New tunable solid-state lasers Cr^3+:LiCaAIF6 and Cr^3+:LiSrAIF6

During the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a resurgence of research and development on tunable solid-state laser materials because of their potential advantages over dye lasers, which have dominated the tunable laser market for many years. These advantages include Jong operating life, a longer energy storage lifetime, reliable and efficient flash lamp pumping, Q-switching, flexible harmonic generation capability, and improved beam quality at high average power levels.

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