Potential candidate for new tunable solid-state laser between 1 and 2 μm: Ni2+-doped MgAl2O4 spinel grown by the micro-pulling-down method

Anis Jouini, Akira Yoshikawa, Yannick Guyot, Alain Brenier, Tsuguo Fukuda, Georges Boulon

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Square-shaped blue single crystals of nickel-doped magnesium aluminum spinel have been pulled down from the melt, by the micro-pulling-down method. The absorption spectra of doped samples show three broad absorption bands. According to the absorption map and the chemical analysis of these crystals, the effective segregation coefficients of Ni2+ in MgAl2O4 at low doping concentration (CNi〈 2 mol%) were calculated to be less than the unity, due to the vaporization behavior of NiO. Strong infrared broad emission in the eye-safe region peaking at 1.3 μm have been systematically investigated under high-intensity pulsed Nd:YAG laser excitation in the red region. The suitable absorption for InGaAs laser-diode pumping combined with long decay time of the infrared emissions and the good thermal properties of MgAl2O4 make Ni2+-MgAl2O4 a promising laser crystal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-49
Number of pages3
JournalOptical Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep


  • 3d transition metal ion
  • Absorption
  • Infrared emission
  • Micro-pulling-down method
  • Nickel
  • Spinel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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