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CLEO Show Highlights

Photonics Spectra
Jun 2001
Latest Lasers Were in the Spotlight at CLEO

Photonics Spectra Editors

True to its name, the 2001 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in Baltimore showcased the latest in laser technology. Most of the new technology on the conference's exhibit floor emphasized diode-pumped, solid-state sources, several operating in the ultraviolet range. Some highlights:
  • Coherent Photonics Group's Laser Div. introduced a semiconductor source emitting 20 mW of 488-nm light, similar in performance to argon-ion lasers, but occupying a tenth of the gas laser's footprint, consuming 98 percent less power and dissipating 98 percent less heat. Also announced was an addition to its Avia line that expands Q-switched power options to 7 W at 40 kHz…

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