Journal of Materials Research


Growth and Characterization of Series Nd:GdxLa1-xVO4 (x = 0.80, 0.60, 0.45) Crystals

Huaijin Zhanga1 c1, Changqing Wanga1, Li Zhua1, Xuesong Liua1, Guanghui Zhanga1, Wentao Yua1, Xianlin Menga1 and Y. T. Chowa2

a1 National Laboratory of Crystal Materials and Institute of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan, 250100, People's Republic of China

a2 Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong


In this paper, series crystals Nd:Gd0.8La0.2VO4, Nd:Gd0.6La0.4VO4, and Nd:Gd0.45La0.55VO4 were grown by the Czochralski method. The structure and lattice constants of the series crystals were measured. The morphology of Nd:Gd0.8La0.2VO4 is discussed, and it is composed of {100} and {101} simple forms. The thermal expansion and specific heat of the Nd:Gd0.8La0.2VO4 crystal were also measured. The absorption and emission spectra of the Nd:Gd0.8La0.2VO4 and Nd:Gd0.6La0.4VO4 crystals were measured at room temperature. The laser outputs at 1.06 and 1.34 μm were determined when a crystal sample of Nd:Gd0.8La0.2VO4 was pumped by a laser diode at 808 nm, and the visible green and red laser outputs of the intracavity frequency double at 0.53 and 0.67 μm were determined when nonlinear KTiOPO4 and LiB3O5 crystals were used.

(Received January 02 2001)

(Accepted December 12 2001)


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