, Volume 94, Issue 2, pp 215-219
Date: 28 Nov 2008

Laser emission in Nd:YVO4 channel waveguides at 1064 nm

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In this work, we report 1064 nm laser emission in Nd:YVO4 channel waveguides fabricated by carbon implantation. Typical threshold pump powers (∼808 nm) were ≥45 mW. Maximum conversion efficiency was 11.5% (29.6% slope efficiency), and up to 9 mW of signal was delivered. Sample lengths of 4 mm were sufficient to completely absorb the pump power. The special spectral characteristics of this material such as broad absorption band and superior cross sections compared to the YAG crystal makes it suitable for developing compact sources to be integrated in optoelectronic devices.