The Verdet constant of undoped Y 3AL 5O 12 in the near infrared

R. W. Stites, K. M. OHara

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The optical activity of an undoped Y 3Al 5O 12 (YAG) crystal is measured in the near infrared at a fixed temperature. The crystal is located inside the bore of a hollow cylindrical magnet of uniform magnetization. By integrating the applied magnetic field along the cylindrical axis of the crystal, the Verdet constant is determined for wavelengths from 1300 nm to 1350 nm as well as at 1064 nm. For the 1300 nm range, the Verdet constant is found to be approximately 1.38rad/Tm while at 1064 nm it is 2.12rad/Tm. From a fit to these measurements, we can extract values for the band gap energy and K-parameter of the crystal. For undoped YAG, we report a band gap value of 8.1eV±0.3eV and a K-parameter of 596rad/Tm±52rad/Tm, consistent with the previous measurements made with visible light.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3997-4000
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number20
StatePublished - Sep 15 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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