Investigation of Single Crystal Silicates for Blue Tunable Lasers.
Final rept. 1 Sep 85-1 Sep 86,
LITTON SYSTEMS INC MORRIS PLAINS NJ AIRTRON DIV
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The single crystal growth of rare earth silicates was investigated for the purpose of tunable laser host. Silicates of the type R2SiO5, where R La, Gd, Y were prepared from stoichiometric melts and doped with Ce3 activator. Seed crystals were obtained from crystallized melt sections or by growth on an iridium wire. Cathodoluminescence experiments on both powders and single crystals showed wavelength shifts with different rare earth ions. The Gd, Y, and mixed crystals of Cd-Y silicates gave good bright emission with Ce3. The emission is broad band and covers the wavelength range of 370-525nm. The peak emission can be centered near 450-460 um by other compositions. Large single crystals of Gd2Sio5Ce3 were grown. One growth run of Mg2SiO4Ti3 yielded a small boule which showed cathodoluminescence under e-beam illumination.
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