Effect of Yb doping on the refractive index and thermo-optic coefficient of YVO<sub>4</sub> single crystals.


Single crystals of YVO<sub>4</sub> with different doping concentrations of Yb (1.5, 3.0, 8.0, and 15.0 at. %) and with good crystalline quality (FWHM ∼43-55 arc sec of rocking curve) were grown by the optical floating zone technique. Refractive index measurements were carried out at four wavelengths as a function of temperature. The measurements show that as the doping concentration of Yb is increased, the refractive index varies marginally for n<sub>e</sub> whereas there is a significant change in the value of n<sub>o</sub>. The thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) was found to be positive with a value ∼10<sup>-5</sup>/°C, which is 1 order higher than that for the undoped YVO<sub>4</sub> crystal. The thermo-optic coefficient is higher for n<sub>e</sub> compared to that of n<sub>o</sub>. Also, a set of relations describing the wavelength dependence of the thermo-optic coefficient were established that are useful for calculating the thermo-optic coefficient at any temperature in the range 30°C-150°C and at any wavelength in the range 532-1551 nm.

DOI: 10.1364/AO.56.001682

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@article{Soharab2017EffectOY, title={Effect of Yb doping on the refractive index and thermo-optic coefficient of YVO4 single crystals.}, author={M Soharab and Indranil Bhaumik and R . N . Bhatt and Anil K. Saxena and A K Karnal and Pradeep Kumar Gupta}, journal={Applied optics}, year={2017}, volume={56 6}, pages={1682-1688} }