Homogeneous linewidth measurements of Yb3+ ions in congruent and stoichiometric lithium niobate crystals

Autor(en): Kis, Zsolt
Mandula, Gabor
Lengyel, Krisztian
Hajdara, Ivett
Kovacs, Laszlo
Imlau, Mirco 
Stichwörter: CENTERS; HYPERFINE-STRUCTURE; INTENSITIES; LASER; LINBO3; Materials Science; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Optics; RARE-EARTH; RESONANCE; Saturation spectroscopy; SPECTRA; SPECTROSCOPY; Ytterbium
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Herausgeber: ELSEVIER
Journal: OPTICAL MATERIALS
Volumen: 37
Startseite: 845
Seitenende: 853
Zusammenfassung: 
We report the result of a series of pump-probe spectral hole burning measurements on Yb3+ doped stoichiometric and congruent lithium niobate single crystal. The measurements were performed with a stabilized diode laser tuned to the approximate to 980 nm transition of the dopant ions. The crystal samples were placed in a closed cycle helium cryostat, the experiments have been done in the temperature range 9-20 K. The observed spectral holes have complex structure, at least two Lorentzian curves are needed to reproduce their shape (double spectral hole). A simple theoretical model has been developed to describe the lineshape resulting from the interaction between the light pulses and the dopant ions. Using the predictions of the theory, the homogeneous linewidths and the population relaxation rates have been estimated for both crystal samples. Using these results, the temperature dependence of the spectral hole widths and the spectral diffusion rates have also been determined. Some considerations are presented to explain the origin of the double spectral hole structure. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 09253467
DOI: 10.1016/j.optmat.2014.09.022

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