Proceedings PaperLaser market in the 1990s
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Traditionally nty job has been to organize the Laser Marketplace Seminar. My sense over the last couple years has been that there may be interest in technologies that are not yet commercialized but which a lot of people are either worried about as potential competition for their laser products or as potential opportunities. I'm going to talk about frequency conversion because that's going to have a dramatic effect on the way we categorize lasers. Traditionally solid state lasers were infrared. When you do frequency conversion they're no longer going to be infrared; they're going to be green, blue, red, ultraviolet, etc. I'm also going to talk very briefly about laser diode technologies; just to remind about some of the key considerations. Increasingly laser diodes are being used as pump sources, but in some ways we wouldn't have expected that a couple of years ago. Then I'm going to give you my view of what I think the power levels are likely to be for commercial lasers, particularly lasers that are diode pumped or diode related.