15 February 2011 Ceramic laser materials
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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.
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Jasbinder Sanghera, Jasbinder Sanghera, Brandon Shaw, Brandon Shaw, Woohong Kim, Woohong Kim, Guillermo Villalobos, Guillermo Villalobos, Colin Baker, Colin Baker, Jesse Frantz, Jesse Frantz, Michael Hunt, Michael Hunt, Bryan Sadowski, Bryan Sadowski, Ishwar Aggarwal, Ishwar Aggarwal, "Ceramic laser materials", Proc. SPIE 7912, Solid State Lasers XX: Technology and Devices, 79121Q (15 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.879521; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.879521
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