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Laser cooling of infrared sensors
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Paper Abstract

We present an overview of laser cooling of solids. In this all-solid-state approach to refrigeration, heat is removed radiatively when an engineered material is exposed to high power laser light. We report a record amount of net cooling (88 K below ambient) that has been achieved with a sample made from doped fluoride glass. Issues involved in the design of a practical laser cooler are presented. The possibility of laser cooling of semiconductor sensors is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5543, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing XII, (4 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.561738
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Michael P. Hasselbeck, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Jared Thiede, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
James Distel, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Scott Greenfield, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Wendy Patterson, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Stefano Bigotta, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
INFN (Italy)
Babak Imangholi, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Denis Seletskiy, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Daniel Bender, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Venkatesh Vankipuram, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Nima Vadiee, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Richard I. Epstein, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5543:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing XII
Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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