High Brightness, Eye-safe Lasers

James T. Murray and Richard C. Powell, Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz. and William Austin, Lite Cycles Inc., Tucson, Ariz.

The 1.5 μm spectral region is of significant interest because it is "eye-safe" with low loss atmospheric and fiber transmission. Applications involving these special features have driven a significant amount of research on high power laser sources at this wavelength.

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