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Yellow and Orange Lasers

Definition: lasers emitting yellow or orange light

German: gelbe und orange Laser

Category: lasers

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This article discusses laser sources emitting in the yellow to orange spectral region, i.e. with a wavelength roughly around 570–625 nm. This spectral region is relatively difficult to access, at least when high output power, beam quality and power efficiency are required. Nevertheless, various types of yellow and orange laser sources exist:

Orange and yellow laser sources are applied e.g. for laser guide stars (sodium laser beacons) and in medical laser therapies (e.g. photocoagulation in ophthalmology). Orange or even yellow laser pointers are not common.


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See also: red lasers, green lasers, blue lasers, visible lasers
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