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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

More general term: solid-state lasers

Category: laser devices and laser physics


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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), or pure semiconductor lasers. Excluded are e.g. lamp-pumped lasers, dye lasers, and gas lasers.

end-pumped laser
Figure 1: Setup of a typical end-pumped solid-state laser.

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 than lamp-pumped lasers, for example.


[1]R. L. Byer, “Diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers”, Science 239, 742 (1988)
[2]D. W. Hughes and J. R. M. Barr, “Laser diode pumped solid state lasers”, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 25 (4), 563 (1992)
[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)

See also: diode-pumped lasers, solid-state lasers, laser diodes, lamp-pumped lasers, wall-plug efficiency

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