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Tunable VUV lasers : new instruments for solid state physics, chemistry and materials science

Objective



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.

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Address
Keble Road 1- Denys Wilkinson Building
OX1 3RH Oxford
United Kingdom

Participants (2)

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Spain
Address
119,Serrano 119
28071 Madrid
NATIONAL HELLENIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Greece
Address
48,Vas. Constantinou Ave. 48
11635 Athens