Solid state lasers are widely used in medicine, industry, scientific research, spec-troscopy, and remote sensing applications. They also comprise a dominant part of the overall laser market. Solid state lasers possess the following unique characteristics:
- Reliability and robustness
- High level of safety
- Low-cost performance, high-volume production
- Compact size
- Wide range of wavelength selection
A solid state laser is an active solid state material that under certain conditions can emit coherent radiation. It is composed of an ion - either rare earth or transition metal - and a solid host. The host can be crystals, disordered or amorphous materials (such as glass), glass ceramic (which is a combination of crystalline-ordered structure and glassy phases disordered structure), or mixed crystals.
- Optical properties
- Lasing wavelength
- Spectral bandwidth
- Fluorescence lifetime
- Emission and absorption cross sections
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