||The pump laser
development within MIRSURG will be focused on sources operating near
1 and 2 µm. However, concerning the generation of trains of
ps pulses, the activities will be in the 1 µm range only, because
no passive mode-locking has so far been achieved for 2 µm bulk
lasers. In contrast, Q-switched lasers will be developed only for
the 2 µm range since near 1 µm one can rely on commercial
technology for this purpose.