the energy transfer UC from Tm(3+):(3)F4 → (3)H6 to Er(3+):(4)I11/2 → (4)F9/2 and the cross-relaxation (CR) effect [Er(3+):(4)S3/2 + (4)I15/2 → (4)I9/2 + (4)I13/2] rather than the long-accepted mechanism [CR process among Er(3+):(4)F7/2 + (4)I11/2 → (4)F9/2 + (4)F9/2]. In addition, compared to the Li(+)-free counterpart, the pure red UC luminescence in β-NaLuF4:20% Yb(3+), 1% Tm(3+), 20% Er(3+) with 15 mol% Li(+) doping is enhanced by 13.7 times. This study provides a general and effective approach to obtain intense pure red UC luminescence, which can be applied to other synthetic strategies. PMID:27306720

  7. Core-shell-shell heterostructures of α-NaLuF4:Yb/Er@NaLuF4:Yb@MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) with remarkably enhanced upconversion luminescence.

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    Su, Yue; Liu, Xiuling; Lei, Pengpeng; Xu, Xia; Dong, Lile; Guo, Xianmin; Yan, Xingxu; Wang, Peng; Song, Shuyan; Feng, Jing; Zhang, Hongjie

    2016-07-01

    Core-shell-shell heterostructures of α-NaLuF4:Yb/Er@NaLuF4:Yb@MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) have been successfully fabricated via the thermal decomposition method. Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), upconversion luminescence (UCL) spectroscopy, etc. Under 980 nm excitation, the emission intensities of the UCNPs are remarkably enhanced after coating the MF2 (M = Ca, Sr, and Ba) shell. Among these samples, CaF2 coated UCNPs show the strongest overall emission, while BaF2 coated UCNPs exhibit the longest lifetime. These results demonstrate that alkaline earth metal fluorides are ideal materials to improve the UCL properties. Meanwhile, although the lattice mismatch between the ternary NaREF4 core and the binary MF2 (M = Sr and Ba) shell is relatively large, the successfully synthesized NaLuF4:Yb/Er@NaLuF4:Yb@MF2 indicates a new outlook on the fabrication of heterostructural core-shell UCNPs. PMID:27327414

  8. [Spectroscopy performances of Yb3+ doped YAG crystal].

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    Yang, P; Deng, P; Huang, G; Wu, G; Yin, Z

    2000-06-01

    The absorption and emission properties of Yb:YAG with different Yb3+ doped concentration have been studied systematically. The emission cross section has been evaluated using the absorption cross section and principle of reciprocity, which was consistent with previous reports. The absorption spectra of Yb2+ and color center were observed in as-grown Yb:YAG boules, which are removed by annealing the boules in oxygen at 1,300 degrees C for 24 h. The photon excited and X-ray excited optical luminescence of Yb:YAG were first discussed. The results indicated that Yb:YAG crystal was favourable for high-power diode-pumping. PMID:12958933

  9. Diode-side-pumped, passively Q-switched Yb:LuAG laser

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    Kaskow, Mateusz; Galecki, Lukasz; Jabczynski, Jan K.; Skorczakowski, Marek; Zendzian, Waldemar; Sulc, Jan; Nemec, Michal; Jelinkova, Helena

    2015-10-01

    A high-gain, diode-side-pumped Yb:LuAG slab laser was designed and investigated for use at room temperature. Pumping occurred from a fast-axis collimated 2D laser diode stack emitting at a wavelength of 970 nm, with 0.8 J over a duration of 0.8 ms. The pump scheme, which enabled efficient mode matching and high gain, was analysed and experimentally verified for different dopant levels. An energy of 100 mJ with 23% slope efficiency in a near fundamental mode was achieved in the free-running regime. A peak power of 2.5 MW and a pulse energy of 10.1 mJ were demonstrated in passive Q-switching by means of a Cr:YAG saturable absorber with 39% initial transmission. The study defined the indications for optimizing such a system.

  10. Syntheses, structures, and vibrational spectroscopy of the two-dimensional iodates Ln(IO{sub 3}){sub 3} and Ln(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O) (Ln =Yb, Lu)

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    Assefa, Zerihun . E-mail: zassefa@ncat.edu; Ling Jie; Haire, Richard G.; Albrecht-Schmitt, Thomas E.; Sykora, Richard E. . E-mail: rsykora@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

    2006-12-15

    The reaction of Lu{sup 3+} or Yb{sup 3+} and H{sub 5}IO{sub 6} in aqueous media at 180 {sup o}C leads to the formation of Yb(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O) or Lu(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O), respectively, while the reaction of Yb metal with H{sub 5}IO{sub 6} under similar reaction conditions gives rise to the anhydrous iodate, Yb(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}. Under supercritical conditions Lu{sup 3+} reacts with HIO{sub 3} and KIO{sub 4} to yield the isostructural Lu(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}. The structures have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Crystallographic data are (MoK{alpha}, {lambda}=0.71073 A): Yb(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}, monoclinic, space group P2{sub 1}/n, a=8.6664(9) A, b=5.9904(6) A, c=14.8826(15) A, {beta}=96.931(2){sup o}, V=766.99(13), Z=4, R(F)=4.23% for 114 parameters with 1880 reflections with I>2{sigma}(I); Lu(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}, monoclinic, space group P2{sub 1}/n, a=8.6410(9), b=5.9961(6), c=14.8782(16) A, {beta}=97.028(2){sup o}, V=765.08(14), Z=4, R(F)=2.65% for 119 parameters with 1756 reflections with I>2{sigma}(I); Yb(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O), monoclinic, space group C2/c, a=27.2476(15), b=5.6296(3), c=12.0157(7) A, {beta}=98.636(1){sup o}, V=1822.2(2), Z=8, R(F)=1.51% for 128 parameters with 2250 reflections with I>2{sigma}(I); Lu(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O), monoclinic, space group C2/c, a=27.258(4), b=5.6251(7), c=12.0006(16) A, {beta}=98.704(2){sup o}, V=1818.8(4), Z=8, R(F)=1.98% for 128 parameters with 2242 reflections with I>2{sigma}(I). The f elements in all of the compounds are found in seven-coordinate environments and bridged with monodentate, bidentate, or tridentate iodate anions. Both Lu(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H and Yb(IO{sub 3}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O) display distinctively different vibrational profiles from their respective anhydrous analogs. Hence, the Raman profile can be used as a complementary diagnostic tool to discern the different structural motifs of the compounds. - Graphical abstract: Four new metal iodates, Yb(IO{sub 3

  11. Enhanced performance of Cr,Yb:YAG microchip laser by bonding Yb:YAG crystal.

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    Cheng, Ying; Dong, Jun; Ren, Yingying

    2012-10-22

    Highly efficient, laser-diode pumped Yb:YAG/Cr,Yb:YAG self-Q-switched microchip lasers by bonding Yb:YAG crystal have been demonstrated for the first time to our best knowledge. The effect of transmission of output coupler (T(oc)) on the enhanced performance of Yb:YAG/Cr,Yb:YAG microchip lasers has been investigated and found that the best laser performance was achieved with T(oc) = 50%. Slope efficiency of over 38% was achieved. Average output power of 0.8 W was obtained at absorbed pump power of 2.5 W; corresponding optical-to-optical efficiency of 32% was obtained. Laser pulses with pulse width of 1.68 ns, pulse energy of 12.4 μJ, and peak power of 7.4 kW were obtained. The lasers oscillated in multi-longitudinal modes. The wide separation of longitudinal modes was attributed to the mode selection by combined etalon effect of Cr,Yb:YAG, Yb:YAG thin plates and output coupler. Stable periodical pulse trains at different pump power levels have been observed owing to the longitudinal modes coupling and competition. PMID:23187245

  12. Variable energy, high peak power, passive Q-switching diode end-pumped Yb:LuAG laser

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    Kaskow, M.; Sulc, J.; Jabczynski, J. K.; Jelinkova, H.

    2014-12-01

    A new method to control the pulse energy in a passively Q-switched laser was proposed and experimentally verified for a diode-end-pumped Yb:LuAG laser. By changing the pumping area parameters it was possible to demonstrate generation of a wide range of output energies with a single laser configuration consisting of a gain medium, passive Q-switch and out-coupling mirror. The range of available energies 0.15-0.51 mJ with maximum peak power of 113 kW in simple Q-switching regime by means of a Cr:YAG saturable absorber and a Yb:LuAG gain medium pumped by a 20 W laser diode emitting at 968 nm was demonstrated.

  13. Enhanced performances of diode-pumped sapphire/Er³⁺:Yb³⁺:LuAl₃(BO₃)₄/sapphire micro-laser at 1.5-1.6 μm.

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    Chen, Yujin; Lin, Yanfu; Huang, Jianhua; Gong, Xinghong; Luo, Zundu; Huang, Yidong

    2015-05-01

    A sandwich-type sapphire/Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3(BO3)4/sapphire micro-laser was fabricated by tightly pressing two sapphire crystals and a Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3(BO3)4 microchip together, and directly depositing cavity mirrors onto the outside surfaces of the sapphire crystals. Pumped by a continuous-wave 976 nm diode laser, a 1543 nm laser with maximum output power of 1.17 W and slope efficiency of 33% with respect to incident pump power was realized in the sandwich-type micro-laser, whereas a laser with maximum output power of 0.46 W and slope efficiency of 17% was obtained in a monolithic Er3+:Yb3+:LuAl3(BO3)4 micro-laser. Furthermore, efficient 1521 nm continuous-wave and passively Q-switched pulse lasers were also demonstrated in the sandwich-type micro-laser. PMID:25969325

  14. The crystal structure of Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.3H{sub 2}O and its decomposition product, {beta}-Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Mills, Stuart J.; Petricek, Vaclav; Kampf, Anthony R.; Herbst-Imer, Regine; Raudsepp, Mati

    2011-09-15

    Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.3H{sub 2}O, synthesised by hydrothermal methods at 220(2) deg. C, has been investigated by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.3H{sub 2}O crystallises in space group Cmc2{sub 1} and is isostructural with Lu{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.3H{sub 2}O. The crystal structure has been refined to R{sub 1}=0.0145 for 3412 reflections [F{sub o}>3{sigma}(F)], and 0.0150 for all 3472 reflections. The structure of Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.3H{sub 2}O is a complex framework of YbO{sub 6} octahedra, YbO{sub 8} and YbO{sub 5}(H{sub 2}O){sub 3} polyhedra and SO{sub 4} tetrahedra. Thermal data shows that Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.3H{sub 2}O decomposes between 120 and 190 deg. C to form {beta}-Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}. The structure of a twinned crystal of {beta}-Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} was solved and refined using an amplimode refinement in R3c with an R{sub 1}=0.0755 for 8944 reflections [F{sub o}>3{sigma}(F)], and 0.1483 for all 16,361 reflections. {beta}-Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} has a unique structural topology based on a 3D network of pinwheels. - Graphical abstract: Octahedral-tetrahedral linkages found in Y{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} [and Er{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}] and ss-Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}. Highlights: > The crystal structure and decomposition reactions of Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.3H{sub 2}O. > The crystal structure of a twinned crystal of {beta}-Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}. > Comparison of the structures of {beta}-Yb{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} and Y{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}.

  15. Improved Near-Infrared Up-Conversion Emission of Tm3+ Sensitized by Yb3+ and Ho3+ in LuF3 Nanocrystals.

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    Xu, Xuhui; Wu, Yumei; Bian, Wenjuan; Yu, Xue; Zhang, Buhao; Li, Qianyue; Qiu, Jianbei; Liu, BiTao

    2016-04-01

    In the present work, mono-disperse and uniform orthorhombic lutetium fluoride (LuF3) nanocrystals with an average size of about 35 nm have been successfully synthesized by a simple ionothermal method without any template. The infrared (IR) to visible up-conversion (UC) photoluminescence of LuF3 doped with Yb3+, Tm3+, and Ho3+ under 980 nm excitation was systemically studied. The intensity of near infrared (NIR) to visible up-conversion emission of Tm3+ was improved efficiently by adding Yb3+ and Ho3+ in LuF3, especially for the broad NIR emission band located at 812 nm. Meanwhile, compared to the Yb3+ and Tm3+ co-doped LuF3, the ratio of red to green emission in the Yb3+, TmS+, and HoS+ co-doped LuF3 changed greatly, and a bright yellowish-green emission was observed under 980 nm laser excitation. It shows that Yb3+, Tm3+ and Ho3+ co-doped LuF3 nanocrystals provided a potential application in vitro and in vivo bio-imaging, color displays and optical storage. PMID:27451685

  16. Thermal evolution of the spin ordering at the concomitant spin-orbital rearrangement temperature in RVO3 (R=Lu, Yb and Tm)

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    Sarkar, Tapati; Ivanov, Sergey A.; Bazuev, G. V.; Nordblad, Per; Mathieu, Roland

    2016-07-01

    Synthesis, crystal structure and magnetization measurements of phase pure polycrystalline RVO3 (R=Lu, Yb and Tm) are reported. The compounds were stabilized in the orthorhombic structure by thermal treatment of the respective precursors (RVO4) in a reducing atmosphere. Special pressure treatment was carried out during the synthesis to ensure phase pure samples without secondary phases. Magnetization measurements reveal the presence of two spin ordering temperatures in the samples. Interestingly, at the lower spin ordering temperature, TSO2, the uncompensated excess moment of the antiferromagnetic spin structure has different field dependences above and below TSO2, causing a jump in the thermal evolution of the magnetization that changes sign with increasing field strength. This jump is associated with the reported magnetic and orbital rearrangement in the samples, and the different spin configurations in the C- and G-type antiferromagnetic structures.

  17. Demonstration of a Yb3+-doped Lu3Al5O12 ceramic thin-disk laser.

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    Nakao, Hiroaki; Shirakawa, Akira; Ueda, Ken-ichi; Yagi, Hideki; Yanagitani, Takagimi; Weichelt, Birgit; Wentsch, Katrin; Ahmed, Marwan Abdou; Graf, Thomas

    2014-05-15

    Yb:LuAG ceramic is very promising for thin-disk laser and amplifier architectures since it exhibits a higher thermal conductivity at high doping concentrations and a larger emission cross section than Yb:YAG. In this Letter, we present what we believe to be the first demonstration of a thin-disk laser based on Yb:LuAG ceramic. A maximum output power of 101 W with an optical efficiency of 56% and a slope efficiency of 64% was obtained with a multimode laser resonator. Fundamental-mode laser operation with near diffraction limited beam quality (M2≈1.22) was also achieved. The fundamental-mode laser resonator showed the output power of 49 W, an optical efficiency of 31%, and a slope efficiency of 44%. A linearly polarized output beam was demonstrated in multimode operation using an intracavity Brewster window. The depolarization loss was measured to be as low as 0.15% per round trip. PMID:24978228

  18. Valence state change and defect centers induced by infrared femtosecond laser in Yb:YAG crystals

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    Wang, Xinshun; Liu, Yang; Zhao, Panjuan; Guo, Zhongyi; Li, Yan; Qu, Shiliang

    2015-04-01

    The broad band upconversion luminescence in Yb3+:YAG crystal has been observed in experiments under the irradiation of focused infrared femtosecond laser. The dependence of the fluorescence intensity on the pump power shows that the upconversion luminescence is due to simultaneous two-photon absorption process, which indicates that the broad emission bands at 365 and 463 nm could be assigned to the 5d → 4f transitions of Yb2+ ions and the one at 692 nm could be attributed to the electron-hole recombination process on (Yb2+-F+) centers. The absorption spectra of the Yb:YAG crystal samples before and after femtosecond laser irradiation, and after further annealing reveal that permanent valence state change of Yb ions from Yb3+ to Yb2+ and (Yb2+-F+) centers have been induced by infrared femtosecond laser irradiation in Yb3+:YAG crystal.

  19. Charge transfer processes and ultraviolet induced absorption in Yb:YAG single crystal laser materials

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    Rydberg, S.; Engholm, M.

    2013-06-01

    Charge transfer (CT) transitions and UV induced color centers in Yb:YAG single crystals have been investigated. A simultaneous pair formation of a stable Yb2+ ion and a hole related (O-) color center (hole polaron) are observed through a CT-process. Slightly different types of hole related color centers are formed in Yb:YAG crystals containing small levels of iron impurities. Furthermore, excitation spectroscopy on the UV irradiated Yb:YAG samples could confirm an energy transfer process between Yb3+ and Yb2+ ions. The findings are important for an increased knowledge of the physical loss mechanisms observed in Yb-doped laser materials, such as the nonlinear decay process in Yb:YAG crystals as well as the photodarkening phenomenon in Yb-doped fiber lasers.

  20. 250 W single-crystal fiber Yb:YAG laser.

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    Délen, Xavier; Piehler, Stefan; Didierjean, Julien; Aubry, Nicolas; Voss, Andreas; Ahmed, Marwan Abdou; Graf, Thomas; Balembois, Francois; Georges, Patrick

    2012-07-15

    We demonstrate an Yb:YAG single-crystal fiber laser with 251 W output power in continuous-wave and an optical efficiency of 44%. This performance can be explained by the high overlap between pump and signal beams brought by the pump guiding and by the good thermal management provided by the single-crystal fiber geometry. The oscillator performance with a reflectivity of the output coupler as low as 20% also shows high potential for power amplification. PMID:22825171

  1. Indirect Production of No Carrier Added (NCA) (177)Lu from Irradiation of Enriched (176)Yb: Options for Ytterbium/Lutetium Separation.

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    Dash, Ashutosh; Chakravarty, Rubel; Knapp, Furn F Russ; Pillai, Ambikalmajan M R

    2015-01-01

    This article presents a concise review of the production of no-carrier-added (NCA) (177)Lu by the 'indirect' route by irradiating ytterbium-176 ((176)Yb)-enriched targets. The success of this production method depends on the ability to separate the microscopic amounts of NCA (177)Lu from bulk irradiated ytterbium targets. The presence of Yb(+3) from the target in the final processed (177)Lu will adversely affect the quality of (177)Lu by decreasing the specific activity and competing with Lu(+3) complexation since ytterbium will follow the same coordination chemistry. Ytterbium and lutetium are adjacent members of the lanthanide family with very similar chemical properties which makes the separation of one from the other a challenging task. This review provides a summary of the methods developed for the separation and purification of NCA (177)Lu from neutron irradiated (176)Yb-enriched targets, a critical assessment of recent developments and a discussion of the current status of this (177)Lu production method. PMID:25771377

  2. Pressure-induced zircon-type to scheelite-type phase transitions in YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}

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    Zhang, F.X. Lang, M.; Ewing, R.C. Lian, J.; Wang, Z.W.; Hu, J.; Boatner, L.A.

    2008-10-15

    The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}, were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) at pressures up to 52 and 43 GPa, respectively. A reversible phase transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type was found at {approx}22 GPa for YbPO{sub 4} and 19 GPa for LuPO{sub 4}. Coinciding with the transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type, there is a {approx}10% reduction in volume and a significant increase in the bulk modulus for both compounds. - Graphical abstract: The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO{sub 4} and LuPO{sub 4}, show reversible phase transitions from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type at {approx}22 and 19 Gpa, respectively. Coinciding with the phase transition, there is a {approx}10% reduction in unit cell volume.

  3. Intermediate valence in single crystals of (Lu{sub 1−x}Y b{sub x}){sub 3}Rh{sub 4}Ge{sub 13} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1)

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    Rai, Binod K.; Morosan, E.

    2015-04-01

    Single crystals of (Lu{sub 1−x}Y b{sub x}){sub 3}Rh{sub 4}Ge{sub 13} were characterized by magnetization, specific heat, and electrical resistivity measurements. Doping Yb into the non-magnetic Lu{sub 3}Rh{sub 4}Ge{sub 13} compound tunes this cubic system’s properties from a superconductor with disordered metal normal state (x < 0.05) to a Kondo for 0.05 ≤ x ≤0.2 and intermediate valence at the highest Yb concentrations. The evidence for intermediate Yb valence comes from a broad maximum in the magnetic susceptibility and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, the resistivity displays a local maximum at finite temperatures at intermediate compositions x, followed by apparent metallic behavior closest to the Yb end compound in the series.

  4. Infrared-to-Visible Light Conversion in Er(3+) -Yb(3+) :Lu3 Ga5 O12 Nanogarnets.

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    Rathaiah, Mamilla; Haritha, Pamuluri; Linganna, Kadathala; Monteseguro, Virginia; Martín, Inocencio Rafael; Lozano-Gorrín, Antonio Diego; Babu, Palamandala; Jayasankar, Chalicheemalapalli Kulala; Lavín, Victor; Venkatramu, Vemula

    2015-12-21

    Er(3+) -Yb(3+) co-doped Lu3 Ga5 O12 nanogarnets were prepared and characterized; their structural and luminescence properties were determined as a function of the Yb(3+) concentration. The morphology of the nanogarnets was studied by HRTEM. Under 488 nm excitation, the nanogarnets emit green, red, and near-infrared light. The decay curves for the ((4) S3/2 , (2) H11/2 ) and (4) F9/2 levels of the Er(3+) ions exhibit a non-exponential nature under resonant laser excitation and their effective lifetimes are found to decrease with an increase in the Yb(3+) concentration from 1.0 to 10.0 mol %. The non-exponential decay curves are well fitted to the Inokuti-Hirayama model for S=8, indicating that the mechanism of interaction for energy transfer between the optically active ions is of dipole-quadrupole type. Upon 976 nm laser excitation, an intense green upconverted emission is clearly observed by the naked eyes. A significant enhancement of the red-to-green intensity ratio of Er(3+) ions was observed with an increase in Yb(3+) concentration. The power dependence and the dynamics of the upconverted emission confirm the existence of two-photon upconversion processes for the green and red emissions. PMID:26467682

  5. Optical properties of AlF(3)-based glasses doped with Pr(3+), Yb(3+) and Lu(3+).

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    Iqbal, T; Shahriari, M R; Hajcak, P; Sigel, G H; Copeland, L R; Reed, W A

    1994-02-20

    Rare-earth ions can easily be incorporated into fluoride glasses in moderate to large concentrations. Because these glasses possess low fundamental frequencies, they appear to have many advantages over oxide glasses as hosts for rare-earth ions used in optical amplifiers and lasers. We have investigated the optical properties (fluorescence, absorption, and excited-state lifetimes) of AlF(3)-based glass doped with Pr(3+), Yb(3+) and Lu(3+). The effects of different dopant levels on the optical properties of this glass system have also been investigated. These results are compared to those obtained for the same ions in other glass hosts. PMID:20862098

  6. Fabrication of a novel nanocomposite Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er for large enhancement upconversion luminescence.

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    Yin, Dongguang; Cao, Xianzhang; Zhang, Lu; Tang, Jingxiu; Huang, Wenfeng; Han, Yanlin; Wu, Minghong

    2015-06-28

    Upconversion nanocrystals have a lot of advantages over other fluorescent materials. However, their applications are still limited due to their comparatively low upconversion luminescence (UCL). In the present study, a novel nanocomposite of Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er for enhancing UCL was fabricated successfully, and its morphology, crystalline phase, composition, and fluorescent property were investigated. It is interesting to find that the Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er and Ag@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er nanocomposites showed high UCL enhancements of 52- and 10-fold compared to the control of Ag-free nanocomposite SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er, respectively. The enhancement of 52-fold is greater than those reported in our previous studies and some papers. Moreover, the measured life times of the Ag-presented nanocrystals were longer than that of Ag-absent counterparts. These enhancements of UCL can be ascribed to the effect of metal-enhanced fluorescence, which is caused by the enhancement of the local electric field. The UCL intensity of Ag/graphene@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er was 5.2-fold higher than that of Ag@SiO2-NaLuF4:Yb,Gd,Er, indicating that graphene presented in the fabricated nanocomposite structure favors metal-enhanced UCL. The small-sized Ag nanoparticles anchored on the graphene sheet mutually enhanced each other's polarizability and surface plasmon resonance, resulting in a big metal-enhanced UCL. This study provides a new strategy for effectively enhancing the UCL of upconversion nanocrystals. The enhancement potentially increases the overall upconversion nanocrystal detectability for highly sensitive biological, medical, and optical detections. PMID:25999289

  7. Pressure-Induced Zircon-Type to Scheelite-Type Phase Transition in Orthophosphates YbPO4 and LuPO4

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    Zhang, F.; Maik, L; Ewing, R; Lian, J; Wang, Z; Hu, J; Boatner, L

    2008-01-01

    The tetragonal orthophosphates, YbPO4 and LuPO4, were studied by in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) at pressures up to 52 and 43 GPa, respectively. A reversible phase transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type was found at not, vert, similar22 GPa for YbPO4 and 19 GPa for LuPO4. Coinciding with the transition from the zircon structure-type to the scheelite structure-type, there is a not, vert, similar 10% reduction in volume and a significant increase in the bulk modulus for both compounds.

  8. Structural and thermoelectric properties of BaRCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu)

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Yan, Y.; Liu, G.; Xie, W.; Tritt, T.; Kaduk, J.; Thomas, E.

    2011-12-01

    The structure and thermoelectric properties of a series of barium lanthanide cobaltites, BaRCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu), which were prepared using the spark plasma synthesis technique, have been investigated. The space group of these compounds was re-determined and confirmed to be P31c instead of the reported P6{sub 3}mc. The lattice parameters a and c range from 6.26279(2) Angst to 6.31181(6) Angst , and from 10.22468(6) Angst to 10.24446(15) Angst for R = Lu to Dy, respectively. The crystal structure of BaRCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} is built up from Kagome sheets of CoO{sub 4} tetrahedra, linked by triangular layers of CoO{sub 4} tetrahedra. The values of figure of merit (ZT) of the BaRCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} samples were determined to be around 0.02 at 800 K. X-ray diffraction patterns of these samples have been determined and submitted to the Powder Diffraction File.

  9. Yb:YAG single crystal fiber image amplifier

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    Wan, Peng; Liu, Jian; Yang, Lih-Mei; Bai, Shuang

    2014-02-01

    In the paper, a Yb:YAG single crystal fiber is used for the first time to amplify week image signal. It was longitudinally pumped by a fiber-coupled laser diode with a maximum power of 150W at 940 nm. The image amplifier provided low noise and high gain amplification. A spatially uniform amplification gain of up to 10.2 dB at wavelength of 1030 nm was obtained.

  10. Engineering lattice matching, doping level, and optical properties of KY(WO4)2:Gd, Lu, Yb layers for a cladding-side-pumped channel waveguide laser

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    Aravazhi, Shanmugam; Geskus, Dimitri; van Dalfsen, Koop; Vázquez-Córdova, Sergio A.; Grivas, Christos; Griebner, Uwe; García-Blanco, Sonia M.; Pollnau, Markus

    2013-05-01

    Single-crystalline KY1- x-y-z GdxLuyYbz(WO4)2 layers are grown onto undoped KY(WO4)2 substrates by liquid-phase epitaxy. The purpose of co-doping the KY(WO4)2 layer with suitable fractions of Gd3+ and Lu3+ is to achieve lattice-matched layers that allow us to engineer a high refractive-index contrast between waveguiding layer and substrate for obtaining tight optical mode confinement and simultaneously accommodate a large range of Yb3+ doping concentrations by replacing Lu3+ ions of similar ionic radius for a variety of optical amplifier or laser applications. Crack-free layers, up to a maximum lattice mismatch of ~0.08 %, are grown with systematic variations of Y3+, Gd3+, Lu3+, and Yb3+ concentrations, their refractive indices are measured at several wavelengths, and Sellmeier dispersion curves are derived. The influence of co-doping on the spectroscopy of Yb3+ is investigated. As evidenced by the experimental results, the lattice constants, refractive indices, and transition cross-sections of Yb3+ in these co-doped layers can be approximated with good accuracy by weighted averages of data from the pure compounds. The obtained information is exploited to fabricate a twofold refractive-index-engineered sample consisting of a highly Yb3+-doped tapered channel waveguide embedded in a passive planar waveguide, and a cladding-side-pumped channel waveguide laser is demonstrated.

  11. Diauxic growth and microstructure of grain interfaces in thermal bonding Yb:LuAG/LuAG ceramic

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    Zhou, Chunlin; Jiang, Benxue; Fan, Jintai; Mao, Xiaojian; Zhang, Long; Fang, Yongzheng

    2015-07-01

    Transparent composite Lutetium aluminum garnet (LuAG) ceramics were successfully synthesized by thermal diffusion bonding method. Three isothermal holding temperature of 1450°C, 1600°C, 1780°C for 10h under vacuum were used to study the changes of bonding interface morphology, Optical microscope, SEM and laser interferometer (GPI-XP,zygo) study show that diauxic growth of grain interface appears when the thermal bonding holding temperature increased. The sintering mechanism of diauxic growth of grain interface during the thermal diffusion bonding was also discussed using diffusion theory. The diauxic growth of grain interface provides us the possibility to get high quality composite laser ceramics as we designed.

  12. Luminescence and Thermal Properties of Er:GSGG and Yb,Er:GSGG Laser Crystals

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    Sun, Dun-Lu; Luo, Jian-Qiao; Xiao, Jing-Zhong; Zhang, Qing-Li; Chen, Jia-Kang; Liu, Wen-Peng; Kang, Hong-Xiang; Yin, Shao-Tang

    2012-05-01

    Er3+-doped and Yb3+/Er3+ co-doped Gd3Sc2Ga3O12 (abbreviated as Er:GSGG and Yb,Er:GSGG, respectively) laser crystals are investigated by using a combination of spectroscopic measurements and thermal characterizations. An absorption peak of Yb,Er:GSGG crystal shifts to 970 nm and its absorption band broadens obviously, which makes the crystal suitable for pumping by a 970 nm laser diode (LD). This crystal also exhibits a shorter lifetime of a lower laser level, a larger emission cross section and higher thermal conductivity than those of Er:GSGG. All these factors suggest that Yb3+/Er3+ co-doping has a positive effect on improving the spectroscopic and thermal performances in GSGG based laser crystals, and imply that double-doped Yb,Er:GSGG crystal is a potential candidate as an excellent LD pumped 2.79 μm laser material.

  13. Study of 57 Fe Mössbauer effect in RFe2Zn20 ( R = Lu, Yb, Gd)

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    Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Kong, Tai; Ma, Xiaoming; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-08-04

    In this document we report measurements of 57Fe Mössbauer spectra for RFe2Zn20 (R = Lu, Yb, Gd) from ~ 4.5 K to room temperature. The obtained isomer shift values are very similar for all three compounds, their temperature dependence was analyzed within the Debye model and resulted in an estimate of the Debye temperatures of 450-500 K. The values of quadrupole splitting at room temperature change with the cubic lattice constant a in a linear fashion. For GdFe2Zn20, ferromagnetic order is seen as an appearance of a sextet in the spectra. The 57Fe site hyperfine field for T → 0more » was evaluated to be ~ 2.4 T.« less

  14. Simultaneous phase and shape control of monodisperse NaLuF4:Yb, Er microcrystals and greatly enhanced upconversion luminescence from their superstructures

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    Li, Wenbin; Tan, Congbing; Zhang, Yutao

    2013-05-01

    Simultaneous phase- and shape-controlled NaLuF4 microcrystals co-doped with Yb3+/Er3+ have been synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method by only changing the precursor pH value. The UC emission efficiency of these obtained microparticles showed a strong phase- and shape-dependency. Under irradiation of 980 nm, the luminescence intensity of hexagonal NaLuF4 microcrystals presents an enhancement by at least 5.8 times relative to their cubic counterpart. Specially, an up to 168-fold enhancement of emission intensity from the NaLuF4 superstructures, compared with the microplates with identical hexagonal phase, was observed. Such improvement is likely to be dominated by the laser-cavity mirrors effect from the microcavities on their surface of the NaLuF4 superstructures. These results will permit a promising step to harness the upconversion phosphors in solid state lasers.

  15. A quantum chemistry investigation on the structure of lanthanide triflates Ln(OTf)3 where Ln = La, Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Er, Yb and Lu.

