Micro-pulling-down: A viable approach to the crystal growth of refractory rare-earth sesquioxides
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- Novoselov, A., Mun, J.H., Simura, R. et al. Inorg Mater (2007) 43: 729. doi:10.1134/S0020168507070114
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The RE2O3 (RE = Y, Lu, Sc) sesquioxides are promising host materials for solid-state lasers owing to their low phonon energy and high thermal conductivity. Our results demonstrate that the micro-pulling-down method is a viable approach to the single-crystal growth of refractory rare-earth sesquioxides with melting points over 2400°C. The method yields chemically homogeneous single-crystal rods of high crystallinity. We also present thermal conductivity data for Yb-doped Y2O3 and Lu2O3 and for Tm-doped Y2O3.