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Optical Engineering

Short-cavity high-repetition-rate CO2 laser
Author(s): Wouter Klopper; Kalina Bagrova; Johan du Pisanie; Einar Ronander; Jan A. Meyer; Hubertus M. von Bergmann
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Paper Abstract

We report on the construction and optimization of a TEA CO2 laser with a discharge volume of 15 cm3 and cavity length of 20 cm. Such a short cavity facilitates single longitudinal mode operation. A roots blower is employed to achieve the necessary gas flow rate for highrepetition-frequency operation in a compact design. Output has been obtained at 1 kHz and a stable discharge to a repetition rate of 2 kHz has been demonstrated. The laser is part of a program aimed at the development of an efficient laser system for molecular laser isotope separation. Additional applications in materials processing are envisioned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1994
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 33(9) doi: 10.1117/12.175690
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 33, Issue 9
Show Author Affiliations
Wouter Klopper, Atomic Energy Corp. of South Africa (South Africa)
Kalina Bagrova, Atomic Energy Corp. of South Africa (South Africa)
Johan du Pisanie, Atomic Energy Corp. of South Africa (South Africa)
Einar Ronander, Atomic Energy Corp. of South Africa (South Africa)
Jan A. Meyer, Atomic Energy Corp. of South Africa (South Africa)
Hubertus M. von Bergmann, Laser Systems and Applications (Pty) Ltd. (South Africa)


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