High pressure operation of a fast axial flow CO2 laser with a narrow gap slab radio frequency discharge

G. A J Markillie, J. G. Betterton, H. J. Baker, D. R. Hall

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Abstract

This paper investigates the high pressure operation of a device which combines slab laser type design, with slab discharge dimensions of 200×50×5mm, with fast axial flow gas cooling. The laser offers the possibility of materials processing over a wide range of optical intensities and PRFs, including continuous operation. In continuous mode, the laser has successfully operated at intracavity pressures of up to 500 Torr. Preliminary pulsing studies at an intracavity pressure of 500 Torr give minimum allowed pulse durations of 30 µs with peak pulse powers of greater than 1 kW from a single discharge section.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1998 International Symposium on Information Theory
Pages330
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Event1998 International Symposium on Information Theory - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Sep 199818 Sep 1998

Conference

Conference1998 International Symposium on Information Theory
Abbreviated titleCLEO/EUROPE'98
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow, Scotland
Period14/09/9818/09/98

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    Markillie, G. A. J., Betterton, J. G., Baker, H. J., & Hall, D. R. (1998). High pressure operation of a fast axial flow CO2 laser with a narrow gap slab radio frequency discharge. In Proceedings of the 1998 International Symposium on Information Theory (pp. 330)