Steady technical progress is supporting trends toward higher powers, smaller volumes, shorter pulses, higher repetition rates, and new wavelengths in commercial laser devices. Lasers are finding new applications in semiconductor processing, medicine, and other fields.
Lewis M. Holmes,
"Commercial Lasers 1985--86", Proc. SPIE 0610, Scientific and Engineering Applications of Commercial Laser Devices, (16 July 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.956405; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.956405