6 October 1999 Solar-pumped dimmer gas lasers
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Many attempts were made in the past to convert Solar light to Laser light. To date, only two systems were demonstrated successfully: Photo-Dissociation Lasers and Solid State Solar lasers. The absorption spectrum of many dimmer molecules posses a broad structural spectrum overlapping with the solar spectrum and can be good candidates for direct solar pumping. In the gas phase, the emission spectrum of the active medium offers tunability and high beam quality without significant thermal lensing or thermal induced birefringence. Optical characterization and initial pumping experiments of a few selected systems will be discussed.
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Idit L. Pe'er, Irina Vishnevetsky, Nir Naftali, Amnon Yogev, "Solar-pumped dimmer gas lasers", Proc. SPIE 3781, Nonimaging Optics: Maximum Efficiency Light Transfer V, (6 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.368262; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.368262
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