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High-power solid-state lasers


Laser power has increased by 11 orders of magnitude since Maiman's first demonstration of 103 W in 1960. Present high-power solid-state laser systems have been irradiating targets with 1–10 terawatts of power in 1-ns pulses at wavelengths varying from 1.05 to 0.26 µm. The Nova laser is beginning experiments in the 10 to 100-terawatt range. There are numerous possible means of extending solid-state technology to the 500 to 1,000-terawatt level and to efficient, high-average-power operation.

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Holzrichter, J. High-power solid-state lasers. Nature 316, 309–314 (1985).

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