Dynamics of solid state coherent light sources

Markus Pollnau

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    This book chapter aims at reviewing in brief the fundamentals of rare-earth-ion spectroscopy in dielectric solids, with special emphasis on energy-transfer upconversion between neighboring active ions in a solid-state host lattice. The energy-level scheme of the 4f sub-shell of rare-earth ions is explained and the main intra- and inter-ionic electronic transition processes are introduced. The pump-power dependence of upconversion luminescence and the influence of inhomogeneous active-ion distributions on energy-transfer upconversion are discussed. Examples illustrate how energy-transfer upconversion can impact the performance of solid-state lasers in a negative or positive manner.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationFrontiers of Optical Spectroscopy
    EditorsB. Di Bartolo, O. Forte
    Place of PublicationDordrecht
    PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-2750-5
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

    Publication series

    NameNATO Science Series, Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
    PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
    Numberplease ass/168


    • IOMS-APD: Active Photonic Devices
    • METIS-248158
    • IR-61975
    • EWI-11282

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