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Laser emission of Er+3 in ZrF4-based fluoride glass

Laser emission of Er+3 in ZrF4-based fluoride glass

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Laser emission is reported in an Er+3-doped ZrF4-based fluoride glass often referred to as ‘heavy metal fluoride glass’ (HMFG). The laser operates at room temperature at a wavelength of 2.78μm. The glass is a standard ZBLAN formulation in which all of the LaF3 (4 mol%) is replaced by ErF3. Glass preparation, spectroscopy, and laser data are presented and discussed.

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