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Optica Publishing Group: 60 Significant Articles on the Laser by Decade

In celebration of 60 years of the laser science and laser applications, we are sharing this collection of significant articles published in Optica Publishing Group journals over the past 60 years—organized 10 per decade. This curated collection is meant to illustrate the depth and breadth of laser science that has been reported in our journals and is not meant to be comprehensive or exhaustive. It draws from different journal editor's best-of topical lists, lists of papers with the highest total citations, and input from Optica Publishing Group's current science advisors.


Continuous Optically Pumped Cs Laser
Appl. Opt., Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp. 513-516 (1962)
P. Rabinowitz, S. Jacobs, and G. Gould
Cited by 72

Stimulated Emission of Infrared Radiation from Ytterbium Activated Silicate Glass
Appl. Opt., Vol. 1 Issue 4, pp. 534-536 (1962)
H. W. Etzel, H. W. Gandy, and R. J. Ginther
Cited by 56

A Continuously Operating Ruby Optical Maser
Appl. Opt., Vol. 1 Issue 2, pp. 181-183 (1962)
D. F. Nelson and W. S. Boyle
Cited by 62

Amplification in a Fiber Laser
Appl. Opt., Vol. 3 Issue 10, pp. 1182-1186 (1964)
Charles J. Koester and Elias Snitzer
Cited by 261

Laser Beams and Resonators
Appl. Opt., Vol. 5 Issue 10, pp. 1550-1567 (1966)
H. Kogelnik and T. Li
Cited by 1901

Semiconductor Lasers
Appl. Opt., Vol. 5 Issue 10, pp. 1514-1528 (1966)
Marshall I. Nathan
Cited by 20

Glass Lasers
Appl. Opt., Vol. 5 Issue 10, pp. 1487-1499 (1966)
E. Snitzer
Cited by 83

Crystalline Solid Lasers
Appl. Opt., Vol. 5 Issue 10, pp. 1474-1486 (1966)
Z. J. Kiss and R. J. Pressley
Cited by 29

High-Resolution Raman Spectroscopy of Gases with cw-Laser Excitation*
J. Opt. Soc. Am., Vol. 57 Issue 1, pp. 19-28 (1967)
Alfons Weber, Sergio P. S. Porto, Leonard E. Cheesman, and Joseph J. Barrett
Cited by 103

Tunable Single Mode Operation of Gas Lasers Using Intracavity Tilted Etalons
Appl. Opt., Vol. 8 Issue 6, pp. 1103-1106 (1969)
Michael Hercher
Cited by 99


CO2 Laser Pumping by a dc–Tesla Coil Combination
Appl. Opt., Vol. 9 Issue 6, pp. 1485-1486 (1970)
W. I. Dobrov and E. R. Washwell
Cited by 1

Ultrahigh Speed Photography of Picosecond Light Pulses and Echoes
Appl. Opt., Vol. 10 Issue 9, pp. 2162-2170 (1971)
M. A. Duguay and A. T. Mattick
Cited by 156

Repetitively Pulsed Tunable Dye Laser for High Resolution Spectroscopy
Appl. Opt., Vol. 11 Issue 4, pp. 895-898 (1972)
T. W. Hänsch
Cited by 617

Unstable Optical Resonators
Appl. Opt., Vol. 13 Issue 2, pp. 353-367 (1974)
A. E. Siegman
Cited by 251

Laser feedback: its effect on laser frequency
Appl. Opt., Vol. 15 Issue 5, pp. 1119-1120 (1976)
Paul J. Brannon
Cited by 31

Transfer chemical laser: modeling of a cw DF–CO2 laser
Appl. Opt., Vol. 15 Issue 5, pp. 1164-1171 (1976)
S. W. Zelazny, J. A. Blauer, L. Wood, L. H. Sentman, and W. C. Solomon
Cited by 9

Generation of time-reversed wave fronts by nonlinear refraction*
J. Opt. Soc. Am., Vol. 67 Issue 1, pp. 1-3 (1977)
R. W. Hellwarth
Cited by 422

