Ultrahigh-Power Semiconductor Diode Laser Arrays

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Science  11 Sep 1987:
Vol. 237, Issue 4820, pp. 1305-1309
DOI: 10.1126/science.237.4820.1305


The power available from transistor-sized semiconductor diode lasers has increased rapidly in recent years, more than doubling every year. Continuous outputs of several watts and pulsed powers in the kilowatt range with 50 percent overall efficiency are now possible with these compact devices. These developments may signal the start of a technological advancement in optics comparable to the solid-state revolution in electronics 20 years ago.