The limited solubility of rare-earths in silica hampers the development of loss-compensated photonic integrated circuits. We report a novel method using femtosecond laser plasma assisted hybrid material integration of rare-earth-doped tellurite with silica, achieving high doping concentration of Er3+ and Yb3+-ions, 1.63 × 1021 atoms.cm3+, without segregation validated by Er3+:4I13/2 lifetime of 9.1 ms. The sequential ablation of two individual rare-earth (Er3+/Yb3+) doped-tellurite glass targets produces an exceptional intermixing of Er3+ and Yb3+-ions extending to the pristine silica with sharp interface. Formation of such homogeneous glass structure with Er3+-Yb3+-ions in a matrix of silica is not possible to realise by conventional methods.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials