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Color Center Lasers
Author(s): K. R. German
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Paper Abstract

There are several different types of one electron color centers in alkali halide crystals which have produced tunable laser action in the near infrared. The combined tuning range of all of the color center lasers is from .8µm to 3.3µm, although at present only lasers operating in the 2.2μm to 3.3μm range have proved to be sufficiently stable to be offered commercially. The single mode version of this laser has a frequency stability of about 1MHz and has been used in high resolution molecular spectroscopy. Multimode versions, on the other hand, have been extensively used in applications such as photoacoustic spectroscopy and laser induced chemical reactions. In more recent developments the color center laser has been operated both as a mode locked system and as a high power pulsed laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 1980
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0247, Advances in Laser Engineering and Applications, (31 October 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959385
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K. R. German, Burleigh Instruments, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0247:
Advances in Laser Engineering and Applications
Malcolm L. Stitch, Editor(s)

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