Spectrally narrow pulsed dye laser without beam expander
Appl. Opt., Vol. 17 Issue 14, pp. 2224-2227 (1978)
Michael G. Littman and Harold J. Metcalf
Cited by 513

Coherent trapping of atomic populations
Opt. Lett., Vol. 3 Issue 6, pp. 218-220 (1978)
H. R. Gray, R. M. Whitley, and C. R. Stroud
Cited by 626

Short-cavity picosecond dye laser design
Appl. Opt., Vol. 18 Issue 4, pp. 532-535 (1979)
A. J. Cox and Gary W. Scott
Cited by 15


Frequency-modulation spectroscopy: a new method for measuring weak absorptions and dispersions
Opt. Lett., Vol. 5 Issue 1, pp. 15-17 (1980)
Gary C. Bjorklund
Cited by 696

Self-pumped, continuous-wave phase conjugator using internal reflection
Opt. Lett., Vol. 7 Issue 10, pp. 486-488 (1982)
Jack Feinberg
Cited by 645

Scanning coherent anti-Stokes Raman microscope
Opt. Lett., Vol. 7 Issue 8, pp. 350-352 (1982)
M. D. Duncan, J. Reintjes, and T. J. Manuccia
Cited by 471

The soliton laser
Opt. Lett., Vol. 9 Issue 1, pp. 13-15 (1984)
L. F. Mollenauer and R. H. Stolen
Cited by 453

Monolithic, unidirectional single-mode Nd:YAG ring laser
Opt. Lett., Vol. 10 Issue 2, pp. 65-67 (1985)
Thomas J. Kane and Robert L. Byer
Cited by 510

Generation of optical pulses as short as 27 femtoseconds directly from a laser balancing self-phase modulation, group-velocity dispersion, saturable absorption, and saturable gain
Opt. Lett., Vol. 10 Issue 3, pp. 131-133 (1985)
J. A. Valdmanis, R. L. Fork, and J. P. Gordon
Cited by 362

Spectroscopic and laser characteristics of Ti:Al2O3
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, Vol. 3 Issue 1, pp. 125-133 (1986)
P. F. Moulton
Cited by 949

Observation of a single-beam gradient force optical trap for dielectric particles
Opt. Lett., Vol. 11 Issue 5, pp. 288-290 (1986)
A. Ashkin, J. M. Dziedzic, J. E. Bjorkholm, and Steven Chu
Cited by 4593

Laser stabilization at the millihertz level
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, Vol. 5 Issue 8, pp. 1576-1587 (1988)
Ch. Salomon, D. Hils, and J. L. Hall
Cited by 186

High-resolution femtosecond pulse shaping
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, Vol. 5 Issue 8, pp. 1563-1572 (1988)
A. M. Weiner, J. P. Heritage, and E. M. Kirschner
Cited by 545


Average power limits of diode-laser-pumped solid state lasers
Appl. Opt., Vol. 29 Issue 12, pp. 1765-1771 (1990)
Santanu Basu and Robert L. Byer
Cited by 25

60-fsec pulse generation from a self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser
Opt. Lett., Vol. 16 Issue 1, pp. 42-44 (1991)
D. E. Spence, P. N. Kean, and W. Sibbett
Cited by 1113

Generation of 11-fs pulses from a self-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser
Opt. Lett., Vol. 18 Issue 12, pp. 977-979 (1993)
Melanie T. Asaki, Chung-Po Huang, Dennis Garvey, Jianping Zhou, Henry C. Kapteyn, and Margaret M. Murnane
Cited by 354

77-fs pulse generation from a stretched-pulse mode-locked all-fiber ring laser
Opt. Lett., Vol. 18 Issue 13, pp. 1080-1082 (1993)
K. Tamura, E. P. Ippen, H. A. Haus, and L. E. Nelson
Cited by 756

