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All-solid-state Lasers

Definition: laser systems containing solid-state devices only, in particular no discharge lamps or gas or dye lasers

Category: lasers

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All-solid-state lasers are lasers which rely on solid-state components not only concerning the gain medium, but also the pump source. Such lasers are solid-state lasers (bulk or fiber lasers) pumped with laser diodes (→ diode-pumped lasers). Excluded are e.g. lamp-pumped lasers, dye lasers, and gas lasers.

For many practical laser applications, it is desirable to work with all-solid-state lasers, because they can have a robust and compact setup, a relatively high wall-plug efficiency and correspondingly low cooling requirements, and a long lifetime. They also often exhibit lower laser noise.


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[3]D. C. Hanna and W. A. Clarkson, “A review of diode-pumped lasers”, in Advances in Lasers and Applications (eds. D. M. Finlayson and B. Sinclair), Taylor & Francis, London (1999)
[4]A. Sennaroglu (ed.), Solid-State Lasers and Applications, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL (2007)

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See also: diode-pumped lasers, solid-state lasers, laser diodes, lamp-pumped lasers, wall-plug efficiency
and other articles in the category lasers


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