Numerical and experimental investigation of novel materials for laser and amplifier operations
Oladeji, Ayodele (2015) Numerical and experimental investigation of novel materials for laser and amplifier operations. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
One of the most exciting areas of research in optics is rare-earth doped glasses and fibres with capacity for near-infrared to mid-infrared operations. In particular, there is great interest in optimising parameters like ion concentration, fibre length/geometry, and pump conditions for applications in photoluminescence, amplification and lasing. Round trip investigation from material fabrication, experimental setup and actual device can be laborious, expensive and come with some uncertainties. Some of these uncertainties are accurate identification of ion-ion interactions, impact of such interactions on device performance, correct extraction of phenomenological material properties and the prediction of combination of properties with numerical methods. In this thesis, the spectroscopic behaviour of rare-earth doped materials are theoretically studied via numerical simulations and experimentally verified. The models developed are applicable to steady-state and transient behaviour of rare-earths under different excitation conditions. For the simulation, a couple of spectroscopic parameters are needed which have to be obtained in advance from bulk glasses. Parameters like radiative and non-radiative lifetimes are calculated by complementing theoretical analysis with a few experimental measurements.
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