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Development of ceramic laser host materials.
Author(s): Jasbinder Sanghera; Woohong Kim; Guillermo Villalobos; Brandon Shaw; 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: 5 October 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8187, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VIII, 81870G (5 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.903736
Show Author Affiliations
Jasbinder Sanghera, 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)
Brandon Shaw, 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, URF (United States)
Bryan Sadowski, Sotera Defense Solutions (United States)
Ishwar Aggarwal, Sotera Defense Solutions (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8187:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VIII
David H. Titterton; Mark A. Richardson, Editor(s)

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