Subfemtosecond pulses
Opt. Lett., Vol. 19 Issue 22, pp. 1870-1872 (1994)
P. B. Corkum, N. H. Burnett, and M. Y. Ivanov
Cited by 482

Optical ablation by high-power short-pulse lasers
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, Vol. 13 Issue 2, pp. 459-468 (1996)
B. C. Stuart, M. D. Feit, S. Herman, A. M. Rubenchik, B. W. Shore, and M. D. Perry
Cited by 475

Writing waveguides in glass with a femtosecond laser
Opt. Lett., Vol. 21 Issue 21, pp. 1729-1731 (1996)
K. M. Davis, K. Miura, N. Sugimoto, and K. Hirao
Cited by 2017

Compression of high-energy laser pulses below 5 fs
Opt. Lett., Vol. 22 Issue 8, pp. 522-524 (1997)
M. Nisoli, S. De Silvestri, O. Svelto, R. Szipöcs, K. Ferencz, Ch. Spielmann, S. Sartania, and F. Krausz
Cited by 803

Petawatt laser pulses
Opt. Lett., Vol. 24 Issue 3, pp. 160-162 (1999)
M. D. Perry, D. Pennington, B. C. Stuart, G. Tietbohl, J. A. Britten, C. Brown, S. Herman, B. Golick, M. Kartz, J. Miller, H. T. Powell, M. Vergino, and V. Yanovsky
Cited by 417

In vivo ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography
Opt. Lett., Vol. 24 Issue 17, pp. 1221-1223 (1999)
W. Drexler, U. Morgner, F. X. Kärtner, C. Pitris, S. A. Boppart, X. D. Li, E. P. Ippen, and J. G. Fujimoto
Cited by 688


Supercontinuum generation in tapered fibers
Opt. Lett., Vol. 25 Issue 19, pp. 1415-1417 (2000)
T. A. Birks, W. J. Wadsworth, and P. St. J. Russell
Cited by 660

Effective utilization of quantum-cascade distributed-feedback lasers in absorption spectroscopy
Appl. Opt., Vol. 39 Issue 24, pp. 4425-4430 (2000)
Anatoliy A. Kosterev, Robert F. Curl, Frank K. Tittel, Claire Gmachl, Federico Capasso, Deborah L. Sivco, James N. Baillargeon, Albert L. Hutchinson, and Alfred Y. Cho
Cited by 67

Generation of 5-fs pulses and octave-spanning spectra directly from a Ti:sapphire laser
Opt. Lett., Vol. 26 Issue 6, pp. 373-375 (2001)
R. Ell, U. Morgner, F. X. Kärtner, J. G. Fujimoto, E. P. Ippen, V. Scheuer, G. Angelow, T. Tschudi, M. J. Lederer, A. Boiko, and B. Luther-Davies
Cited by 340

Supercontinuum generation in air–silica microstructured fibers with nanosecond and femtosecond pulse pumping
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, Vol. 19 Issue 4, pp. 765-771 (2002)
John M. Dudley, Laurent Provino, Nicolas Grossard, Hervé Maillotte, Robert S. Windeler, Benjamin J. Eggleton, and Stéphane Coen
Cited by 265

High power air-clad photonic crystal fibre laser
Opt. Express, Vol. 11 Issue 1, pp. 48-53 (2003)
W. J. Wadsworth, R. M. Percival, G. Bouwmans, J. C. Knight, and P. St. J. Russell
Cited by 153

Demonstration of a silicon Raman laser
Opt. Express, Vol. 12 Issue 21, pp. 5269-5273 (2004)
Ozdal Boyraz and Bahram Jalali
Cited by 617

Ytterbium-doped large-core fiber laser with 1.36 kW continuous-wave output power
Opt. Express, Vol. 12 Issue 25, pp. 6088-6092 (2004)
Y. Jeong, J. K. Sahu, D. N. Payne, and J. Nilsson
Cited by 694

