Efficient switchless multi-Joule TE-CO2 laser

P K Bhadani, A Sylvan, R. G. Harrison

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Abstract

Switchless mode operation of a pulse TE-CO2 laser is reported. The system has provided an output energy of 7 J at atmospheric pressure from a discharge volume of 3 cm×3.3 cm×42 cm with an efficiency of 8%. Under long pulse loading, it has provided 3.5 J in a 5 µs pulse at an efficiency of 7% at a pressure of 500 mbar. The elimination of the high voltage switch from the main discharge circuit has resulted in a simple and inexpensive laser system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1404-1407
Number of pages4
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Volume62
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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