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Solar Laser?

Skans

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So, I was wondering if it would be feasible to make a solar-pumped laser. I'm a noob at this, but maybe some of you more knowledgeable folks can tell me if I have a even a chance of doing something like this. My thinking is to make a very simple ruby laser with a ruby rod, partially reflecting and reflecting mirrors. Wrap the ruby rod in aluminum foil, except where light will enter. Then make a solar collector using mirror bits glued to a parabolic dish. Then focus the concentrated light from the collector onto the ruby rod/mirror setup.

It seems as though I might be able to replicate a flash-lamp with concentrated sunlight. That's the theory anyway.
Am I missing something huge here, or is there even a chance that something like this could work???:eek:
 
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diachi

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So, I was wondering if it would be feasible to make a solar-pumped laser. I'm a noob at this, but maybe some of you more knowledgeable folks can tell me if I have a even a chance of doing something like this. My thinking is to make a very simple ruby laser with a ruby rod, partially reflecting and reflecting mirrors. Wrap the ruby rod in aluminum foil, except where light will enter. Then make a solar collector using mirror bits glued to a parabolic dish. Then focus the concentrated light from the collector onto the ruby rod/mirror setup.

It seems as though I might be able to replicate a flash-lamp with concentrated sunlight. That's the theory anyway.
Am I missing something huge here, or is there even a chance that something like this could work???:eek:

Sure it's possible - just not necessarily practical or efficient. Ruby probably (Edit: Definitely) wouldn't be your best bet either, for various reasons.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar-pumped_laser

NOVEL LASERS: Solar-pumped Nd:YAG lasers getting brighter - Laser Focus World
 
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There is an application requiring lots of UV light for the catalytic formation of a product, the desired power input is sunlight but the process doesn't work as well with full spectrum natural light. this is why a method to convert full spectrum sunlight into all or mostly UV is desirable. My question is how to go about creating the crystals or other components necessary to achieve this conversion goal.
 




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