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    Hannachi, Douniazed; Ouddai, Nadia; Chermette, Henry

    2010-04-21

    Density functional theory has been used to probe the electronic structure, coordination number, optical properties and the vibration spectra of monolanthanide trifluoromethane sulfonate Ln(OTf)(3) complexes where Ln = La, Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Er, Yb and Lu. The study reveals that the OTf group is bonded to Ln as a bidentate ligand. TDDFT calculations show that, for La(OTf)(3), MLTC and HOMO-LUMO transitions in the UV-vis are strongly bathochromically shifted compared to those of Lu(OTf)(3.). PMID:20354620

  16. Crystal growth, polarized spectra, and laser performance of Yb:CaGdAlO4 crystal

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    Di, J. Q.; Xu, X. D.; Xia, C. T.; Zheng, L. H.; Aka, G.; Yu, H. H.; Sai, Q. L.; Guo, X. Y.; Zhu, L.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the crystal growth, polarized spectra, and laser performance of Yb:CaGdAlO4 crystal were reported. The segregation coefficient of Yb3+ ions was calculated to be 0.47. The cell parameters were determined to be a  =  b  =  0.3658 nm, c  =  1.1985 nm. The peak absorption cross-section was calculated to be 2.65  ×  10-20 cm2 at 979 nm and the peak stimulated emission cross-section was 2.23  ×  10-20 cm2 at 980 nm for the π polarization. The continuous-wave (CW) laser operations of uncoated Yb:CaGdAlO4 crystals with 5  ×  5  ×  3 mm3 in size were demonstrated. A maximum output power of 1.6 W at 1048 nm was obtained with a slope efficiency of 28%. The results show that Yb:CaGdAlO4 crystal is a promising laser medium.

  17. The spectroscopic properties of Yb3+ doped α-BBO crystal

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    Yu, Pingsheng; Su, Liangbi; Wu, Feng; Xu, Jun

    2012-05-01

    2.0 mol% (relative to Ba2+) Yb3+ doped α-BaB2O4 (α-BBO) crystal was obtained by the Czochralski method. The doped crystal structure was determined by means of an X-ray diffraction analysis. The absorption, near-infrared (NIR) luminescence spectra and fluorescence decay curve of Yb3+ doped α-BBO crystal were investigated. NIR emission under 940 nm and 980 nm LDs (laser diodes) excitation was observed in the Yb doped α-BBO crystal.

  18. Valence state change and defect centers induced by infrared femtosecond laser in Yb:YAG crystals

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    Wang, Xinshun Liu, Yang; Zhao, Panjuan; Guo, Zhongyi; Li, Yan; Qu, Shiliang

    2015-04-21

    The broad band upconversion luminescence in Yb{sup 3+}:YAG crystal has been observed in experiments under the irradiation of focused infrared femtosecond laser. The dependence of the fluorescence intensity on the pump power shows that the upconversion luminescence is due to simultaneous two-photon absorption process, which indicates that the broad emission bands at 365 and 463 nm could be assigned to the 5d → 4f transitions of Yb{sup 2+} ions and the one at 692 nm could be attributed to the electron-hole recombination process on (Yb{sup 2+}-F{sup +}) centers. The absorption spectra of the Yb:YAG crystal samples before and after femtosecond laser irradiation, and after further annealing reveal that permanent valence state change of Yb ions from Yb{sup 3+} to Yb{sup 2+} and (Yb{sup 2+}-F{sup +}) centers have been induced by infrared femtosecond laser irradiation in Yb{sup 3+}:YAG crystal.

  19. Growth of Yb{sup 3+}-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} single crystal rods by the micro-pulling-down method

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    Mun, J.H. . E-mail: mjh73@mail.tagen.tohoku.ac.jp; Novoselov, A.; Yoshikawa, A.

    2005-08-11

    The rare-earth sesquioxides (RE{sub 2}O{sub 3}, RE = Lu, Y and Sc) are very promising host crystals for advanced laser diode (LD)-pumped Yb{sup 3+}-doped solid-state lasers due to unusual combination, almost unique of favourable structural, thermal and spectroscopic properties which are described. In spite of these favourable properties, the bulk single crystal growth technology for the rare-earth sesquioxides has not been established yet. The extremely high melting temperature at around 2400 deg. C has prevented it. However, we shall show that yttrium oxide crystals (Yb {sub x}Y{sub 1-x}){sub 2}O{sub 3}, x = 0.0, 0.005, 0.05, 0.08 and 0.15 of cylindrical shape as laser rods with 4.2 mm in diameter and 15-20 mm in length have been grown from rhenium crucibles by the micro-pulling-down method. The crystal quality characterisation of undoped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystal was determined using X-ray rocking curve (XRC) analysis. Yb were homogeneously distributed in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} host crystal.

  20. Crystallization-Dependent Luminescence Properties of Ce:LuPO4.

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    Sun, Congting; Li, Xingxing; Wang, Hao; Xue, Dongfeng

    2016-03-21

    The luminescence properties of Ce:LuPO4 depend on both the Ce(3+) center and the host lattice. In this article, we studied the dependence of the luminescence properties of Ce:LuPO4 on both the doping concentration of Ce(3+) and the size and morphology of the LuPO4 matrix at micro- and nanosize regimes. The crystalline behavior of Ce:LuPO4, including its size and shape, was investigated via precursor transformation crystallization. On the basis of this crystallization approach, Ce:LuPO4 hollow nanospheres, nanorods, and regular tetrahedrons were obtained. For micro- and nanostructured Ce:LuPO4, the surface-induced chemical bonding architecture can be effectively varied by controlling the size of the crystalline material and its geometry. Our experimental observations demonstrate that one-dimensional Ce:LuPO4 nanorods doped with 0.1 mol % Ce(3+) possess the best performance among the as-prepared samples. The significant anisotropy of Ce:LuPO4 nanorods can result in a larger specific surface area and enhanced luminescence properties. Moreover, the improved luminescence property of Ce:LuPO4 nanostructures can also be optimized by increasing the preferential anisotropic chemical bonding architecture to regulate the 5d level of Ce(3+). Our work also shows that the photoluminescence emission intensity of Ce:LuPO4 nanorods is increased as the surface area normal to their axial direction increases. From the standpoint of crystallization, the luminescence properties of Ce(3+) in nano- and microsize matrixes can be well-optimized by controlling the crystalline behavior of the host lattice under proper synthesis conditions. PMID:26863291

  1. Optimization of the cooling profile to achieve crack-free Yb:S-FAP crystals

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    Fang, H. S.; Qiu, S. R.; Zheng, L. L.; Schaffers, K. I.; Tassano, J. B.; Caird, J. A.; Zhang, H.

    2008-08-01

    Yb:S-FAP [Yb 3+:Sr 5(PO 4) 3F] crystals are an important gain medium for diode-pumped laser applications. Growth of 7.0 cm diameter Yb:S-FAP crystals utilizing the Czochralski (CZ) method from SrF 2-rich melts often encounters cracks during the post-growth cool-down stage. To suppress cracking during cool-down, a numerical simulation of the growth system was used to understand the correlation between the furnace power during cool-down and the radial temperature differences within the crystal. The critical radial temperature difference, above which the crystal cracks, has been determined by benchmarking the simulation results against experimental observations. Based on this comparison, an optimal three-stage ramp-down profile was implemented, which produced high-quality, crack-free Yb:S-FAP crystals.

  2. Optimization of the cooling profile to achieve crack-free Yb:S-FAP crystals

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    Fang, H; Qiu, S; Kheng, L; Schaffers, K; Tassano, J; Caird, J; Zhang, H

    2007-08-20

    Yb:S-FAP [Yb{sup 3+}:Sr{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F] crystals are an important gain medium for diode-pumped laser applications. Growth of 7.0 cm diameter Yb:S-FAP crystals utilizing the Czochralski (CZ) method from SrF{sub 2}-rich melts often encounter cracks during the post growth cool down stage. To suppress cracking during cool down, a numerical simulation of the growth system was used to understand the correlation between the furnace power during cool down and the radial temperature differences within the crystal. The critical radial temperature difference, above which the crystal cracks, has been determined by benchmarking the simulation results against experimental observations. Based on this comparison, an optimal three-stage ramp-down profile was implemented and produced high quality, crack-free Yb:S-FAP crystals.

  3. Determination of the Er3+ to Yb3+ energy transfer efficiency in Er3+/Yb3+-codoped YVO4 crystals

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    Di Paolo, R. E.; Cantelar, E.; Wang, X. M.; Tsuboi, T.; Cussó, F.

    2001-09-01

    The energy transfer efficiency from Er3+ to Yb3+ ions in yttrium orthovanadate single crystals (YVO4) is experimentally obtained, by using a method based on the simultaneous and multiwavelength measurement of photoacoustic and luminescent signals after pulsed laser excitation. The result is reached by comparing with the predictions from Judd-Ofelt analysis and the lifetime measurements. The energy transfer between the ions, from Er3+ to Yb3+, must be considered in order to fit the experimental results. A value of energy transfer efficiency (Ψ = 0.16) is obtained.

  4. Crystal structure of ∼RCu3S3 and ∼RCuTe2 (R=Gd-Lu) compounds

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    Gulay, L. D.; Daszkiewicz, M.; Shemet, V. Ya.

    2012-02-01

    The crystal structures of ternary compounds TbCu3S3, Dy1.06Cu2.84S3 (space group R3¯), Ho0.67Cu2S2 (space group P3¯m1), ErCu3S3 (space group P3¯1c), Yb0.80Cu1.60S2, Lu0.67Cu2S2, TbCuTe2, DyCuTe2, Tm1.07Cu0.78Te2, LuCuTe2 (space group P3¯m1), Gd0.75Cu1.74Te2 (space group P3¯1m) were determined by means of X-ray single crystal diffraction. The S(Te) atoms are stacked in a close packed arrangement with the layers in the sequence AB. The R atoms are distributed over octahedral interstices whereas Cu atoms are located in tetrahedral interstices. Disorder of R and Cu atoms in studied chalcogenides is found. Crystal structure comparison showed that TbCuTe2 and DyCuTe2 crystallize as superstructure 2a×2a×2c to CaAl2Si2 structure type, whereas Gd0.75Cu1.74Te2, ErCu3S3 and TbCu3S3 (Dy1.06Cu2.84S3) have superstructure √3a×√3a×nc with n=1, 2, 3.

  5. Growth and optical properties of nonlinear LuAl3(BO3)4 crystals.

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    Fang, Shenghao; Liu, Hua; Huang, Lingxiong; Ye, Ning

    2013-07-15

    The optical properties of pure LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) (abbreviated as LuAB) crystals were investigated for the first time. Large UV-transparent LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) crystals were grown by a high-temperature top-seeding method with Li(2)WO(4)O(7)-B(2)O(3) as the flux. The refractive indices of LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) at several wavelengths covering ultraviolet-visible and near-infrared regions were measured by the auto-collimation method. The parameters of Sellmeier's dispersion equation were determined from the experimental data. The phase-matching curve of second harmonic generation was measured. The nonlinear optical coefficient d(11) of LuAB crystal was determined to be 1.10 pm/V by a phase-matching method. The UV cut-off wavelength of the LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) crystal was shorter than 190 nm. PMID:23938492

  6. Enhancement of Tb-Yb quantum cutting emission by inverse opal photonic crystals

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    Wang, Qi; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo; Yang, Zhengwen; Yin, Zhaoyi; Zhou, Dacheng; Wang, Siqin

    2016-04-01

    Yb3+, Tb3+ co-doped YPO4 inverse opal photonic crystal was prepared directly by sol-gel technique in combination with self-assembly method. With the influence of the photonic band gap, quantum cutting emission of Tb3+, Yb3+ was investigated in photonic crystals by photoluminescence and fluorescence lifetime. The result clearly shows that, when the spontaneous emission of donor Tb3+ is inhibited by photonic band gap, Tb3+-Yb3+ quantum cutting quantum efficiency from Tb3+ to Yb3+ could be enhanced from 131.2% to 140.5%. The mechanisms for the influence of the photonic band gap on quantum cutting process of Tb3+ and Yb3+ are discussed. We believe that the present work will be valuable for the foundational study of quantum cutting energy transfer process and application of quantum cutting optical devices in spectral modification materials for silicon solar cells.

  7. Direct amplification of ultrashort pulses in μ-pulling-down Yb:YAG single crystal fibers.

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    Zaouter, Yoann; Martial, Igor; Aubry, Nicolas; Didierjean, Julien; Hönninger, Clemens; Mottay, Eric; Druon, Frederic; Georges, Patrick; Balembois, François

    2011-03-01

    We demonstrated that Yb:YAG single crystal fibers have a strong potential for the amplification of femtosecond pulses. Seeded by 230 fs pulses with an average power of 400 mW at 30 MHz delivered by a passively mode-locked Yb:KYW oscillator, the system produced 330 fs pulses with an average power of 12 W. This is the shortest pulse duration ever produced by an Yb:YAG amplifier. The gain in the single crystal fiber reached a value as high as 30 in a simple double-pass configuration. PMID:21368970

  8. Lattice dynamics of rare-earth titanates with the structure of pyrochlore R 2Ti2O7 ( R = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu): Ab initio calculation

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    Chernyshev, V. A.; Petrov, V. P.; Nikiforov, A. E.

    2015-05-01

    The ab initio calculation has been performed for the crystal structure and the phonon spectrum of titanates with the structure of pyrochlore R 2Ti2O7 ( R = Gd-Lu). The frequencies and types of fundamental vibrations have been found. For R = Tb, Tm, and Yb, this calculation has been carried out for the first time; furthermore, there is no available information on experimental studies of the phonon spectrum for Tm and Yb. The influence of hydrostatic pressure to 35 GPa on the structure, dynamics, and elastic properties of the Gd2Ti2O7 lattice has been investigated. The dependence of the phonon frequencies on the pressure has been obtained. The calculations have predicted that the relative change in the pyrochlore structure volume during compression at pressures to 35 GPa is well described by the third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of states. The results of the calculations agree with the available experimental data. It has been shown that the structural, dynamic, and elastic properties of the R 2Ti2O7 crystal lattice can be adequately described in the case where the inner shells of the RE ion up to 4 f are replaced by the pseudopotential.

  9. Nanostructured crystals of the fluorite phases Sr{sub 1-x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x}(R-rare-earth elements) and their ordering: II. Crystal structure of the ordered Sr{sub 4}Lu{sub 3}F{sub 17} phase

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    Sulyanova, E. A. Molchanov, V. N.; Verin, I. A.; Sulyanov, S. N.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2009-05-15

    The crystal structure of the ordered phase Sr{sub 4}Lu{sub 3}F{sub 17} prepared by directed crystallization of the melt has been investigated. The crystals have a trigonally distorted fluorite lattice (space group R3-bar, Z = 6, a = 10.615(2) A, c = 19.547(6) A). The Sr{sub 4}Lu{sub 3}F{sub 17} phase is isostructural to Ba{sub 4}R{sub 3}F{sub 17} (R = Y, Yb). The distortions of the fluorite cation sublattice manifest themselves in the splitting of the only mixed position (Sr, Lu) into three positions: Sr(1), Sr(2), and Lu. All Lu{sup 3+} atoms are displaced from the center of the [Sr{sub 8}{l_brace}Lu{sub 6}F{sub 36+1}{r_brace}F{sub 32}] octacubic cluster in the [001]{sub cub} direction, and the Sr(1) cations are displaced toward the center of the octacubic cluster in the [111]{sub cub} direction. The coordination numbers of the Lu, Sr(1), and Sr(2) cations are 8, 10, and 11, respectively. The distortions of the fluorite anion sublattice are caused by the incorporation of additional anions into both the center of the octacubic cluster and the {l_brace}F{sub 8}{r_brace} cubic holes outside the cluster.

  10. High-throughput and microwave investigation of rare earth phosphonatoethanesulfonates-Ln(O{sub 3}P-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-SO{sub 3}) (Ln=Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Y)

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    Sonnauer, Andreas

    2008-11-15

    Following the strategy of using bifunctional phosphonic acids for the synthesis of new metal phosphonates, the flexible ligand 2-phosphonoethanesulfonic acid, H{sub 2}O{sub 3}P-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-SO{sub 3}H (H{sub 3}L), was used in a high-throughput (HT) and microwave investigation of rare earth phosphonatoethanesulfonates. The HT-investigation led to six isotypic compounds Ln(O{sub 3}P-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-SO{sub 3}) with Ln=Ho (1), Er (2), Tm (3), Yb (4), Lu (5) and Y (6). The syntheses were scaled-up in glass reactor tubes in order to obtain larger amounts for a detailed characterization. Based on these results all compounds could be also synthesized by microwave-assisted heating and the influence of reaction time and stirring rate during the synthesis was established. For compound 2 the crystal structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The compounds contain isolated slightly distorted LnO{sub 6} octahedra that are connected by the phosphonate and sulfonate groups into a three-dimensional framework. Thermogravimetric investigations demonstrate the high thermal stability of the compounds up to 460 deg. C. - Graphical abstract: A high-throughput and microwave investigation of the System LnX{sub 3}/H{sub 2}O{sub 3}P-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-SO{sub 3}/NaOH/H{sub 2}O led to six new compounds Ln(O{sub 3}P-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}-SO{sub 3}) with Ln=Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu, Y.

  11. Spectroscopic and laser characterization of Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 crystal

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    Loiko, P. A.; Serres, J. M.; Mateos, X.; Demesh, M. P.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Yumashev, K. V.; Petrov, V.; Griebner, U.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.

    2016-01-01

    We report on a comprehensive spectroscopic and laser characterization of monoclinic Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 crystals. Stimulated-emission cross-section spectra corresponding to the 3F4 → 3H6 transition of Tm3+ ions are determined. The radiative lifetime of the 3F4 state of Tm3+ ions is 0.82 ms. The maximum Yb3+ → Tm3+ energy transfer efficiency is 83.9% for 5 at.% Yb - 8 at.% Tm doping. The fractional heat loading for Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 is 0.45 ± 0.05. Using a hemispherical cavity and 5 at.% Yb - 6 at.% Tm doped crystal, a maximum CW power of 227 mW is achieved at 1.983-2.011 μm with a maximum slope efficiency η = 14%. In the microchip laser set-up, the highest slope efficiency is 20% for a 5 at.% Yb- 8 at.% Tm doped crystal with a maximum output power of 201 mW at 1.99-2.007 μm. Operation of Yb,Tm:KLu(WO4)2 as a vibronic laser emitting at 2.081-2.093 μm is also demonstrated.

  12. Method for preparing high specific activity 177Lu

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    Mirzadeh, Saed; Du, Miting; Beets, Arnold L.; Knapp, Jr., Furn F.

    2004-04-06

    A method of separating lutetium from a solution containing Lu and Yb, particularly reactor-produced .sup.177 Lu and .sup.177 Yb, includes the steps of: providing a chromatographic separation apparatus containing LN resin; loading the apparatus with a solution containing Lu and Yb; and eluting the apparatus to chromatographically separate the Lu and the Yb in order to produce high-specific-activity .sup.177 Yb.

  13. Electronic structure, Fermi surface and dHvA effect in YIn3, LuIn3, and YbIn3

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    Antonov, V. N.

    2014-04-01

    The electronic structure, Fermi surface, angle dependence of the cyclotron masses and extremal cross sections of the Fermi surface of RIn3 (R = Y, Lu, and Yb) compounds were investigated from first principles using the fully relativistic Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital method. The effect of the spin-orbit (SO) interaction and Coulomb repulsion U in a frame of the LDA + SO + U method on the Fermi surface, orbital dependence of the cyclotron masses, and extremal cross sections of the Fermi surface are examined in details. A good agreement with experimental data of cyclotron masses and extremal cross sections of the Fermi surface was achieved.

  14. Solvothermal synthesis and upconversion properties of about 10 nm orthorhombic LuF₃: Yb³⁺, Er³⁺ rectangular nanocrystals.

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    Xiang, Guotao; Zhang, Jiahua; Hao, Zhendong; Zhang, Xia; Pan, Guo-Hui; Chen, Li; Luo, Yongshi; Lü, Shaozhe; Zhao, Haifeng

    2015-12-01

    The Yb(3+) and Er(3+) codoped orthorhombic LuF3 rectangular nanocrystals (NCs) with the size of about 10nm were synthesized by a facile and effective solvothermal process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), upconversion (UC) luminescence spectra and decay curves were used to characterize the resulting samples. Compared with YF3 and α-NaYF4 NCs, owning the similar size and the same doping levels of Yb(3+) ions and Er(3+) ions as LuF3 NCs, the green UC emission of LuF3 NCs is 18.7 times and 5.1 times stronger than that of YF3 and α-NaYF4 NCs respectively; the red UC emission of LuF3 NCs is 13.2 times and 0.6 times stronger than that of YF3 and α-NaYF4 NCs respectively. Under 980 nm wavelength excitation, the decay curves of both (4)S3/2→(4)I15/2 transition and (4)F9/2→(4)I15/2 transition exhibit a single exponential function, resulting from the fast energy migrations among Yb(3+) ions caused by the high concentration of Yb(3+) ions (20 mol%). Meanwhile, at relatively low power density, the slopes of the linear plots between log(I) and log(P) for green UC and red UC are 1.7 and 1.9 respectively, which are less than 2 due to the quenching of the thermal effect, indicating a two-photon process for them. At high power density, the slopes are decreased caused by the saturation effect. In addition, we proved the existence of the thermal effect by the pump power dependence of the intensity ratio of (2)H11/2→(4)I15/2 transition to (4)S3/2→(4)I15/2 transition. PMID:26298284

  15. Longitudinally diode-pumped planar waveguide YAG/Yb:LuAG/YAG ceramic laser at 1030.7  nm.

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    Ma, Chaoyang; Zhu, Jiangfeng; Liu, Kai; Tang, Fei; Long, Jiaqi; Wen, Zicheng; Ma, Ran; Yuan, Xuanyi; Guo, Wang; Li, Junting; Cao, Yongge

    2016-07-15

    Composite YAG/15 at. % Yb:LuAG/YAG transparent ceramic planar waveguide was fabricated by a tape casting method and vacuum sintering technology. Under a 970 nm diode laser pumping, the absorbed efficiency of 85.4% was achieved, and efficient CW laser operation at 1030.7 nm was accomplished with a good beam quality with Gaussian spatial profile. A maximum output power of 288 mW was obtained under a pump power of 4.69 W, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 9% and an O-O conversion efficiency of 5%. PMID:27420524

  16. Crystal structure, physical properties and bond valence analysis of NaLuP2O7

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    Béjaoui, Anis; Horchani-Naifer, Karima; Hajji, Mounir; Férid, Mokhtar

    2014-05-01

    Single crystals of a diphosphate NaLuP2O7 have been synthesized by the flux method and characterized by single-crystal X-Ray diffraction. NaLuP2O7 crystallizes in the monoclinic system with P21/n space group with cell parameters: a = 8.9985(8) Å, b = 5.3473(5) Å, c = 12.756(1) Å, β = 103.174° (1), V = 597.67 (9) Å3, Z = 4. Its structure consists of a three-dimensional framework of P2O7 units that are corner-shared by LuO6 octahedra, forming tunnels running parallel to [010] which are occupied by Na atoms. NaLuP2O7 powder was characterized by XRD, SEM, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. The activation energy of (1.49 eV) obtained by electrical measurements suggests the charge carriers to be the sodium cations. The activation energies obtained from impedance and loss spectra were analyzed in order to explain the mechanism of conduction. The correlation between ionic conductivity of NaLuP2O7 and its crystallographic structure was investigated and the most probable transport pathway model was determined.

  17. Characterization of Pr:LuAG scintillating crystals for X-ray spectroscopy

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    Bertoni, R.; Bonesini, M.; Cervi, T.; Clemenza, M.; De Bari, A.; Falcone, A.; Mazza, R.; Menegolli, A.; Nastasi, M.; Rossella, M.

    2016-07-01

    The main features of the Pr doped Lu3Al5O12 (Pr:LuAG) scintillating crystals for X-ray spectroscopy applications have been studied using different radioactive sources and photo-detectors. Pr:LuAG is cheaper, compared to a Germanium detector, but with remarkable properties which make it useful for many applications, from fundamental physics measurements to the PET imaging for medical purposes: high density, elevate light yield, fast response, high energy resolution, no hygroscopicity. A sample of Pr:LuAG crystals with 14 mm×14 mm surface area and 13 mm thickness and a NaI crystal of the same surface and 26 mm thickness used as a reference have been characterized with several radioactive sources, emitting photons in the range 100-1000keV. Different light detectors were adopted for the Pr:LuAG studies, sensitive to its UV emission (peak at 310 nm): a 3 in. PMT (Hamamatsu R11065) and new arrays of Hamamatsu SiPM S13361, with siliconic resin as a window. Preliminary results are presented on the performance of the Pr:LuAG crystals, to be mounted in a 2 × 2 array to be tested in the 2015 run of the FAMU experiment at RIKEN-RAL muon facility. The goal is the detection of the X-rays (around 130 keV) emitted during the de-excitation processes of the muonic hydrogen after the excitation with an IR laser with wavelength set at the resonance of the hyperfine splitting, to measure the muonic atom proton radius with unprecedented precision.

  18. Large-scale synthesis of Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}) microspheres and their photoluminescence properties

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    Gao, Yu; Gong, Jian; Fan, Miaomiao; Fang, Qinghong; Wang, Na; Han, Wenchi; Xu, Zhenhe

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: In this work, multicolor and monodisperse Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}) microspheres were prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method followed by a subsequent calcination process. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} microspheres were prepared by a precipitation followed by a calcination process. ► Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+} samples exhibit respective red or green emissions. ► Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+} exhibit emissions of green, blue, yellow-green, respectively. ► These finding may find potential applications in bioanalysis and field emission displays. -- Abstract: In this work, multicolor and monodisperse Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}) microspheres were prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method followed by a subsequent calcination process. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra were employed to characterize the samples. Upon ultraviolet and low-voltage electron beams excitation, Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}) samples exhibit respective bright red (Eu{sup 3+}, {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2}) and green (Tb{sup 3+}, {sup 5}D{sub 4} → {sup 7}F{sub 5}) down-conversion (DC) emissions. Under 980 nm NIR irradiation, Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln{sup 3+} = Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+}/Tm{sup 3+}, and Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}) exhibit characteristic up-conversion (UC) emissions of green (Er{sup 3+}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}, {sup 2}H{sub 11/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 15/2}), blue (Tm{sup 3+}, {sup 1}G{sub 4} → {sup

  19. Spectroscopy and laser performance of Nd:Lu_2O_3 crystal

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    Hao, Liangzhen; Wu, Kui; Cong, Hengjiang; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Zhengping; Wang, Jiyang

    2011-08-01

    The spectra of Nd3+:Lu2O3 crystal have been examined at room temperature. Judd-Ofelt theory was applied to calculate the spectral parameters of the crystal. With a laser diode as pump source, a continuous-wave laser output power of 2.81 W is achieved, which is the highest value ever reported in this crystals to our knowledge, and its wavelength is also found to be dual-wavelength. Because of the emission cross-section at 1076 nm and 1080 nm are almost identical, laser oscillation for such two wavelengths can be obtained simultaneously. All the properties show that Nd:Lu2O3 is an excellent crystal for laser applications.

  20. KGW:Yb, Er single crystals growth for eye-safe lasers

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    Majchrowski, Andrzej; Mierczyk, Zygmunt; Kopczynski, Krzysztof; Kwasny, Miroslaw; Michalski, Edward; Zmija, Jozef

    2003-10-01

    KGd(WO4)2 (KGW) single crystals doped with Yb3+, Er3+, and (Yb3+; Er3+) were grown with use of Top Seeded Solution Growth (TSSG) technique. Growth was carried out on oriented seeds from self-flux containing 20 mol% of KGW dissolved in K2W2O7. The spectral properties and laser characteristics of obtained single crystals were investigated. Absorption spectra of Er3+ and Yb3+-doped KGW were measured in the spectral range 200 - 5000 nm at room temperature. Excitation and luminescence spectra were also recorded at room temperature with a JOBIN-YVON spectrofluorimeter using a diode laser (POLAROID 4300, 980 nm, 1 W) as an excitation source. The measurements of the lifetime of the Er3+ and Yb3+ ions in the upper laser level of the samples were made by the direct method with pulse excitation. Investigations of longitudinally pumped KGW:Yb,Er microlasers with various Yb3+ and Er3+ ions concentration, generating at 1.5 μm were carried out.

  1. Influence of other rare earth ions on the optical refrigeration efficiency in Yb:YLF crystals.

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    Di Lieto, Alberto; Sottile, Alberto; Volpi, Azzurra; Zhang, Zhonghan; Seletskiy, Denis V; Tonelli, Mauro

    2014-11-17

    We investigated the effect of rare earth impurities on the cooling efficiency of Yb³⁺:LiYF₄ (Yb:YLF). The refrigeration performance of two single crystals, doped with 5%-at. Yb and with identical history but with different amount of contaminations, have been compared by measuring the cooling efficiency curves. Spectroscopic and elemental analyses of the samples have been carried out to identify the contaminants, to quantify their concentrations and to understand their effect on the cooling efficiencies. A model of energy transfer processes between Yb and other rare earth ions is suggested, identifying Erbium and Holmium as elements that produce a detrimental effect on the cooling performance. PMID:25402099

  2. Study of the time response of a LuAG(Pr) crystal for fast timing applications

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    Fraile, L. M.; Mach, H.; Picado, E.; Vedia, V.; Udías, J. M.

    2013-06-01

    The recently developed praseodymium-doped lutetium aluminum garnet, LuAG(Pr), holds a strong potential for fast timing applications. In this study we report on the time response of LuAG(Pr) at 22Na and 60Co photon energies. The measurements were performed using a small crystal cube of 1 cm3 coupled to a Hamamatsu R5320 photomultiplier tube. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) time resolution is found to be 147±2 ps at 60Co energies, and 238±2 ps at 22Na.

  3. Diode-pumped efficient laser action of Yb3+:LYSO crystal

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    Du, Juan; Liang, Xiaoyan; Xu, Yi; Li, Ruxin; Zhao, Guangjun; Yan, Chengfeng; Su, Liangbi; Xu, Jun; Xu, Zhizhan

    2007-03-01

    Effective diode-pumped continuous wave (CW) tunable laser action of a new alloyed crystal Yb:LYSO is demonstrated. The alloyed LYSO crystal possesses the desirable physical and laser performance of La2SiO5 (LSO), as well as the favorable growth properties and costs of Y2SiO5 (YSO) in the same time. With a 5 at.-% Yb:LYSO sample, the output power of 2.84 W at 1085 nm and an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 54.5% are achieved. Its laser wavelength can be tuned over a broad range of 81 nm, from 1030 to 1111 nm.

  4. Simultaneously optimizing fluorescent and paramagnetic properties of bifunctional NaGdF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} nanocrystals by crystal field tuning

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    Wu, Xiaofeng; Hu, Shigang; Tan, Congbing; Liu, Yunxin

    2015-04-15

    Graphical abstract: Crystal field tuning is a powerful approach for simultaneously enhancing the optical and magnetic properties of lanthanide-doped NaGdF{sub 4} bi-functional nanocrystals. - Abstract: Here, we show the simultaneous enhancement of fluorescent and paramagnetic properties in bifunctional NaGdF{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} nanocrystals by crystal field tuning. The energy level splitting calculation indicates, that lanthanide ionic pairs La{sup 3+}/Lu{sup 3+} introduced into the NaGdF{sub 4} host can modify the crystal field around emitters (e.g., Er{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+}) and sensitizers (e.g., Yb{sup 3+}) that result in the broadening of crystal field splitting of energy levels and the abundant multi-site distribution of upconversion luminescence. The optimization of the paramagnetic properties in NaGdF{sub 4} doped with emitters and sensitizers is ascribed to the lowering of anti-ferromagnetic coupling.

  5. Origin of Quantum Criticality in Yb-Al-Au Approximant Crystal and Quasicrystal

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    Watanabe, Shinji; Miyake, Kazumasa

    2016-06-01

    To get insight into the mechanism of emergence of unconventional quantum criticality observed in quasicrystal Yb15Al34Au51, the approximant crystal Yb14Al35Au51 is analyzed theoretically. By constructing a minimal model for the approximant crystal, the heavy quasiparticle band is shown to emerge near the Fermi level because of strong correlation of 4f electrons at Yb. We find that charge-transfer mode between 4f electron at Yb on the 3rd shell and 3p electron at Al on the 4th shell in Tsai-type cluster is considerably enhanced with almost flat momentum dependence. The mode-coupling theory shows that magnetic as well as valence susceptibility exhibits χ ˜ T-0.5 for zero-field limit and is expressed as a single scaling function of the ratio of temperature to magnetic field T/B over four decades even in the approximant crystal when some condition is satisfied by varying parameters, e.g., by applying pressure. The key origin is clarified to be due to strong locality of the critical Yb-valence fluctuation and small Brillouin zone reflecting the large unit cell, giving rise to the extremely-small characteristic energy scale. This also gives a natural explanation for the quantum criticality in the quasicrystal corresponding to the infinite limit of the unit-cell size.

