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The Photonics Quiz

Test yourself by solving a set of questions concerning laser technology, optical fibers, and nonlinear optics! The following questions are mostly solvable by using the RP Photonics Encyclopedia. Note that in some cases more than one answer is correct.

Question 9

Why are semiconductor lasers not suitable for pulse generation via Q switching?

(a) because semiconductors have very short carrier lifetimes

(b) because semiconductor gain media have very small gain saturation energies

(c) because one cannot integrate a Q-switch into a semiconductor chip

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