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Crystals 2018, 8(11), 419; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst8110419

Fabrication and Optical Properties of 2at.%Yb:LuYAG Mixed Crystal through Nanocrystalline Powders

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Institute of Crystal Growth, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418, China
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Institute of Laser Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
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School of Material Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 20072, China
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Received: 7 September 2018 / Revised: 25 October 2018 / Accepted: 5 November 2018 / Published: 8 November 2018
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Abstract

Ytterbium doped Lu1.5Y1.5Al5O12 (LuYAG) nanocrystalline powders were synthesized by a wet chemical mixed precipitant co-precipitation (MPP) method, and then the mixed crystal of Yb:LuYAG was grown in an optical floating zone (OFZ) furnace at the speed of 6–10 mm/h, using a [111] oriented YAG seed crystal. The transmittance of the polished LuYAG crystal is close to the ideal value of LuAG or YAG. The X-ray rocking curve shows complete symmetry and the full width at half maximum (FWHM) is 10 arc-second, indicating the good quality of as grown Yb:LuYAG multicomponent garnet crystal. The thermal luminescent spectrum at room temperature shows four deep energy traps at around 1–1.3 eV. X-ray excited luminesce (XEL) spectra is measured to characterize the existence of LuAl or YAl shadow defects in the bulk single crystal. The emission peak at around 320 nm indicates that the LuYAG crystal prepared by OFZ have lower concentrations of antisite defects (AD) with respect to its Czochralski counterpart. View Full-Text
Keywords: crystal growth; LuYAG; optical floating zone; optical properties crystal growth; LuYAG; optical floating zone; optical properties
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Zhou, D.; Yang, M.; Xu, J.; Jiang, Y.; Ma, Y.; Shi, Y. Fabrication and Optical Properties of 2at.%Yb:LuYAG Mixed Crystal through Nanocrystalline Powders. Crystals 2018, 8, 419.

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