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Lanthanide Series And Transition Metal Solid-State Lasers Meeting New Objectives With Solid-State Lasers
Author(s): Norman P. Barnes
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Paper Abstract

Ater the initial introduction of the first solid-state laser, there was a flurry of research directed toward the discovery of new lasers. Activity during this period of time produced the Cr:Al2O3 laser and the Nd:YAG laser. For a relatively long time after this, research directed toward the discovery of new solid-state lasers appeared to subside. Over the past several years, this trend seemed to reverse itself. Cr:BeAl2O4 was one of the first of the new lasers to be introduced. Rather than concentrate either on this laser or on Nd-based lasers, this talk will be directed toward other new solid-state lasers. New lasers, or rediscovery of old lasers, has concentrated on two groups of elements, the lanthanide series elements and the transition metal elements. A substantial difference exists between the solid-state lasers depending on the group of elements of which the active atom is a member. Differences and similarities will be highlighted as the methods used in solid-state laser engineering to meet new objectives are explored.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 1986
PDF: 30 pages
Proc. SPIE 0609, Flashlamp Pumped Laser Technology, (30 June 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.966632
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Norman P. Barnes, Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0609:
Flashlamp Pumped Laser Technology
Felix Schuda, Editor(s)

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