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TheWholeDamnInternet t1_j6bdm66 wrote

I don’t know what took us so long to develop a chip-sized titanium-doped sapphire laser to begin with. It seems so obvious.


DFX1212 t1_j6blfqt wrote

The war on drugs prevented us from testing lasers doped up on titanium.


Steinrikur t1_j6d4yw7 wrote

I read that as child-sized, and I didn't know what to think about that.


tester989chromeos t1_j6blfap wrote

What are the benefits?


compugasm t1_j6bviv0 wrote

It's size. It's small. The low power threshold makes it more efficient.


vindictivemonarch t1_j6iva3h wrote

ti-sapphire lasers are important to several areas of physics. they can be tuned to a wide range of wavelengths and can have very short pulse widths, on the order of tens of femtoseconds. these lasers are called "ultrafast" lasers.

ultrafast lasers require a pump laser. so to get the ultrafast, very tuneable laser pulses you actually need two lasers, and you shoot one of the lasers into the other. you can also add non-linear optics for more control over the wavelength or high-energy amplifiers for more power. at the end, your laser is more like a system of glowing boxes that takes up a huge table. each one of these components is very expensive. they generate a lot of heat and usually require several water cooling systems. they all have to be perfectly aligned to one another, so they have to be on the same, level table, and that table shouldn't shake everytime a train or semi rolls by your lab and it has to have taps for the optical mounts to route the laser around the table and to your experiment.

if they could replace a bunch of that with a chip for some people it would free up grant money.


Sirknowidea t1_j6bvlfu wrote

Does this mean we can put lasers on sharks now?


Steinrikur t1_j6d52mo wrote

I think that means we can put them on sardines.


Skeletonrevelations t1_j6focjs wrote

I mean what's scarier 1 big shark with 1 laser or a million sardines with tiny lasers.