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Infrared Laser Sources
Author(s): R M Jenkins
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Paper Abstract

Over the last 20 years there has been considerable research and development of infrared laser sources. This interest stems from the presence of two low attenuation windows in the atmosphere between 3-5μ,m and 8-14μ.m, on the basis of which, a wide range of military, industrial and medical applications have been proposed. In particular the CO2 laser with its lasing transitions between 9-11μm, has and continues to be, the focus of much attention. Although the CO2 laser was first demonstrated in 1964 by Patel', it is only in more recent years, with the application of improvements in the understanding of laser physics in conjunction with advances in relevant technologies, that high power devices which are also compact, efficient, reliable and long lived, have made practical applications feasible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1988
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 0915, Recent Developments in Infrared Components and Subsystems, (3 October 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945530
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R M Jenkins, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0915:
Recent Developments in Infrared Components and Subsystems
Charles Thomas Elliott, Editor(s)

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