  6. Waveguiding properties in Yb:YAG crystals implanted with protons and carbon ions.

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    Vázquez, G V; Ramírez, D; Márquez, H; Flores-Romero, E; Rickards, J; Trejo-Luna, R

    2012-08-01

    We report the fabrication and analysis of optical waveguides in Yb:YAG crystals using either proton or carbon ion implantation. Planar waveguides were obtained by implanting the whole surface of the crystals. Channel waveguides were defined using an electroformed mask with apertures of 10, 15, and 20 micrometers in width. The waveguiding properties of the structures were analyzed, showing good light confinement based on the transversal mode distribution and optical transmission measurements. The spectroscopic properties of the Yb ions in the YAG host are preserved after the implantation process, which demonstrates the potential of this technique for tailoring microcomponents for integrated optics applications. In particular, the Yb:YAG waveguides have the potential to operate as miniature lasers. PMID:22859050

  7. Optical performance of Yb3+ in LiNbO3 laser crystal

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    Bausá, L. E.; Ramírez, M. O.; Montoya, E.

    2004-01-01

    Yb3+ doped crystals are recently attracting much attention as potential solid state laser materials due to the particular characteristics provided by the energy level scheme of this ion. Laser action from Yb3+ doped systems shows several interesting properties such as the possibility of a certain tunability range. The most relevant results obtained in the Yb3+:LiNbO3 system will be shown. We show the main spectroscopic parameters of this system: polarized absorption and luminescence spectra at low and room temperature, and electron-phonon coupling. The laser performance under Ti:sapphire and diode pumping is presented. Stable laser action in the near infrared region and coherent green radiation by self-frequency doubling have been obtained simultaneously in this non-linear host. The results have been obtained for single domain and periodically poled lithium niobate crystals.

  8. First laser emission of Yb0.15:(Lu0.5Y0.5)3Al5O12 ceramics.

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    Toci, Guido; Pirri, Angela; Li, Jiang; Xie, Tengfei; Pan, Yubai; Babin, Vladimir; Beitlerova, Alena; Nikl, Martin; Vannini, Matteo

    2016-05-01

    We report the first laser oscillation on Yb0.15:(Lu0.5Y0.5)3Al12 ceramics at room temperature. At 1030 nm we measured a maximum output power of 7.3 W with a corresponding slope efficiency of 55.4% by using an output coupler with a transmission of T = 39.2%. The spectroscopic properties are compared with those of the two parent garnets Yb:YAG and Yb:LuAG. To the best of our knowledge these are the first measurements reported in literature achieved with this new host. PMID:27137574

  9. Luminescent and lasing characteristics of heavily doped Yb{sup 3+}:KY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} crystals

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    Kisel', V E; Troshin, A E; Shcherbitskii, V G; Kuleshov, N V; Pavlyuk, A A; Brunner, F; Paschotta, R; Morier-Genoud, F; Keller, U

    2006-04-30

    The luminescence decay times are measured taking into account reabsorption for KY(WO{sub 4}){sub 2}:Yb(KYW:Yb) crystals with atomic concentrations of active ions from 0.2% to 30%. The radiative lifetime of Yb{sup 3+} ions was measured to be 233 {mu}s. The cw output power of 1.46 and 1.62 W was achieved with the slope efficiency 52% and 47% for Yb:KYW lasers with the atomic concentration of Yb{sup 3+} ions equal to 10% and 30%, respectively. Using a semiconductor mirror with a saturable absorber (SESAM) in the passive mode-locking regime, pulses of duration 194 and 180 fs were obtained at wavelengths of 1042 and 1039 nm for crystals with Yb{sup 3+} concentrations equal to 10% and 30%, respectively, the average output power being 0.63 and 0.75 W. (lasers and amplifiers)

  10. Structural characterization of Lu1.8Y0.2SiO5 crystals

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    Chiriu, Daniele; Faedda, Nicola; Lehmann, Alessandra Geddo; Ricci, Pier Carlo; Anedda, Alberto; Desgreniers, Serge; Fortin, Emery

    2007-08-01

    The structural and vibrational properties of Lu1.8Y0.2SiO5 (LYSO) single crystals were investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements. Unit cell parameters and bond lengths were determined by Rietveld refinement of the collected x-ray diffraction powder spectra. By comparison with the vibrational spectra of the parent compounds Lu2SiO5 and Y2SiO5 and by using polarized Raman measurements, we propose the assignment of the principal vibrational modes of LYSO crystals. The strict connection of Raman spectra of the LYSO solid solution and of the pure lutetium and yttrium crystals, as well as the analysis of the polarized measurements, confirms that LYSO structure adopts the C2/c space group symmetry. The structural analogies of LYSO with the pure compound Lu2SiO5 are further shown by means of high pressure Raman spectroscopy, and the possibility of considering the LYSO crystal analogous to the LSO structure with a tensile stress between 0.25 and 0.80GPa is discussed.

  11. Progress in the Growth of Yb:S-FAP Laser Crystals

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    Schaffers, K I; Tassano, J B; Waide, P A; Payne, S A; Morris, R C

    2000-07-01

    The crystal growth of Yb:S-FAP [Yb{sup 3+}:Sr{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F] is being studied for 1.047-{micro}m laser operation. These crystals are not yet routinely available and the growth of high optical quality, low loss crystals poses a challenge due to a number of crystal growth issues, including, cloudiness, bubble core defects, anomalous absorption, low-angle grain boundaries, and cracking. At this time, a growth process has been formulated to simultaneously eliminate or greatly diminish each of the defects yielding high quality material. Laser slabs of dimension 4.0 x 6.0 x 0.75 cm are being fabricated from sub-scale pieces using the diffusion bonding technique.

  12. Directly diode-pumped femtosecond laser based on an Yb:KYW crystal

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    Kim, G. H.; Yang, J.; Lee, D. S.; Kulik, A. V.; Sall', E. G.; Chizhov, S. A.; Yashin, V. E.; Kang, U.

    2012-01-01

    Ultrashort pulse laser systems are widely used in many areas such as microprocessing of various materials, the generation of terahertz radiation, nonlinear optics, medical tomography, chemistry, and biology due to the high peak power and large spectral width. For a practical usage of the femtosecond lasers, they must be fairly compact and stable. These conditions are most fully met when laser media are used that allow direct pumping with the radiation from semiconductor injection lasers, which are more compact, reliable, and inexpensive than pumping with solid-state lasers. Since Ytterbium-doped crystals have a broad luminescence band for generating femtosecond pulses less than 500 fs wide, they are attractive as materials for lasers with direct diode pumping. Moreover, the position of the central luminescence wavelength of Yb:KGW and Yb:KYW crystals makes them promising priming sources of femtosecond pulses for amplifiers that operate at wavelengths close to 1 μm (Yb:KGW, Yb-glass, Nd-glass, Yb:YAG, etc.) We developed a femtosecond generator based on the Yb:KYW crystal with direct pumping by the radiation of a laser diode with fiber output of the pump radiation. The use of such pumping, as well as of chirped mirrors to compensate intracavity dispersion, made it possible to generate a continuous sequence of optical pulses 90 fs wide at a frequency of 87.8 MHz with a mean radiation power of more than 1 W. The product of the pulse width by the spectral width is close to the theoretical limit, and this indicates that there is no frequency modulation.

  13. High-power Yb:YAG single-crystal fiber amplifiers for femtosecond lasers

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    Lesparre, Fabien; Martial, Igor; Didierjean, Julien; Gomes, Jean Thomas; Pallmann, Wolfgang; Resan, Bojan; Loescher, André; Negel, Jan-Phillipp; Graf, Thomas; Abdou Ahmed, Marwan; Balembois, François; Georges, Patrick

    2015-02-01

    We describe a multi-stages single crystal fiber (SCF) amplifier for the amplification of femtosecond pulses with radial or azimuthal polarization in view of high speed material processing (surface structuring, drilling). We demonstrate a three stages diode-pumped Yb:YAG single crystal fiber amplifier to achieve femtosecond pulses at an average power of 85W at 20 MHz in radial and azimuthal polarization.

  14. Green up-converted luminescence in (Er3+-Yb3+) co-doped LiNbO3 crystals

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    Stoffel, M.; Rinnert, H.; Kokanyan, E.; Demirkhanyan, G.; Demirkhanyan, H.; Aillerie, M.

    2016-07-01

    Er3+ doped and (Er3+-Yb3+) co-doped LiNbO3 (LN) crystals grown by the Czochralski method are investigated by photoluminescence spectroscopy. Green up-converted luminescence is observed in Er3+ doped LN crystals under 980 nm excitation. This is explained by an energy transfer between two neighboring Er3+ ions. In (Er3+, Yb3+) co-doped LN crystals, the intensity of the green up-converted luminescence can be further enhanced suggesting that Yb3+ ions also contribute to the up-conversion process. Time resolved photoluminescence measurements clearly demonstrate that an efficient energy transfer occurs between Yb3+ and Er3+ ions. A theoretical model taking into account the contribution of both Er3+-Er3+ pairs and Yb3+-Er3+ pairs is able to describe correctly the decay of the up-converted luminescence.

  15. Characterization and comparison of 1% at Yb-doped Lu2O3 and Sc2O3 ceramics as laser gain media

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    Pirri, A.; Toci, G.; Vannini, M.

    2012-12-01

    We present the first laser oscillation achieved on Yb-doped Sc2O3 and Lu2O3 ceramics with a level of doping as low as 1 at %, under quasi-continuous wave pumping at 968 nm. Ceramic samples reached comparable performances in terms of tunability ranges, which exceeds 41 nm, and laser output powers. In particular, with the former sample emitting at 1040.5 nm we measured a maximum output power of 2.2 W with a corresponding slope efficiency of η = 59%. The latter medium delivered 1.8 W with a slope of η = 45% at 1032.5 nm while at 1078 nm we measured 1.5 W with η = 34%. Finally, we report the measured level of the Amplified Spontaneous Emission (ASE) for both samples, which was found to be less than 0.1 mW at the maximum pump power.

  16. 6-GHz, Kerr-lens mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 ceramic laser for comb-resolved broadband spectroscopy.

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    Endo, Mamoru; Ozawa, Akira; Kobayashi, Yohei

    2013-11-01

    A laser diode (LD)-pumped, 6-GHz repetition rate, ytterbium (Yb)-doped Lu2O3 ceramic Kerr-lens mode-locked laser is described. A bow-tie ring cavity enabled the generation of femtosecond pulses centered at a wavelength of 1076 nm with an average power of 10 mW. The pulse duration after an amplifier was 161 fs whereas the transform-limited pulse duration directly from the oscillator was 148 fs. The repetition frequency was sufficiently high for each longitudinal mode to be spectrally resolved by a commercially available optical spectrum analyzer. The developed laser was successfully applied to the absorption spectroscopy of metastable helium4 and demonstrated the suitability of the system as a source for comb-resolved broadband spectroscopy. PMID:24177130

  17. Site Determination of Sr in Sr3YB3O9 Crystals by Anomalous X-ray Scattering

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    Simura, R.; Sugiyama, K.

    2014-04-01

    The distribution of Sr in Sr3YB3O9 crystals was determined by anomalous X-ray scattering. The Sr3YB3O9 sample was grown by the floating-zone method in dry air. The Sr3YB3O9 crystal has three cation sites (3a, 3b, and 18f). The results of single-crystal structural analysis using anomalous X-ray scattering at the Sr K-edge suggested that Sr is distributed at the 3a site as well as it is at the chemically disordered 18f site.

  18. PHOTONIC CRYSTAL SURFACE ENHANCED UPCONVERSION EMISSION OF YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ NANOPARTICLES

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    Shao, Bo; Yang, Zhengwen; Li, Jun; Liao, Jiayan; Lai, Shenfeng; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo; Yang, Yong; Zhou, Dacheng

    2015-11-01

    The opal photonic crystals made of polystyrene microspheres with 155, 230, 270 or 410 nm in diameter were used to enhance upconversion (UC) emission of YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanoparticles, respectively. The red or green UC emission of YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanoparticles can be selectively enhanced when the red or green UC emission wavelength overlapped with the photonic bandgaps of opals, which is attributed to Bragg reflection of photonic bandgap. In addition, when the 980 nm excitation light wavelength was in the region of the photonic bandgap, red and green UC emissions of YF3:Yb3+, Er3+ nanoparticles were enhanced due to the enhancement of excitation field.

  19. Stokes and anti-Stokes luminescence in Tm(3+)/Yb(3+)-doped Lu3Ga5O12 nano-garnets: a study of multipolar interactions and energy transfer dynamics.

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    Rathaiah, Mamilla; Haritha, Pamuluri; Lozano-Gorrín, Antonio Diego; Babu, Palamandala; Jayasankar, Chalicheemalapalli Kulala; Rodríguez-Mendoza, Ulises Ruyman; Lavín, Victor; Venkatramu, Vemula

    2016-06-01

    Nanocrystalline Lu3Ga5O12 garnets doped with Tm(3+)/Yb(3+) ions have been synthesized by a low cost and environmentally benign sol-gel technique and characterized for their structural, Stokes and anti-Stokes luminescence properties. The diffuse reflectance spectra of doped Lu3Ga5O12 nano-garnets have been measured to derive the partial energy level structure of Tm(3+) and Yb(3+) ions and possible energy transfer channels between them. Upon laser excitation at 473 nm, weak red and intense near-infrared Stokes emissions have been observed in the nano-garnets. The decay curves of (3)H4 and (1)G4 levels of Tm(3+) ions and the (2)F5/2 level of Yb(3+) ions have been measured upon resonant laser excitation and are found to be non-exponential in nature due to multipolar interactions. In order to know the kind of multipolar interaction among optically active ions, the decay curves are analyzed through the generalized Yokota-Tanimoto model. Moreover, under 970 nm laser excitation, intense blue anti-Stokes emission is observed by the naked eye in Tm(3+)-Yb(3+) co-doped Lu3Ga5O12 nano-garnets. The results show that as-synthesized nano-garnets may be useful in the field of phosphors and photonics. PMID:27185655

  20. Microchip laser based on Yb:YAG/V:YAG monolith crystal

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    Nejezchleb, Karel; Šulc, Jan; Jelínková, Helena; Škoda, Václav

    2016-03-01

    V:YAG crystal was investigated as a passive Q-switch of longitudinally diode-pumped microchip laser, emitting radiation at wavelength 1030.5 nm. This laser was based on diffusion bonded monolith crystal (diameter 3 mm) which combines in one piece an active laser part (Yb:YAG crystal, 10 at.% Yb/Y, 3 mm long) and saturable absorber (V:YAG crystal, 2 mm long, initial transmission 86 % @ 1031 nm). The microchip resonator consisted of dielectric mirrors directly deposited on the monolith surfaces (pump mirror HT @ 968 nm and HR @ 1031 nm on Yb:YAG part, output coupler with reflection 55 % @ 1031 nm on the V:YAG part). For longitudinal CW pumping of Yb:YAG part, a fibre coupled (core diameter 100 μm, NA = 0.22, emission @ 968 nm) laser diode was used. The laser threshold was 3.8W. The laser slope efficiency for output mean in respect to incident pumping was 16 %. The linearly polarized generated transversal intensity beam profile was close to the fundamental Gaussian mode. The generated pulse length, stable and mostly independent on pumping power, was equal to 1.3 ns (FWHM). The single pulse energy was increasing with the pumping power and for the maximum pumping 9.7W it was 78 μJ which corresponds to the pulse peak-power 56 kW. The maximum Yb:YAG/V:YAG microchip laser mean output power of 1W was reached without observable thermal roll-over. The corresponding Q-switched pulses repetition rate was 13.1 kHz.

  1. Passive Q-switching of Yb bulk lasers by a graphene saturable absorber

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    Loiko, P. A.; Serres, J. M.; Mateos, X.; Liu, J.; Zhang, H.; Yasukevich, A. S.; Yumashev, K. V.; Petrov, V.; Griebner, U.; Aguiló, M.; Díaz, F.

    2016-04-01

    Compact Yb:KLu(WO4)2 and Yb:LuVO4 lasers diode-pumped at 978 nm are passively Q-switched by a single-layer graphene saturable absorber. The Yb:KLu(WO4)2 laser generated 165 ns/0.49 μJ pulses at 1030 nm with 170 mW average output power and 12 % slope efficiency. With the Yb:LuVO4 laser, 152 ns/0.83 μJ pulses were achieved. The output power reached 300 mW at 1024 nm, and the slope efficiency was 10 %. Laser operation in a plano-plano cavity is achieved with both crystals with thermal lensing playing a key role in their performance. A model describing graphene Q-switched Yb lasers is developed. Our results indicate the potential of graphene for passive Q-switching of ~1 μm bulk lasers.

  2. Magnetodielectric Effects and Transport Study in LuFe2O4 Single Crystal

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    Jang, Tae Hwan; Park, Sang Youn; Lee, Hai Joon; Kang, Sun Hee; Koo, Tae Yeong; Kim, Sung Baek; Kim, Ill Won; Jeong, Yoon Hee; Cheong, Sang Wook

    2008-03-01

    Magnetic, dielectric, and magnetodielectric properties of geometrically frustrated mixed valance LuFe2O4 single crystal are discussed to clarify the charge order based ferroelectricity and its coupling with magnetism. From the magnetization and dielectric constant measurement, a new anomalous temperature point TN'(˜160 K) in both magnetization and dielectric constant versus temperature curve below the ferrimagnetic transition temperature TN(˜225 K) has been observed. The sign of magnetodielectric effect (MDE) also changes from positive T > TN' into negative T < TN'. No field hysteresis in positive MDE temperature region was found. However a large hysteretic behavior in negative MDE below TN' with the same magnetic coercive field measured in M (H) curve was observed. This indicates a strong coupling between magnetism and ferroelectricity in the charge and spin frustrated ferrimagnetic LuFe2O4 system.

  3. Passively Q-switched microchip lasers based on Yb:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal

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    Ren, Yingying; Dong, Jun

    2014-02-01

    Efficient passively Q-switched microchip laser based on Yb:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal has been demonstrated under high brightness single-emitter laser-diode pumping. Maximum average output power of 1.5 W was obtained when the absorbed pump power was 3.65 W, the corresponding optical-to-optical efficiency was over 41%. The slope efficiency was 52.3%. The effect of the cavity length on the performance of Yb:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystal passively Q-switched microchip lasers was investigated. Laser pulses at 1030 nm with pulse width of 466 ps and peak power of 91 kW were achieved with cavity length of 1.7 mm, while laser pulses with pulse width of 665 ps and peak power of 79 kW were obtained with cavity length of 3.7 mm.

  4. Growth of (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} laser crystals

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    Pilipenko, O. V. Mal'tsev, V. V.; Koporulina, E. V.; Leonyuk, N. I.; Tolstik, N. A.; Kuleshov, N. V.

    2008-03-15

    (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} single crystals of optical quality, up to 15 x 10 x 10 mm{sup 3} in size, have been grown from a (Er{sub 0.023}Yb{sub 0.116}Y{sub 0.862})Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} solution in a Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-K{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 10} melt. The initial borate concentration was 17 wt %, and the flux cooling rate increased from 0.08 to 0.12 deg. C/h in the range 1060-1000 deg. C. The physical properties of the single crystals grown are good enough that they can be used as laser elements in systems with diode pumping and radiation near 1.5 {mu}m.

  5. Growth and spectroscopic properties of the 2.9 μm Tm,Ho:LuYAG laser crystals

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    Zhang, Huili; Sun, Dunlu; Luo, Jianqiao; Fang, Zhongqing; Zhao, Xuyao; Cheng, Maojie; Zhang, Qingli; Yin, Shaotang

    2015-09-01

    Lu2.4Y0.6Al5O12 (LuYAG) crystals with three different doping concentrations of Tm3+ and Ho3+ were grown successfully by the Czochralski method. The crystals exhibit broad absorption band at 783 nm and the full width at half maximum (FWHM) are about 11 nm. Excited by 783 nm laser diode (LD), strong fluorescence peaks are observed near 2.9 μm, suggesting that the Tm3+ ions can act as the sensitizer for Ho3+ ions. The stimulated emission cross-sections at 2.911 μm are calculated to be 5.49 × 10-18 cm2, 3.11 × 10-18 cm2, and 4.04 × 10-18 cm2, respectively. Compared with the Tm,Ho:LuAG, and Tm,Ho:YAG crystals, the Tm,Ho:LuYAG crystal with 3 at.% Tm3+ and 1 at.% Ho3+ has a relatively longer lifetime 0.138 ms for the upper level 5I6 and a shorter lifetime 7.25 ms for the lower level 5I7, which is advantageous to the population inversion. These results indicate that the Tm,Ho:LuYAG crystal with 3 at.% Tm3+ and 1 at.% Ho3+ is a new potential candidate for realizing the 2.911 μm laser output.

  6. Electron paramagnetic resonance of Cr3+ ions in ABO3 (A = Sc, Lu, In) diamagnetic crystals

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    Vorotynov, A. M.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Rudenko, V. V.; Vorotynova, O. V.

    2016-04-01

    A magnetic resonance method is applied to the investigation of a number of isostructural diamagnetic compounds ABO3 (A = Sc, Lu, In) with small additions of Cr3+ ions ( S = 3/2) sufficient to observe single-ion spectra. It is shown that the resonance spectra for isolated Cr3+ ions can be described to a good accuracy by the ordinary axial spin Hamiltonian for 3 d ions in octahedral oxygen environment. The parameters of the spin Hamiltonian are determined. It is established that Cr3+ ions in these crystals are characterized by easy-axis-type anisotropy.

  7. Crystal structures and magnetic properties of lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr)

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    Doi, Yoshihiro Satou, Tatsuya; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2013-10-15

    The synthesis, crystal structures and magnetic properties of LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) were investigated. The LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} compounds crystallize in the dolomite-type structure with space group R3{sup ¯}, in which the Ln and Cr ions occupy two octahedral sites. From the result of structural analysis, it was found that there is an anti-site disorder between these two sites and its chemical formula is more exactly Ln{sub 1−r}Cr{sub r}[Cr{sub 1−r}Ln{sub r}](BO{sub 3}){sub 2}. On the other hand, the LnSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} adopt the calcite-type structure with space group R3{sup ¯}c. The Ln and Sc ions randomly occupy an octahedral site and the chemical formula is represented as (Ln{sub 0.5}Sc{sub 0.5})BO{sub 3}. From the magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements, we found that all the LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} show an antiferromagnetic transition at 6.1–8.1 K. This transition is mainly due to the ordering of Cr{sup 3+} magnetic moments. Among the compounds with magnetic Ln{sup 3+} ions, only YbCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} shows an antiferromagnetic ordering of Ln{sup 3+} ion at 2.1 K. - Graphical abstract: The lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) have the dolomite-type (Ln=Cr) and calcite-type (Ln=Sc) structures. Both structures are similar to each other except for the difference in the partially or fully disordered arrangements of octahedral sites. At low temperatures, the LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} compounds show an antiferromagnetic transition due to a long-range ordering of Cr{sup 3+} moments. Among them only YbCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} shows an antiferromagnetic ordering of Ln{sup 3+} ion at 2.1 K. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) have been synthesized. • LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} has the dolomite-type structure with an anti-site disorder between Ln and Cr sites. • LnSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} has the calcite

  8. Investigation of upconversion and downconversion fluorescence emissions from β-NaLn1F{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}, Ln2{sup 3+} (Ln1 = Y, Lu; Ln2 = Er, Ho, Tm, Eu) hexagonal disk system

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    He, Enjie; Zheng, Hairong; Gao, Wei; Tu, Yinxun; Lu, Ying; Li, Guian

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: Well-defined β-NaLn1F4:Yb{sup 3+}, Ln2{sup 3+} (Ln1 = Y, Lu; Ln2 = Er, Ho, Tm, Eu) hexagonal thin disks with a simple and user-friendly hydrothermal approach by using sodium citrate as a shape modifier. Much stronger UC and DC fluorescence emissions were observed in NaLuF{sub 4}-based hexagonal disks than that for NaYF{sub 4} counterparts. The strength of hypersensitive transitions is mainly attributed to the decrease of local symmetry Ln-F bond lengths in β-NaLuF{sub 4}. It will show a great potential in improving near-infrared conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells and removable sub-micro luminescent platforms. - Highlights: • Regular hexagonal disks (NaLnF{sub 4}) were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. • Much stronger UC and DC emissions were observed in NaLuF{sub 4}-based disks. • Stronger fluorescence emissions in NaLuF{sub 4}-based disks were explained reasonably. • NaLuF{sub 4}-based disks can act as a removable luminescent platform for nano-assembly. • NaLuF{sub 4}-based disks can be applied in improving efficiency of solar cells. - Abstract: Uniform hexagonal β-NaLn1F{sub 4}:Yb{sup 3+}, Ln2{sup 3+} (Ln1 = Y, Lu; Ln2 = Er, Ho, Tm, Eu) disks were synthesized with hydrothermal method in which the sodium citrate was used as a shape modifier. The experimental observation indicated that both upconversion and downconversion fluorescence emissions were significantly stronger in β-NaLuF{sub 4} than that for β-NaYF{sub 4}. It was found that the stronger hypersensitive transitions were mainly due to the increase of J–O parameter (Ω{sub 2}) in β-NaLuF{sub 4} host, while the stronger insensitive transitions were mainly caused by the stronger overlap of electron cloud that was induced by the decrease of Ln-F bond lengths. Additionally, the larger absorption strength in the near-infrared region is another important factor for the stronger fluorescence emissions. The current research has a great potential in

  9. Passive Q-Switching Laser Performance of Yb:YVO4 Crystal

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    Li, Xiao-Hong; Chen, Xiao-Wen; Han, Wen-Juan; Kong, Wei-Jin; Liu, Jun-Hai

    2014-12-01

    We report on the passive Q-switching laser performance of Yb:YVO4 crystal. Utilizing a Cr4+:YAG crystal plate as the saturable absorber, which is of an initial transmission as high as 99.3%, we demonstrate a stable passively Q-switched laser operation at 1017.2 nm, producing an average output power of 0.87 W at a pulse repetition rate of 71.4 kHz, with a slope efficiency of 30%. The resulting pulse energy, duration, and peak power are 12.2 μJ, 87 ns, and 0.14 kW, respectively.

  10. Optical characterization and evaluation of the laser properties of Yb(3+)-doped (La, Sr)(Al, Ta)O(3) single crystals.

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    Zhao, Chengchun; Hang, Yin; He, Xiaoming; Zhang, Lianhan; Yin, Jigang; Hu, Pengchao; He, Mingzhu; Ma, En

    2011-03-30

    A Yb(3+)-doped mixed-perovskite single crystal (La, Sr)(Al, Ta)O(3) (LSAT) crystal is grown by the Czochralski method. The absorption spectrum, fluorescence spectrum and fluorescence lifetime of Yb(3+) ions have been investigated, and the spectroscopic parameters of Yb:LSAT have also been calculated. This crystal exhibits a remarkably large ground-state splitting (about 1100 cm(-1)), a relatively long fluorescence lifetime (0.85 ms) and broad absorption and emission bandwidths. The results indicate that the Yb(3+):LSAT crystal is a good candidate for diode-pumped ultrashort and tunable solid-state laser applications. PMID:21378445

  11. 2.7 μm emission properties of Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 and Er3+/Yb3+/Ho3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystals

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    Xia, Houping; Feng, Jianghe; Ji, Yuexia; Sun, Yijian; Wang, Yan; Jia, Zhitai; Tu, Chaoyang

    2016-04-01

    Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 and Er3+/Yb3+/Ho3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystals were grown by Czochralski technology and detailed spectroscopic analyses were carried out. It was found that the spectra of Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal show weaker near-infrared emission and stronger mid-infrared emission as compared with Er3+/Yb3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal. Furthermore, the lifetime of the 4I13/2 state decreases from 10.58 ms in Er3+/Yb3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal to 6.87 ms in Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal, that is, the self-saturation for 2.7 μm laser in Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal is suppressed greatly. These results indicate that the doping of Eu3+ in Er3+/Yb3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal is beneficial to improve the 2.7 μm laser. In contrast, introducing Ho3+ in Er3+/Yb3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal is adverse to realize Er3+-activated MIR laser operation. So Er3+/Yb3+/Eu3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal could be a potential MIR gain media for enhanced 2.7 μm laser.

  12. Conduction electron spin resonance in the α-Yb1-xFexAlB4 (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.50) and α-LuAlB4 compounds

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    Holanda, L. M.; Lesseux, G. G.; Magnavita, E. T.; Ribeiro, R. A.; Nakatsuji, S.; Kuga, K.; Fisk, Z.; Oseroff, S. B.; Urbano, R. R.; Rettori, C.; Pagliuso, P. G.

    2015-06-01

    β-YbAlB4 has become one of the most studied heavy fermion systems since its discovery due to its remarkable physical properties. This system is the first reported Yb-based heavy-fermion superconductor (HFS) for which the low-T superconducting state emerges from a non-fermi-liquid (NFL) normal state associated with quantum criticality Nakatsuji et al 2008 Nature 4 603. Additionally, it presents a striking and unprecedented electron spin resonance (ESR) signal which behaves as a conduction electron spin resonance (CESR) at high temperatures and acquires features of the Yb3+ local moment ESR at low temperatures. The latter, also named Kondo quasiparticles spin resonance (KQSR), has been defined as a 4f-ce strongly coupled ESR mode that behaves as a local probe of the Kondo quasiparticles in a quantum critical regime, Holanda et al 2011 Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 026402. Interestingly, β-YbAlB4 possesses a previously known structural variant, namely the α-YbAlB4, phase which is a paramagnetic Fermi liquid (FL) at low temperatures Macaluso et al 2007 Chem. Mater. 19 1918. However, it has been recently suggested that the α-YbAlB4 phase may be tuned to NFL behavior and/or magnetic ordering as the compound is doped with Fe. Here we report ESR studies on the α-Yb1-xFexAlB4 (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.50) series as well as on the reference compound α-LuAlB4. For all measured samples, the observed ESR signal behaves as a CESR in the entire temperature range (10 K ≲ T ≲ 300 K) in clear contrast with what has been observed for β-YbAlB4. This striking result indicates that the proximity to a quantum critical point is crucial to the occurrence of a KQSR signal.

  13. Thermodynamic and transport properties of RSn2 (R=Tb-Tm, Lu, Y) single crystals

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    Zhao, Liang L.; Mehlman, Michael S.; Besara, Tiglet; Siegrist, Theo; Morosan, E.

    2013-09-01

    We report the anisotropic magnetization, heat capacity and resistivity measurements for isostructural RSn2 (R=Tb-Tm, Lu, Y) single crystals. The R=Tb-Tm compounds exhibit long range antiferromagnetic ordering with TN ranging from 26.3 K to 3.6 K. An additional incommensurate-to-commensurate transition at a lower critical temperature T1 is observed for R=Tb-Ho. Field-induced metamagnetic transitions have also been observed for all magnetic rare earth compounds. The resistivity has a typical metallic character with a relatively high residual resistivity ratio. Both the AFM ordering temperature and spin disordered resistivity scale with the de Gennes factor. The magnetic heat capacity data indicate partially lifted ground state degeneracies associated with crystal electric field splitting.

  14. High-efficiency broadband anti-Stokes emission from Yb3+-doped bulk crystals.

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    Zhu, Siqi; Wang, Chunhao; Li, Zhen; Jiang, Wei; Wang, Yichuan; Yin, Hao; Wu, Lidan; Chen, Zhenqiang; Zhang, Ge

    2016-05-15

    We investigate the broadband anti-Stokes emission (BASE) from Yb3+-doped crystals with a laser diode (LD) pumping at 940 nm. Our experiment reveals that Yb3+-doped crystals with random cracks are able to generate bright BASE at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. By examining the various characteristics of the crystals and the emitted light, we supply a theory for interpreting the underlying physics for this variety of BASE. In particular, we take into consideration the effects of energy migration, avalanche process, and charge-transfer luminescence. This represents the first time, to the best of our knowledge, that BASE was obtained from Yb3+-doped bulk crystals with a high optical-optical efficiency. PMID:27176947

  15. Efficient OPSL-pumped mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with 67% optical-to-optical efficiency

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    Heuer, Alexander M.; Saraceno, Clara J.; Beil, Kolja; Huber, Günter; Kränkel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We present a mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with up to 67% of optical-to-optical efficiency. By utilizing a high brightness optically pumped semiconductor laser (OPSL) as a pump source and using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) we obtained self-starting mode locking. A pulse duration of 571 fs at 4.73 W of average output power with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 67% was achieved. In a slightly different cavity configuration the pulse duration was reduced to 313 fs at 2.16 W of average output power. In both cases the pulse duration was longer than the Fourier limit and the spectrum supports significantly shorter pulse durations. The laser wavelength is centered at 1034 nm and the repetition rate is 100.76 MHz in both cases. In continuous wave fundamental mode operation the optical-to-optical efficiency was as high as 78% with output powers exceeding 5 W.

