Development and characterization of a new Er3+ doped phosphate glass for planar waveguide lasers and amplifiers

Shibin Jiang, Seppo Honkanen, Tao Luo, Bor Chyuan Hwang, Gualtiero Nunzi-Conti, Michael Myers, Daniel Rhonehouse, Nasser Peyghambarian

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A new Er3+ doped phosphate glass exhibiting an excellent durability in both boiling water and NaNO3 molten salt was developed. Ion-exchange process of this glass was investigated by treating glass samples in a variety of salt bathes with various exposure times. Planar waveguide with one mode at 1.54 μm and three modes at 632.8nm was demonstrated. Spectral properties of Er3+ in this glass were characterized by measuring absorption and emission spectra, and fluorescence lifetimes. Emission cross section of Er3+ in this glass was calculated to be 0.76×10-20 cm2 using McCumber theory. Our preliminary experimental results indicate this new Er3+ doped glass is an excellent material for ion-exchanged waveguide lasers and amplifiers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-45
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
EventRare-Earth-Doped Materials and Devices II - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 26 1998Jan 27 1998


  • Amplifier
  • Erbium
  • Ion-exahange
  • Laser
  • Phosphate glass
  • Wavegide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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