Laser-driven light source

  • US 8,525,138 B2
  • Filed: 02/09/2011
  • Issued: 09/03/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/31/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A light source comprising:

  • a pressurized chamber having a gas disposed therein;

    an ignition source comprising electrodes for exciting the gas, the excited gas having at least one strong absorption line at an infrared wavelength;

    at least one laser configured to provide energy to the excited gas at a wavelength within 10 nm of a strong absorption line of the excited gas within the chamber to sustain a plasma and produce at least substantially continuous, plasma-generated light.

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