  16. Efficient OPSL-pumped mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with 67% optical-to-optical efficiency.

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    Heuer, Alexander M; Saraceno, Clara J; Beil, Kolja; Huber, Günter; Kränkel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We present a mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with up to 67% of optical-to-optical efficiency. By utilizing a high brightness optically pumped semiconductor laser (OPSL) as a pump source and using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) we obtained self-starting mode locking. A pulse duration of 571 fs at 4.73 W of average output power with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 67% was achieved. In a slightly different cavity configuration the pulse duration was reduced to 313 fs at 2.16 W of average output power. In both cases the pulse duration was longer than the Fourier limit and the spectrum supports significantly shorter pulse durations. The laser wavelength is centered at 1034 nm and the repetition rate is 100.76 MHz in both cases. In continuous wave fundamental mode operation the optical-to-optical efficiency was as high as 78% with output powers exceeding 5 W. PMID:26739546

  17. Efficient OPSL-pumped mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with 67% optical-to-optical efficiency

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    Heuer, Alexander M.; Saraceno, Clara J.; Beil, Kolja; Huber, Günter; Kränkel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We present a mode-locked Yb:Lu2O3 laser with up to 67% of optical-to-optical efficiency. By utilizing a high brightness optically pumped semiconductor laser (OPSL) as a pump source and using a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) we obtained self-starting mode locking. A pulse duration of 571 fs at 4.73 W of average output power with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 67% was achieved. In a slightly different cavity configuration the pulse duration was reduced to 313 fs at 2.16 W of average output power. In both cases the pulse duration was longer than the Fourier limit and the spectrum supports significantly shorter pulse durations. The laser wavelength is centered at 1034 nm and the repetition rate is 100.76 MHz in both cases. In continuous wave fundamental mode operation the optical-to-optical efficiency was as high as 78% with output powers exceeding 5 W. PMID:26739546

  18. Growth and radiation resistant properties of 2.7-2.8 μm Yb,Er:GSGG laser crystal

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    Sun, Dunlu; Luo, Jianqiao; Zhang, Qingli; Xiao, Jingzhong; Liu, Wenpeng; Wang, Shangfei; Jiang, Haihe; Yin, Shaotang

    2011-03-01

    High quality Yb3+ and Er3+ co-doped Gd3Sc2Ga3O12 (Yb,Er:GSGG) crystals were grown by the Czochralski (Cz) method, and their absorption and fluorescence properties with the gamma-ray radiation have been investigated. In comparison with Er:YAG crystals, these co-doped crystals exhibit much less color-center absorption after the illumination of gamma-ray. Excited by 940 nm LD, two of the strongest fluorescence peaks were observed near 2.7 and 2.8 μm, suggesting that the Yb3+ can act as a sensitizer for Er3+ ion in Yb,Er:GSGG crystals. In particular, the fluorescence intensity of these crystals does not deteriorate by the radiation of gamma-ray even with a dose of 100 Mrad, indicating that Yb,Er:GSGG possesses high capability for enduring the gamma radiation and is a potential laser gain medium for being used under radiant environment.

  19. Effect of Yb(3+) on the Crystal Structural Modification and Photoluminescence Properties of GGAG:Ce(3.).

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    Luo, Zhao-Hua; Liu, Yong-Fu; Zhang, Chang-Hua; Zhang, Jian-Xin; Qin, Hai-Ming; Jiang, Hao-Chuan; Jiang, Jun

    2016-03-21

    Gadolinium gallium aluminum garnet (GGAG) is a very promising host for the highly efficient luminescence of Ce(3+) and shows potential in radiation detection applications. However, the thermodynamically metastable structure would be slanted against it from getting high transparency. To stabilize the crystal structure of GGAG, Yb(3+) ions were codoped at the Gd(3+) site. It is found that the decomposition of garnet was suppressed and the transparency of GGAG ceramic was evidently improved. Moreover, the photoluminescence of GGAG:Ce(3+),xYb(3+) with different Yb(3+) contents has been investigated. When the Ce(3+) ions were excited under 475 nm, a typical near-infrared region emission of Yb(3+) ions can be observed, where silicon solar cells have the strongest absorption. Basing on the lifetimes of Ce(3+) ions in the GGAG:Ce(3+),xYb(3+) sample, the transfer efficiency from Ce(3+) to Yb(3+) and the theoretical internal quantum efficiency can be calculated and reach up to 86% and 186%, respectively. This would make GGAG:Ce(3+),Yb(3+) a potential attractive downconversion candidate for improving the energy conversion efficiency of crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells. PMID:26925591

  20. Dislocations in YbF3 doped BaF2 crystals

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    Cirlan, Florina; Buse, Gabriel; Nicoara, Irina

    2014-11-01

    Three concentrations of YbF3 -doped BaF2 crystals were grown using the conventional Bridgman method. Transparent colorless crystals were obtained in graphite crucible in vacuum (˜10-1 Pa) using a shaped graphite furnace. The crystals have been cooled to room temperature using an established procedure. In order to study the etch pits morphology and the dislocations density the etching method have been used. This method consists in immersing the cleaved sample in 2N HCl at 60°C for 2 minutes. Small etch pits are developed at the emergence points of the dislocations. The etch pits have triangular or hexagonal shapes, depending on the dopant concentration. The dislocations density depends on the dopant concentration.

  1. White light emission from Dy3+-doped LiLuF4 single crystal grown by Bridgman method

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    Dong, Yan-ming; Xia, Hai-ping; Fu, Li; Li, Shan-shan; Gu, Xue-mei; Zhang, Jian-li; Wang, Dong-jie; Zhang, Yue-pin; Jiang, Hao-chuan; Chen, Bao-jiu

    2014-07-01

    Lithium lutetium fluoride (LiLuF4) single crystals doped with different Dy3+ ion concentrations were grown by Bridgman method. The Judd-Ofelt (J-O) strength parameters ( Ω 2, Ω 4, Ω 6) of Dy3+ in LiLuF4 crystal are calculated according to the measured absorption spectra and the J-O theory, by which the asymmetry of the Dy3+:LiLuF4 single crystal and the possibility of attaining stimulated emission from 4F9/2 level are analyzed. The capability of the Dy3+:LiLuF4 crystal in generating white light by simultaneous blue and yellow emissions under excitation with ultraviolet light is produced. The effects of excitation wavelength and doping concentration on chromaticity coordinates and photoluminescence intensity are also investigated. Favorable CIE coordinates, x=0.319 3 and y=0.349 3, can be obtained for Dy3+ ion in 2.701% molar doping concentration under excitation of 350 nm.

  2. 160 W 800 fs Yb:YAG single crystal fiber amplifier without CPA.

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    Markovic, Vesna; Rohrbacher, Andreas; Hofmann, Peter; Pallmann, Wolfgang; Pierrot, Simonette; Resan, Bojan

    2015-10-01

    We demonstrate a compact and simple two-stage Yb:YAG single crystal fiber amplifier which delivers 160 W average power, 800 fs pulses without chirped pulse amplification. This is the highest average power of femtosecond laser based on SCF. Additionally, we demonstrate the highest small signal gain of 32.5 dB from the SCF in the first stage and the highest extraction efficiency of 42% in the second stage. The excellent performance of the second stage was obtained using the bidirectional pumping scheme, which is applied to SCF for the first time. PMID:26480102

  3. Yb:YAG single crystal fiber power amplifier for femtosecond sources.

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    Délen, Xavier; Zaouter, Yoann; Martial, Igor; Aubry, Nicolas; Didierjean, Julien; Hönninger, Clemens; Mottay, Eric; Balembois, François; Georges, Patrick

    2013-01-15

    We demonstrate a versatile femtosecond power amplifier using a Yb:YAG single crystal fiber operating from 10 kHz to 10 MHz. For a total pump power of 75 W, up to 30 W is generated from the double-pass power amplifier. At a repetition rate of 10 kHz, an output energy of 1 mJ is obtained after recompression. In this configuration, the pulse duration is 380 fs, corresponding to a peak power of 2.2 GW. The M2 beam quality factor is better than 1.1 for investigated parameters. PMID:23454931

  4. Thermal effects in Yb:YAG single-crystal thin-rod amplifier.

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    Kuznetsov, Ivan; Mukhin, Ivan; Vadimova, Olga; Palashov, Oleg; Ueda, Ken-Ichi

    2015-09-01

    This work presents a new design for the laser gain module based on a ytterbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Yb:YAG) single-crystal thin rod. Thermal effects (temperature, phase, and polarization distortion of laser radiation) and small signal gain are investigated both experimentally and theoretically. We then analyzed the influence of thermal effects and amplified spontaneous emission on the power scaling of the laser based on the gain module. A small signal gain as high as 3.3 per pass was experimentally achieved. PMID:26368900

  5. Yb-doped silica glass and photonic crystal fiber based on laser sintering technology

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    Zhang, Wei; Wu, Jiale; Zhou, Guiyao; Xia, Changming; Liu, Jiantao; Tian, Hongchun; Liang, Wanting; Hou, Zhiyun

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate the fabricating method for Yb3+-doped silica glass and double-cladding large mode area photonic crystal fiber (LMA PCF) based on laser sintering technology combined with a liquid phase doping method. The doped material prepared shows the amorphous property and the hydroxyl content is approximately 40 ppm. The attenuation of the fabricated LMA PCF is 14.2 dB m-1 at 976 nm, and the lowest value is 0.25 dB m-1 at 1200 nm. The laser slope efficiency is up to 70.2%.

  6. Photodynamic Processes and Lasing in Ce,Yb:LiYXLu1-XF4 Crystals

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    Nurtdinova, L. A.

    2015-09-01

    Measurements of photoconductivity were conducted in LiYXLu1-XF4:RE (RE = Ce(1%), Yb (1%); x = 0..1) crystals. It was found that the excited state absorption transitions of Ce3+ ions are intracenter and terminate at 6s state of cerium ions. Lasing at room temperature was achieved, differential gain (up to ~22%) and tuning range were determined. By lowering the temperature of the active element and using additional antisolarant pumping at 532 nm lasing differential gain efficiency was increased (up to ~ 35%), and the tuning range was expanded.

  7. Optical waveguides in Yb:SBN crystals fabricated by swift C3+ ion irradiation

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    Liu, Guiyuan; Dong, Ningning; Wang, Jun; Akhmadaliev, Shavkat; Zhou, Shengqiang; Chen, Feng

    2016-01-01

    We report on the fabrication of optical planar waveguides supporting both the TE and TM confinements in Yb:SBN crystal by swift C3+ ions irradiation. A combination of the micro-photoluminescence and micro-Raman investigations have evidenced the presence of lattice distortion, damage and disordering of the SBN network along the ion irradiation path, with these effects being at the basis of the refractive index modification. The enhanced micro-photoluminescence and micro-Raman intensity in the waveguide volumes show the potential application of the obtained waveguides as active laser gain media.

  8. Magnetic remanence in Yb14-xRExMnSb11 (RE=Tb, Dy, Ho) single crystals

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    Grebenkemper, Jason H.; Hu, Yufei; Abdusalyamova, M. N.; Makhmudov, F. A.; Kauzlarich, Susan M.

    2016-06-01

    Single crystals of Yb14-xRExMnSb11 (x~0.1, 0.4; RE = Tb, Dy, Ho) have been prepared as a solid solution by Sn flux reactions of the elements. They crystallize in the Ca14AlSb11 structure type in the I41/acd space group. The RE3+preferentially substitutes on the Yb(1) site which is the smallest volume Yb containing polyhedron. In the case of Ho3+, a small amount of Ho3+ also substitutes on the Yb(4) site. The ferromagnetic ordering temperature of Yb14MnSb11 is reduced from 53 K to 41 K as x increases and dependent on the identity of the RE. This is attributed to the reduction in carriers and reduced screening of the Mn2+ local moment. The effective moments, μeff, agree well with the calculated moments assuming the RE substitutes as a trivalent cation. The largest coercive field is observed for RE = Dy (1000 Oe). For the maximum x of Yb14-xRExMnSb11 there are enough carriers for the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) mechanism of magnetic coupling via conduction electrons to still be valid in describing the ferromagnetic ordering.

  9. Rare-Earth Triangular Lattice Spin Liquid: A Single-Crystal Study of YbMgGaO4

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    Li, Yuesheng; Chen, Gang; Tong, Wei; Pi, Li; Liu, Juanjuan; Yang, Zhaorong; Wang, Xiaoqun; Zhang, Qingming

    2015-10-01

    YbMgGaO4 , a structurally perfect two-dimensional triangular lattice with an odd number of electrons per unit cell and spin-orbit entangled effective spin-1 /2 local moments for the Yb3 + ions, is likely to experimentally realize the quantum spin liquid ground state. We report the first experimental characterization of single-crystal YbMgGaO4 samples. Because of the spin-orbit entanglement, the interaction between the neighboring Yb3 + moments depends on the bond orientations and is highly anisotropic in the spin space. We carry out thermodynamic and the electron spin resonance measurements to confirm the anisotropic nature of the spin interaction as well as to quantitatively determine the couplings. Our result is a first step towards the theoretical understanding of the possible quantum spin liquid ground state in this system and sheds new light on the search for quantum spin liquids in strong spin-orbit coupled insulators.

  10. High-power Yb:YAG single-crystal fiber amplifiers for femtosecond lasers in cylindrical polarization.

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    Lesparre, Fabien; Gomes, Jean Thomas; Délen, Xavier; Martial, Igor; Didierjean, Julien; Pallmann, Wolfgang; Resan, Bojan; Eckerle, Michael; Graf, Thomas; Abdou Ahmed, Marwan; Druon, Frederic; Balembois, François; Georges, Patrick

    2015-06-01

    We demonstrate a three-stage diode-pumped Yb:YAG single-crystal-fiber amplifier to generate femtosecond pulses at high average powers with linear or cylindrical (i.e., radial or azimuthal) polarization. At a repetition rate of 20 MHz, 750-fs pulses were obtained at an average power of 85 W in cylindrical polarization and at 100 W in linear polarization. The report includes investigations on the use of Yb:YAG single-crystal fibers with different length/doping ratio and the zero-phonon pumping at a wavelength of 969 nm in order to optimize the performance. PMID:26030546

  11. Investigation on the structure and upconversion fluorescence of Yb3+/Ho3+ co-doped fluorapatite crystals for potential biomedical applications

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    Li, Xiyu; Zhu, Jingxian; Man, Zhentao; Ao, Yingfang; Chen, Haifeng

    2014-01-01

    Rare-earth Yb3+ and Ho3+ co-doped fluorapatite (FA:Yb3+/Ho3+) crystals were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis, and their structure, upconversion properties, cell proliferation and imaging were investigated. The synthesized crystals, with a size of 16 by 286 nm, have a hexagonal crystal structure of classic FA and a Ca/Yb/Ho molar ratio of 100/16/2.1. Several reasonable Yb3+/Ho3+ -embedding lattice models along the fluorine channel of the FA crystal cell are proposed for the first time, such as models for (Ca7YbHo©)(PO4)6F2 and (Ca6YbHoNa2)(PO4)6F2. The activated FA:Yb3+/Ho3+ crystals were found to exhibit distinct upconversion fluorescence. The 543- and 654-nm signals in the emission spectra could be assigned, respectively, to the 5F4 (5S2) - 5I8 and 5F5 - 5I8 transitions of holmium via 980-nm near-infrared excitation and the energy transfer of ytterbium. After the surfaces were grafted with hydrophilic dextran, the crystals displayed clear fluorescent cell imaging. Thus, the prepared novel FA:Yb3+/Ho3+ upconversion fluorescent crystals have potential applications in the biomedical field. PMID:24658285

  12. Investigation on the structure and upconversion fluorescence of Yb³⁺/Ho³⁺ co-doped fluorapatite crystals for potential biomedical applications.

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    Li, Xiyu; Zhu, Jingxian; Man, Zhentao; Ao, Yingfang; Chen, Haifeng

    2014-01-01

    Rare-earth Yb(3+) and Ho(3+) co-doped fluorapatite (FA:Yb(3+)/Ho(3+)) crystals were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis, and their structure, upconversion properties, cell proliferation and imaging were investigated. The synthesized crystals, with a size of 16 by 286 nm, have a hexagonal crystal structure of classic FA and a Ca/Yb/Ho molar ratio of 100/16/2.1. Several reasonable Yb(3+)/Ho(3+) -embedding lattice models along the fluorine channel of the FA crystal cell are proposed for the first time, such as models for (Ca7YbHo©)(PO4)6F2 and (Ca6YbHoNa2)(PO4)6F2. The activated FA:Yb(3+)/Ho(3+) crystals were found to exhibit distinct upconversion fluorescence. The 543- and 654-nm signals in the emission spectra could be assigned, respectively, to the (5)F4 ((5)S2) - (5)I8 and (5)F5 - (5)I8 transitions of holmium via 980-nm near-infrared excitation and the energy transfer of ytterbium. After the surfaces were grafted with hydrophilic dextran, the crystals displayed clear fluorescent cell imaging. Thus, the prepared novel FA:Yb(3+)/Ho(3+) upconversion fluorescent crystals have potential applications in the biomedical field. PMID:24658285

  13. Investigation on the structure and upconversion fluorescence of Yb3+/Ho3+ co-doped fluorapatite crystals for potential biomedical applications

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    Li, Xiyu; Zhu, Jingxian; Man, Zhentao; Ao, Yingfang; Chen, Haifeng

    2014-03-01

    Rare-earth Yb3+ and Ho3+ co-doped fluorapatite (FA:Yb3+/Ho3+) crystals were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis, and their structure, upconversion properties, cell proliferation and imaging were investigated. The synthesized crystals, with a size of 16 by 286 nm, have a hexagonal crystal structure of classic FA and a Ca/Yb/Ho molar ratio of 100/16/2.1. Several reasonable Yb3+/Ho3+ -embedding lattice models along the fluorine channel of the FA crystal cell are proposed for the first time, such as models for (Ca7YbHo©)(PO4)6F2 and (Ca6YbHoNa2)(PO4)6F2. The activated FA:Yb3+/Ho3+ crystals were found to exhibit distinct upconversion fluorescence. The 543- and 654-nm signals in the emission spectra could be assigned, respectively, to the 5F4 (5S2) - 5I8 and 5F5 - 5I8 transitions of holmium via 980-nm near-infrared excitation and the energy transfer of ytterbium. After the surfaces were grafted with hydrophilic dextran, the crystals displayed clear fluorescent cell imaging. Thus, the prepared novel FA:Yb3+/Ho3+ upconversion fluorescent crystals have potential applications in the biomedical field.

  14. Single crystals of Yb2 Ti2 O7 grown by the Optical Floating Zone technique: naturally ``stuffed'' pyrochlores?

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    Ross, Kate; Proffen, Thomas; Dabkowska, Hanna; Quilliam, Jeffery; Yaraskavitch, Luke; Kycia, Jan; Gaulin, Bruce

    2013-03-01

    In the ``quantum spin ice'' pyrochlore material Yb2Ti2O7, Yb3+ ions are coupled to each other via Ising-like ferromagnetic exchange, creating a situation similar to the highly frustrated classical spin ice compounds, but with significant quantum fluctuations. The ground state of the model resides near two exotic and disordered ``quantum spin liquid'' phases. The experimentally observed ground state of Yb2Ti2O7 is, however, controversial in the literature. Most samples, except one crystal which orders ferromagnetically, show disordered states with varying properties. The controversy is likely to be related to the presence of structural defects of an unspecified type that are known to cause sample-dependence of the low temperature specific heat, particularly in the single crystal samples. Using neutron powder diffraction, we investigated one pulverized single crystal of Yb2Ti2O7 grown by the standard Optical Floating Zone method, and found evidence that 2.3% excess Yb3+ ions reside on the non-magnetic Ti4+ sites, despite perfect stoichiometry of the starting material. This type of defect lattice is known as a ``stuffed'' pyrochlore structure. The effect of the stuffed spins is an open question which can now be investigated in detail. Support from NSERC of Canada

  15. Enhanced 1.0 μm emission and simultaneously suppressed upconversion emission in Yb:PbF2 laser crystal codoped with NaF

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    Zhang, P. X.; Yin, J. G.; Hang, Y.; Yin, J. P.

    2013-04-01

    Na-codoped and only Yb-doped Yb:PbF2 crystals were successfully grown using the vertical Bridgman method. The influence of the ions codoped with Na+ on the distribution coefficients has been studied. Enhanced ˜1.0 μm emission and simultaneously suppressed upconversion emission was observed for Yb:PbF2 crystals codoped with 2 mol% NaF. A time-resolved spectroscopy study showed that the ions codoped with Na+ lengthen the fluorescence lifetime by 6%. Absorption spectra were also studied and showed that the ions codoped with Na+ can effectively suppress the formation of Yb2+ ions.

  16. Growth of (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} laser crystals

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    Pilipenko, O. V. Mal'tsev, V. V.; Koporulina, E. V.; Leonyuk, N. I.; Tolstik, N. A.; Kuleshov, N. V.

    2008-03-15

    (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} single crystals of optical quality, up to 15 Multiplication-Sign 10 Multiplication-Sign 10 mm{sup 3} in size, have been grown from a (Er{sub 0.023}Yb{sub 0.116}Y{sub 0.862})Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} solution in a Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-K{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 10} melt. The initial borate concentration was 17 wt %, and the flux cooling rate increased from 0.08 to 0.12 Degree-Sign C/h in the range 1060-1000 Degree-Sign C. The physical properties of the single crystals grown are good enough that they can be used as laser elements in systems with diode pumping and radiation near 1.5 {mu}m.

  17. Radiation effects on Yb:YLF crystals used in cryogenic optical refrigerators

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    Martin, K. W.; Melgaard, S.; Cowan, V. M.; Hubbs, J.; Fraser, T.; Sheik-Bahae, M.

    2015-09-01

    Optical cooling of solids is a promising and innovative method to provide cryogenic cooling to infrared sensors. Currently insulator crystals, specifically ytterbium-doped yttrium- lithium-fluoride (Yb:YLF), have shown the most promise for cooling to low temperatures. This method has demonstrated cooling below the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cryogenic temperature definition of less than 123 K. Optical refrigeration utilizes a phenomenon called anti-Stokes fluorescence to generate cooling power. Incident laser light is absorbed by the cooling crystal and photons are spontaneously emitted at a higher, and thus more energetic, frequency. The difference in frequency is proportional to the cooling power of the crystal. Anti-Stokes cooling is highly dependent on doping percentages and YLF crystal purity and structure. Space based infrared sensors and their coolers are operated in a radiation environment where protons, gamma, rays, heavy ions, and other radiation species are common and of varying severities depending on operational orbit. To ensure that radiative effects on cooling crystal performance are minimal, we irradiated two samples with 63 MeV protons to a total of ionized dose of 100 Krad (Si) and 1 Mrad (Si), and compared cooling crystal efficiency parameters before and after dosing.

  18. Laser-induced cooling of a Yb:YAG crystal in air at atmospheric pressure.

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    Soares de Lima Filho, Elton; Nemova, Galina; Loranger, Sébastien; Kashyap, Raman

    2013-10-21

    We report for the first time the experimental demonstration of optical cooling of a bulk crystal at atmospheric pressure. The use of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor to measure laser-induced cooling in real time is also demonstrated for the first time. A temperature drop of 8.8 K from the chamber temperature was observed in a Yb:YAG crystal in air when pumped with 4.2 W at 1029 nm. A background absorption of 2.9 × 10⁻⁴ cm⁻¹ was estimated with a pump wavelength at 1550 nm. Simulations predict further cooling if the pump power is optimized for the sample's dimensions. PMID:24150315

  19. Anisotropic laser properties of Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 disordered crystal

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    Wang, Lisha; Xu, Honghao; Pan, Zhongben; Han, Wenjuan; Chen, Xiaowen; Liu, Junhai; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin

    2016-08-01

    A study is carried out experimentally on the anisotropy in the laser action of Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 disordered crystal, demonstrated with the output coupling changed over a wide range from 0.5% to 40%. Complex polarization state variation with output coupling and evolution with pump power are observed in the laser operation achieved with a- and c-cut crystal samples. A maximum output power of 8.2 W is produced at wavelengths around 1043 nm, with an incident pump power of 24.9 W, the optical-to-optical efficiency being 33%. The polarized absorption and emission cross section spectra are also presented.

  20. Crystal structure of the high-temperature modification of ytterbium perrhenate Yb(ReO{sub 4}){sub 3}

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    Khrustalev, V.N.; Varfolomeev, M.B.; Shamrai, N.B.; Struchkov, Yu.T.; Pisarevskii, A.P. |

    1993-11-01

    Yb(ReO{sub 4}){sub 3} obtained by the slow crystallization of its melt in air is investigated by X-ray diffraction (298 K, 329 reflections, R = 0.083, R{sub w} = 0.102). Crystals are hexagonal, a = 9.999(4) {angstrom}, c = 6.070(2) {angstrom}, Z = 2, space group P6{sub 3}/m. The structure is related to the CdTh(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} type and consists of columns of Yb polyhedra (three-cap trigonal prisms) and of Re tetrahedra. The correlation of the structures of Yb(ReO{sub 4}){sub 3} and apatite is discussed.

  1. Lasing Yb3+ in crystals with a wavelength dependence anisotropy displayed from La2CaB10O19

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    Brenier, A.; Wu, Y.; Zhang, J.; Wu, Y.

    2012-04-01

    We report spectroscopic and laser properties for propagation directions outside the principal axes of Yb3+-doped low symmetry laser crystals with a special devotion to the wavelength dependence anisotropy. We illustrate our report with experimental data in the 900-1075 nm range of wavelengths from the Yb3+:La2CaB10O19 monoclinic crystal excited under laser diode pumping at 975 nm. This study, which makes easier the realization of Yb3+ lasers with an efficient free-running operation at the wavelength having the highest emission intensity or at a specified wavelength, or emitting two frequencies with a specified frequency difference, is of promising interest for applications.

  2. Color Tunable and Upconversion Luminescence in Yb-Tm Co-Doped Yttrium Phosphate Inverse Opal Photonic Crystals.

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    Wang, Siqin; Qiu, Jianbei; Wang, Qi; Zhou, Dacheng; Yang, Zhengwen

    2016-04-01

    For this paper, YPO4: Tm, Yb inverse opals with the photonic band gaps at 475 nm and 655 nm were prepared by polystyrene colloidal crystal templates. We investigated the influence of photonic band gaps on the Tm-Yb upconversion emission which was in the YPO4: Tm Yb inverse opal photonic crystals. Comparing with the reference sample, significant suppression of both the blue and red upconversion luminescence of Tm3+ ions were observed in the inverse opals. The color purity of the blue emission was improved in the inverse opal by the suppression of red upconversion emission. Additionally, mechanism of upconversion emission in the inverse opal was discussed. We believe that the present work will be valuable for not only the foundational study of upconversion emission modification but also the development of new optical devices in upconversion lighting and display. PMID:27451700

  3. Ammonothermal Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Properties of the Ytterbium(II) and Ytterbium(III) Amides and the First Two Rare-Earth-Metal Guanidinates, YbC(NH)3 and Yb(CN3H4)3.

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    Görne, Arno L; George, Janine; van Leusen, Jan; Dück, Gerald; Jacobs, Philipp; Chogondahalli Muniraju, Naveen Kumar; Dronskowski, Richard

    2016-06-20

    We report the oxidation-controlled synthesis of the ytterbium amides Yb(NH2)2 and Yb(NH2)3 and the first rare-earth-metal guanidinates YbC(NH)3 and Yb(CN3H4)3 from liquid ammonia. For Yb(NH2)2, we present experimental atomic displacement parameters from powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and density functional theory (DFT)-derived hydrogen positions for the first time. For Yb(NH2)3, the indexing proposal based on PXRD arrives at R3̅, a = 6.2477(2) Å, c = 17.132(1) Å, V = 579.15(4) Å(3), and Z = 6. The oxidation-controlled synthesis was also applied to make the first rare-earth guanidinates, namely, the doubly deprotonated YbC(NH)3 and the singly deprotonated Yb(CN3H4)3. YbC(NH)3 is isostructural with SrC(NH)3, as derived from PXRD (P63/m, a = 5.2596(2) Å, c = 6.6704(2) Å, V = 159.81(1) Å(3), and Z = 2). Yb(CN3H4)3 crystallizes in a structure derived from the [ReO3] type, as studied by powder neutron diffraction (Pn3̅, a = 13.5307(3) Å, V = 2477.22(8) Å(3), and Z = 8 at 10 K). Electrostatic and hydrogen-bonding interactions cooperate to stabilize the structure with wide and empty channels. The IR spectra of the guanidinates are compared with DFT-calculated phonon spectra to identify the vibrational modes. SQUID magnetometry shows that Yb(CN3H4)3 is a paramagnet with isolated Yb(3+) (4f(13)) ions. A CONDON 2.0 fit was used to extract all relevant parameters. PMID:27248288

  4. Possible undercompensation effect in the Kondo insulator (Yb,Tm)B12

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    Alekseev, P. A.; Nemkovski, K. S.; Mignot, J.-M.; Clementyev, E. S.; Ivanov, A. S.; Rols, S.; Bewley, R. I.; Filipov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2014-03-01

    The effects of Tm substitution on the dynamical magnetic response of Yb1-xTmxB12 (x=0, 0.08, 0.15, and 0.75) and Lu0.92Tm0.08B12 compounds have been studied using time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering. Major changes were observed in the spectral structure and temperature evolution of the Yb contribution to the inelastic response for a rather low content of magnetic Tm ions. A sizable influence of the RB12 host (YbB12, as compared to LuB12 or pure TmB12) on the crystal-field splitting of the Tm3+ ion is also reported. The results point to a specific effect of impurities carrying a magnetic moment (Tm, as compared to Lu or Zr) in a Kondo insulator, which is thought to reflect the "undercompensation" of Yb magnetic moments, originally Kondo screened in pure YbB12. A parallel is made with the strong effect of Tm substitution on the temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient in Yb1-xTmxB12, which was reported previously.

  5. Electric polarization observed in single crystals of multiferroic Lu2MnCoO6

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    Chikara, S.; Singleton, J.; Bowlan, J.; Yarotski, D. A.; Lee, N.; Choi, H. Y.; Choi, Y. J.; Zapf, V. S.

    2016-05-01

    We report electric polarization and magnetization measurements in single crystals of double perovskite Lu2Mn Co O6 using pulsed magnetic fields and optical second harmonic generation in dc magnetic fields. We observe well-resolved magnetic field-induced changes in the electric polarization in single crystals and thereby resolve the question about whether multiferroic behavior is intrinsic to these materials or is an extrinsic feature of polycrystals. We find electric polarization along the crystalline b axis, that is suppressed by applying a magnetic fields along the c axis, and advance a model for the origin of magnetoelectric coupling. We furthermore map the phase diagram using both capacitance and electric polarization to identify regions of ordering and regions of magnetoelectric hysteresis. This compound is a rare example of coupled hysteretic behavior in the magnetic and electric properties. The ferromagneticlike magnetic hysteresis loop that couples to hysteretic electric polarization can be attributed not to ordinary ferromagnetic domains, but to the rich physics of magnetic frustration of Ising-like spins in the axial next-nearest-neighbor interaction model.

  6. Crystal growth and luminescence properties of Yb2Si2O7 infra-red emission scintillator

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    Horiai, Takahiko; Kurosawa, Shunsuke; Murakami, Rikito; Pejchal, Jan; Yamaji, Akihiro; Shoji, Yasuhiro; Chani, Valery I.; Ohashi, Yuji; Kamada, Kei; Yokota, Yuui; Yoshikawa, Akira

    2016-08-01

    (CexYb1-x)2Si2O7 (x = 0.00, 0.01) single crystals were grown by the micro-pulling-down method to test the possibility of its application as infra-red scintillator for medical imaging. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the crystals were single-phase materials. The radioluminescence spectra of the crystals demonstrated presence of two near infra-red emission peaks (at 1010 and 1030 nm). The emission peaks at 420 and 580 nm ascribed to defects were also observed in the crystals. The human body has maximum transmission in wavelength range from 650 to 1200 nm. Therefore, Yb2Si2O7 is expected to be used as efficient infra-red scintillator for medical applications.

