Solid-state source of intense yellow light based on a Ce:YAG luminescent concentrator

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Title: Solid-state source of intense yellow light based on a Ce:YAG luminescent concentrator
Authors: Sathian, J
Breeze, J
Richards, B
Alford, N
Oxborrow, M
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: A luminescent concentrator functioning as a bright source of yellow light is reported. It comprises a waveguide made of cerium-doped YAG crystal, in the form of a long-thin rectangular strip, surrounded by flowing air and optically pumped from both sides with blue light from arrays of high-efficiency InGaN LEDs. Phosphor-converted yellow light, generated within the strip, is guided to a glass taper that is butt-coupled to one of the strip’s end faces. Up to 20 W of optical power, centered on 575 nm with a linewidth of 76 nm, can be continuously radiated into air from the taper’s 1.67 mm × 1.67 mm square output aperture. The intensity of the outputted light is significantly greater than what any yellow (AlGaInP) LED can directly produce (either singly or arrayed), with only a modest increase in linewidth. Furthermore, the wall-plug efficiency of the source exceeds that of any yellow laser. The concept allows for further substantial increases in intensity, total output power and wall-plug efficiency through scaling-up and engineering refinements.
Issue Date: 8-Jun-2017
Date of Acceptance: 22-Apr-2017
ISSN: 1094-4087
Publisher: Optical Society of America
Start Page: 13714
End Page: 13727
Journal / Book Title: Optics Express
Volume: 25
Issue: 12
Copyright Statement: © 2017 The Authors. Published by The Optical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article’s title, journal citation, and DOI (
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: EP/K011987/1
Keywords: Optics
0205 Optical Physics
1005 Communications Technologies
0906 Electrical And Electronic Engineering
Publication Status: Published
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Faculty of Natural Sciences

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