25 January 2004 The conception for creation of industrial ten-kilowatt CO lasers with open working cycle
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Proceedings Volume 5334, Gas and Chemical Lasers, and Applications III; (2004) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.527940
Event: Lasers and Applications in Science and Engineering, 2004, San Jose, Ca, United States
Abstract
The production of high power, high efficiency, high specific energy and high optical beam quality can be obtained in the experimental systems of a quasi-cw electroionization CO laser with cooling a CO mixture by its expansion in the nozzles. The way of transfer to industrial high-power CO lasers is proposed through the continuous formation of a CO laser mixture during laser operation. CO laser mixture is formed by using air as a buffer gas (about 90%). CO molecules are generated in oxidation reaction of oxygen-containing molecules with carbon. The carbon arises from a decomposition of hydrocarbon fuel on the catalyst surface. CO mixture is excited by radio-frequency (RF) electric discharge in supersonic gas flow without an electron gun. The given conception was used on a small-scale model system to demonstrate that the laser radiation was possible in a CO mixture with combustion products and air, which are excited by RF discharge in a supersonic flow. The industrial CO-laser with power 20÷40kW is designed with open working cycle without ejecting toxing CO into the atmosphere by converting CO molecules to CO2 ones.
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Igor Ya. Baranov, Igor Ya. Baranov, } "The conception for creation of industrial ten-kilowatt CO lasers with open working cycle", Proc. SPIE 5334, Gas and Chemical Lasers, and Applications III, (25 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.527940; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.527940
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