  7. Conduction electron spin resonance in the α-Yb1-xFexAlB4 (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.50) and α-LuAlB4 compounds.

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    Holanda, L M; Lesseux, G G; Magnavita, E T; Ribeiro, R A; Nakatsuji, S; Kuga, K; Fisk, Z; Oseroff, S B; Urbano, R R; Rettori, C; Pagliuso, P G

    2015-07-01

    β-YbAlB4 has become one of the most studied heavy fermion systems since its discovery due to its remarkable physical properties. This system is the first reported Yb-based heavy-fermion superconductor (HFS) for which the low-T superconducting state emerges from a non-fermi-liquid (NFL) normal state associated with quantum criticality Nakatsuji et al 2008 Nature 4 603. Additionally, it presents a striking and unprecedented electron spin resonance (ESR) signal which behaves as a conduction electron spin resonance (CESR) at high temperatures and acquires features of the Yb(3+) local moment ESR at low temperatures. The latter, also named Kondo quasiparticles spin resonance (KQSR), has been defined as a 4f-ce strongly coupled ESR mode that behaves as a local probe of the Kondo quasiparticles in a quantum critical regime, Holanda et al 2011 Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 026402. Interestingly, β-YbAlB4 possesses a previously known structural variant, namely the α-YbAlB4, phase which is a paramagnetic Fermi liquid (FL) at low temperatures Macaluso et al 2007 Chem. Mater. 19 1918. However, it has been recently suggested that the α-YbAlB4 phase may be tuned to NFL behavior and/or magnetic ordering as the compound is doped with Fe. Here we report ESR studies on the α-Yb1-xFexAlB4 (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.50) series as well as on the reference compound α-LuAlB4. For all measured samples, the observed ESR signal behaves as a CESR in the entire temperature range (10 K ≲ T ≲ 300 K) in clear contrast with what has been observed for β-YbAlB4. This striking result indicates that the proximity to a quantum critical point is crucial to the occurrence of a KQSR signal. PMID:26045483

  8. Transition from semiconducting to metallic-like conducting and weak antilocalization effect in single crystals of LuPtSb

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    Hou, Zhipeng; Wang, Yue; Xu, Guizhou; Zhang, Xiaoming; Liu, Enke; Xi, Xuekui; Wang, Wenhong Wu, Guangheng; Wang, Wenquan; Liu, Zhongyuan

    2015-03-09

    High quality half-Heusler single crystals of LuPtSb have been synthesized by a Pb flux method. The temperature dependent resistivity and Hall effects indicate that the LuPtSb crystal is a p-type gapless semiconductor showing a transition from semiconducting to metallic conducting at 150 K. Moreover, a weakly temperature-dependent positive magnetoresistance (MR) as large as 109% and high carrier mobility up to 2950 cm{sup 2}/V s are experimentally observed at temperatures below 150 K. The low-field MR data show evidence for weak antilocalization (WAL) effect at temperatures even up to 150 K. Analysis of the temperature and angle dependent magnetoconductance manifests that the WAL effect originates from the bulk contribution owing to the strong spin-orbital coupling.

  9. Structural features of single crystals of LuB12 upon a transition to the cage-glass phase

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    Bolotina, N. B.; Verin, I. A.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.; Filippov, V. B.; Sluchanko, N. E.

    2016-03-01

    The unit-cell parameters of dodecaboride LuB12, which undergoes a transition to the cage-glass phase, have been determined for the first time in the temperature range of 50-75 K by X-ray diffraction, and the single-crystal structure of this compound is established at 50 K. Nonlinear changes in the unit-cell parameters correspond to anomalies in the physical properties near the glass-transition temperature T* ~ 50-70 K. This compound has cubic symmetry at room temperature, and it is reduced to tetragonal symmetry at lower temperatures. Based on the X-ray diffraction data and relying on the physical properties of the crystals, the structure model, in which a small part (~15%) of Lu atoms are displaced from the 2 a sites at the centers of the B24 cuboctahedra to the 16 n sites of sp. gr. I4/ mmm, seems preferable.

  10. Preparation and photoluminescence properties of RE:Na 3La 9O 3(BO 3) 8 ( RE=Er, Yb) crystals

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    Liu, Zuoliang; Zhang, Guochun; Zhang, Jianxiu; Bai, Xiaoyan; Fu, Peizhen; Wu, Yicheng

    2010-06-01

    Using Na 2CO 3-H 3BO 3-NaF as fluxes, transparent RE:Na 3La 9O 3(BO 3) 8 (abbr. RE:NLBO, RE=Er, Yb) crystals have been grown by the top seed solution growth (TSSG) method. The X-ray powder diffraction analysis shows that the RE:NLBO crystals have the same structure with NLBO. The element contents were determined by molar to be 0.64% Er 3+ in Er:NLBO, 2.70% Yb 3+ in Yb:NLBO, respectively. The polarized absorption spectra of RE:NLBO have been measured at room temperature and show that both Er:NLBO and Yb:NLBO have a strong absorption bands near 980 nm with wide FWHM (Full Wave at Half Maximum) (21 nm for Er:NLBO and 25 nm for Yb:NLBO). Fluorescence spectra have been recorded. Yb:NLBO has the emission peaks at 985 nm, 1028 nm and 1079 nm and the emission peak of Er:NLBO is at 1536 nm. Spectral parameters have been calculated by the Judd-Ofelt theory for Er:NLBO and the reciprocity method for Yb:NLBO, respectively. The calculated values show that Er:NLBO is a candidate of 1.55 μm laser crystals and Yb:NLBO is a candidate for self-frequency doubling crystal.

  11. New Nd{sup 3+}:CaLu{sub 2}F{sub 8} laser crystal containing lutetium

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    Kaminskii, Alexandr A; Butashin, A V; Li, L E; Jaque, D; Garsia, Sole J

    1999-05-31

    A new Nd{sup 3+}:CaLu{sub 2}F{sub 8} fluoride laser crystal with a disordered structure was produced. A preliminary investigation was made of its absorption and luminescence characteristics, and cw lasing ({sup 4}F{sub 3/2} {yields} {sup 4}I{sub 11/2} channel) of the Nd{sup 3+} activator ions was achieved. (letters to the editor)

  12. Lu-177 preparation for radiotherapy application.

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    Park, Ul Jae; Lee, Jun-Sig; Choi, Kang Hyuk; Nam, Sung Soo; Yu, Kook Hyun

    2016-09-01

    A separation study using a (176)Yb target for the preparation of nca (177)Lu, which is a beta-emitting nuclide used not only in radioimmunotherapy applications but also in the treatment of various lesions, has been performed. A material having a better selectivity and separation efficiency for Lu than Yb was developed, and the separation conditions of (177)Lu were derived using this from a neutron irradiated (176)Yb target. The separation material was an organo-ceramic hybrid material containing a phosphate group. Adsorption behavior was determined through batch experiments, and (177)Lu separation from the Yb target was evaluated through column experiments. The Yb target, with a 99.72% in (176)Yb, was irradiated in the irradiation hole of HANARO, which has a thermal neutron flux of 1.6E+14ncm(-2)s(-1). The batch experiments revealed that the organo-ceramic hybrid material (Sol-POS) had a separation factor of 1.6 at 0.5M HCl. Separation was performed through extraction chromatography using a 5mg enriched Yb target, and the separation yield of the NCA (177)Lu was about 78%. If the amount of Yb target is increased to produce curies level (177)Lu, additional purification will be needed. PMID:27295512

  13. Coherent beam combination of Yb:YAG single-crystal rod amplifiers.

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    Kienel, Marco; Müller, Michael; Demmler, Stefan; Rothhardt, Jan; Klenke, Arno; Eidam, Tino; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2014-06-01

    Coherent combination of ultrashort laser pulses emitted from spatially separated amplifiers is a promising power-scaling technique for ultrafast laser systems. It has been successfully applied to fiber amplifiers, since guidance of the signal provides the advantage of an excellent beam quality and straightforward superposition of beams as compared to bulk-type amplifier implementations. Herein we demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, a two-channel combining scheme employing Yb:YAG single-crystal rod amplifiers as an energy booster in a fiber chirped-pulse amplification system. In this proof-of-principle experiment, combined and compressed pulses with a duration of 695 fs and an energy of 3 mJ (3.7 GW of peak power) are obtained. The combining efficiency is as high as 94% and the beam quality of the combined output is characterized by a measured M2-value of 1.2. PMID:24876032

  14. Single crystal growth of Yb doped NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} and structural and spectroscopic studies

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    Singh, S. G.; Singh, A. K.; Desai, D. G.; Tiwari, B.; Tyagi, M.

    2014-04-24

    High quality single crystals of NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} doped with 5 mol % Yb and oriented along <001> have been grown by the Czochralski technique in Ar atmosphere. The tetragonal space group I41/a accounts for all the reflections observed in the powder X-ray diffraction analysis. Polarized optical spectroscopy at room temperature revealed a direction dependence of absorption at different wavelength. As a novel uniaxial laser host for Yb{sup 3+}, NaGd(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} is characterized with respect to its transparency and band-edge. The emission spectrum of Yb{sup 3+} (excitation: 980-990 nm diode laser) was also recorded.

  15. Spectroscopic, diode-pumped laser properties and gamma irradiation effect on Yb, Er, Ho:GYSGG crystals.

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    Chen, Jiakang; Sun, Dunlu; Luo, Jianqiao; Xiao, Jingzhong; Kang, Hongxiang; Zhang, Huili; Cheng, Maojie; Zhang, Qingli; Yin, Shaotang

    2013-04-15

    We demonstrate a diode end-pumped Yb, Er, Ho:Gd(1.17)Y(1.83)Sc(2)Ga(3)O(12) (GYSGG) laser operated at 2.79 μm in continuous-wave mode. Spectral analysis shows that Yb(3+) and Ho(3+) act as sensitizer and deactivator ions, respectively. Pumping with a 967 nm laser diode produces the maximum output power of 411 mW, corresponding to optical-optical conversion and slope efficiencies of 11.6% and 13.1%, respectively. The minimum laser threshold is only 81 mW because of Ho(3+) doping. The laser properties are only slightly influenced by 100 mrad gamma irradiation. The Yb, Er, Ho:GYSGG crystal possesses excellent radiation resistance and is a potential laser gain medium in radiant environments. PMID:23595436

  16. Neutron spectroscopic study of Crystal-field excitation in Yb2 (Ti2 - x Ybx) O7 -x/2

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    Gaudet, Jonathan; Maharaj, Dalini; Kermarrec, Edwin; Granroth, Garrett; Ross, Kate; Dabowska, Hanna; Gaulin, Bruce

    2015-03-01

    Among the rare-earth titanate pyrochlores, Yb2 Ti2O7 has attracted much attention as a potential realization of a quantum spin ice. While strong quantum effects are absent in classical spin ice compounds, they are thought to be significant in Yb2 Ti2O7 because of its effective spin S=1/2 and its XY spin anisotropy, quantities both determined by the Crystal-Electric Field (CEF) levels. However, a thorough neutron spectroscopy study of the CEF levels is still lacking. Here, we report time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering measurements on Yb2 Ti2O7 . Our results lead to the unambiguous determination of the CEF levels, the ground-state wavefunction and therefore the nature of the spin anisotropy of the J=7/2 Yb3+ . A significant sample dependence in the low temperature heat capacity has been reported and attributed to an excess of Yb3+ (''stuffing'') in the structure. Our measurements, carried out on two well-characterized samples with different levels of stuffing, allow us to discuss the impact of such disorder on the CEF levels.

  17. Crystal growth by Bridgman and Czochralski method of the ferromagnetic quantum critical material YbNi4P2

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    Kliemt, K.; Krellner, C.

    2016-09-01

    The tetragonal YbNi4P2 is one of the rare examples of compounds that allow the investigation of a ferromagnetic quantum critical point. We report in detail on two different methods which have been used to grow YbNi4P2 single crystals from a self-flux. The first, a modified Bridgman method, using a closed crucible system yields needle-shaped single crystals oriented along the [001]-direction. The second method, the Czochralski growth from a levitating melt, yields large single crystals which can be cut in any desired orientation. With this crucible-free method, samples without flux inclusions and a resistivity ratio at 1.8 K of RR1.8K = 17 have been grown.

  18. Structure, magnetism and transport of the perovskite manganites Ln {sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} (Ln=Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu)

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    Yoshii, Kenji . E-mail: yoshiike@spring8.or.jp; Abe, Hideki; Ikeda, Naoshi

    2005-12-15

    It was found that the manganese perovskite oxides Ln {sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} (Ln=Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) have an orthorhombic structure (space group Pnma). The Mn-O-Mn angles were calculated to be {approx}148-150{sup o}, revealing an existence of a large crystallographic distortion in these oxides. Electrical resistivity measurements indicated both an insulating nature and a small magnetoresistance effect, both of which are owing to narrow bandwidths of the Mn-3d electrons arising from the crystallographic distortion. DC magnetization measurements showed the three characteristic temperatures, which could be assigned to charge-order, antiferromagnetism of Mn moments, and possible glassy states. All of these temperatures were decreased for the heavier Ln ions, which is explained in connection with both a difference of ionic radii of Ln {sup 3+} and Ca{sup 2+}, and a lowering of electron transfer. The charge-ordering transition was not clearly observed only for Lu{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} containing the smallest lanthanide ion, plausibly due to a large randomness of magnetic interactions arising from the ionic radii difference of Lu{sup 3+} and Ca{sup 2+}. In addition, preliminary measurements of AC dielectric response suggested that these manganites belong to a so-called multiferroic system.

  19. Activation effect of Ho3+ at 2.84 μm MIR luminescence by Yb3+ ions in GGG crystal.

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    Wang, Yan; Li, Jianfu; Zhu, Zhaojie; You, Zhenyu; Xu, Jinlong; Tu, Chaoyang

    2013-10-15

    The use of Yb(3+) co-doping for the enhancement of Ho(3+):(5)I(6)→(5)I(7) mid-IR (MIR) emissions was investigated in GGG crystal for the first time. It is established that Yb(3+) highly increases Ho(3+) 2.84 μm emissions by transforming pump energy from the Yb(3+):(2)F(5/2) level to the laser upper level (5)I(6) of Ho(3+). The energy-transfer efficiency from Yb(3+):(2)F(5/2) to Ho(3+):(5)I(6) is calculated to be 96.2%. The absorption cross section, emission cross section, and fluorescence quantum efficiency are estimated and discussed. It is concluded that the Yb, Ho:GGG crystal is promising material for an LD-pumped 2.84 μm laser application. PMID:24321901

  20. Polarized spectra calculation and continuous wave laser operation of Yb-doped disordered Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal

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    Wang, Yeqing; Chen, Aixi; You, Zhenyu; Tu, Chaoyang

    2015-12-01

    A notable disorder crystal Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal with Yb3+ ion doping concentration of 10 at.% was grown by the Czochralski method. The polarized absorption, polarized emission, and polarized gain cross sections were systematically calculated. The laser operations were investigated with Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystals cut along the a, b, and c crystallographic axes. The highest output power of 3.88 W was obtained by using the b-cut Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal, with a slope efficiency of 62%. Additionally, it was confirmed that the output laser spectra were largely dependent on the output coupler.

  1. High-power efficient cw and pulsed lasers based on bulk Yb : KYW crystals with end diode pumping

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    Kim, G H; Yang, G H; Lee, D S; Kulik, Alexander V; Sall', E G; Chizhov, S A; Yashin, V E; Kang, U

    2012-04-30

    End-diode-pumped lasers based on one and two Yb : KYW crystals operating in cw and Q-switched regimes, as well as in the regime of mode-locking, are studied. The single-crystal laser generated stable ultrashort (shorter than 100 fs) laser pulses at wavelengths of 1035 and 1043 nm with an average power exceeding 1 W. The average output power of the two-crystal laser exceeded 18 W in the cw regime and 16 W in the Q-switched regime with a slope efficiency exceeding 30%.

  2. Evaluation of spectroscopic properties of Er3+/Yb3+/Pr3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal for use in mid-infrared lasers

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    Xia, Houping; Feng, Jianghe; Wang, Yan; Li, Jianfu; Jia, Zhitai; Tu, Chaoyang

    2015-01-01

    Er3+/Yb3+/Pr3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal was firstly grown by Czochralski method. Detailed spectroscopic analyses of Er3+/Yb3+/Pr3+: SrGdGa3O7 were carried out. Besides better absorption characteristic, the spectra of Er3+/Yb3+/Pr3+: SrGdGa3O7 show weaker up-conversion and near-infrared emissions as well as superior mid-infrared emission in comparison to Er3+: SrGdGa3O7 and Er3+/Yb3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystals. Furthermore, the self-termination effect for Er3+ 2.7 μm laser is suppressed successfully because the fluorescence lifetime of the 4I13/2 lower level of Er3+ decreases markedly while that of the upper 4I11/2 level changes slightly in Er3+/Yb3+/Pr3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal. The sensitization effect of Yb3+ and deactivation effect of Pr3+ ions as well as the energy transfer mechanism in Er3+/Yb3+/Pr3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal were also studied in this work. The introduction of Yb3+ and Pr3+ is favorable for achieving an enhanced 2.7 μm emission in Er3+/Yb3+/Pr3+: SrGdGa3O7 crystal which can act as a promising candidate for mid-infrared lasers. PMID:26369289

  3. Resolution of the discrepancy between the variation of the physical properties of Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 single crystals and thin films with Yb composition

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    Jang, S.; White, B. D.; Lum, I. K.; Kim, H.; Tanatar, M. A.; Straszheim, W. E.; Prozorov, R.; Keiber, T.; Bridges, F.; Shu, L.; Baumbach, R. E.; Janoschek, M.; Maple, M. B.

    2014-11-18

    The extraordinary electronic phenomena including an Yb valence transition, a change in Fermi surface topology, and suppression of the heavy fermion quantum critical field at a nominal concentration x≈0.2 have been found in the Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 system. These phenomena have no discernable effect on the unconventional superconductivity and normal-state non-Fermi liquid behaviour that occur over a broad range of x up to ~0.8. However, the variation of the coherence temperature T* and the superconducting critical temperature Tc with nominal Yb concentration x for bulk single crystals is much weaker than that of thin films. To determine whether differences in the actual Yb concentration of bulk single crystals and thin film samples might be responsible for these discrepancies, we employed Vegard’s law and the spectroscopically determined values of the valences of Ce and Yb as a function of x to determine the actual composition xact of bulk single crystals. This analysis is supported by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and transmission X-ray absorption edge spectroscopy measurements. The actual composition xact is found to be about one-third of the nominal concentration x up to x~0.5, and resolves the discrepancy between the variation of the physical properties of Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 single crystals and thin films with Yb concentration.

  4. Theoretical studies on the optical spectra and EPR parameters for trigonal Yb3+ center in CsCdBr3 crystal.

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    Dong, Hui-Ning; Wu, Shao-Yi; Luo, Xiao-Bing; Tang, Hong

    2005-02-01

    In this paper, the crystal-field energy levels, the EPR g factors g//, g(perpendicular) of Yb3+ and hyperfine structure constants A//, A(perpendicular) of 171Yb3+ and 173Yb3+ isotopes in CsCdBr3 crystal are calculated from the crystal-field theory. The calculated results (seven energy levels and six EPR parameters) are in reasonable agreement with the observed values. In the calculation, we find that Yb3+ ion does not occupy the exact Cd2+ site, but is shifted from the center of bromine octahedron by a distance (Delta)Z approximately 0.184 angstroms along C3 axis. The results are discussed. PMID:15649794

  5. Spectroscopy and Laser Properties of Yb-Doped Gd3AlxGa5-xO12 Crystal

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    Zhang, Bai-Tao; He, Jing-Liang; Jia, Zhi-Tai; Li, Yan-Bin; Liu, Shan-De; Wang, Zhao-Wei; Wang, Rui-Hua; Liu, Xun-Min; Tao, Xu-tang

    2013-08-01

    We report the room-temperature spectroscopic properties and the continuous-wave and passive Q-switching laser operations of a new disorder crystal, Yb-doped Gd3AlxGa5-xO12 (Yb:GAGG). The peak absorption cross section is 0.56×10-20 cm2 at 942 nm, while the main emission band is centered at 1024 nm with a peak cross section of 1.05×10-20 cm2 and the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 13.8 nm. The highest continuous-wave output power of 5.33 W is obtained with the optical-optical conversion efficiency of 41.6% and slope efficiency of 53.2%. In the passive Q-switching regime, with a V3+:YAG crystal as the saturable absorber, the highest output power, shortest pulse width, largest pulse energy and highest peak power achieved are 4.68 W, 24.7 ns, 93.8 µJ, and 3.8 kW, respectively. The results indicates that Yb:GAGG could be a potential laser crystal for high-power and ultrashort pulse generation.

  6. Characterization of bubble core and cloudiness in Yb3+:Sr5(PO4)3F crystals using Micro-Raman spectroscopy

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    Cui, Y; Roy, U N; Bai, L; Burger, A; Qiu, S R; Schaffers, K

    2006-11-15

    Ytterbium doped strontium fluoroapatite Yb{sup 3+}:Sr{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}F (Yb: S-FAP) crystals have been used in High Average Power Laser systems as gain medium. Growth induced defects associated with the crystal often affect their performance. In order to improve the crystal quality and its optical applications, it is imperative to understand the nature of these defects. In this study, we utilize Micro-Raman spectroscopy to characterize two common growth-induced defects: bubble core and cloudiness. We find the bubble core consist of voids and microcrystals of Yb: S-FAP. These microcrystals have very different orientation from that of the pure crystal outside the bubble core. In contrast to a previous report, neither Sr{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} nor Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} are observed in the bubble core regions. On the other hand, the cloudy regions are made up of the host materials blended with a structural deformation along with impurities which include CaCO{sub 3}, YbPO{sub 4}, SrHPO{sub 4} and Sr{sub 2}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}. The impurities are randomly distributed in the cloudy regions. This analysis is necessary for understanding and eliminating these growth defects in Yb:S-FAP crystals.

  7. Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetism of A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce-Yb)

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Ovidiu Garlea, V.; Chai, Ping; Geondzhian, Andrey Y.; Yaroslavtsev, Alexander A.; Xin, Yan; Menushenkov, Alexey P.; Chernikov, Roman V.; Shatruk, Michael

    2016-04-01

    Ternary intermetallics, A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce-Yb), have been synthesized by annealing mixtures of elements in molten Bi at 1223 K. The materials obtained crystallize in the P63/m variant of the Zr2Fe12P7 structure type. The unit cell volume shows a monotonic decrease with the increasing atomic number of the rare-earth metal, with the exception of Ce-, Eu-, and Yb-containing compounds. An examination of these outliers with X-ray absorption near edge structures (XANES) spectroscopy revealed mixed valence of Ce, Eu, and Yb, with the average oxidation states of +3.20(1), +2.47(5), and +2.91(1), respectively, at room temperature. Magnetic behavior of A2Co12As7 is generally characterized by ferromagnetic ordering of Co 3d moments at 100-140 K, followed by low-temperature ordering of rare-earth 4f moments. The 3d-4f magnetic coupling changes from antiferromagnetic for A=Pr-Sm to ferromagnetic for A=Ce and Eu-Yb. Polarized neutron scattering experiments were performed to support the postulated ferro- and ferrimagnetic ground states for Ce2Co12As7 and Nd2Co12As7, respectively.

  8. Growth and optical properties of Yb3+ and Tb3+ codoped BaB2O4 crystals

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    Solntsev, V. P.; Yelisseyev, A. P.; Bekker, T. B.; Kokh, A. E.; Stonoga, S. Yu.; Davydov, A. V.; Maillard, A.

    2012-11-01

    Optical absorption and luminescence spectra of ytterbium and terbium codoped BaB2O4 (β-BBO and α-BBO) crystals grown in different conditions have been studied. Low-temperature absorption peaks were observed in all samples. Features related to rare earth ions were observed in absorption and luminescence spectra. Absorption and emission in the range 860-1000 nm are caused by 2F5/2↔2F7/2 transitions in Yb3+ ions. Emission peaks at 500, 550, 590 and 630 nm correspond to 5D4→7F6, 7F5, 7F4, and 7F3 transitions of Tb3+ ions, respectively. The probable reasons of variations in spectroscopic features related to Yb in BBO host are discussed. It has been shown that the replacement of Ва2+ by Yb3+ in the lattice of ВаВ2О4 results in the decrease in the symmetry of oxygen surrounding of Yb3+.

  9. Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetism of A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce–Yb)

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Ovidiu Garlea, V.; Chai, Ping; Geondzhian, Andrey Y.; Yaroslavtsev, Alexander A.; Xin, Yan; Menushenkov, Alexey P.; Chernikov, Roman V.; Shatruk, Michael

    2015-08-28

    In this study, ternary intermetallics, A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce–Yb), have been synthesized by annealing mixtures of elements in molten Bi at 1223 K. The materials obtained crystallize in the P63/m variant of the Zr2Fe12P7 structure type. The unit cell volume shows a monotonic decrease with the increasing atomic number of the rare-earth metal, with the exception of Ce-, Eu-, and Yb-containing compounds. An examination of these outliers with X-ray absorption near edge structures (XANES) spectroscopy revealed mixed valence of Ce, Eu, and Yb, with the average oxidation states of +3.20(1), +2.47(5), and +2.91(1), respectively, at room temperature. Magnetic behavior ofmore » A2Co12As7 is generally characterized by ferromagnetic ordering of Co 3d moments at 100–140 K, followed by low-temperature ordering of rare-earth 4f moments. The 3d-4f magnetic coupling changes from antiferromagnetic for A=Pr–Sm to ferromagnetic for A=Ce and Eu–Yb. Finally, polarized neutron scattering experiments were performed to support the postulated ferro- and ferrimagnetic ground states for Ce2Co12As7 and Nd2Co12As7, respectively.« less

  10. Rare-Earth Triangular Lattice Spin Liquid: A Single-Crystal Study of YbMgGaO4.

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    Li, Yuesheng; Chen, Gang; Tong, Wei; Pi, Li; Liu, Juanjuan; Yang, Zhaorong; Wang, Xiaoqun; Zhang, Qingming

    2015-10-16

    YbMgGaO4, a structurally perfect two-dimensional triangular lattice with an odd number of electrons per unit cell and spin-orbit entangled effective spin-1/2 local moments for the Yb(3+) ions, is likely to experimentally realize the quantum spin liquid ground state. We report the first experimental characterization of single-crystal YbMgGaO4 samples. Because of the spin-orbit entanglement, the interaction between the neighboring Yb(3+) moments depends on the bond orientations and is highly anisotropic in the spin space. We carry out thermodynamic and the electron spin resonance measurements to confirm the anisotropic nature of the spin interaction as well as to quantitatively determine the couplings. Our result is a first step towards the theoretical understanding of the possible quantum spin liquid ground state in this system and sheds new light on the search for quantum spin liquids in strong spin-orbit coupled insulators. PMID:26550899

  11. Intervalence charge transfer luminescence: Interplay between anomalous and 5d − 4f emissions in Yb-doped fluorite-type crystals

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    Barandiarán, Zoila Seijo, Luis

    2014-12-21

    In this paper, we report the existence of intervalence charge transfer (IVCT) luminescence in Yb-doped fluorite-type crystals associated with Yb{sup 2+}–Yb{sup 3+} mixed valence pairs. By means of embedded cluster, wave function theory ab initio calculations, we show that the widely studied, very broad band, anomalous emission of Yb{sup 2+}-doped CaF{sub 2} and SrF{sub 2}, usually associated with impurity-trapped excitons, is, rather, an IVCT luminescence associated with Yb{sup 2+}–Yb{sup 3+} mixed valence pairs. The IVCT luminescence is very efficiently excited by a two-photon upconversion mechanism where each photon provokes the same strong 4f{sup 14}–1A{sub 1g}→ 4f{sup 13}({sup 2}F{sub 7/2})5de{sub g}–1T{sub 1u} absorption in the Yb{sup 2+} part of the pair: the first one, from the pair ground state; the second one, from an excited state of the pair whose Yb{sup 3+} moiety is in the higher 4f{sup 13}({sup 2}F{sub 5/2}) multiplet. The Yb{sup 2+}–Yb{sup 3+} → Yb{sup 3+}–Yb{sup 2+} IVCT emission consists of an Yb{sup 2+} 5de{sub g} → Yb{sup 3+} 4f{sub 7/2} charge transfer accompanied by a 4f{sub 7/2} → 4f{sub 5/2} deexcitation within the Yb{sup 2+} 4f{sup 13} subshell: [{sup 2}F{sub 5/2}5de{sub g},{sup 2}F{sub 7/2}] → [{sup 2}F{sub 7/2},4f{sup 14}]. The IVCT vertical transition leaves the oxidized and reduced moieties of the pair after electron transfer very far from their equilibrium structures; this explains the unexpectedly large band width of the emission band and its low peak energy, because the large reorganization energies are subtracted from the normal emission. The IVCT energy diagrams resulting from the quantum mechanical calculations explain the different luminescent properties of Yb-doped CaF{sub 2}, SrF{sub 2}, BaF{sub 2}, and SrCl{sub 2}: the presence of IVCT luminescence in Yb-doped CaF{sub 2} and SrF{sub 2}; its coexistence with regular 5d-4f emission in SrF{sub 2}; its absence in BaF{sub 2} and SrCl{sub 2}; the quenching of

  12. Growth and Characterization of Lu2O3:Eu3+ Thin Films on Single-Crystal Yttria-Doped Zirconia

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    Roy, Sudesna; Topping, Stephen; Sarin, Vinod

    2013-04-01

    Lu2O3 doped with Eu3+ has been established as an excellent scintillator material for numerous applications such as lasers, optical lenses, and radiography. The material is typically manufactured via hot pressing. This process, apart from being prohibitively expensive, can also introduce major structural defects because it requires grinding/polishing to achieve high transparency and spatial resolution. To overcome these process limitations that have restricted the commercial viability of Lu2O3:Eu3+ scintillators, a technique to deposit thin films (1-10 μm) of Lu2O3:Eu3+ has been developed. This investigation characterized the growth of such thin films by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering on single-crystal cubic yttria doped zirconia (YSZ) substrates. At a deposition rate of 3.3 Å/s, the effects of substrate heating and orientation on coating structure property and the resultant effect on performance were evaluated. Additionally, the effect of deposition parameters and growth conditions on the radioluminescence of the coatings, excited by x-rays, was systematically examined.

  13. Study of 57 Fe Mössbauer effect in RFe2Zn20 ( R = Lu, Yb, Gd)

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    Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Kong, Tai; Ma, Xiaoming; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-08-04

    In this document we report measurements of 57Fe Mössbauer spectra for RFe2Zn20 (R = Lu, Yb, Gd) from ~ 4.5 K to room temperature. The obtained isomer shift values are very similar for all three compounds, their temperature dependence was analyzed within the Debye model and resulted in an estimate of the Debye temperatures of 450-500 K. The values of quadrupole splitting at room temperature change with the cubic lattice constant a in a linear fashion. For GdFe2Zn20, ferromagnetic order is seen as an appearance of a sextet in the spectra. The 57Fe site hyperfine field for T → 0 was evaluated to be ~ 2.4 T.

  14. High peak power miniature Yb:CNGG disordered crystal laser end-pumped by a 935-nm diode

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    Dai, Qibiao; Yi, Hongying; Chen, Xiaowen; Han, Wenjuan; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Shiwu; Liu, Junhai

    2014-04-01

    We report on an efficient miniature Yb:CNGG disordered crystal laser, which is passively Q-switched with a Cr4+:YAG crystal plate acting as saturable absorber. An average output power of 1.35 W is generated at a pulse repetition rate of 5.55 kHz with a slope efficiency of 42%; the resulting laser pulse energy and duration are respectively 243 μJ and 3.0 ns, while the peak power is as high as 81 kW.

