Spectroscopic applications of tunable optical parametric oscillators

Brian J. Orr*, John G. Haub, Yabai He, Richard T. White

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The corresponding chapter in the first edition of this book [1] was written in the mid1990s, at a time when a prominent scientific laser manufacturer had advertised its latest optical parametric oscillator (OPO) with the motto “Good-bye to Ti: and Dye,” signaling the possible demise of tunable dye lasers that had served laser spectroscopists and others well for at least 20 years [2,3]. At that time, a book review speculated that solid-state tunable lasers “might relegate the dye laser to the pages of the history book,” counterpoised by a view that “the dye laser in its many incarnations looks set to be with us for quite some time yet” [4]. Approximately 15 years later, the corresponding chapter in the second edition of this book [5] recorded that Ti:sapphire and dye lasers continued to occupy a significant place in the tunable laser market alongside many others (such as diode and quantum cascade lasers), but that solid-state nonlinear optical (NLO) devices, such as OPOs, were by then preferred as tunable coherent light sources for many spectroscopic purposes in the ultraviolet (UV), visible, near-infrared (IR), and mid-IR [6,7]. The same is true at the time of preparation of this updated chapter (~20 and ~5 years, respectively, after our contributions to the first [1] and second [5] editions of this book), although the spectroscopic dye laser market continues to contract substantially.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTunable laser applications
EditorsF. J. Duarte
Place of PublicationBoca Raton, FL
PublisherCRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages126
ISBN (Electronic)9781482261073
ISBN (Print)9781482261066
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2016

Publication series

NameOptical science and engineering
PublisherCRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group


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