Transition metal doped cadmium manganese telluride: A new material for tunable mid-infrared lasing
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Relatively new materials for mid-infrared tunable lasing using chromium-doped Cd1-xMnxTe and cobalt-doped Cd1-xMnxTe have been developed. Previously, ZnS and ZnSe were used as host materials for chromium to produce mid-infrared (MIR) lasing. Compared to these materials, large diameter CdMnTe is easier to grow (using the Bridgman technique) and can be made more homogeneous. Moreover, the ternary nature of Cd1-xMnxTe offers the unique opportunity to optimize the optical properties of the material through variation of chemical composition and lattice parameter. Using Cd0.55Mn0.45Te:Cr, we have demonstrated room temperature lasing from 2.1 to 3.0 m, and we have demonstrated quasi-continuous wave (cw) lasing. To our knowledge, the observed tuning range (∼840 nm) of Cr2+:Cd0.55Mn0.45Te is the largest ever reported from a transition metal ion laser. Furthermore, this is the first time that a room temperature quasi-cw laser operating at 3 m has been demonstrated using this type of material. Also, preliminary work on Cd0.55Mn0.45Te:Co indicates its potential for tunable mid-infrared lasing around 3600 nm at cryogenic temperatures. Results from inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), which determine the concentration of dopant that has been incorporated in to the host lattice, will be reported, as will the materials characterization and lasing results. The processing issues for optimizing the laser performance in these material systems will also be discussed.
Key wordsCdMnTe mid-infrared tunable laser transition metal ion laser
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