Silver halide lasers and amplifiers: Nd ion diffusion in AgBr crystals

L. Nagli*, A. German, A. Katzir

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The luminescence of silver bromide crystals doped with rare earth ions (Nd3+) was investigated in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges. The emission, excitation, and absorption spectra, as well as the kinetic parameters, were measured over a broad temperature range. Crystal doping was produced by growing in the melt and by a diffusion method. A novel method for measuring the diffusion profile of rare earth ions in AgBr crystals, based on the luminescence distribution of the dopant, was proposed. The luminescence parameters of AgBr:Nd crystals doped by the diffusion method were compared with these for crystals doped by adding Nd3+ to the melt. The spectroscopy parameters of Pr3+ and Er3+ ions in AgBr crystals doped in the melt were also investigated. The Judd-Ofelt analysis was applied to the rare-earth doped crystals, and transition rates, branching ratios, and quantum efficiencies were calculated. Good agreement between theory and experiment was obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-204
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of Surgical-Assist Systems - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 25 Jan 199828 Jan 1998


  • Diffusion
  • Fibers
  • Lasers
  • Silver halides


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