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24 August 1987 Recent Advances In CO2 Laser Technology
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Proceedings Volume 0806, Active Infrared Systems and Technology; (1987)
Event: Fourth International Symposium on Optical and Optoelectronic Applied Sciences and Engineering, 1987, The Hague, Netherlands
A number of different designs of CO2 wavegulue lasers have been built in order to establish the perforkiance of rugged, reliable devices ah.i.d to test their suitability for a number of different applications. In particular the need to demonstrate long active and passive life times has led to the adoption ot fluxless, controlled atmosphere brazing and welding processes during a number of the construction phases. Fully developed lasers have been built which have demonstrated 5000 hours active life and 7 years shelf life to date. The further need for more compact, lower cost and higher power lasers has resulted in the development of new ceramic bonding techniques- Prototype lasers have been built to establish the design parameters and technology for folded waveguide paths leading to increased power from compact, smaller dimensioned devices-In this paper the technology advances which have now made the waveguide laser a viable tool for military, medical and industrial applicatioo.s will be described and discussed.
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P C Conder, R N Jenkins, and J R Redding "Recent Advances In CO2 Laser Technology", Proc. SPIE 0806, Active Infrared Systems and Technology, (24 August 1987);


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