Construction and Operation of a Gas Transport CO2 Laser
FOREIGN AEROSPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The construction and operation of a C02 gas transport laser with cylindrical geometry is presented. This work aims at small size and light weight gas transport laser at high output level. This has been accomplished by a single metallic cylinder for electric discharge, recirculation and the cooling of the gas mixture. More than 1kW laser power was obtained from a laser of the length of 1.45m, diameter 0.54m and cca weight 180 kg. Typical parameters were pressure 40 Torr, C02N2 He 1811, discharge current 8 A, efficiency 12, and laser spot 28 x 22mm sq.
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