This is the first report of a recombination laser that has been produced in laser-vaporized target material. Inputlaser-pulse energies as low as 0.5 mJ at 1.06 µm and 5 mJ at 10.6 µm have resulted in laser oscillation in Cd I at 1.40, 1.43, 1.45, and 1.64 µm in ≈ 1-cm-radius cadmium plasmas. This laser appears to have the potential for high efficiency. In addition, scaling of this plasma-recombination process to higher-ionization stages should yield shortwavelength lasers.
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W. T. Silfvast, L. H. Szeto, and O. R. Wood II, "Recombination lasers in Nd and CO2 laser-produced cadmium plasmas," Opt. Lett. 4, 271-273 (1979)