  15. Upconversion white-light emission in Ho3+/Yb3+/Tm3+ tridoped LiNbO3 single crystal.

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    Xing, Lili; Wu, Xiaohong; Wang, Rui; Xu, Wei; Qian, Yannan

    2012-09-01

    Ho3+/Yb3+/Tm3+ tridoped LiNbO3 single crystal exhibiting intense upconversion white light under 980 nm excitation has been successfully fabricated by the Czochralski method. The tridoped LiNbO3 single crystal offers power dependent color tuning properties by simply changing excitation power. Efficient three-photon blue upconversion emission and two-photon green and red upconversion emissions have been observed. In addition, the red emission of Ho3+ originates dominantly from the nonradiative decay of green emission. The LiNbO3 with upconversion white light will be a potential laser candidate material. PMID:22940941

  16. 2.0-μm emission and energy transfer of Ho3+/Yb3+ co-doped LiYF4 single crystal excited by 980 nm

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    Yang, Shuo; Xia, Hai-Ping; Jiang, Yong-Zhang; Zhang, Jia-Zhong; Jiang, Dong-Sheng; Wang, Cheng; Feng, Zhi-Gang; Zhang, Jian; Gu, Xue-Mei; Zhang, Jian-Li; Jiang, Hao-Chuan; Chen, Bao-Jiu

    2015-06-01

    Ho3+/Yb3+ co-doped LiYF4 single crystals with various Yb3+ concentrations and ˜ 0.98 mol% Ho3+ concentration are grown by the Bridgman method under the conditions of taking LiF and YF3 as raw materials and a temperature gradient (40 °C/cm-50 °C/cm) for the solid-liquid interface. The luminescent performances of the crystals are investigated through emission spectra, infrared transmittance spectrum, emission cross section, and decay curves under excitation by 980 nm. Compared with the Ho3+ single-doped LiYF4 crystal, the Ho3+/Yb3+ co-doped LiYF4 single crystal has an obviously enhanced emission band from 1850 nm to 2150 nm observed when excited by a 980-nm diode laser. The energy transfer from Yb3+ to Ho3+ and the optimum fluorescence emission around 2.0 μm of Ho3+ ions are investigated. The maximum emission cross section of the above sample at 2.0 μm is calculated to be 1.08×10-20 cm2 for the LiYF4 single crystal of 1-mol% Ho3+ and 6-mol% Yb3+ according to the measured absorption spectrum. The high energy transfer efficiency of 88.9% from Yb3+ to Ho3+ ion in the sample co-doped by Ho3+ (1 mol%) and Yb3+ (8 mol%) demonstrates that the Yb3+ ions can efficiently sensitize the Ho3+ ions. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51472125 and 51272109) and the K.C. Wong Magna Fund in Ningbo University, China (Grant No. NBUWC001).

  17. Dextran-coated fluorapatite crystals doped with Yb3+/Ho3+ for labeling and tracking chondrogenic differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in vitro and in vivo.

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    Hu, Xiaoqing; Zhu, Jingxian; Li, Xiyu; Zhang, Xin; Meng, Qingyang; Yuan, Lan; Zhang, Jiying; Fu, Xin; Duan, Xiaoning; Chen, Haifeng; Ao, Yingfang

    2015-06-01

    Upconversion fluorescent nanoparticles are becoming more widely used as imaging contrast agents, owing to their high resolution and penetration depth, and avoidance of tissue auto-fluorescence and photodamage to cells. Here, we synthesized upconversion fluorescent crystals from rare-earth Yb3+ and Ho3+ co-doped fluorapatite (FA:Yb3+/Ho3+) suitable for long-term tracking and monitoring cartilage development (chondrogenesis) in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in vitro and in vivo. We initially determined the structure, morphology and luminescence of the products using X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and two-photon confocal microscopy. When excited at 980 nm, FA:Yb3+/Ho3+ crystals exhibited distinct upconversion fluorescence peaks at 543 nm and 654 nm. We then conjugated FA:Yb3+/Ho3+ crystals with dextran to enhance hydrophilicity, biocompatibility and cell penetration. Next, we employed the dextran-coated FA:Yb3+/Ho3+ crystals in labeling and tracking chondrogenic differentiation processes in BMSCs stably expressing green fluorescent protein (BMSCsGFP) in vitro and in vivo. Labeled BMSCsGFP were shown to reproducibly exhibit chondrogenic differentiation potential in RT-PCR analysis, histological assessment and immunohistochemistry. We observed continuous luminescence from the FA:Yb3+/Ho3+ upconversion crystals at 4 weeks and 12 weeks post transplantation in BMSCsGFP, while GFP fluorescence in both control and crystal-treated groups significantly decreased at 12 weeks after BMSCsGFP transplantation. We therefore demonstrate the high biocompatibility and stability of FA:Yb3+/Ho3+ crystals in tracking and monitoring BMSCs chondrogenesis in vitro and in vivo, highlighting their excellent cell labeling potential in cartilage tissue engineering. PMID:25818450

  18. Comparative studies of Lu1.95Y0.05SiO5:Ce and Lu0.7Y0.3AlO3:Ce single crystal scintillators for gamma-ray detection

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    Chewpraditkul, W.; Wanarak, C.; Szczesniak, T.; Moszynski, M.

    2014-05-01

    The scintillation characteristics of Lu1.95Y0.05SiO5:Ce (LYSO:Ce) and Lu0.7Y0.3AlO3:Ce (LuYAP:Ce) single crystals were compared for γ-ray detection. The values of scintillation decay time and coincidence time resolution were evaluated. The scintillation decay of LYSO:Ce exhibits approximately a single-exponential component with decay time of 39 ns, whereas for LuYAP:Ce an intensity of the fast component with decay time of 21 ns is reduced (∼42%) and followed by a high intensity of slower components. The coincidence time resolution for 511 keV annihilation quanta of 234 and 894 ps was obtained, respectively, for LYSO:Ce and LuYAP:Ce detectors in coincidence experiment using a BaF2-based detector. The time resolution was also discussed in terms of a number of photoelectrons and decay time of the scintillation pulse.

  19. Influence of some impurities on the emission properties of CaF2:YbF3 crystals

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    Stef, Marius; Nicoara, Irina; Cirlan, Florina; Para, Irina; Velazquez, Matias; Buse, Gabriel

    2015-12-01

    Various concentrations of YbF3 -doped and NaF or PbF2 co-doped CaF2 crystals were grown using the conventional Bridgman method. Transparent colorless crystals were obtained in graphite crucible in vacuum using a shaped graphite furnace. The crystals have been cooled to room temperature using an established procedure. Room temperature absorption spectra have been obtained using a Shimadzu 1650PC spectrophotometer. Photoluminescent properties in IR spectral range were analyzed using a spectrofluorimeter Horiba Fluorolog 3. An IR laser diode at 932 nm was also used an directly injected in the equipment. The emission spectra are influenced by the concentration of co-dopant added to the melt, and the excitation wavelength. The high emission peak at 979 nm overlaps with the absorption peak. The highest intensity in the IR emission (around 1029 nm) is obtained for CaF2:0.72 mol% YbF3 crystal by excitation at 932 nm (diode lamp).

  20. Effects of scandium substitution on the crystal structure and luminescence properties of LuBO{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}

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    Wu, Yuntao; Ren, Guohao; Ding, Dongzhou; Pan, Shangke; Yang, Fan

    2012-10-15

    The calcite phase of LuBO{sub 3} and ScBO{sub 3} polycrystalline powders were synthesized by solid state reaction method, and the Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce (x=0.2, 0.5, 0.7) single crystals were grown by the Czochralski method. A large composition deviation between the initial polycrystalline powders and final single crystal was confirmed by electron probe micro-analysis. Raman spectroscopy revealed that moderate lattice disorder was induced by scandium substitution. However, based on the single crystal X-ray study, we finally concluded that the crystal structure of lutetium scandium orthoborate still crystallized in the rhombohedral system belonging to R3{sup -}c. Furthermore, the relationship between the energies of the five 5d levels of Ce{sup 3+} and the crystalline environment was revealed. The total redshift, total crystal field splitting, and centroid shift of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+} were calculated based on their VUV excitation spectra. The variations trend of these observed spectroscopic parameters was in accordance with the predicted ones. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce is rhombohedral system with R3{sup -}c space group. The relationship between the energies of the five Ce{sup 3+} 5d levels and the crystalline environment is established. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Moderate lattice disorder is induced by scandium doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The crystal structure of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce is rhombohedral system with R3{sup -}c space group. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Relationship between energies of Ce{sup 3+} 5d levels and crystalline environment is established. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The spectroscopic parameters are experimentally and theoretically calculated.

  1. Scintillation response of YAlO3:Ce and Lu0.7Y0.3AlO3:Ce single crystal scintillators

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    Phunpueok, A.; Chewpraditkul, W.; Limsuwan, P.; Wanarak, C.

    2012-09-01

    The scintillation response of YAlO3:Ce (YAP:Ce) and Lu0.7Y0.3AlO3:Ce (LuYAP:Ce) crystals with same size of 10 × 10 × 5 mm3 were studied for gamma ray energies ranging from 22.1 to 1274.5 keV. The light yield, its non-proportionality and the energy resolution were measured with the photomultiplier tube (PMT). The intrinsic resolution of the crystals versus energy of gamma rays has been determined after correcting the measured energy resolution for photomultiplier tube statistics. For 662 keV gamma rays (137Cs source), the YAP:Ce showed the light yield of 32,000 ph/MeV,which is much higher than that of 9800 ph/MeV obtained for LuYAP:Ce. The energy resolution of 4.4% obtained for YAP:Ce is much better than that of 7.9% obtained for LuYAP:Ce, due to its much higher light yield and better intrinsic resolution. The scintillation light loss of tested crystals at 511 keV gamma rays (22Na source) was also presented. The estimated photofraction was determined for both crystals and compared with the cross-sections ratio calculated using WinXCom program. The experimental results of the total mass attenuation coefficients for both crystals are in good agreement with the theoretical values, within the experimental uncertainty.

  2. Peculiarities of thermoelectric half-Heusler phase formation in Gd-Ni-Sb and Lu-Ni-Sb ternary systems

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    Romaka, V. V.; Romaka, L.; Horyn, A.; Rogl, P.; Stadnyk, Yu; Melnychenko, N.; Orlovskyy, M.; Krayovskyy, V.

    2016-07-01

    The phase equilibria in the Gd-Ni-Sb and Lu-Ni-Sb ternary systems were studied at 873 K by X-ray and metallographic analyses in the whole concentration range. The interaction of the elements in the Gd-Ni-Sb system results the formation of five ternary compounds at investigated temperature: Gd5Ni2Sb (Mo5SiB2-type), Gd5NiSb2 (Yb5Sb3-type), GdNiSb (MgAgAs-type), Gd3Ni6Sb5 (Y3Ni6Sb5-type), and GdNi0.72Sb2 (HfCuSi2-type). At investigated temperature the Lu-Ni-Sb system is characterized by formation of the LuNiSb (MgAgAs-type), Lu5Ni2Sb (Mo5SiB2-type), and Lu5Ni0.56Sb2.44 (Yb5Sb3-type) compounds. The disordering in the crystal structure of half-Heusler GdNiSb and LuNiSb was revealed by EPMA and studied by means of Rietveld refinement and DFT modeling. The performed electronic structure calculations are in good agreement with electrical transport property studies.

  3. Investigation of Yb2Pt6Al15 single crystals: heavy fermion system with a large local moment degeneracy

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    Deppe, M.; Hartmann, S.; Macovei, M. E.; Oeschler, N.; Nicklas, M.; Geibel, C.

    2008-09-01

    We grew single crystals of Yb2Pt6Al15 and investigated the magnetic properties of this compound by means of susceptibility χ(T), specific heat C(T), resistivity ρ (T) and thermoelectric power S(T) measurements. While all properties follow in general the behavior typical for Kondo-lattice systems, χ(T) and C(T)/T present broad maxima in the T range 17 35 K, which matches nicely the prediction of the Coqblin Schrieffer model for J= 7/2. A large degeneracy of the local moment is also supported by a reduced Kadowaki Woods ratio. Thus, the analysis of all investigated properties evidences Yb2Pt6Al15 to be a paramagnetic Kondo-lattice system with the whole J= 7/2 multiplet involved in the formation of the Kondo state, a Kondo temperature of the order of 60 K, and a heavy Fermi-liquid ground state with a Sommerfeld coefficient γ 0 = 0.33 J (mol-Yb)-1 K-2 corresponding to a mass enhancement of the order of 30.

  4. Infrared-to-visible conversion of radiation in YVO 4 crystals doped with Yb 3+ and Tm 3+ ions

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    Lisiecki, R.; Dominiak-Dzik, G.; Łukasiewicz, T.; Ryba-Romanowski, W.

    2004-10-01

    Up-conversion processes in Yb 3+ and Tm 3+ doped YVO 4 crystals have been investigated upon continuous wave and short pulse excitation around 975 nm. The energy transfer efficiency from Yb 3+ to Tm 3+ has been experimentally assessed, using results of pulsed laser excitation. Infrared emission originating in the 3H 4 level and a considerably weaker blue emission originating in the 1G 4 level of Tm 3+ has been observed. The ratio of the IR to blue up-converted emission intensities is about 25:1 at room temperature. The dependence of the intensity of both emissions on the excitation power implies a two-step excitation mechanism of the 3H 4 emission and a three-step excitation one of the 1G 4 emission. Temperature dependencies of IR and blue up-converted emission have been discussed based on optical absorption and emission spectra and lifetimes recorded at several temperatures between 4.2 and 300 K. Up-converted blue emission in YVO 4:Yb+Tm is qualitatively similar to that observed in other matrices containing ytterbium and thulium but high intensity of up-converted IR emission associated with the 3H 4- 3H 6 transition of Tm 3+ may offer a laser potential.

  5. Influence of rare earth cation size on the crystal structure in rare earth silicates, Na2RESiO4(OH) (RE = Sc, Yb) and NaRESiO4 (RE = La, Yb)

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    Latshaw, Allison M.; Wilkins, Branford O.; Chance, W. Michael; Smith, Mark D.; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2016-01-01

    Crystals of Na2ScSiO4(OH) and Na2YbSiO4(OH) were synthesized at low temperatures using a sodium hydroxide based hydroflux, while crystals of NaLaSiO4 and NaYbSiO4 were grown at high temperatures using a sodium fluoride/sodium chloride eutectic flux. Both structure types were crystallized under reaction conditions that, when used for medium sized rare earths (RE = Pr, Nd, Sm - Tm) yield the Na5RE4X[SiO4]4 structure type, where X is OH in the hydroflux conditions and F in the eutectic flux conditions. Herein, we report the synthesis, structure, size effect, and magnetic properties of these compositions and introduce the new structure type of Na2RESiO4(OH), which crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pca21, of NaLaSiO4, which crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pna21, and of NaYbSiO4, which crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pnma, where both NaRESiO4 compounds have one silicon structural analog.

  6. Direct measurement of laser cooling of Yb:YAG crystal at atmospheric pressure using a fiber Bragg grating

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    Soares de Lima Filho, Elton; Nemova, Galina; Loranger, Sébastien; Kashyap, Raman

    2014-02-01

    Although Yb:YAG has been cooled in a vacuum environment1, we report for the first time an experimental demonstration of optical cooling at atmospheric pressure. A Yb:YAG crystal is supported on thin silica fibers, inside a matt-black chamber with air at atmospheric pressure, and pumped at 1029 nm in the pulsed and CW regimes. Direct measurement of the crystal surface temperature during pumping was made possible by using a low thermal-mass, transparent fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensor. The FBG interrogation system has sufficient sensitivity to measure the background absorption of the sample to below 10-4 cm-1, and bulk cooling at a pump power as low as 17 mW. The dynamical measurement of the temperature allows the determination of the overall heat transfer coefficient of the sample in the air, of 22 W.m-2K-1. A temperature drop of 8.8 K from the chamber temperature is observed in the Yb:YAG crystal in air when pumped with 4.2 W at 1029 nm, close to 8.9 K observed in vacuum1. A background absorption αb = 2.9×10-4 cm-1 is estimated with a pump wavelength at 1550 nm. Simulations predict further cooling when the sample's cross sectional area and the pump power are optimized, including absorption saturation effects. The choice of an efficient geometry, the use of a readily available temperature sensor in less controlled environments should simplify implementation of laser cooling systems and the development of commercial devices.

  7. Resolution of the discrepancy between the variation of the physical properties of Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 single crystals and thin films with Yb composition

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    Jang, S.; White, B. D.; Lum, I. K.; Kim, H.; Tanatar, M. A.; Straszheim, W. E.; Prozorov, R.; Keiber, T.; Bridges, F.; Shu, L.; et al

    2014-11-18

    The extraordinary electronic phenomena including an Yb valence transition, a change in Fermi surface topology, and suppression of the heavy fermion quantum critical field at a nominal concentration x≈0.2 have been found in the Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 system. These phenomena have no discernable effect on the unconventional superconductivity and normal-state non-Fermi liquid behaviour that occur over a broad range of x up to ~0.8. However, the variation of the coherence temperature T* and the superconducting critical temperature Tc with nominal Yb concentration x for bulk single crystals is much weaker than that of thin films. To determine whether differences in the actualmore » Yb concentration of bulk single crystals and thin film samples might be responsible for these discrepancies, we employed Vegard’s law and the spectroscopically determined values of the valences of Ce and Yb as a function of x to determine the actual composition xact of bulk single crystals. This analysis is supported by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and transmission X-ray absorption edge spectroscopy measurements. The actual composition xact is found to be about one-third of the nominal concentration x up to x~0.5, and resolves the discrepancy between the variation of the physical properties of Ce1-xYbxCoIn5 single crystals and thin films with Yb concentration.« less

  8. Lasing in a Tm : Yb{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} crystal pumped at 1.678 μm

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    Zavartsev, Yu D; Zagumennyi, A I; Kalachev, Yu L; Kutovoi, S A; Mikhailov, V A; Shcherbakov, I A

    2014-10-31

    The Yb{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} (YbAG) crystal is proposed as a matrix of Tm{sup 3+}-doped laser elements for two-micron lasers. A Tm : YbAG crystal of high optical quality is grown by the Czochralski method and its spectral and luminescent characteristics are studied. The luminescence decay time for the upper laser level {sup 3}F{sub 4} is measured to be 4.7 ms. Lasing in this crystal pumped by a 1.678-μm fibre laser is obtained at a wavelength of 2.02 μm for the first time. The total and slope efficiencies of the laser at room temperature and an output power up to 330 mW reach 33% and 41%, respectively. (lasers)

  9. Ionic conductivity of crystallization products of Ba1- x Yb x F2 + x melts ( x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.25)

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    Sorokin, N. I.; Sul'yanova, E. A.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2016-05-01

    The ionic conductivity σ of the crystallization products of Ba1 - x Yb x F2 + x melts with 10, 20 and 25 mol % YbF3 has been studied. A Ba0.9Yb0.1F2.1 sample is a solid solution with the CaF2 structure type, sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m. A Ba0.8Yb0.2F2.2 sample contains two cubic forms with sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m and Pmoverline 3 m. The σ values for Ba0.9Yb0.1F2.1 and Ba0.8Yb0.2F2.2 coincide and are equal to 3 × 10-5 S/cm at 500 K. A Ba0.75Yb0.25F2.25 sample is heterogeneous, despite its monolithic nature and transparency. A greater part of its volume has a cubic lattice with sp. gr. Pmoverline 3 m, while the smaller part is a phase crystallizing in the orthorhombic system. A change of composition from x = 0.2 to 0.25 leads to a change in the symmetry group and type of the cluster defects in the Ba1 - x Yb x F2 + x phase. The sp. gr. Fmoverline 3 m is replaced by the sp. gr. Pmoverline 3 m, and octahedral‒cubic {Ba8Yb6F69} clusters are transformed into "inverse" octahedral‒cubic {Yb8Ba6F71} clusters. These changes in the defect structure lead to an increase in conductivity by a factor of about 100. The fluorine-ionic conductivity of Ba0.75Yb0.25F2.25 is 2.5 × 10-3 S/cm at 500 K. This value exceeds the conductivity of Ba0.69La0.31F2.31 crystal by a factor of 15 (Ba0.69La0.31F2.31 has the best conducting properties among the fluorite phases of the Ba1 - x R x F2 + x family, for which σ was found to increase with a decrease in the atomic number of rare earth element (REE)).

  10. Preparation and upconversion emission modification of Yb, Er co-doped Y2SiO5 inverse opal photonic crystals.

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    Yan, Dong; Zhu, Jialun; Yang, Zhengwen; Wu, Hangjun; Wang, Rongfei; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo; Zhou, Dacheng; Yang, Yong; Yin, Zhaoyi

    2014-05-01

    Yb, Er co-doped Y2SiO5 inverse opal photonic crystals with three-dimensionally ordered macroporous were fabricated using polystyrene colloidal crystals as the template. Under 980 nm excitation, the effect of the photonic stopband on the upconversion luminescence of Er3+ ions has been investigated in the Y2SiO5:Yb, Er inverse opals. Significant suppression of the green or red UC emissions was detected if the photonic band-gap overlaps with the Er3+ ions emission band. PMID:24734639

  11. Diode-pumped Nd:LuVO 4-Nd:YLiF 4 crystals blue laser at 489 nm by intracavity sum-frequency-mixing

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    Lü, Yan-Fei; Zhang, Xi-He; Xia, Jing; Li, Chang-Li; Zhao, Zhen-Ming; Liu, Zhi-Teng

    2010-08-01

    We present a laser architecture to obtain continuous-wave blue radiation at 489 nm. An 809 nm diode-pumped the Nd:LuVO 4 crystal emitting at 916 nm. A part of the pump power was then absorbed by the Nd:LuVO 4 crystal. The remaining was used to pump the Nd:YLiF 4 (Nd:YLF) crystal emitting at 1047 nm. Intracavity sum-frequency mixing at 916 and 1047 nm was then realized in a LiB 3O 5 (LBO) crystal to reach the blue radiation. We obtained a continuous-wave output power of 425 mW at 489 nm with a pump laser diode emitting 18.4 W at 809 nm.

  12. Crystal Field Excitations in the Breathing Pyrochlore Antiferromagnet Ba3Yb2Zn5O11

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    Haku, Tendai; Soda, Minoru; Sera, Masakazu; Kimura, Kenta; Itoh, Shinichi; Yokoo, Tetsuya; Masuda, Takatsugu

    2016-03-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering measurement is performed on the breathing pyrochlore antiferromagnet Ba3Yb2Zn5O11. The observed dispersionless excitations are explained on the basis of a crystalline electric field (CEF) Hamiltonian of the Kramers ion Yb3+, the local symmetry of which exhibits C3v point group symmetry. The magnetic susceptibility previously reported is consistently reproduced by the energy scheme of the CEF excitations. The obtained wave functions of the ground-state Kramers doublet exhibit planer-type anisotropy. The result demonstrates that Ba3Yb2Zn5O11 is an experimental realization of a breathing pyrochlore antiferromagnet with a pseudospin S = 1/2 having easy-plane anisotropy.

  13. Upconversion emission properties of CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opal photonic crystals

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    Cheng, Gong; Wu, Hangjun; Yang, Zhengwen; Liao, Jiayan; Lai, Shenfeng; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo

    2014-10-01

    The ordered and disordered templates were assembled by vertical deposition of polystyrene microspheres. The CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ precursor solution was used to infiltrate into the voids of the ordered and disordered templates, respectively. Then the ordered and disordered templates were calcined at 950°C in an air furnace, and the CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opals were obtained. The upconversion emissions from CeO2: Tm3+, Yb3+ inverse opals were suppressed due to the photon trapping caused by Bragg reflection of lattice planes when the upconversion emission band was in the range of the photonic band gaps in the inverse opals.

  14. CW and passively Q-switched laser performance of Nd:Lu2SiO5 crystal

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    Xu, Xiaodong; Di, Juqing; Zhang, Jian; Tang, Dingyuan; Xu, Jun

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrated an efficient and controllable dual-wavelength continuous-wave (CW) laser of Nd:Lu2SiO5 (Nd:LSO) crystal. The maximum output power was 3.02 W at wavelength of 1075 nm and 1079 nm, and with increasing of absorbed pump power, the ratio of 1079 nm laser rose. The slope efficiency of 65.6% and optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 63.3% were obtained. The passively Q-switched laser properties of Nd:LSO were investigated for the first time. The shortest pulse, maximum pulse energy and peak power were 11.58 ns, 29.05 μJ and 2.34 kW, respectively.

  15. Tunable multicolor and white-light upconversion luminescence in Yb3+/Tm3+/Ho3+ tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals.

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    Lin, Hao; Xu, Dekang; Teng, Dongdong; Yang, Shenghong; Zhang, Yueli

    2015-09-01

    NaYF4 micro-crystals with various concentrations of Yb(3+) /Tm(3+) /Ho(3+) were prepared successfully via a simple and reproducible hydrothermal route using EDTA as the chelating agent. Their phase structure and surface morphology were studied using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD patterns revealed that all the samples were pure hexagonal phase NaYF4. SEM images showed that Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)/Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 were hexagonal micro-prisms. Upconversion photoluminescence spectra of Yb(3+)/Tm(3+)/Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals with various dopant concentrations under 980 nm excitation with a 665 mW pump power were studied. Tunable multicolor (purple, purplish blue, yellowish green, green) and white light were achieved by simply adjusting the Ho(3+) concentration in 20%Yb(3+)/1%Tm(3+)/xHo(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals. Furthermore, white-light emissions could be obtained using different pump powers in 20%Yb(3+)/1%Tm(3+)/1%Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals at 980 nm excitation. The pump power-dependent intensity relationship was studied and relevant energy transfer processes were discussed in detail. The results suggest that Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) Ho(3+) tri-doped NaYF4 micro-crystals have potential applications in optoelectronic devices such as photovoltaic, plasma display panel and white-light-emitting diodes. PMID:25377774

  16. Order-to-disorder phase transformation in ion irradiated uranium-bearing delta-phase oxides RE{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12} (RE=Y, Gd, Ho, Yb, and Lu)

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    Tang, M.; Holliday, K.S.; Jiang, C.; Valdez, J.A.; Uberuaga, B.P.; Dickerson, P.O.; Dickerson, R.M.; Wang, Y.; Czerwinski, K.R.; Sickafus, K.E.

    2010-04-15

    Polycrystalline uranium-bearing compounds Y{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12}, Gd{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12}, Ho{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12}, Yb{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12}, and Lu{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12} samples were irradiated with various ions species (300 keV Kr{sup ++}, 400 keV Ne{sup ++}, and 100 keV He{sup +}) at cryogenic temperature ({approx}100 K), and the microstructures were examined following irradiation using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The pristine samples are characterized by an ordered, fluorite derivative structure, known as the delta phase. This structure possesses rhombohedral symmetry. Amorphization was not observed in any of the irradiated samples, even at the highest dose {approx}65 dpa (displacement per atom). On the other hand, some of these compounds experienced an order-to-disorder (O-D) phase transformation, from an ordered rhombohedral to a disordered fluorite structure, at ion doses between 2.5 and 65 dpa, depending on ion irradiation species. Factors influencing the irradiation-induced O-D transformation tendencies of these compounds are discussed in terms of density functional theory calculations of the O-D transformation energies. - Graphical abstract: The different order-to-disorder (O-D) phase transformation tendencies in irradiated uranium-bearing delta-phase RE{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12} compounds (Y{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12}, Gd{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12}, Ho{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12}, Yb{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12}, and Lu{sub 6}U{sub 1}O{sub 12}) are revealed by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy measurements, and theoretical simulations of the O-D transformation energies, performed using DFT, also support our experimental results.

  17. Anomalies in the Young modulus at structural phase transitions in rare-earth cobaltites RBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Y, Tm-Lu)

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    Kazei, Z. A. Snegirev, V. V.; Andreenko, A. S.; Kozeeva, L. P.

    2011-08-15

    The elastic properties of rare-earth cobaltites RBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Y, Tm-Lu) have been experimentally studied in the temperature range of 80-300 K. The strong softening of the Young modulus {Delta}E(T)/E{sub 0} Almost-Equal-To -(0.1-0.2) of cobaltites with Lu and Yb ions has been revealed, which is due to the instability of the crystal structure upon cooling and is accompanied by an inverse jump at the second-order structural phase transition. The softening of the Young modulus and the jump at the phase transition decrease by an order of magnitude and the transition temperature T{sub s} and hysteresis {Delta}T{sub s} increase from a compound with Lu to that with Tm. A large softening of the Young modulus at the structural transition in Lu- and Yb cobaltites indicates that the corresponding elastic constant goes to zero, whereas this constant in Tm cobaltite is not a 'soft' mode of the phase transition. It has been found that the structural phase transition in Lu- and Yb cobaltites is accompanied by a large absorption maximum at the phase transition point and an additional maximum in the low-temperature phase and absorption anomalies in Tm cobaltite is an order of magnitude smaller.

  18. Syntheses and crystal structures of the rare-earth metal(III) bromide ortho-oxidotungstates(VI) with the formula REBr[WO4] (RE = Y, Gd-Yb)

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    Schustereit, Tanja; Schleid, Thomas; Hartenbach, Ingo

    2015-10-01

    The rare-earth metal(III) bromide ortho-oxidotungstates(VI) with the formula REBr[WO4] crystallize triclinically in space group P 1 bar (a = 689-693, b = 715-728, c = 1074-1107 pm, α = 103-106, β ≈ 108 and γ = 93-95°, Z = 4) for RE = Y, Gd-Yb. Their crystal structure is isotypic with the most examples of the formally analogous lanthanoid(III) bromide oxidomolybdates(VI) REBr[MoO4] with RE = Y, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Lu. It contains two crystallographically different rare-earth metal(III) cations with coordination numbers of seven plus one for (RE1)3+ and seven for (RE2)3+. The (RE1)3+ cations are surrounded by three Br- and four plus one O2- anions forming distorted trigonal dodecahedra, while the (RE2)3+ cations exhibit a coordination environment of one Br- and six O2- anions in the shape of a monocapped trigonal prism. Furthermore, the structure contains two crystallographically independent, isolated tetrahedral [WO4]2- units. All these polyhedra are fused together to form 1 ∞ {REBr[WO4]} chains running along [012]. Since the title compounds, synthesized by solid-state reactions from the underlying binaries, emerge as pure phases according to X-ray powder diffractometry, spectroscopic and magnetic measurements were performed.

  19. Comparative study of luminescence properties of LuYAP:Ce and LYSO:Ce single-crystal scintillators for use in medical imaging

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    Valais, I.; David, S.; Michail, C.; Nikolopoulos, D.; Liaparinos, P.; Cavouras, D.; Kandarakis, I.; Panayiotakis, G. S.

    2007-09-01

    The luminescence properties of Lu 0.7Y 0.3AlO 3:Ce (LuYAP:Ce) and (Lu 0.9,Y 0.1) 2SiO 5:Ce (LYSO:Ce) crystals were studied for use in medical X-ray imaging. LuYAP:Ce and LYSO:Ce are single-crystal scintillators of high density, non-hygroscopic, high light yield and short decay time. The two cerium doped crystals have dimensions of 2×2×8 mm 3 with all surfaces polished. Evaluation was performed by determining the absolute luminescence efficiency (emitted light flux over incident X-ray exposure) in X-ray energies employed in general medical X-ray imaging (40-140 kVp) and in mammographic X-ray imaging (22-49 kV). Additionally, the light emission spectrum at various X-ray energies was measured in order to determine the spectral compatibility to optical photon detectors, incorporated in medical imaging systems. The optical characteristics, such as emission spectra, were investigated and important correlations with the scintillation properties were pointed out. The light emission performance of the two scintillation materials studied was found adequately high for medical X-ray imaging.

  20. Study of operation dynamics for crystal temperature measurement in a diode end-pumped monolithic Yb:YAG laser.

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    Moon, Hee-Jong; Lim, Changhwan; Kim, Guang-Hoon; Kang, Uk

    2013-12-16

    A temperature measurement scheme was proposed in a diode end-pumped thin monolithic Yb:YAG laser by analyzing the red-shifting behaviors of each lasing peak. The amount of peak shift was measured on the basis of the threshold lasing spectrum by using a chopped pump beam. In order to determine the effective scale factor, the ratio between the peak shift and the temperature rise, the dynamics of the spectral shift, the output beam profile, and the output power were investigated. The effective scale factor was determined to be about 0.0114 nm/°C in the case of the crystal sandwiched by copper bocks with a hole, wherein the plane stress approximation is valid. On the other hand, the effective scale factor significantly decreased in the case of the crystal sandwiched by sapphire plates. PMID:24514724

  1. Investigation of Anderson lattice behavior in Yb1-xLuxAl3

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    Bauer, E.D.; Booth, C.H.; Lawrence, J.M.; Hundley, M.F.; Sarrao, J.L.; Thompson, J.D.; Riseborough, P.S.; Ebihara, T.

