Recent progress in the synthesis of transparent laser ceramics

Yoël Rabinovitch 1,2Daniel Tétard 1Jean-François Baumard 1Jean-Claude De Miscault 2

1. Laboratoire Sciences des procédés céramiques et des traitements de surface, 123, avenue albert thomas, Limoges 87000, France
2. Compagnie industrielle des Lasers, Orléans, France

Abstract

Recent work has successfully demonstrated the potential application of highly transparent ceramics as amplifying medium in laser cavity. Major results have been obtained by Japanese teams such as high output laser power, various doping agents (Nd, Yb), etc.
Nevertheless, considering the strategic weight of this technology, it is believed that a local industrialization of laser ceramics should be done in Europe. To realize this purpose, we have developed a new process to synthesize highly transparent Nd :YAG ceramics in large sizes using high purity available raw materials. The last results obtained open the way to promising laser ceramics under various shapes.

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Presentation: oral at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2005, Laser Ceramic Symposium, by Yoel Rabinovitch
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2005

Submitted: 2005-06-10 07:36
Revised:   2009-06-07 00:44
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