Laser Materials and Components

SCHOTT laser materials and components are suitable for diode, solid-state and gas lasers, covering a multitude of wavelengths and pulse lengths. In all cases, they reflect SCHOTT’s reputation for delivering the highest quality components with a range of properties that suits your laser requirements.

Wide range of properties for a wide range of lasers

High emission cross section

Our LG-940, LG-950 and LG-960 products are er-yb doped phosphate glasses with very low dn/dT, good thermal properties and very high emission cross sections, making them suitable for laser range finding and medical lasers.

High homogeneity

SCHOTT can produce zig-zag slabs and large diameter laser rods with exceptional optical quality and homogeneity, enhancing their suitability for materials processing laser systems.

Outstanding thermomechanical properties

APG-760 is a highly advanced laser glass offering increased thermomechanical properties, making it ideal for laser systems with high repetition rates.

Customized solutions

SCHOTT is able to customize products with highly reflective or anti-reflective coatings with a high LIDT to perfectly match your requirements.
Active Laser Glass

SCHOTT offers active laser glass with phosphate and silicate base compositions.

Silicate based laser glass

LG-680 is the classic laser glass that features a high cross-section, high ultraviolet transmission, and high resistance to solarization. This glass is commonly employed in high-repetition rate solid-state laser systems.

Phosphate based laser glass for high energy applications


LG-750,LG-760,LG-770 have been developed to meet the needs of the high- energy solid-state laser community. All three glasses exhibit a high laser cross- section, a low non-linear refractive index, and thermal characteristics. All are available in a form free of all metallic platinum particles or other inclusions that can exhibit laser damage.

Phosphate based laser glass for high power and ultra-short pulse applications


APG-1 is aphosphate glass with enhanced thermal mechanical properties desirable in high-average power applications. The broad emission bandwidth of these materials has been utilized in femtosecond regime laser systems. The lower gain cross-section and the long low concentration emission lifetime have made this glass of interest in applications limited by amplified stimulated emission and/or intended for excitation by diode lasers.

Phosphate Laser Glass for High Power Applications at 1.00 μm

APG-760 is the next generation of our advanced laser glasses with increased thermo-mechanical properties. It is recommended to be used as active material in laser systems with high repetition rates.

Phosphate ´Eye-safe´ laser glass for 1.5 μm emission

LG-940, LG-950, LG-960 is an Er- and Yb-doped phosphate-glass for use in flash lamp or diode-pumped laser systems. It has a very low dn/dT, good thermal properties and a very high emission cross-section. Typical applications are laser range finding and medical lasers.

Broadband Laser Glass

BLG-80 is a Neodymium – Ytterbium doped phosphate laser glass with very broad emission spectrum usable in laser systems with pulse compression. It also offers possibilities for tuning the laser emission wavelength within the broad emission spectrum.

 

LG-680 LG-750 LG-760 LG-770 APG-1 APG-760 BLG-80 LG-940 LG-950 LG-960
Emission Peak Wavelength (nm) 1,060 1,054 1,054 1,053 1,054 1,54 1,055 1,533 1,533 1,534.3
Emission Width (nm) 36 26 24 25 28 29.2 40.6 40 53 42.9
[μs]RadRadiative Lifetime τ 361 347 323 350 361 376 327 9,400 8,600 11.0
]2Emission Cross Section σem [10 –20 cm 2.5 3.7 4.5 3.9 3.4 3.2 N/A 0.7 0.7 6.7
 
at PeakRefractive Index n 1.560 1.516 1.508 1.500 1.526 1.5328 1.5491 1.522 1.515 1.544
Nonlinear Refractive Index n2 4.3 3.0 2.9 2.9 3.1 3.01 3.68 3.5 3.4 3.6
/K]–6dn/dTrel. (1060 nm 20 ° – 40 °C) [10 2.9 -5.1 -6.8 -4.7 1.2 1.9 -3.8 -3.6 - -
 
Density ρ [g/cm3] 2.54 2.83 2.60 2.59 2.63 2.70 2.93 3.04 2.92 3.14
Thermal Conductivity λ25 °C [W/(m ・ K)] 1.19 0.49 0.57 0.57 0.78 0.76 0.53 0.51 0.63 0.65
Thermal Expansion α(+20/+300 °C) [10–6/K] 10.18 13.01 15.04 13.36 9.96 8.9 13.1 11.96 12.90 10.0
 
High Energy Application
High Power/Ultrashort Pulse
Eye safe
Medical/cosmetic applications
Material processing
Rangefinders
LIDAR
Analytics
Laser Cavity Filter Glass S7000, S7005 and S7010N

SCHOTT produce three types of laser cavity filter glass: S7000, S7005 and S7010N. 

S7000 is a clear, cerium-doped glass usable as laser cavity material. It is also available to serve as a cut-off material. 

S7005 is a laser cavity material with 5% doping of samarium oxide (Sm2O3), and is typically used for tube walls thicker than 6 mm.

S7010N is a laser cavity material with 10% doping of samarium oxide. This glass is recommended for most applications. 

SCHOTT offers a complete line of these commercial silicate filter glasses and can produce a full range of doping levels for specific applications.

 

For specifications please view our ‘Laser Cavity Flow Tubes & Filter Glasses Datasheet’ in the download section.

 

Laser Cavity Filter Glass

* This graph is also available on our ‘Laser Cavity Flow Tubes & Filter Glasses Datasheet’ in the download section.

 
Mechanical Properties

Active Laser Glasses are available as fully finished components, such as rods, slabs and discs, manufactured according to customer specifications.

For specifications and typical values of our laser components please view our ‘Laser Cavity Flow Tubes & Filter Glasses Datasheet’ and ‘Ultraprecise and Long-Lasting Laser Glass Components’ in the download section.

Edge cladding glass

Edge cladding glass is used for active laser materials to absorb light from spontaneous and amplified spontaneous emission. These effects are reducing laser efficiency and can damage the active materials.

For specifications please view our ‘Edge Cladding Glass Datasheet’ in the download section.

 
We supply fully finished laser components fabricated from our high-quality laser filter glass. We realize completely customized designs to perfectly meet the requirements of your application.
Quality

Contract Melting

SCHOTT recognizes that laser customer needs are not only limited to available glasses. For this reason, SCHOTT maintains a program of custom test melting on a contract basis. In doing this, SCHOTT can provide glass samples suitable for characterization of optical, physical, and laser properties, as well as for fabrication of small optics and devices, allowing you to take advantage of our vast knowledge of glass. If requested, SCHOTT will also produce your glass composition.

 

Quality Assurance

Quality control is based on statistical process control, as well as rigorous final inspection of the finished component. Glass properties are measured for every melt, while our measurement instruments include a broad range of interferometers and microscope interferometers, spectro-photometers, autocollimators, physical property test systems, vision systems, and a laser test bed. 

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