1 June 1994 Operational characteristics of a pulse-sustained dc-excited transverse-flow cw CO2 laser of 5-kW output power
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Optical Engineering, 33(6), (1994). doi:10.1117/12.168848
Abstract
Performance characteristics of a transverse-gas-flow cw CO2 laser in which dc discharge was sustained by simultaneous application of high-repetition-rate, high-voltage, short-duration electrical pulses are presented. This excitation scheme enabled maintaining a stable and uniform discharge with electrical input power density more than 15 W/cm3 in a typical laser gas mixture of 2 mbar CO2, 14 mbar N2, and 30 mbar He. Maximum laser power of 5.2 kW was obtained with 15% electro-optic efficiency from a pair of active regions each of 1-rn length incorporated with a folded stable optical resonator. The effect of water vapor on laser performance is also discussed.
Ashish Kumar Nath, Lala Abhinandan, Praveen Choudhary, "Operational characteristics of a pulse-sustained dc-excited transverse-flow cw CO2 laser of 5-kW output power," Optical Engineering 33(6), (1 June 1994). http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.168848
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Carbon dioxide lasers

Gas lasers

Electrodes

Carbon dioxide

Continuous wave operation

Electro optics

Laser resonators

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