Accession Number : ADA273932

Title :   Compact, Solid-State Femtosecond Source.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Nov 92-May 93,

Corporate Author : MEDOX RESEARCH INC DEXTER MI

Personal Author(s) : Bado, Philippe

Report Date : OCT 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : The goal of this program was to demonstrate that femtosecond laser sources (1 femtosecond = 10-15 sec) can be made to be extremely compact and robust. We demonstrated the generation of ultrashort pulses using compact diode-pumped lasers. Our latest pump source is 300 times smaller and weighs only a fraction of today's commercial equivalent. It runs on 110 VAC and requires no water cooling. The commercial availability of robust sources will have a broad commercial impact. A brief listing includes: industry (3D imaging, ranging, thin-film monitoring, optical memory), medical (confocal microscopy, real-time assessment of surgical procedure), and military (sensor fusion, high-power THz beam generation, phase-array radars). We are pursuing the development (of a general laboratory instrument, as well as several specific applications. This large market has not gone unnoticed: Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITT) has very recently recommended Femtosecond Technology as one of Japan's only six priority research areas. Laser, Femtosecond, Solid-state laser, Diode-laser, Kerr-lens modelocking.

Descriptors :   *SOLID STATE LASERS, *LASER PUMPING, ARRAYS, AVAILABILITY, COMMERCE, COOLING, DIODES, FILMS, HIGH POWER, IMPACT, INDUSTRIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, LABORATORIES, LASERS, MICROSCOPY, MONITORING, PHASE, POWER, PULSES, PUMPS, RADAR, REAL TIME, SOLIDS, THIN FILMS, TIME, PULSED LASERS, KERR CELLS.

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE