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Design, construction, and operation of 65 kilowatt carbon dioxide electric discharge coaxial laser device
Author(s): James P. Reilly; Michael L. Lander; K. Maxwell; Robert J. Hull
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Paper Abstract

The application of laser systems to the investigation of the properties of materials has become an important part of materials research in recent years. The demand for laser systems capable of supplying high-energy, high-quality output beams on a reliable basis has sparked increased activity in the area of research and prototyping of such devices. Accordingly, the design and construction methods used to produce a 65 kdowatt Carton Dioxide Electric Discharge Coaxial Laser (EDCL) device are discussed. Specific design criteria are identified in accordance to the critical performance requirements for the laser device. Furthermore, the unique construction methods and support system requirements essential to EDCL technology are described along with test results. The 65 kilowatt C02 EDCL laser was constructed for the Laser Hardened Materials Evaluation Laboratory of the Air Force Materials Laboratory located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio under contract F33615-84-C-5086.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1991
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1397, 8th Intl Symp on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers, (1 February 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.25897
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James P. Reilly, W. J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Michael L. Lander, Acurex Corp. (United States)
K. Maxwell, Acurex Corp. (United States)
Robert J. Hull, Wright Research and Development Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1397:
8th Intl Symp on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers

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