    2003-10-06

    Measurements of magnetic susceptibility {chi}(T), specific heat C(T), Hall coefficient R{sub H}(T), and Yb valence {nu} = 2 + n{sub f} [f-occupation number n{sub f} (T) determined from Yb L{sub 3} x-ray absorption measurements] were carried out on single crystals of Yb{sub 1-x}Lu{sub x}Al{sub 3}. The low temperature anomalies observed in {chi}(T) and C(T) corresponding to an energy scale T{sub coh} {approx} 40 K in the intermediate valence, Kondo lattice compound YbAl{sub 3} are suppressed by Lu concentrations as small as 5% suggesting these low-T anomalies are extremely sensitive to disorder and, therefore, are a true coherence effect. By comparing the temperature dependence of various physical quantities to the predictions of the Anderson Impurity Model, the slow crossover behavior observed in YbAl{sub 3}, in which the data evolve from a low-temperature coherent, Fermi-liquid regime to a high temperature local moment regime more gradually than predicted by the Anderson Impurity Model, appears to evolve to fast crossover behavior at x {approx} 0.7 where the evolution is more rapid than predicted. These two phenomena found in Yb{sub 1-x}Lu{sub x}Al{sub 3}, i.e., the low-T anomalies and the slow/fast crossover behavior are discussed in relation to recent theories of the Anderson lattice.

  2. Efficient laser performance of Yb:Y3Al5O12/Cr4+:Y3Al5O12 composite crystals

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    Dong, Jun; Ren, Yingying; Wang, Guangyu; Cheng, Ying

    2013-10-01

    Highly efficient passively Q-switched lasers of Yb:Y3Al5O12/Cr4+:Y3Al5O12 (Yb:YAG/Cr4+:YAG) composite crystals have been demonstrated with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 36%. A slope efficiency of 44% was achieved with respect to the absorbed pump power. An average output power of over 1.75 W was obtained at an absorbed pump power of 4.8 W. Laser pulses with a pulse energy of over 180 μJ, a pulse width of 3 ns and a peak power of 60 kW were achieved. Near-diffraction-limited laser beams with M2 less than 1.3 were obtained. The effects of the absorbed pump power and the transmission of the output coupler on the laser performance of Yb:YAG/Cr4+:YAG composite crystals were addressed.

  3. Simultaneous tri-wavelength laser operation at 916, 1086, and 1089 nm of diode-pumped Nd:LuVO4 crystal

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    Shen, Bingjun; Jin, Lihong; Zhang, Jiajia; Tian, Jian

    2016-09-01

    We report a diode-pumped continuous-wave tri-wavelength Nd:LuVO4 laser operating at 916, 1086, and 1089 nm. A theoretical analysis has been introduced to determine the threshold conditions for simultaneous tri-wavelength laser operation. Using a T-shaped cavity, we realized efficient tri-wavelength operation at 4F3/2  →  4I9/2 and 4F3/2  →  4I11/2 transitions for Nd:LuVO4 crystal, simultaneously. The maximum output power was 2.8 W, which included 916, 1086, and 1089 nm, and the optical conversion efficiency was 15.1%. To our knowledge, this is the first work that realizes simultaneous tri-wavelength Nd:LuVO4 laser operation.

  4. Growth, Thermal and Spectral Properties of Er3+-Doped and Er3+/Yb3+-Codoped Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 Crystals

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    Xiao, Bin; Lin, Zhoubin; Zhang, Lizhen; Huang, Yisheng; Wang, Guofu

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports the growth and spectral properties of Er3+-doped and Er3+/Yb3+-codoped Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystals. The Er3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal with dimensions of 56 mm×28 mm×9 mm and Er3+/Yb3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal with dimensions of 52 mm×24 mm×8 mm were obtained by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method. Thermal expansion coefficients and thermal conductivity of both crystals were measured. The spectroscopic characterizations of both crystals were investigated. The spectroscopic analysis reveals that the Er3+/Yb3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal has much better optical properties than the Er3+: Li3Ba2La3(WO4)8 crystal, thus it may become a potential candidate for solid-state laser gain medium material. PMID:22808214

  5. Structural characterization of Lu{sub 1.8}Y{sub 0.2}SiO{sub 5} crystals

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    Chiriu, Daniele; Faedda, Nicola; Lehmann, Alessandra Geddo; Ricci, Pier Carlo; Anedda, Alberto; Desgreniers, Serge; Fortin, Emery

    2007-08-01

    The structural and vibrational properties of Lu{sub 1.8}Y{sub 0.2}SiO{sub 5} (LYSO) single crystals were investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements. Unit cell parameters and bond lengths were determined by Rietveld refinement of the collected x-ray diffraction powder spectra. By comparison with the vibrational spectra of the parent compounds Lu{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} and Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} and by using polarized Raman measurements, we propose the assignment of the principal vibrational modes of LYSO crystals. The strict connection of Raman spectra of the LYSO solid solution and of the pure lutetium and yttrium crystals, as well as the analysis of the polarized measurements, confirms that LYSO structure adopts the C2/c space group symmetry. The structural analogies of LYSO with the pure compound Lu{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} are further shown by means of high pressure Raman spectroscopy, and the possibility of considering the LYSO crystal analogous to the LSO structure with a tensile stress between 0.25 and 0.80 GPa is discussed.

  6. Crystal growth and characterization of Yb{sup 3+}-doped Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12}

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    Novoselov, A. . E-mail: anvn@tagen.tohoku.ac.jp; Kagamitani, Y.; Kasamoto, T.; Guyot, Y.; Shibata, H.; Yoshikawa, A.; Boulon, G.

    2007-01-18

    Single crystals of (Yb {sub x}Gd{sub 1-x}){sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} (0.0 {<=} x {<=} 1.0) have been grown by the micro-pulling-down method. Formation of continuous solid solutions with a garnet structure was confirmed. Composition dependence of the lattice constant, thermal diffusivity, specific heat capacity and thermal conductivity was investigated. Assignment of the Yb{sup 3+}-energy levels in Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12}-host lattice has been performed by using absorption, emission and Raman spectroscopy measurements at both, room temperature and at 12 K.

  7. Energy Transfer and 1.8 µm Emission in Tm³⁺/Yb³⁺ Co-Doped LiYF₄Crystal.

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    Yang, Shuo; Xia, Haiping; Zhang, Jiazhong; Jiang, Yongzhang; Gu, Xuemei; Zhang, Jianli; Wang, Dongjie; Jiang, Haochuan; Chen, Baojiu

    2016-01-01

    LiYF₄ single crystals co-doped with various Tm³⁺/Yb³⁺ concentrations were grown using the Bridg- man method. The luminescent properties of the crystals were investigated through emission spectra, emission cross section, and decay curves under excitation by 980 nm. Compared with the Tm³⁺ single-doped LiYF₄ crystal, an enhanced emission band from 1600 to 2150 nm was observed upon excitation of a 980 nm laser diode. The energy transfer from Yb³⁺ to Tm³⁺ and the optimum fluo- rescence emission around 1.80 µm of Tm³⁺ ion were investigated. The maximum emission cross section at 1.8 µm was calculated to be 1.48 x 10⁻²⁰ cm² according to the measured absorption spectrum. The high energy transfer efficiency of 86.5% from Yb³⁺ to Tm³⁺ ion demonstrate that the Yb³⁺ ions can efficiently sensitize the Tm³⁺ ions. PMID:27398484

  8. Spatially selective Er/Yb-doped CaF2 crystal formation by CO2 laser exposure

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    Kim, Dong-Seon; Lee, Jin-Ho; Lim, Ki-Soo

    2014-10-01

    We report the glass-ceramic precipitation on the oxyfluoride glass surface by spatially selective annealing with a CO2 laser and a heat gun exposure. X-ray diffraction analysis showed the formation of major CaF2 and miner Ca2SiO4 nanoparticles. We observed ∼100 nm nanoparticle aggregation by tunneling electron microscopy and element distribution in glass and crystal phases. Spatial distribution of glass ceramics near the glass surface was probed by confocal fluorescence microscope by using much enhanced emission from the Er ions in the laser-treated area. Strong emissions at 365 nm excitation and visible up-conversion emissions at 980 nm excitation also indicated well incorporation of Er and Yb ions into a crystalline environment.

  9. Spatially selective Er/Yb-doped CaF2 crystal formation by CO2 laser exposure

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    Kim, Dong-Seon; Lee, Jin-Ho; Lim, Ki-Soo

    2015-04-01

    We report the glass-ceramic precipitation on the oxyfluoride glass surface by spatially selective annealing with a CO2 laser and a heat gun exposure. X-ray diffraction analysis showed the formation of major CaF2 and miner Ca2SiO4 nanoparticles. We observed ∼100 nm nanoparticle aggregation by tunneling electron microscopy and element distribution in glass and crystal phases. Spatial distribution of glass ceramics near the glass surface was probed by confocal fluorescence microscope by using much enhanced emission from the Er ions in the laser-treated area. Strong emissions at 365 nm excitation and visible up-conversion emissions at 980 nm excitation also indicated well incorporation of Er and Yb ions into a crystalline environment.

  10. Crystal fields in YbInNi4 determined with magnetic form factor and inelastic neutron scattering

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    Severing, A.; Givord, F.; Boucherle, J.-X.; Willers, T.; Rotter, M.; Fisk, Z.; Bianchi, A.; Fernandez-Diaz, M. T.; Stunault, A.; Rainford, B. D.; Taylor, J.; Goremychkin, E.

    2011-04-01

    The magnetic form factor of YbInNi4 has been determined via the flipping ratios R with polarized neutron diffraction, and the scattering function S(Q,ω) was measured in an inelastic neutron scattering experiment. Both experiments were performed with the aim of determining the crystal-field scheme. The magnetic form factor clearly excludes the possibility of a Γ7 doublet as the ground state. The inelastic neutron data exhibit two almost equally strong peaks at 3.2 meV and 4.4 meV which points, in agreement with earlier neutron data, toward a Γ8 quartet ground state. Further possibilities such as a quasiquartet ground state are discussed.

  11. Generation of radially and azimuthally polarized beams in Yb:YAG laser with intra-cavity lens and birefringent crystal.

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    Thirugnanasambandam, Manasadevi P; Senatsky, Yuri; Ueda, Ken-ichi

    2011-01-31

    We demonstrated the operation of cw diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser in radial or azimuthal polarized (RP or AP) beams using a combination of birefringent uniaxial crystal (c-cut YVO4 or α-BBO) and lens as intra-cavity elements. RP and AP doughnut modes (M2 = 2-2.5, polarization extinction ratio 50-100:1) with output power up to 60 mW were generated. Apart from doughnut modes, RP or AP ring-like off-axis oscillations and multi-ring beams with mixed RP and AP were also observed at the output of this laser scheme. Using intra-cavity short focus lenses with spherical aberrations AP or RP modes of higher orders was obtained. Mechanism of mode selection in the laser is discussed. The large variety of beams with axially symmetric polarizations from the output of the proposed laser scheme may find applications in different fields. PMID:21369005

  12. Yb:YAG single-crystal fiber amplifiers for picosecond lasers using the divided pulse amplification technique.

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    Lesparre, Fabien; Gomes, Jean Thomas; Délen, Xavier; Martial, Igor; Didierjean, Julien; Pallmann, Wolfgang; Resan, Bojan; Druon, Frederic; Balembois, François; Georges, Patrick

    2016-04-01

    A two-stage master-oscillator power-amplifier (MOPA) system based on Yb:YAG single-crystal-fiber (SCF) technology and designed for high peak power is studied to significantly increase the pulse energy of a low-power picosecond laser. The first SCF amplifier has been designed for high gain. Using a gain medium optimized in terms of doping concentration and length, an optical gain of 32 dB has been demonstrated. The second amplifier stage designed for high energy using the divided pulse technique allows us to generate a recombined output pulse energy of 2 mJ at 12.5 kHz with a pulse duration of 6 ps corresponding to a peak power of 320 MW. Average powers ranging from 25 to 55 W with repetition rates varying from 12.5 to 500 kHz have been demonstrated. PMID:27192304

  13. Crystal growth, optical properties, and continuous-wave laser operation of Nd3+-doped Lu2SiO5 crystal

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    Li, D. Z.; Xu, X. D.; Zhou, D. H.; Xia, C. T.; Wu, F.; Xu, J.; Cong, Z. H.; Zhang, J.; Tang, D. Y.

    2011-01-01

    High quality Nd3+-doped Lu2SiO5 (Nd:LSO) crystal has been grown by the Czochralski technique. The cell parameters were analyzed with X-ray diffraction (XRD). Room temperature absorption and fluorescence spectra and fluorescence lifetime of the Nd:LSO crystal were measured and analyzed. The Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters Ω2,4,6 were obtained to be 2.59, 4.90, and 5.96×10-20 cm2, respectively. The absorption and emission cross sections and the branching ratios were calculated. The peak emission cross section is 5.8 and 6.6×10-20 cm2 at 1075 and 1079 nm, respectively, with full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 2.8 and 5.1 nm in turn. Pumped by a laser diode, a maximum 2.54 W continuous-wave laser output has been obtained with a slope efficiency of 32%. All the results show that this crystal is a promising laser material.

  14. Thermo-optical measurements of ytterbium doped ceramics (Sc2O3, Y203, Lu203, YAG) and crystals (YAG, CaF2) at cryogenic temperatures

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    Le Garrec, B.; Cardinali, V.; Bourdet, G.

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, we report the measurements of the specific heat, the density and the thermal diffusivity at room and cryogenic temperatures of Ytterbium doped cubic sesquioxides (Sc2O3, Y2O3, Lu2O3) ceramics and of Ytterbium doped crystals (YAG, CaF2). These materials appear to have very interesting properties for setting up high average power laser chains useful for plasma physics and for inertial fusion energy drivers.

  15. High-pressure high-temperature synthesis and crystal structure of the isotypic rare earth (RE)-thioborate-sulfides RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu)

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    Borna, Marija; Hunger, Jens; Ormeci, Alim; Zahn, Dirk; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Carrillo-Cabrera, Wilder; Cardoso-Gil, Raul; Kniep, Ruediger

    2011-02-15

    Application of high-pressure high-temperature conditions (3.5 GPa at 1673 K for 5 h) to mixtures of the elements (RE:B:S=1:3:6) yielded crystalline samples of the isotypic rare earth-thioborate-sulfides RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu), which crystallize in space group P6{sub 3} (Z=2/3) and adopt the Ce{sub 6}Al{sub 3.33}S{sub 14} structure type. The crystal structures were refined from X-ray powder diffraction data by applying the Rietveld method. Dy: a=9.4044(2) A, c=5.8855(3) A; Ho: a=9.3703(1) A, c=5.8826(1) A; Er: a=9.3279(12) A, c=5.8793(8) A; Tm: a=9.2869(3) A, c=5.8781(3) A; Yb: a=9.2514(5) A, c=5.8805(6) A; Lu: a=9.2162(3) A, c=5.8911(3) A. The crystal structure is characterized by the presence of two isolated complex ions [BS{sub 3}]{sup 3-} and [BS{sub 4}]{sup 5-} as well as [{open_square}(S{sup 2-}){sub 3}] units. -- Graphical abstract: Isotypic rare earth-thioborate-sulfides RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu) were prepared by application of high-pressure high-temperature conditions to mixtures of the elements. Their crystal structures are characterized by presence of the two isolated complex ions [BS{sub 3}]{sup 3-} and [BS{sub 4}]{sup 5-} as well as [{open_square}(S{sup 2-}){sub 3}] units. Quantum mechanical calculations revealed the arrangement of the intrinsic vacancies. Display Omitted Research Highlights: {yields} Application of high-pressure high-temperature conditions to mixtures of the elements yields crystalline samples of the isotypic rare earth-thioborate-sulfides RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu). {yields} RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu) crystallize in space group P6{sub 3} (Z=2/3) and adopt the Ce{sub 6}Al{sub 3.33}S{sub 14} structure type. {yields} The crystal structure of RE{sub 9}[BS{sub 3}]{sub 2}[BS{sub 4}]{sub 3}S{sub 3}, (RE=Dy-Lu) is characterized by the presence of two isolated complex ions [BS{sub 3

  16. Nanostructured crystals of fluorite phases Sr{sub 1−x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} (R Are Rare Earth Elements) and their ordering: 10. Ordering under spontaneous crystallization and annealing of Sr{sub 1−x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} Alloys (R = Tb-Lu, Y) with 23.8–36.1 mol % RF{sub 3}

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    Sulyanova, E. A. Karimov, D. N.; Sulyanov, S. N.; Zhmurova, Z. I.; Golubev, A. M.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2015-01-15

    The products of spontaneous crystallization (at a cooling rate of ∼200 K/min) of Sr{sub 1−x}R{sub x}F{sub 2+x} melts in the homogeneity range of the fluorite phase have been investigated. Thirty-two irrational compositions with 23.8–36.1 mol % RF{sub 3} and eight rational Sr{sub 2}RF{sub 7} compositions are obtained. With respect to the RF{sub 3} content, these compositions form five groups: (1) Sr{sub 0.762}R{sub 0.238}F{sub 2.238} (23.8% RF{sub 3}), (2) Sr{sub 0.744}R{sub 0.256}F{sub 2.256} (25.6%), (3) Sr{sub 0.718}R{sub 0.282}F{sub 2.282} (28.2%), (4) Sr{sub 2}RF{sub 7} (33.3%), and (5) Sr{sub 0.639}R{sub 0.361}F{sub 2.361} (36.1%). R = Tb-Lu, Y for all groups. Quenching melts of group 5 with R = Tb, Dy, and Ho leads to the formation of ordered phases with the trigonal distortion of the rhβ-Na{sub 7}Zr{sub 6}F{sub 31} type, while for melts of group 5 with R = Lu, quenching yields a phase of the trigonal rhα′-Sr{sub 4}Lu{sub 3}F{sub 17} type. In group 5 with R = Y, Er, Tm, or Yb and in groups 1–4 with all REEs, fluorite phases are formed. Annealing at 900 ± 20°C for 96 h with subsequent cooling at a rate of ∼200 K/min expands the variety of ordered phases: a phase with a new r type of orthorhombic distortion is formed in group 1 with R = Lu, in group 2 with R = Tm or Lu, and in group 3 with R = Ho-Lu, Y; a t-Sr{sub 2}RF{sub 7} phase with tetragonal distortion is formed in group 4 with R = Tb-Er, Y; and a phase of trigonal rhα′ type is formed in group 5 with R = Y, Yb, or Lu. A fluorite phase arises in group 1 with R = Tb-Lu, Y as a result of quenching and annealing. The tendency to ordering becomes more pronounced with an increase in the RF{sub 3} content and REE atomic number. The annealing conditions do not provide equilibrium or the completely ordered state of all alloys.

  17. Coupling of Ag Nanoparticle with Inverse Opal Photonic Crystals as a Novel Strategy for Upconversion Emission Enhancement of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) Nanoparticles.

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    Shao, Bo; Yang, Zhengwen; Wang, Yida; Li, Jun; Yang, Jianzhi; Qiu, Jianbei; Song, Zhiguo

    2015-11-18

    Rare-earth-ion-doped upconversion (UC) nanoparticles have generated considerable interest because of their potential application in solar cells, biological labeling, therapeutics, and imaging. However, the applications of UC nanoparticles were still limited because of their low emission efficiency. Photonic crystals and noble metal nanoparticles are applied extensively to enhance the UC emission of rare earth ions. In the present work, a novel substrate consisting of inverse opal photonic crystals and Ag nanoparticles was prepared by the template-assisted method, which was used to enhance the UC emission of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) nanoparticles. The red or green UC emissions of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) nanoparticles were selectively enhanced on the inverse opal substrates because of the Bragg reflection of the photonic band gap. Additionally, the UC emission enhancement of NaYF4: Yb(3+), Er(3+) nanoparticles induced by the coupling of metal nanoparticle plasmons and photonic crystal effects was realized on the Ag nanoparticles included in the inverse opal substrate. The present results demonstrated that coupling of Ag nanoparticle with inverse opal photonic crystals provides a useful strategy to enhance UC emission of rare-earth-ion-doped nanoparticles. PMID:26496243

  18. Size/morphology induced tunable luminescence in upconversion crystals: ultra-strong single-band emission and underlying mechanisms

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    Wang, Zhaofeng; Zeng, Songshan; Yu, Jingfang; Ji, Xiaoming; Zeng, Huidan; Xin, Shuangyu; Wang, Yuhua; Sun, Luyi

    2015-05-01

    In this work, we present a two-step method to controllably synthesize novel and highly efficient upconversion materials, Lu5O4F7:Er3+,Yb3+ nano/micro-crystals, and investigate their size/morphology induced tunable upconversion properties. In addition to the common phenomenon aroused by a surface quenching effect, direct experimental evidence for the regulation of phonon modes is obtained in nanoparticles. The findings in this work advance the existing mechanisms for the general explanation of size/morphology induced upconversion features. Because of the adjustment of phonon energy and density as well as the surface quenching effect, the biocompatible Lu5O4F7:Er3+,Yb3+ nanoparticles exhibit an ultra-strong single-band red upconversion, rendering them promising for biomedical applications.In this work, we present a two-step method to controllably synthesize novel and highly efficient upconversion materials, Lu5O4F7:Er3+,Yb3+ nano/micro-crystals, and investigate their size/morphology induced tunable upconversion properties. In addition to the common phenomenon aroused by a surface quenching effect, direct experimental evidence for the regulation of phonon modes is obtained in nanoparticles. The findings in this work advance the existing mechanisms for the general explanation of size/morphology induced upconversion features. Because of the adjustment of phonon energy and density as well as the surface quenching effect, the biocompatible Lu5O4F7:Er3+,Yb3+ nanoparticles exhibit an ultra-strong single-band red upconversion, rendering them promising for biomedical applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Crystal structure analysis, UV-Vis absorption spectra, SEM micrographs, surface micro-structure investigation, biocompatibility of Lu5O4F7: Er3+, Yb3+, as well as morphology and upconversion properties of the control sample NaYF4: Er3+, Yb3+. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01008j

  19. Electronic excitations and defect creation in wide-gap MgO and Lu3Al5O12 crystals irradiated with swift heavy ions

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    Lushchik, A.; Kärner, T.; Lushchik, Ch.; Schwartz, K.; Savikhin, F.; Shablonin, E.; Shugai, A.; Vasil'chenko, E.

    2012-09-01

    A comparative study of radiation effects in two groups of single crystals with an energy gap of about 8 eV possessing drastically different lattice and electron energy structures - fcc MgO and Lu3Al5O12 with 160 atoms per a unit cell - has been performed using crystal irradiation with vacuum ultraviolet radiation, electrons, fast fission neutrons and, in particular, ˜2.2 GeV uranium ions. In MgO with the absence of self-trapping for valence holes, the localization of holes near impurity ions or bivacancies (both as-grown or induced by a plastic stress) has been detected. In LuAG, the peculiarities of the motion of hole polarons and excitons, the radius of which is smaller than the size of a unit cell, have been revealed and analysed. The irradiation of MgO and LuAG with swift heavy ions providing an extremely high density of electronic excitations causes also the nonimpact creation of long-lived Frenkel defects in an oxygen sublattice.

  20. Hydrothermal synthesis and upconversion luminescence properties of β-NaGdF4:Yb3+/Tm3+ and β-NaGdF4:Yb3+/Ho3+ submicron crystals with regular morphologies.

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    Li, Jing; Hao, Zhendong; Zhang, Xia; Luo, Yongshi; Zhao, Jihong; Lü, Shaozhe; Cao, Jian; Zhang, Jiahua

    2013-02-15

    Single phase β-NaGdF(4):Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) and β-NaGdF(4):Yb(3+)/Ho(3+) submicron crystals with various morphologies including hexagonal prisms, spindles, and spheres were synthesized via the one-step hydrothermal method by controlling the pH values and sort of chelators (EDTA and citric acid). The prepared products showed intense up-converted luminescence (UCL) pumped by infrared laser at 980 nm. The hexagonal prisms that meaning high degree crystallinity demonstrated strong UCL in comparison with other morphologies such as spindles and spheres. In β-NaGdF(4):Yb(3+)/Tm(3+), UCL not only appeared transitions from (1)G(4), (1)D(2), and (1)I(6) states to the lower lying states of Tm(3+), but also (6)P(J)→(8)S(7/2) transition (310 nm) of Gd(3+). These UCL were responsible for three, five, and six photons processes determined by pump power dependence of UCL intensities. The observation of UCL of Gd(3+) implied occurrence of energy transfer from Tm(3+):(1)I(6) to Gd(3+):(6)P(J). PMID:23141700

  1. Growth, thermal properties and laser operation of a novel disordered Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 laser crystal

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    Pan, Zhongben; Cai, Huaqiang; Huang, Hui; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Jiyang

    2014-10-01

    A high quality disordered Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 laser crystal has been successfully grown by the Czochralski method. The complete set of anisotropic thermal properties were systematically measured for the first time. In addition, continuous-wave laser along the three crystallographic axis were obtained. Passively Q-switched by a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber, the laser yielded an average output power of 0.47 W with a slope efficiency of 7.6% for the first time. The generated pulse energy, duration, and peak power were 94 μJ, 33 ns, and 2.85 KW, respectively. We believe that the reliability and stability of these lasers makes the disordered Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal of considerable interest for future applications.

  2. Czochralski growth of six Yb-doped double borate and silicate laser materials

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    Haumesser, Paul-Henri; Gaumé, Romain; Benitez, Jean-Marie; Viana, Bruno; Ferrand, Bernard; Aka, Gérard; Vivien, Daniel

    2001-11-01

    New Yb-doped oxides have been grown by the Czochralski method. They include borates such as Ca 3Y 2(BO 3) 4 (CYB), Ca 3Gd 2(BO 3) 4 (CaGB), Sr 3Y(BO 3) 3 (SrYBO) and Ba 3Lu(BO 3) 3 (BLuB) as well as the silicates Y 2SiO 5 (YSO), Ca 2Al 2SiO 7 (CAS) and SrY 4(SiO 4) 3O (SYS). Successful Czochralski growth is reported for the first time in the case of SrYBO. Scattering center free CAS single crystals were obtained as well. Spectroscopic evaluation reveals that all those materials should be suitable for diode pumping at 980 nm due to broad absorption lines, and operate in a quasi-3-level scheme with large crystal-field splitting of the Yb ground state manifold.

  3. Polymorphism and phase transitions of K_3Lu(PO_4)_2

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    Farmer, J. Matt; Boatner, Lynn A.; Chakoumakos, Bryan C.; Mandrus, David; Jin, Rongying

    2001-03-01

    Alkali lanthanide double phosphates have been studied for uses as long-wavelength scintillators for γ-ray detection using Si photodiodes. This family of compounds exhibits layered crystal structures, in the sequence lanthanide, phosphate alkali, alkali, alkali - phosphate. Current research has focused on K_3Lu(PO_4)_2. At room temperature, this compound is hexagonal, P 3 space group symmetry. The Lu ion is six-coordinated to the oxygen atoms of the phosphate groups. Our group has recently characterized two lower-temperature phases of K_3Lu(PO_4)2 using single-crystal XRD and powder neutron diffraction. The first transition occurs at 230 K, with a transformation to monoclinic P 2_1/m space group symmetry, and the Lu still retains six coordination. Another transition occurs at 130 K, with a small change in the cell volume, keeping the same P 2_1/m space group symmetry; however, one of the phosphate groups rotates to increase the coordination of the Lu ion to seven. This new structure is isostructural with the room-temperature form of K_3Yb(PO_4)_2. A heat capacity versus temperature study of K_3Lu(PO_4)2 confirms the transformations and indicates a large thermal hysteresis as the crystals are thermally cycled between 15 and 295 K. Research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725 with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by UT-Battelle, LLC.

  4. Crystal structure and properties of high-pressure-synthesized BiRhO{sub 3}, LuRhO{sub 3}, and NdRhO{sub 3}

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    Yi, Wei; Liang, Qifeng; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Tanaka, Masahiko; Hu, Xiao; Belik, Alexei A.

    2013-04-15

    GdFeO{sub 3}-type orthorhombic perovskite compounds BiRhO{sub 3}, LuRhO{sub 3}, and NdRhO{sub 3} were prepared using a high-pressure and high-temperature technique at 6 GPa and 1300–1600 K. Their crystal structures were investigated using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data: a=5.8098(3) Å, b=7.7720(4) Å, and c=5.3510(3) Å for BiRhO{sub 3}; a=5.75519(1) Å, b=7.77218(2) Å, and c=5.37572(1) Å for NdRhO{sub 3}, and a=5.66981(1) Å, b=7.51205(2) Å, and c=5.18520(1) Å for LuRhO{sub 3}. BiRhO{sub 3} crystallizes in the centrosymmetric space group Pnma (No. 62) similar to LuRhO{sub 3} and NdRhO{sub 3} despite the presence of the lone electron pair of Bi{sup 3+} and the non-magnetic ground state of Rh{sup 3+}. BiRhO{sub 3} and LuRhO{sub 3} are non-magnetic, and NdRhO{sub 3} shows paramagnetic behavior from Nd{sup 3+} ions. The specific heat of BiRhO{sub 3}, LuRhO{sub 3}, and NdRhO{sub 3} in different applied magnetic fields was also investigated. An energy gap of BiRhO{sub 3} was estimated to be about 1.3 eV from diffuse reflectance spectra and 0.95 eV from first-principle calculations with U=3.5 eV. - Graphical abstract: A fragment of the crystal structure of BiRhO{sub 3} in the Pnma (along b axis) model, 2×2×2 unit cell. The RhO{sub 6} octahedra are shown in gray. The Bi atoms are shown by big black circles. Highlights: ► BiRhO{sub 3}, LuRhO{sub 3}, and NdRhO{sub 3} were prepared using a high-pressure technique. ► Structure of three compounds was determined: centrosymmetric space group Pnma. ► BiRhO{sub 3} and LuRhO{sub 3} are non-magnetic, and NdRhO{sub 3} shows paramagnetic behavior. ► Specific heat of BiRhO{sub 3}, LuRhO{sub 3}, and NdRhO{sub 3} was investigated. ► BiRhO{sub 3} has an energy gap of about 1.3 eV.

  5. Intermediate valence to heavy fermion through a quantum phase transition in Yb3(Rh1-xTx)4Ge13 (T = Co, Ir) single crystals

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    Rai, Binod; Morosan, Emilia

    Single crystals of Yb3(Rh1-x Tx)4Ge13 (T = Co, Ir) have been grown using the self-flux method. Powder X-ray diffraction data on these compounds are consistent with the cubic structure with space group Pm 3 n . Intermediate valence behavior is observed in Yb3(Rh1-x Tx)4Ge13 upon T = Co doping, while T = Ir doping drives the system into a heavy fermion state. Antiferromagnetic order is observed in the Ir-doped samples Yb3(Rh1-x Tx)4Ge13 for 0.5 < x <= 1 with TN = 0.96 K for Yb3Ir4Ge13. With decreasing x, the magnetic order is suppressed towards a quantum critical point around xc = 0.5, accompanied by non-Fermi liquid behavior evidenced by logarithmic divergence of the specific heat and linear temperature dependence of the resistivity. The Fermi liquid behavior is recovered with the application of large magnetic fields. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation EPiQS initiative through Grant GBMF4417 and Welch Foundation.

  6. Preparation and photoluminescence properties of RE:Na{sub 3}La{sub 9}O{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 8} (RE=Er, Yb) crystals

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    Liu Zuoliang; Zhang, Guochun; Zhang Jianxiu; Bai Xiaoyan; Fu Peizhen; Wu Yicheng

    2010-06-15

    Using Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}-NaF as fluxes, transparent RE:Na{sub 3}La{sub 9}O{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 8} (abbr. RE:NLBO, RE=Er, Yb) crystals have been grown by the top seed solution growth (TSSG) method. The X-ray powder diffraction analysis shows that the RE:NLBO crystals have the same structure with NLBO. The element contents were determined by molar to be 0.64% Er{sup 3+} in Er:NLBO, 2.70% Yb{sup 3+} in Yb:NLBO, respectively. The polarized absorption spectra of RE:NLBO have been measured at room temperature and show that both Er:NLBO and Yb:NLBO have a strong absorption bands near 980 nm with wide FWHM (Full Wave at Half Maximum) (21 nm for Er:NLBO and 25 nm for Yb:NLBO). Fluorescence spectra have been recorded. Yb:NLBO has the emission peaks at 985 nm, 1028 nm and 1079 nm and the emission peak of Er:NLBO is at 1536 nm. Spectral parameters have been calculated by the Judd-Ofelt theory for Er:NLBO and the reciprocity method for Yb:NLBO, respectively. The calculated values show that Er:NLBO is a candidate of 1.55 {mu}m laser crystals and Yb:NLBO is a candidate for self-frequency doubling crystal. - Graphical abstract: Fluorescence spectra show the emission peaks at 985, 1028 and 1079 nm of Yb:NLBO and at 1536 nm of Er:NLBO.

