Duarte F.J.,Optics |
Duarte F.J.,University of New Mexico
Australian Physics | Year: 2010
Frank J. Duarte reviews the development of efficient narrow linewidth tunable laser oscillators for AVLIS applications at Macquarie University. Early In 1978, following his Honors year at the former School of Mathematics and Physics of Macquarie University, he embarked on a doctoral research project to develop an optically-pumped molecular laser under the supervision of J. A. Piper. In 1982, while partially funded by the AAEC, he began a series of experiments on closed-cavity CVL-pumped multiple-prism grating tunable laser oscillators. The work he did on multiple-prism grating CO2 lasers, plus the work of other researchers, proved that these oscillator configurations were universally applicable to tunable lasers. The experiments at MICOM also led to research into solid-state dye lasers. Using highly purified dye-doped polymers he was able to demonstrate tunable narrow-linewidth emission from solid-state dye laser oscillators. Subsequently, this work led to the development of very compact optimized multiple-prism grating oscillators, yielding high-power single-longitudinal- mode laser emission.