4 April 1997 Continuous-wave carbon dioxide laser system producing output power up to 135 kW
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Proceedings Volume 3092, XI International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference; (1997); doi: 10.1117/12.270213
Event: XI International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High Power Laser Conference, 1996, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Abstract
The operational characteristics of a 135 kW continuous wave carbon dioxide laser system are described. A brief description of the fast-flowing electrical discharge coaxial laser system is presented followed by a detailed discussion of the operational and output characteristics of the device. Diagnostics systems configured to measure electrical discharge voltage and current, mass flow, laser cavity pressure, laser output power, output spatial intensity distribution and output temporal stability are described. The data collected with these systems are summarized with subsequent analyses presented and compared with theory. The 135 kW carbon dioxide laser is located at the Laser Hardened Materials Evaluation Laboratory (LHMEL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA. The device was developed and is currently operated for the purpose of characterizing the thermal response of materials.
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Michael L. Lander, Keith J. Maxwell, James P. Reilly, Robert J. Hull, "Continuous-wave carbon dioxide laser system producing output power up to 135 kW", Proc. SPIE 3092, XI International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (4 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.270213; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.270213
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Carbon dioxide lasers

Laser systems engineering

Continuous wave operation

Laser stabilization

Calibration

Power meters

High power lasers

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