Generation and characterization of the highest laser intensities (1022 W/cm2)
Opt. Lett., Vol. 29 Issue 24, pp. 2837-2839 (2004)
S.-W. Bahk, P. Rousseau, T. A. Planchon, V. Chvykov, G. Kalintchenko, A. Maksimchuk, G. A. Mourou, and V. Yanovsky
Cited by 329

Electrically pumped hybrid AlGaInAs-silicon evanescent laser
Opt. Express, Vol. 14 Issue 20, pp. 9203-9210 (2006)
Alexander W. Fang, Hyundai Park, Oded Cohen, Richard Jones, Mario J. Paniccia, and John E. Bowers
Cited by 899

Ultra-high intensity- 300-TW laser at 0.1 Hz repetition rate.
Opt. Express, Vol. 16 Issue 3, pp. 2109-2114 (2008)
V. Yanovsky, V. Chvykov, G. Kalinchenko, P. Rousseau, T. Planchon, T. Matsuoka, A. Maksimchuk, J. Nees, G. Cheriaux, G. Mourou, and K. Krushelnick
Cited by 570


High-power widely tunable thulium fiber lasers
Appl. Opt., Vol. 49 Issue 32, pp. 6236-6242 (2010)
Timothy S. McComb, R. Andrew Sims, Christina C. C. Willis, Pankaj Kadwani, Vikas Sudesh, Lawrence Shah, and Martin Richardson
Cited by 79

Attosecond photon sources: the first decade and beyond [Invited]
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, Vol. 27 Issue 11, pp. B9-B17 (2010)
Zenghu Chang and P. Corkum
Cited by 112

The evolving optical frequency comb [Invited]
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, Vol. 27 Issue 11, pp. B51-B62 (2010)
Scott A. Diddams
Cited by 406

Femtosecond fiber CPA system emitting 830 W average output power
Opt. Lett., Vol. 35 Issue 2, pp. 94-96 (2010)
Tino Eidam, Stefan Hanf, Enrico Seise, Thomas V. Andersen, Thomas Gabler, Christian Wirth, Thomas Schreiber, Jens Limpert, and Andreas Tünnermann
Cited by 444

Octave-spanning frequency comb generation in a silicon nitride chip
Opt. Lett., Vol. 36 Issue 17, pp. 3398-3400 (2011)
Yoshitomo Okawachi, Kasturi Saha, Jacob S. Levy, Y. Henry Wen, Michal Lipson, and Alexander L. Gaeta
Cited by 401

Tailoring a 67 attosecond pulse through advantageous phase-mismatch
Opt. Lett., Vol. 37 Issue 18, pp. 3891-3893 (2012)
Kun Zhao, Qi Zhang, Michael Chini, Yi Wu, Xiaowei Wang, and Zenghu Chang
Cited by 416

Fiber lasers and their applications [Invited]
Appl. Opt., Vol. 53 Issue 28, pp. 6554-6568 (2014)
Wei Shi, Qiang Fang, Xiushan Zhu, R. A. Norwood, and N. Peyghambarian
Cited by 226

260-megahertz, megawatt-level thin-disk oscillator
Opt. Lett., Vol. 40 Issue 8, pp. 1627-1630 (2015)
Jinwei Zhang, Jonathan Brons, Nikolai Lilienfein, Elena Fedulova, Vladimir Pervak, Dominik Bauer, Dirk Sutter, Zhiyi Wei, Alexander Apolonski, Oleg Pronin, and Ferenc Krausz
Cited by 14

Quantum cascade lasers: 20 years of challenges
Opt. Express, Vol. 23 Issue 4, pp. 5167-5182 (2015)
Miriam Serena Vitiello, Giacomo Scalari, Benjamin Williams, and Paolo De Natale
Cited by 287

Soliton frequency comb at microwave rates in a high-Q silica microresonator
Optica, Vol. 2 Issue 12, pp. 1078-1085 (2015)
Xu Yi, Qi-Fan Yang, Ki Youl Yang, Myoung-Gyun Suh, and Kerry Vahala
Cited by 313

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