Compact and efficient ultraviolet laser for astrobiology
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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AbstractThe purpose of this program is to develop a compact and efficient ultraviolet laser for use in space-based uv-Raman instruments. The basis for this system will be a diode-pumped neodymium-yttria (Nd:Y2O3) ceramic laser which is frequency-quadrupled to generate uv light at 237nm. The unique combination of a low-cost and robust ceramic laser with efficient 4th harmonic generation will provide an ideal ultraviolet source for NASA missions to planets and moons in the Solar System.
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