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532 nm Laser Lab
written by Dr. Erik Sánchez
The main goal is to understand some basic laser theory and the method of creating a 532 nm (green) laser emission from an 808 nm (IR) laser.  In the process you will learn the basics about laser diodes, pumping a gain medium, the purpose of special optical coatings, second harmonic generation, and the electronics / measurement tools for optical characterization. This lab can be constructed for under $1K with some creativity. Having introduced the lab already to students, they found it both interesting and fun to go through.

Presented at the 2013 AAPT Summer Meeting
in Portland, Oregon.
W36: Advanced Labs Workshop
Subjects Lab Level Resource Types
Modern Physics
- Condensed Matter
- Modern Optics
= Lasers
- Advanced Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Laboratory
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- Lab Manual
- application/pdf
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© 2013 Portland State University
Optical instrumentation, lasers, solid state
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Metadata instance created July 9, 2013 by Ramon Torres-Isea
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February 1, 2014 by Ramon Torres-Isea
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