Frequency addition source of optical radiation

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For other uses, see FASOR (disambiguation).
A 50W FASOR used at the Starfire Optical Range.

FASOR is an acronym for frequency addition source of optical radiation. The name is used for a certain type of guide star laser deployed at US Air Force Research Laboratory facilities SOR and AMOS. Commercialization has been attempted by the company FASORtronics.[1] The laser light is produced in a sum-frequency generation process from two solid-state laser sources that operate at different wavelengths. The frequencies of the sources add directly to a summed frequency. Thus, if the source wavelengths are and , the resulting wavelength is


The FASOR is used for laser guide star experiments. It is tuned to the D2a hyperfine component of the sodium D line and used to excite sodium atoms in the mesospheric upper atmosphere. The FASOR consists of two single-frequency injection-locked Nd:YAG lasers close to 1064 and 1319 nm that are both resonant in a cavity containing a lithium triborate (LBO) crystal, which sums the frequencies yielding 589.159 nm light.


  1. ^ "FASORtronics LLC Website". Retrieved 25 September 2015.