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Performance, Reliability Enhance Applications
Diode-pumped, solid-state lasers offer several advantages over gas and lamp-pumped solid-state lasers in terms of size, ruggedness, reliability and cost in a variety of significant applications. Neodymium-doped crystals and glasses such as Nd:YAG (neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet) have long been used as laser materials. Optically pumped, they produce an output wavelength close to 1 µm, and the excited state lifetime of neodymium allows both CW and pulsed (Q-switched) operation.