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A brief history of high-power semiconductor lasers

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Welch, D.F. ; SDI Inc., San Jose, CA, USA

The following is a historical perspective of the significant technological demonstrations that shaped the history of high power semiconductor lasers. The article is not meant to be a review article, as there are much better review articles and reviewers available, nor would the article try to cover all of the contributions to such a rich technology. Nonetheless, the article, anecdotally, presents a perspective on the technological advances that resulted in the enabling technology of high power semiconductor lasers for applications such as fiber optic communications, data storage, and material processing.

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Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 6 )