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Ceramic laser materials
Author(s): Jasbinder Sanghera; Brandon Shaw; Woohong Kim; Guillermo Villalobos; Colin Baker; Jesse Frantz; Michael Hunt; Bryan Sadowski; Ishwar Aggarwal
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Paper Abstract

Ceramic laser materials have come a long way since the first demonstration of lasing in 1964. Improvements in powder synthesis and ceramic sintering as well as novel ideas have led to notable achievements. These include the first Nd:YAG ceramic laser in 1995, breaking the 1 KW mark in 2002 and then the remarkable demonstration of more than 100 KW output power from a YAG ceramic laser system in 2009. Additional developments have included highly doped microchip lasers, ultrashort pulse lasers, novel materials such as sesquioxides, fluoride ceramic lasers, selenide ceramic lasers in the 2 to 3 μm region, composite ceramic lasers for better thermal management, and single crystal lasers derived from polycrystalline ceramics. This paper highlights some of these notable achievements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7912, Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices, 79121Q (16 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.879521
Show Author Affiliations
Jasbinder Sanghera, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Brandon Shaw, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Woohong Kim, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Guillermo Villalobos, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Colin Baker, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jesse Frantz, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michael Hunt, Univ. Research Foundation (United States)
Bryan Sadowski, Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc. (United States)
Ishwar Aggarwal, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7912:
Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Norman Hodgson; Ramesh Shori, Editor(s)

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