A Green Laser Pointer Hazard

Published: August 02, 2010


Jemellie Galang, Alessandro Restelli, Edward W. Hagley, Charles W. Clark


An inexpensive green laser pointer was found to emit 20 mW of infrared radiation during normal use. This is potentially a serious hazard that would not be noticed by most users of such pointers. We find that the problem derives from an unsafe design, and describe a simple method of testing for it using common household items.
Citation: Technical Note (NIST TN) - 1668
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NIST Pub Series: Technical Note (NIST TN)
Pub Type: NIST Pubs

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green laser pointer, infrared radiation, hazard
Created August 02, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017