W.W. Bewley, L.J. Olafsen, I. Vurgaftman, C.L. Felix, E.H. Aifer, D.W. Stokes, J.R. Meyer, M.J. Yang, H. Lee, R.J. Menna, R.U. Martinelli, D.Z. Garbuzov, J.C. Connolly, M. Maiorov, A.R. Sugg and G.H. Olsen
While semiconductor diodes currently dominate the world market for near-IR lasers, longer-wavelength devices emitting beyond 3 μm have yet to achieve adequate performance levels. Practical mid-IR systems will ultimately require high-power non-cryogenic sources that operate either cw or quasi-cw with a high duty cycle. Key applications include chemical and biological detection, laser spectroscopy, laser surgery, and infrared countermeasures against heat-seeking missiles.
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