Laser rods - Neodymium doped

Laser rods - Neodymium doped
Crytur delivers high quality laser rods based on proprietary crystals and in-house processing and coating

Nd:YAG rods

CRYTUR grows neodymium doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) crystals using the Czochralski growth method. A special protective atmosphere applied during crystal growth and post growth annealing result in a very good lasing efficiency of our crystals. Our production line covers crystal growth, machining and coating technologies.

Standard production of Nd:YAG laser rods includes:

  • Nd dopant concentrations from 0.05 % up to 1.3 at. % of Nd/Y
  • Rod diameters from 2 mm up to 12 mm
  • Rod lengths of up to 160 mm
  • Barrel surface fine ground, polished or grooved
  • Perpendicular or wedged ends
  • Polishing according to DIN and MIL standards
  • A wide variety of anti-reflection, partial or high reflection coatings
  • AR coatings with R < 0.2 % and damage threshold higher than 15 J/cm2 for 10 ns pulses

We also offer composite laser rods consisting of doped and undoped segments. These composite rods help to decrease thermal lensing and other thermal stress induced effects, particularly when used in axially diode pumped resonators.

Material properties 
Host Yttrium aluminium garnet (Y3Al5O12)
Dopant Nd3+
Crystal structure cubic
Unit cell dimensions ac=1.201 nm
Refractive index at 1064 nm 1.816
Thermal expansion coefficient 7.8 x 10-6/K
Thermal conductivity 11 W/m K
Density 4.56 g/cm3
Hardness by Mohs 8.25
Fluorescent lifetime (1% Nd) 235 µs
Linear dispersion δn/δT [10-6K-1] 9.86
Pump wavelength 808 nm
Laser wavelengths 4F3/24I9/2 946 nm
4F3/24I11/2 1064 nm
4F3/24I13/2 1319 nm
4F3/24I13/2 1444 nm
Emission cross section [10-19 cm2] 1064 nm 1319 nm 1444 nm
3.8 0.95 0.45

Nd:YAP rods

Our standard production of Nd:YAP laser rods includes Nd dopant concentrations from 0.25 % up to 1.1 at. % of Nd/Y.

Nd:YAP laser rods with 0.7 at. % Nd/Y are typically used for CW and 0.9 at. % Nd/Y for pulsed lasers, both with the “b” orientation.

The threshold and slope efficiency of Nd:YAP at 1079 nm are comparable to those of Nd:YAG at 1064 nm. Rods cut along the “b” axis are suited for most of applications. 

Linear polarization, no thermal birefringence and easy generation of 1.3 µm wavelength are the main advantages of this material.

The 1340 nm emission wavelength of Nd:YAP has higher absorption in water and bodily fluids in comparison with the 1319 nm emission wavelength of Nd:YAG. 

Taking into account the polarized output beam, Nd:YAP can be advantageously utilized in lasers with electro optic cells or harmonic generators. The wavelength of 1079 nm emitted by Nd:YAP can realize type II non-critical phase matching in an α-cut KTP crystal, where the effect of beam walk-off is eliminated and the conversion efficiency is increased compared to angular phase-matching.

Material properties 
Host Yttrium aluminium perovskite (YAlO3)
Dopant Nd3+
Crystal structure orthorhombic - Pbnm
Unit cell dimensions (Pbnm notation) a0= 0.518 nm
b0= 0.531 nm
c0= 0.736 nm
Refractive index at 1064 nm 1.914 (na)
1.925 (nb)
1.940 (nc)
Thermal expansion coefficient ||a: 9.5 x 10-6 / K
||b: 4.3 x 10-6 / K
||c: 10.8 x 10-6/ K
Thermal Conductivity 11 W/m K
Density 5.35 g/cm3
Hardness by Mohs 8.5
Fluorescent lifetime (1% Nd) 170 µs
Linear dispersion δn/δT [10-6K-1] 9.7 (na)
Laser wavelengths 4F3/24I9/2 930 nm
4F3/24I11/2 1079 nm
4F3/24I13/2 1340 nm
4F3/24I13/2 1432 nm

 

Emission cross sections of Nd:YAP in dependence on its crystallographic orientation.
(Ref. A. A. Kaminskii, Laser Crystals, New York: Springer Verlag 1981).

Wavelength [nm] Emission cross section [10-19 cm2]
a-cut b-cut c-cut
1079 2.05 1.76 1.38
1340 1.13 0.97 0.78
1432   0.34  

The main absorption line of the Nd:YAG crystal occurs at 808 nm. In case of Nd:YAP the peak of the absorption depends on crystallographic direction on Nd:YAP and polarization.