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  • Vol. 11, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1972
  • pp: 64–73

Design and Operation of a Tunable Continuous Dye Laser

S. A. Tuccio and F. C. Strome, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 11, Issue 1, pp. 64-73 (1972)

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Design considerations and performance are discussed for the previously reported continuous dye solution laser. Output power was 1 W untuned and up to 320 mW when tuned by a prism. Tuning range was 525–680 nm, obtained with the use of several dye solutions. Theoretical predictions. of output power as a function of input power and of dye concentration were in good agreement with measurements.

© 1972 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: July 26, 1971
Published: January 1, 1972

S. A. Tuccio and F. C. Strome, "Design and Operation of a Tunable Continuous Dye Laser," Appl. Opt. 11, 64-73 (1972)

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