Crystal growth and optical assessment of Nd3+ : GdAl3(BO3)4 crystal

Guofu Wang, Zhoubin Lin, Zushu Hu, T.P.J. Han, H.G. Gallagher, J.-P.R. Wells

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This paper reports the high-temperature top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) of large single crystal of Nd3+-doped GdAl3(BO3)4 from a K2Mo3O10-LiF flux cooled at a rate of 2 K/day and using a crystal rotation rate of 4.5 rpm. Thepolarized optical absorption and fluorescence spectra of Nd3+ : GdAl3(BO3)4 crystal have been investigated. Polarized absorption cross sections are 4.3x10-20 and 2.6x10-20 cm2 with band widths of 8.7 and 6.1 nm for σ- and π-polarization, respectively. The emission cross sections are 6.3x10-19 and 6.0x10-19 cm2 for σ- and π-polarization, respectively, at 1062 nm corresponding to the 4F3/24I11/2 transition. The fluorescence lifetime is 54.3 and 57 μs at 300 and 20 K, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-760
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number4
Early online date28 Sep 2001
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2001


  • aluminium compounds
  • crystal growth from solution
  • fluorescence
  • gadolinium compounds
  • impurity absorption spectra
  • infrared spectra
  • neodymium
  • optical materials
  • radiative lifetimes
  • visible spectra


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