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Appl. Sci. 2016, 6(1), 23; doi:10.3390/app6010023

The Application of Cryogenic Laser Physics to the Development of High Average Power Ultra-Short Pulse Lasers

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Snake Creek Lasers, LLC, 26741 State Route 267, Friendsville, PA 18818, USA
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Department of Chemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0973, USA
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Academic Editor: Malte C. Kaluza
Received: 21 November 2015 / Revised: 30 December 2015 / Accepted: 5 January 2016 / Published: 20 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Diode-Pumped, Ultra-Short Pulse Lasers)

Abstract

Ultrafast laser physics continues to advance at a rapid pace, driven primarily by the development of more powerful and sophisticated diode-pumping sources, the development of new laser materials, and new laser and amplification approaches such as optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification. The rapid development of high average power cryogenic laser sources seems likely to play a crucial role in realizing the long-sought goal of powerful ultrafast sources that offer concomitant high peak and average powers. In this paper, we review the optical, thermal, thermo-optic and laser parameters important to cryogenic laser technology, recently achieved laser and laser materials progress, the progression of cryogenic laser technology, discuss the importance of cryogenic laser technology in ultrafast laser science, and what advances are likely to be achieved in the near-future. View Full-Text
Keywords: ultrafast lasers; diode-pumped; cryogenic lasers; high-peak-power lasers; high-average-power lasers ultrafast lasers; diode-pumped; cryogenic lasers; high-peak-power lasers; high-average-power lasers
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Brown, D.C.; Tornegård, S.; Kolis, J.; McMillen, C.; Moore, C.; Sanjeewa, L.; Hancock, C. The Application of Cryogenic Laser Physics to the Development of High Average Power Ultra-Short Pulse Lasers. Appl. Sci. 2016, 6, 23.

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