Comparison of CO2 waveguide laser resonator folding techniques.

P. E. Jackson, Denis R. Hall, C. A. Hill

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A direct comparison was made among types of optical arrangement used for folding in a compact sealed Z-fold CO2 waveguide laser excited by a transverse RF discharge. Output power was measured as a function of discharge conditions and mirror alignment for plane and curved mirror and partial waveguide-folded resonators and their performance characteristics compared. To date the laser has produced an unoptimized maximum output of 53.4 W from 115 cm of discharge, i.e., 0.46 W/cm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCLEO 88 Conf Lasers Electro Opt 1988 Tech Dig Ser Vol 7
Publication statusPublished - 1988


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