  7. Synthesis, chemical bonding and physical properties of RERhB{sub 4} (RE=Y, Dy-Lu)

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    Veremchuk, I.; Mori, T.; Prots, Yu.; Schnelle, W.; Leithe-Jasper, A.; Kohout, M.; Grin, Yu.

    2008-08-15

    The compounds of rare-earth metals with rhodium and boron RERhB{sub 4} (RE=Y, Dy-Lu) crystallize with the orthorhombic structure type YCrB{sub 4} (space group Pbam, Pearson symbol oP24). The crystal structures of the compounds with RE=Y, Er, Tm and Yb were refined by using single-crystal diffraction data. Analysis of chemical bonding for YRhB{sub 4} and YbRhB{sub 4} was performed by electron localizability indicator and by calculation of quantum chemical charges (quantum theory of atoms in molecules). Boron and rhodium form the 3-D polyanion containing planar nets of three-bonded boron atoms interconnected by rhodium along [001]. The interaction of the RE species with the rhodium-boron polyanion is predominantly ionic. Magnetic susceptibility data of TmRhB{sub 4} and YbRhB{sub 4} showed that the RE species are in 4f{sup 12} (Tm) and 4f{sup 13} (Yb) electronic states, respectively. In the low-temperature region, the specific heat revealed a Schottky anomaly for TmRhB{sub 4} while an antiferromagnetic transition is observed at 3.5 K for YbRhB{sub 4}. X-ray absorption measurement at the Yb L{sub III} edge for YbRhB{sub 4} reveals the 4f{sup 13} state of ytterbium. - Graphical abstract: The compounds of rare-earth metals with rhodium and boron RERhB{sub 4} (RE=Y, Dy-Lu) crystallize with the orthorhombic structure type YCrB{sub 4}. Analysis of chemical bonding for YRhB{sub 4} and YbRhB{sub 4} was performed by electron localizability indicator and by calculation of quantum chemical charges (quantum theory of atoms in molecules). Boron and rhodium form the 3-D polyanion containing planar nets of three-bonded boron atoms interconnected by rhodium along [001]. The interaction of the RE species with the rhodium-boron polyanion is predominantly ionic.

  8. Influence of Pb2+ ions on the morphology of etch pits and dislocation density of CaF2:YbF3 crystals

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    Stef, Marius; Stef, Florica; Buse, Gabriel; Nicoara, Irina

    2012-08-01

    Various concentrations YbF3 -doped CaF2 and Pb2+ - codoped crystals were grown using the conventional Bridgman method. Transparent colorless crystals were obtained in graphite crucible in vacuum (˜ 10-1 Pa) using a shaped graphite furnace. The crystals have been cooled to room temperature using an established procedure. In order to study the etch pits morphology and the dislocations density we used the chemical etching method. This method consists in immersing the cleaved sample in 4NHCl at 60°C for 5 minutes. Small pits are developed at the emergence points of the dislocations. The etch pits have hexagonal shapes for pure CaF2 crystal and triangular sahpes for doped crystals. The dislocations density depends also on the dopant or on the codopant concentration.

  9. Crystal growth of rare-earth orthovanadate (RVO 4) by the floating-zone method

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    Oka, Kunihiko; Unoki, Hiromi; Shibata, Hajime; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2006-01-01

    Single crystals of rare-earth orthovanadate, RVO 4 where R=Y, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu, with the cross-sectional size of about 7×7 mm 2 and 20-50 mm length have been successfully grown by the floating-zone method. Fluorescence properties at room temperature and dielectric and elastic properties along the c-axis of some grown crystals have been reported.

  10. Crystal fields, disorder, and antiferromagnetic short-range order in (Yb{sub 0.24}Sn{sub 0.76})Ru

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    Klimczuk, T; Wang, C H; Lawrence, J M; Xu, Q; Durakiewicz, T; Ronning, F; Llobet, A; Trouw, F; Kurita, N; Tokiwa, Y; Lee, Han-oh; Booth, C H; Gardner, J S; Bauer, E D; Joyce, J J; Zandbergen, H W; Movshovich, R; Cava, R J; Thompson, J D

    2011-07-18

    We report extensive measurements on a new compound (Yb{sub 0.24}Sn{sub 0.76})Ru that crystallizes in the cubic CsCl structure. Valence band photoemission and L{sub 3} x-ray absorption show no divalent component in the 4f configuration of Yb. Inelastic neutron scattering (INS) indicates that the eight-fold degenerate J-multiplet of Yb{sup 3+} is split by the crystalline electric field (CEF) into a Γ{sub 7} doublet ground state and a Γ{sub 8} quartet at an excitation energy 20 meV. The magnetic susceptibility can be fit very well by this CEF scheme under the assumption that a Γ{sub 6} excited state resides at 32 meV; however, the Γ{sub 8}/Γ{sub 6} transition expected at 12 meV was not observed in the INS. The resistivity follows a Bloch-Grüneisen law shunted by a parallel resistor, as is typical of systems subject to phonon scattering with no apparent magnetic scattering. All of these properties can be understood as representing simple local moment behavior of the trivalent Yb ion. At 1 K, there is a peak in specific heat that is too broad to represent a magnetic phase transition, consistent with absence of magnetic reflections in neutron diffraction. On the other hand, this peak also is too narrow to represent the Kondo effect in the Γ{sub 7} ground state doublet. On the basis of the field-dependence of the specific heat, we argue that antiferromagnetic shortrange order (possibly co-existing with Kondo physics) occurs at low temperatures. The long-range magnetic order is suppressed because the Yb site occupancy is below the percolation threshold for this disordered compound.

  11. Growth, structure, defects and polarized absorption spectral properties of Er:Yb:YCa4O(BO3)3 crystals

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    Zhong, Degao; Teng, Bing; Kong, Weijin; Zhang, Shiming; Li, Yuyi; Li, Jianhong; Yang, Liting; Cao, Lifeng; Van Smaalen, Sander

    2016-01-01

    YCa4O(BO3)3 (YCOB) crystals co-doped with 3 at% Er3+ and 20 at% Yb3+ were successfully grown by the Czochralski method. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) results show that the as-grown Er:Yb:YCOB crystal belongs to the monoclinic system with space group Cm. And the lattice parameters are a=8.076(8) Å, b=16.023(7) Å, c=3.528(4) Å and β=101.15(4)°. Crystal defects were revealed by chemical etching experiments. The density of etch pits, attributed to dislocations and observed on (010) planes, was found to be not uniform along the crystal diameter. The detailed polarized absorption spectra were measured. The polarized absorption cross sections at 977 nm are 1.01×10-20, 1.22×10-20 and 1.05×10-20 cm2 for E//X, E//Y and E//Z, respectively. And the polarized absorption cross sections at 1538 nm is about 1.86×10-20 cm2 for both E//X and E//Z, but for E//Y the result is 1.03×10-20 cm2, which is much smaller. The relationship between the crystal structure and absorption spectra was discussed.

  12. Optical ridge waveguides in Yb:YAG laser crystal produced by combination of swift carbon ion irradiation and femtosecond laser ablation

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    Cheng, Yazhou; Lv, Jinman; Akhmadaliev, Shavkat; Hernández-Palmero, Irene; Romero, Carolina; Vázquez de Aldana, Javier R.; Zhou, Shengqiang; Chen, Feng

    2015-09-01

    We report on the fabrication of optical ridge waveguides in ytterbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Yb:YAG) single crystal by applying swift C5+ ion irradiation and the followed femtosecond laser ablation. The planar waveguide layer is first produced by C5+ ion irradiation and the laser ablation is used to microstructure the planar waveguide surface to construct ridge structures. The lowest propagation loss of the ridge waveguide has been determined to be ~2.1 dB/cm. From the confocal micro-fluorescence and micro-Raman spectra obtained from the waveguide regions, the intensities, positions and widths of the emission-line peaks had no obvious changes with respect to those from the bulks, which indicate that C5+ ion irradiation does not affect the bulk-related properties of the Yb:YAG crystal significantly in the waveguide regions. The results obtained in this work suggest potential applications of the Yb:YAG ridge waveguides as integrated laser sources.

  13. The influence of crystal structure on ion-irradiation tolerance in the Sm(x)Yb(2-x)TiO5 series

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    Aughterson, R. D.; Lumpkin, G. R.; de los Reyes, M.; Gault, B.; Baldo, P.; Ryan, E.; Whittle, K. R.; Smith, K. L.; Cairney, J. M.

    2016-04-01

    This ion-irradiation study covers the four major crystal structure types in the Ln2TiO5 series (Ln = lanthanide), namely orthorhombic Pnma, hexagonal P63/mmc, cubic (pyrochlore-like) Fd-3m and cubic (fluorite-like) Fm-3m. This is the first systematic examination of the complete Ln2TiO5 crystal system and the first reported examination of the hexagonal structure. A series of samples, based on the stoichiometry Sm(x)Yb(2-x)TiO5 (where x = 2, 1.4, 1, 0.6, and 0) have been irradiated using 1 MeV Kr2+ ions and characterised in-situ using a transmission electron microscope. Two quantities are used to define ion-irradiation tolerance: critical dose of amorphisation (Dc), which is the irradiating ion dose required for a crystalline to amorphous transition, and the critical temperature (Tc), above which the sample cannot be rendered amorphous by ion irradiation. The structure type plus elements of bonding are correlated to ion-irradiation tolerance. The cubic phases, Yb2TiO5 and Sm0.6Yb1.4TiO5, were found to be the most radiation tolerant, with Tc values of 479 and 697 K respectively. The improved radiation tolerance with a change in symmetry to cubic is consistent with previous studies of similar compounds.

  14. Shape-controllable synthesis of hydrophilic NaLuF4:Yb,Er nanocrystals by a surfactant-assistant two-phase system

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    2013-01-01

    Water-soluble upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were prepared by a one-pot procedure in a two-phase reacting system. Four kinds of surfactants were tested in the synthesis process as capping agent to tune size and morphology of nanocrystals. Nanoparticles (approximately 70 nm) and rods (400 nm and 2.5 μm) were synthesized, respectively. Then, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis confirmed the successful linking between UCNP surface and surfactant. Ionic liquids (ILs) and surfactants participated in synthesis process together, competing with each other to cap on UCNPs. ILs still led the competition of capping, while surfactants worked as cooperative assistants to develop functional surface. Further characterizations such as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction indicated the changes in crystallization and phase transformation under the influence of surfactants. In addition, the growth mechanism of nanocrystals and upconversion fluorescence luminance was also investigated in detail. At last, the cytotoxicity of UCNPs was evaluated, which highly suggest that these surface-functionalized UCNPs are promising candidates for biomedical engineering. PMID:24314099

  15. Intense 2.89 μm emission from Dy³⁺/Yb³⁺-codoped PbF₂ crystal by 970 nm laser diode pumping.

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    Zhang, Peixiong; Xu, Min; Zhang, Lianhan; Hong, Jiaqi; Wang, Xianyong; Wang, Yaqi; Chen, Guangzhu; Hang, Yin

    2015-10-19

    A novel Dy(3+)/Yb(3+) co-doped PbF2 mid-IR laser crystal was successfully grown using the vertical Bridgman method. Efficient emission at around 3 μm from the crystal was observed under excitation of a conventional 970 nm laser diode (LD). The energy transfer efficiency from Yb(3+) to Dy(3+) in Dy(3+)/Yb(3+):PbF2 crystal is as high as (97.7±0.3)%. It is also found that the Dy(3+)/Yb(3+):PbF2 crystal possesses long fluorescence lifetime (15.4±0.2) ms, high quantum efficiency (95.0±0.3)%, and large emission cross section (1.37±0.11)×10(-20) cm2 corresponding to the stimulated emission of Dy(3+):(6)H(13/2)→(6)H(15/2) transition. Additionally, the phonon energy of the crystal was analyzed by the Raman spectrum. These results indicate that Dy(3+)/Yb(3+):PbF2 crystal may become a promising material for 3 μm solid state lasers under a conventional 970 nm LD pump. PMID:26480440

  16. Geochemical test for branching decay of 176Lu

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    Amelin, Y.; Davis, W. J.

    2005-01-01

    Two different groups of values for the 176Lu decay constant have been determined by recent high-precision experiments. The λ 176Lu values of 1.86-1.87 × 10 -11 a -1 were determined by age comparisons using terrestrial minerals of Proterozoic and late Archean age, whereas values of ˜1.94 × 10 -11 a -1 were determined in age comparison studies of meteorites. A possible branched decay of 176Lu could be the cause of this discrepancy. The β + decay of 176Lu to 176Yb was detected in the early studies of radioactivity of 176Lu, with reported values of λβ +/(λβ + + λβ -) in the total 176Lu ranging from less than 0.03 to 0.67. If the β + decay fraction is close to the upper limit of the reported values, it can explain the 4%-6% difference between the apparent λ 176Lu values. To get a reliable estimate for the β + decay of 176Lu, we have measured Yb isotopic composition in 2.7 Ga zircons with Lu/Yb N (chondrite-normalized) ratios of 1.40 and 1.45, in 1.0 Ga xenotime with Lu/Yb N = 1.23, using Yb from the 28.4 Ma Fish Canyon Tuff (FCT) zircon and titanite as the modern reference value. Multiple analyses yielded the following weighted mean values (± 2σ) for the 176Yb/ 174Yb ratio: 0.4022134 ± 0.0000017 for the FCT zircon and titanite, 0.4022134 ± 0.0000019 for the 1.0 Ga xenotime, and 0.4022124 ± 0.0000033 for the 2.7 Ga zircons. These data yield λβ +/(λβ + + λβ -) = -0.005 ± 0.015 (2σ) and establish an upper limit of 0.9% of total decays for the β + decay branch. Branching decay can therefore be eliminated as the cause of the discrepancy in 176Lu decay constant estimates. We discuss other possible causes of the λ 176Lu terrestrial vs. meteorite discrepancy.

  17. Physical optimization of production by deuteron irradiation of high specific activity (177g)Lu suitable for radioimmunotherapy.

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    Manenti, Simone; Bonardi, Mauro L; Gini, Luigi; Groppi, Flavia

    2014-01-01

    Deuteron-induced nuclear reactions for generation of no-carrier-added (NCA) Lu isotopes were investigated using the stacked-foil activation technique on natural Yb targets at energies up to Ed=18.18MeV. The decay curve of ¹⁷⁷Yb, the growth curve of the cumulative (direct and indirect) and the direct production of (177g)Lu were determined. The analysis of these curves conducts to the evidence that the predominant route for the production of (177g)Lu is the indirect reaction ¹⁷⁶Yb(d,p)¹⁷⁷Yb, which decays to (177g)Lu. In the spectra acquired one year from the EOB the γ lines of (177m)Lu are not evident. A comparison between the calculated activity of (177g)Lu produced with a cyclotron and with a nuclear reactor is given. PMID:24666720

  18. Metal-to-metal charge transfer between dopant and host ions: Photoconductivity of Yb-doped CaF{sub 2} and SrF{sub 2} crystals

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    Barandiarán, Zoila Seijo, Luis

    2015-10-14

    Dopant-to-host electron transfer is calculated using ab initio wavefunction-based embedded cluster methods for Yb/Ca pairs in CaF{sub 2} and Yb/Sr pairs in SrF{sub 2} crystals to investigate the mechanism of photoconductivity. The results show that, in these crystals, dopant-to-host electron transfer is a two-photon process mediated by the 4f{sup N−1}5d excited states of Y b{sup 2+}: these are reached by the first photon excitation; then, they absorb the second photon, which provokes the Y b{sup 2+} + Ca{sup 2+} (Sr{sup 2+}) → Y b{sup 3+} + Ca{sup +} (Sr{sup +}) electron phototransfer. This mechanism applies to all the observed Y b{sup 2+} 4f–5d absorption bands with the exception of the first one: Electron transfer cannot occur at the first band wavelengths in CaF{sub 2}:Y b{sup 2+} because the Y b{sup 3+}–Ca{sup +} states are not reached by the two-photon absorption. In contrast, Yb-to-host electron transfer is possible in SrF{sub 2}:Y b{sup 2+} at the wavelengths of the first 4f–5d absorption band, but the mechanism is different from that described above: first, the two-photon excitation process occurs within the Y b{sup 2+} active center, then, non-radiative Yb-to-Sr electron transfer can occur. All of these features allow to interpret consistently available photoconductivity experiments in these materials, including the modulation of the photoconductivity by the absorption spectrum, the differences in photoconductivity thresholds observed in both hosts, and the peculiar photosensitivity observed in the SrF{sub 2} host, associated with the lowest 4f–5d band.

  19. Syntheses, crystal structures, and resistivities of the two new ternary uranium selenides, Er3USe8 and Yb3USe8

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    Prakash, Jai; Mesbah, Adel; Beard, Jessica C.; Malliakas, Christos D.; Ibers, James A.

    2016-01-01

    Two new ternary lanthanide (Ln) uranium selenides, Er3USe8 and Yb3USe8, were synthesized at 1198 K using NaI as a flux. Single-crystal X-ray studies show these two compounds to be isostructural and to crystallize in space group D2h 11 -Pbcm of the orthorhombic crystal system. The Ln and U atoms are disordered on the same crystallographic site in these crystal structures. Each Ln/U atom is coordinated to eight Se atoms in a bicapped trigonal prism, and sharing of these (Ln/U)Se8 units creates a three-dimensional network. Se2 atoms are connected to each other to form infinite one-dimensional chains along the c axis. In these chains, the two Se atoms are separated by about 2.74 Å, a distance intermediate to those of a Se-Se single bond and a van der Waals interaction. Temperature-dependent resistivity measurements show that Er3USe8 and Yb3USe8 are semiconductors with activation energies of 0.08(1) and 0.17(1) eV, respectively.

  20. Magnetic and electrical properties of flux grown single crystals of Ln{sub 6}M{sub 4}Al{sub 43} (Ln=Gd, Yb; M=Cr, Mo, W)

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    Kangas, Michael J.; Treadwell, LaRico J.; Haldolaarachchige, Neel; McAlpin, Jacob D.; Young, David P.; Chan, Julia Y.

    2013-01-15

    Millimeter-sized single crystals of Ln{sub 6}M{sub 4}Al{sub 43} (Ln=Gd, Yb; M=Cr, Mo, W) were successfully grown with a molten aluminum flux. Synthetic conditions and physical properties for single crystals of all six analogs are discussed. The compounds exhibit metallic resistivity with room temperature values between 0.1 and 0.6 m{Omega}-cm. The Yb analogs are Pauli paramagnets with the Yb ion adopting the nonmagnetic divalent configuration (Yb{sup 2+}). Gd{sub 6}Cr{sub 4}Al{sub 43}, Gd{sub 6}Mo{sub 4}Al{sub 43}, and Gd{sub 6}W{sub 4}Al{sub 43} appear to order antiferromagnetically at 19, 15, and 15 K, respectively. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of Yb{sub 6}Cr{sub 4}Al{sub 43}. The light and dark green polyhedra show the chromium sublattice. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Single crystals up to 0.5 cm in length were grown with a molten aluminum flux. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Physical property measurements were conducted on single crystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Gadolinium analogs appear to order antiferromagnetically with positive {theta}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All analogs show metallic resistivity.

  1. Impact of codopant ions on 2.5-3.0 μm emission of Er3+:4I11/2→4I13/2 transition in Yb,Er,Eu:LaYSGG crystal

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    Wang, Yan; Li, Jianfu; Zhu, Zhaojie; You, Zhenyu; Xu, Jinlong; Tu, Chaoyang

    2015-12-01

    The crystal of 1 at% Yb3+, 10 at% Er3+ and 0.1 at% Eu3+ triply doped La0.3Y2.7Sc2Ga3O12 (abbr. as Yb,Er,Eu:LaYSGG) was grown for the first time by using a Czochralski technique. Its absorption, near-infrared and mid-infrared fluorescence spectra, as well as the fluorescence decay curves of Er:4I13/2 and 4I11/2 levels were measured at room temperature. The spectroscopic properties including the absorption and emission cross-sections as well as the fluorescence lifetimes of the title crystal were revealed and compared with 10 at% Er3+:Y3Sc2Ga3O12 crystal. Spectral analyses show that the sensitization of Yb3+ ion leads to an enhanced 2.5-3.0 μm emission corresponding to Er3+:4I11/2→4I13/2 transition in the grown crystal, meanwhile, the depopulation of Eu3+ ion from Er3+ inhibits the self-termination effect successfully. The energy transfer mechanism was discussed; the energy transfer efficiencies of Yb3+→Er3+ (ET1) and Er3+→Eu3+ (ET2) were estimated to be 94.8% and 93.9%, respectively. The results indicates that Yb,Er,Eu:LaYSGG crystal is a good candidate for LD pumped mid-infrared laser.

  2. Crystal structures of orthorhombic, hexagonal, and cubic compounds of the Sm{sub (x)}Yb{sub (2−x)}TiO{sub 5} series

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    Aughterson, Robert D.; Lumpkin, Gregory R.; Reyes, Massey de los; Sharma, Neeraj; Ling, Christopher D.; Gault, Baptiste; Smith, Katherine L.; Avdeev, Maxim; Cairney, Julie M.

    2014-05-01

    A series of single phase compounds with nominal stoichiometry Sm{sub (x)}Yb{sub (2−x)}TiO{sub 5} (x=2, 1.4, 1, 0.6, and 0) have been successfully fabricated to generate a range of crystal structures covering the most common polymorphs previously discovered in the Ln{sub 2}TiO{sub 5} series (Ln=lanthanides and yttrium). Four of the five samples have not been previously fabricated in bulk, single phase form so their crystal structures are refined and detailed using powder synchrotron and single crystal x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Based on the phase information from diffraction data, there are four crystal structure types in this series; orthorhombic Pnma, hexagonal P6{sub 3}/mmc, cubic (pyrochlore-like) Fd-3m and cubic (fluorite-like) Fm-3m. The cubic materials show modulated structures with variation between long and short range ordering and the variety of diffraction techniques were used to describe these complex crystal structure types. - Graphical abstract: A high resolution image of the compound Sm{sub 0.6}Yb{sub 1.4}TiO{sub 5} showing contrast from lattice fringes and the corresponding fast Fourier transform (FFT) of the HREM image with pyrochlore related diffraction spots marked “P” and fluorite marked “F”. The crystal is oriented down the [1 1 0] zone axis based on the Fd-3m structure. The ideal crystal structure (no vacancies) of the cubic, pyrochlore-like (Sm{sub 0.6}Yb{sub 1.4}TiO{sub 5}). - Highlights: • First fabrication of bulk single-phase material with stoichiometry Sm{sub 2}TiO{sub 5}. • Systematic study of crystal structure types within Ln{sub 2}TiO{sub 5} series (Ln=lanthanides). • A novel technique using IFFT of HREM images to study cubic structures.

  3. Highly Efficient LiYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) Upconversion Single Crystal under Solar Cell Spectrum Excitation and Photovoltaic Application.

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    Chen, Xu; Xu, Wen; Song, Hongwei; Chen, Cong; Xia, Haiping; Zhu, Yongsheng; Zhou, Donglei; Cui, Shaobo; Dai, Qilin; Zhang, Jiazhong

    2016-04-13

    Luminescent upconversion is a promising way to harvest near-infrared (NIR) sunlight and transforms it into visible light that can be directly absorbed by active materials of solar cells and improve their power conversion efficiency (PCE). However, it is still a great challenge to effectively improve the PCE of solar cells with the assistance of upconversion. In this work, we demonstrate the application of the transparent LiYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) single crystal as an independent luminescent upconverter to improve the PCE of perovskite solar cells. The LiYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) single crystal is prepared by an improved Bridgman method, and its internal quantum efficiency approached to 5.72% under 6.2 W cm(-2) 980 nm excitation. The power-dependent upconversion luminescence indicated that under the excitation of simulated sunlight the (4)F9/2-(4)I15/2 red emission originally results from the cooperation of a 1540 nm photon and a 980 nm photon. Furthermore, when the single crystal is placed in front of the perovskite solar cells, the PCE is enhanced by 7.9% under the irradiation of simulated sunlight by 7-8 solar constants. This work implies the upconverter not only can serve as proof of principle for improving PCE of solar cells but also is helpful to practical application. PMID:26791114

  4. Correlation between luminescence and EPR spectroscopy as evidence of ytterbium pair formation in Li6Ln(BO3)3:Yb3+ (Ln=Gd, Y) borate single crystals.

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    Jubera, Véronique; Chavoutier, Marie; Artemenko, Alla; Veber, Philippe; Velazquez, Matias; Garcia, Alain

    2011-05-01

    Synthesized powders and grown single crystals of nominal compositions Li(6)Ln(BO(3))(3):Yb(3+) (Ln=Y, Gd) were investigated by means of powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD), as well as optical near-IR spectroscopy in conjunction with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The appearance of two distinct zero-phonon lines suggests the existence of two kinds of Yb(3+) ions in the single crystals. The XRD results exclude the possibility of a phase transition occurring between room and low temperatures. EPR spectra of single crystals show the presence of both isolated ions and pairs of ytterbium ions substituted for Y(3+). A strong temperature dependence of the intensity of Yb-Yb pairs resonance lines coincides with temperature dependence of emission peak at 978 nm, confirming a common origin of the defect giving rise to these spectra. Calculated from EPR spectra, the distance between pairs of Yb(3+) is in good agreement with crystallographic ones: R=3.856 Å, R(cryst) =3.849 Å. PMID:21506236

  5. Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetism of A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce–Yb)

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Ovidiu Garlea, V.; Chai, Ping; Geondzhian, Andrey Y.; Yaroslavtsev, Alexander A.; Xin, Yan; Menushenkov, Alexey P.; Chernikov, Roman V.; Shatruk, Michael

    2015-08-28

    In this study, ternary intermetallics, A2Co12As7 (A=Ca, Y, Ce–Yb), have been synthesized by annealing mixtures of elements in molten Bi at 1223 K. The materials obtained crystallize in the P63/m variant of the Zr2Fe12P7 structure type. The unit cell volume shows a monotonic decrease with the increasing atomic number of the rare-earth metal, with the exception of Ce-, Eu-, and Yb-containing compounds. An examination of these outliers with X-ray absorption near edge structures (XANES) spectroscopy revealed mixed valence of Ce, Eu, and Yb, with the average oxidation states of +3.20(1), +2.47(5), and +2.91(1), respectively, at room temperature. Magnetic behavior of A2Co12As7 is generally characterized by ferromagnetic ordering of Co 3d moments at 100–140 K, followed by low-temperature ordering of rare-earth 4f moments. The 3d-4f magnetic coupling changes from antiferromagnetic for A=Pr–Sm to ferromagnetic for A=Ce and Eu–Yb. Finally, polarized neutron scattering experiments were performed to support the postulated ferro- and ferrimagnetic ground states for Ce2Co12As7 and Nd2Co12As7, respectively.

  6. Optical properties of trigonal single crystals (Yb,Tm)Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} grown from fluxes based on the bismuth and lithium molybdates

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    Temerov, V. L. Sokolov, A. E.; Sukhachev, A. L.; Bovina, A. F.; Edel'man, I. S.; Malakhovskii, A. V.

    2008-12-15

    The conditions for synthesis of Yb{sub x}Tm{sub 1-x}Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 1.0) single crystals from fluxes based on bismuth trimolybdate Bi{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 12} and lithium molybdate Li{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} are investigated. It is proposed to grow them by the group method on seeds. The polarized optical absorption spectra are measured for two mutually orthogonal linear polarizations at temperatures of 100 and 300 K.

  7. Lasing in a Tm:Ho:Yb3Al5O12 crystal pumped into the 3H6 – 3F4 transition

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    Zavartsev, Yu D.; Zagumennyi, A. I.; Kalachev, Yu L.; Kutovoi, S. A.; Mikhailov, V. A.; Shcherbakov, I. A.

    2016-03-01

    A growth technology has been developed, and a Tm:Ho:Yb3Al5O12 laser crystal of high optical quality has been grown by Czochralski method. Its spectral and luminescent characteristics are studied. Lasing at a wavelength of 2100 nm is obtained under pumping into the absorption line on the 3H6 – 3F4 transition of the Tm3+ ion at a wavelength of 1678 nm. The slope and total (optical) efficiencies of the laser at an output power of up to 320 mW reach 41% and 30%, respectively.

  8. A quasi-three-level dual-wavelength thin-disk laser at 1024 and 1030 nm based on a diode-pumped Yb:YAG crystal

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    Sun, G. C.; Li, Y. D.; Zhao, M.; Chen, X. Y.; Wang, J. B.; Chen, G. B.

    2013-04-01

    A diode-end-pumped Yb:YAG dual-wavelength continuous-wave (cw) laser that generates simultaneous laser action at wavelengths of 1024 and 1030 nm is demonstrated for the first time. A total output power of 897 mW for the dual-wavelength was achieved at an incident pump power of 17.8 W. Furthermore, intracavity sum-frequency mixing at 1024 and 1030 nm was then realized in an LBO crystal to reach the green range. We obtained a total cw output power of 85 mW at 513.5 nm.

  9. Physics of YbBiPt

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    Thompson, J.D.; Canfield, P.C.; Lacerda, A.; Hundley, M.F.; Fisk, Z. ); Ott, H.R.; Felder, E.; Chernikov, M. ); Maple, M.B.; Visani, P.; Seaman, C.L.; Lopez de la Torre, M.A. ); Aeppli, G. )

    1992-09-15

    YbBiPt has a low temperature linear specific heat coefficient of 8J/mole-Yb K{sup 2} and a small specific-heat anomaly at 0.4K. We discuss new experiments on specific-heat of diluted YbBiPt, and magnetic field dependent effects and electrical resistivity in pure YbBiPt. We argue that in this material the Kondo and crystal-field energy scales are small and of comparable magnitude, placing YbBiPt in the same class as many Uranium heavy-electron compounds.

  10. Chloride derivatives of lanthanoid(III) ortho-oxidotungstates(VI) with the formula LnCl[WO4] (Ln=Gd-Lu): Syntheses, crystal structures and spectroscopic properties

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    Schustereit, Tanja; Schleid, Thomas; Höppe, Henning A.; Kazmierczak, Karolina; Hartenbach, Ingo

    2015-03-01

    The lanthanoid(III) chloride ortho-oxidotungstates(VI) with the formula LnCl[WO4] crystallize monoclinically in space group C2/m (a=1019-1032, b=721-733, c=682-689 pm and β=107-108°, Z=4) for Ln=Gd-Er and triclinically in space group P1¯ (a=593-596, b=719-721, c=684-686 pm, α=93-94, β≈103 and γ≈122°, Z=2) for Ln=Tm-Lu. The monoclinic structure contains crystallographically unique Ln3+ cations, which are surrounded by two Cl- and six O2- anions forming distorted trigonal dodecahedra. Their fusion via common edges leads to anionic layers ∞ 2 {[ LnCl2/2eO4/2eO2/1t ] 6 - }. The polyhedra around the Ln3+ cations in the triclinic crystal structure are also built up by two Cl-, but only five O2- anions to form distorted monocapped trigonal prisms. Their linkage through edges constitutes anionic strands ∞ 1 {[ LnCl2/2eO2/2eO3/1t ] 6 - } along [100]. The complex anionic entities of both LnCl[WO4] arrangements become interconnected by W6+ cations to complete the structures by generating discrete [WO4]2- tetrahedra. Since the title compounds emerge as pure phases according to X-ray powder diffractometry, spectroscopic measurements such as single crystal Raman as well as diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) were performed. Furthermore, GdCl[WO4] and LuCl[WO4] are suitable host materials for doping with Eu3+, which leads to materials with a red luminescence upon excitation with UV light for both structures. Moreover, TbCl[WO4] exhibits a Tb3+-typical yellow-green bulk luminescence upon UV excitation, which could be analyzed by luminescence spectroscopy.