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Red Lasers

Definition: lasers emitting red light

German: rote Laser

Category: lasers

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This article deals with lasers emitting in the red spectral region, i.e. with a wavelength roughly around 625–700 nm. The following types of red lasers are the most common:

Light from lasers operating at somewhat longer wavelengths, such as 750 or even 800 nm, can still be perceived as red light, if it is sufficiently intense. (There is no sharp boundary between the visible and the infrared spectral regions.) It can, however, be hazardous to view such light, because such intensity levels required for good visibility can damage the retina.

Red lasers are applied e.g. as laser pointers, for optical data recording or retrieval (e.g. on DVDs), for laser projection displays, for interferometers, for pumping of certain solid-state lasers (e.g. Cr:LiSAF or Cr:LiCAF), and in medical therapies (e.g. photodynamic therapy).


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See also: lasers, helium–neon lasers, laser diodes, frequency doubling, blue lasers, green lasers, yellow and orange lasers, laser pointers
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