Compact, Solid-State Femtosecond Source.
Final rept. Nov 92-May 93,
MEDOX RESEARCH INC DEXTER MI
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The goal of this program was to demonstrate that femtosecond laser sources 1 femtosecond 10-15 sec can be made to be extremely compact and robust. We demonstrated the generation of ultrashort pulses using compact diode-pumped lasers. Our latest pump source is 300 times smaller and weighs only a fraction of todays commercial equivalent. It runs on 110 VAC and requires no water cooling. The commercial availability of robust sources will have a broad commercial impact. A brief listing includes industry 3D imaging, ranging, thin-film monitoring, optical memory, medical confocal microscopy, real-time assessment of surgical procedure, and military sensor fusion, high-power THz beam generation, phase-array radars. We are pursuing the development of a general laboratory instrument, as well as several specific applications. This large market has not gone unnoticed Japans Ministry of International Trade and Industry MITT has very recently recommended Femtosecond Technology as one of Japans only six priority research areas. Laser, Femtosecond, Solid-state laser, Diode-laser, Kerr-lens modelocking.
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