Light scattering by pores in transparent Nd:YAG ceramics for lasers: correlations between microstructure and optical properties

Abstract : Nd:YAG ceramics for laser applications were elaborated with various residual porosities by reaction-sintering process. The porosity analysis with CLSM and SEM led to the determination of the pore volume fraction after sintering. This study revealed that the mean pore size of Nd:YAG ceramics was around 0.7 μm while the residual porosity was ranging between 10 −1% and 10 −4%. These pore contents affect the transparency and laser efficiency of ceramics. The analytical model based on the Mie light scattering fairly fits the experimental data. This demonstrates that the porosity in Nd:YAG ceramics should be lower than 10 −4% to reach single-crystal laser efficiency.
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Rémy Boulesteix, Alexandre Maitre, Jean-François Baumard, Y. Rabinovitch, François Reynaud. Light scattering by pores in transparent Nd:YAG ceramics for lasers: correlations between microstructure and optical properties. Optics Express, Optical Society of America, 2010, 18 (14), pp.14992-15002. ⟨10.1364/OE.18.014992⟩. ⟨hal-00559052⟩

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