Dynamics of solid state coherent light sources


Pollnau, M. (2005) Dynamics of solid state coherent light sources. In: B. Di Bartolo & O. Forte (Eds.), Frontiers of Optical Spectroscopy. NATO Science Series, Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, 168 . Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp. 571-589. ISBN 9781402027505

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Abstract:This book chapter aims at reviewing in brief the fundamentals of rare-earth-ion spectroscopy in dielectric solids, with special emphasis on energy-transfer upconversion between neighboring active ions in a solid-state host lattice. The energy-level scheme of the 4f sub-shell of rare-earth ions is explained and the main intra- and inter-ionic electronic transition processes are introduced. The pump-power dependence of upconversion luminescence and the influence of inhomogeneous active-ion distributions on energy-transfer upconversion are discussed. Examples illustrate how energy-transfer upconversion can impact the performance of solid-state lasers in a negative or positive manner.
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