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Nd:YAG Lasers: Standing the Test of Time

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The Nd:YAG laser crystal was developed not long after the discovery of the ruby laser in the 1960s. Of all the solid-state laser crystals, it has stood the test of time best. Its high gain, narrow linewidth, low threshold and physical properties make it a most versatile laser material for a variety of applications.

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The ubiquitous Nd:YAG laser has played many roles over the years. For the military, it has provided rangefinding and target designation capabilities. When used with nonlinear optics or as a pump source for other lasers, it offers scientific users diversity in pulse width format and lasing wavelength. Other applications include medicine (dermatology and ophthalmology), materials processing (cutting, trimming, welding and surface cleaning) and commercial instrumentation (ablation, spectroscopy, marking, nondestructive testing and light shows). Nd:YAG lasers and their harmonic version are used...Read full article

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