Manufacture of YAG crystals for lasers

Manufacture of YAG crystals for lasers

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Caption: Manufacture of laser rods. A mixture of Yttrium- Aluminium Garnet (YAG) and trace amounts of neodymium is heated in an iridium crucible. Over the course of about 20 days, a single crystal grows in the centre of the crucible. This doped- YAG crystal (like the one seen here) may then be shaped and polished for use as a laser cavity rod.

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Keywords: crystal growth, crystal manufacture, high-tech, laser, lasers, technology, yag, yttrium-aluminium garnet

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