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Nd:YCOB Lasers - Properties and Applications

Neodymium-doped yttrium calcium oxyborate (Nd:YCOB) is an excellent self-frequency doubling crystal, which combines the non-linear properties of the YCOB matrix and photoluminescence features of the Nd3+ ions. It is a nonlinear optical crystal that is commonly used as an active laser medium.

It has a high damage threshold, good mechanical properties, large effective nonlinear coefficients, a wide transparency range, and non-hygroscopicity. All the properties of Nd:YCOB makes it very promising for laser applications.

An Nd:YCOB laser exhibits laser action at a wavelength of 666nm. During its operation, each neodymium ion replaces an yttrium ion in the YCOB crystal structure. Li et al. reported a diode-pumped Nd:YCOB self-frequency-doubling blue laser, with a maximum output power of 211mW, in the blue spectral region at 468nm.

Laser Properties

Laser Properties
Laser type Solid
Pump source Laser diode
Operating wavelength ~1.060µm

Physical and Chemical Properties

Operating Wavelengths
Chemical formula Nd:YCa4O(BO3)3
Crystal structure Monoclinic
Melting point 1510°C


An Nd:YCOB laser is a self-frequency doubling laser that exhibits lasing action, which makes it suitable for second harmonic generation. It is also capable of simplifying the design of high brightness green lasers.

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