Accession Number:

ADA591479

Title:

All-Solid-State Optical Coolers: History, Status, and Potential

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF PHYSICS

Report Date:

2007-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Recent experiments and theoretical models relevant to optical cooling of bulk matter are reviewed. A new derivation of the cooling efficiency, accounting both for the escape probability and the saturation intensity, is developed. Applications to an optical refrigerator and a radiation-balanced solid-state laser are considered. An overview is given of results and ideas pertaining to fluorescent cooling of rare earth-doped solids, semiconductors, fluids, and other potential cooling materials, including the basic thermodynamics of the process.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Optics
  • Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE