This two year interdisicplinary project will combine the skills and experience of crystal growers, laser physicists, and
photochemists in Oxford, Athens and Madrid, who have a history of successful mutual collaboration. The objective is to
demonstrate the operation and some pioneering applications of the first members of a new generation of solid state laser
systems pumped by molecular fluorine lasers which offer for the first time tunable operation in the vacuum ultraviolet region of the spectrum between 165 and 250 nm. This spectral region is at present devoid of sources which can generate directly high power tunable laser radiation. The new lasers proposed here have the potential to open up this spectral region to new applications in photochemistry, stereolithography, laser purification of gases, separation and detection of rare species, pollution monitoring as well as fundamental studies of photoluminescence, radiation damage and electronic processes in metals, insulators,
semiconductors and plasmas.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts