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New developments in flashlamp-pumped Ti:sapphire and their applications
Author(s): Andreas Hoffstaedt; Juergen Kolenda; Matthies Ulbricht
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Paper Abstract

The research and current state of the art of flash-lamp-pumped Ti:sapphire lasers are reviewed. Further, an overview of present applications of this type of laser is given, presenting in detail multispectral light detecting and ranging (LIDAR) for aerosol size distribution measurement, efficient laser vaporization and short-pulse amplification to high energies. Finally, recent achievements in the field of Ti:sapphire laser technology are presented. The improved design of discharge circuit and pump cavity resulted in increased laser efficiency, average power capability and reliability. Employing a semiconductor switch instead of a thyratron allows for a more compact, reliable and cost-effective set-up of the discharge circuit, which is supposed to meet the stringent requirements for electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) of the laser systems more easily.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 1996
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2698, Solid State Lasers V, (25 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236145
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Hoffstaedt, Elight Laser Systems GmbH (Germany)
Juergen Kolenda, Elight Laser Systems GmbH (Germany)
Matthies Ulbricht, Elight Laser Systems GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2698:
Solid State Lasers V
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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