30 December 1976 The Nasa High-Power Carbon Dioxide Laser - A Versatile Tool For Laser Applications
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The NASA Lewis Research Center has designed and fabricated a closed-cycle, continuous wave (CW), carbon dioxide (CO2) high-power laser to support research for the indentification and evaluation of possible high-power laser applications. The device is designed to generate up to 70 kW of laser power in annular-shape beams from 1 to 9 cm in diameter. Electric discharge, either self-sustained or electron-beam-sustained, is used for excitation. This laser facility can be used in two ways. First, it provides a versatile tool on which research can be performed to advance the state-of-the-art technology of high-power CO2 lasers in such areas as electric excitation, laser chemistry, and quality of output beams, all of which are important whether the laser application is government or industry oriented. Second, the facility provides a well-defined, continuous wave beam for various application experiments, such as propulsion, power conversion, and materials processing.
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R. B. Lancashire, D. L. Alger, E. J. Manista, J. G. Slaby, J. W. Dunning, R. M. Stubbs, "The Nasa High-Power Carbon Dioxide Laser - A Versatile Tool For Laser Applications", Proc. SPIE 0086, Industrial Applications of High Power Laser Technology, (30 December 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954953; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.954953
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