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Optical Engineering

Industrial Applications of High Power Lasers
Author(s): John F. Ready
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Paper Abstract

Very early in the history of lasers it was recognized that the high power beam from a ruby laser could perform a variety of practical tasks. It could weld and drill holes easily; enthusiasm for exploitation of these capabilities ran very high. However, it took many years before lasers were employed in a practical sense by industry. The early lasers were not reliable and durable enough. Even though a laser could perform many useful tasks well, it was often unfeasible economically.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1978
PDF: 1 pages
Opt. Eng. 17(3) 173191 doi: 10.1117/12.7972214
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 17, Issue 3
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John F. Ready, Honeywell Corporate Material Sciences Center (United States)

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