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27 May 1996 Laser material test results from Russian high-power carbon monoxide laser
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Researchers from the United States and Russia conducted laser-material interaction tests at the LOK Company, St. Petersburg, Russia. These tests were conducted using a one-of-a-kind, continuous wave, supersonic, e-beam-sustained carbon monoxide (CO) laser. The purpose of these tests were to characterize the laser while performing collaborative research between scientists from Russia and the United States. Additionally, the testing verified previously- reported laser characteristics. All planned laser-material interaction tests were successfully conducted. Several material samples were irradiated by the CO laser to allow calculation of the laser energy and power levels. Statistical errors were reduced by testing materials with different characteristics at varying laser energy and power levels. Laser-material interaction tests were also conducted at varying distances from the laser output window to assess beam quality and divergence.
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Ray O. Johnson, Boris M. Dymshits, G. V. Ivanov, A. N. Mescherskiy, James P. Reilly, and Michael L. Lander "Laser material test results from Russian high-power carbon monoxide laser", Proc. SPIE 2714, 27th Annual Boulder Damage Symposium: Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1995, (27 May 1996); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.240421
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