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Laser technology

Over the rainbow

Many laser diodes provide light in only a limited range of the visible spectrum. A hybrid laser made out of plastic, driven by a high-power light-emitting diode, looks to offer a more flexible approach.

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Lupton, J. Over the rainbow. Nature 453, 459–460 (2008).

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