Abstract

We develop a green light source with low spatial coherence via intracavity frequency doubling of a solid-state degenerate laser. The second-harmonic emission supports many more transverse modes than the fundamental emission, and exhibits lower spatial coherence. A strong suppression of speckle formation is demonstrated for both fundamental and second-harmonic beams. Using the green emission for fluorescence excitation, we show the coherent artifacts are removed from the full-field fluorescence images. The high power, low spatial coherence, and good directionality make the green degenerate laser an attractive illumination source for parallel imaging and projection display.

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