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1 February 1992 Experimental methods for designing, testing, and producing reliable high-power ion lasers
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Proceedings Volume 1620, Laser Testing and Reliability; (1992) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.56863
Event: SPIE Technical: OPTCON '91, 1991, San Jose, CA, United States
Abstract
Water-cooled ion lasers have been commercially available for 25 years. Since the introduction of the metal-ceramic plasma tube technology 10 years ago, a considerable amount of research and development activity at Coherent has been devoted to improving the operating life and reliability of this kind of tube. The efficient generation of laser radiation imposes stringent requirements on the discharge parameters and, consequently, on the plasma tube itself. We have developed various methods to analyze the discharge environment, test the effectiveness of new materials and tube designs, and control the manufacturing process. The combined use of these methods allows the production of tubes with lifetimes that can exceed 10,000 hours in the visible wavelengths and 5,000 hours in the ultraviolet.
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Marco F. Arrigoni, Luis Spinelli, and Gerald Barker "Experimental methods for designing, testing, and producing reliable high-power ion lasers", Proc. SPIE 1620, Laser Testing and Reliability, (1 February 1992); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.56863
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