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Continuous-wave carbon dioxide laser system producing output power up to 135 kW
Author(s): Michael L. Lander; Keith J. Maxwell; James P. Reilly; Robert J. Hull
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Paper Abstract

The operational characteristics of a 135 kW continuous wave carbon dioxide laser system are described. A brief description of the fast-flowing electrical discharge coaxial laser system is presented followed by a detailed discussion of the operational and output characteristics of the device. Diagnostics systems configured to measure electrical discharge voltage and current, mass flow, laser cavity pressure, laser output power, output spatial intensity distribution and output temporal stability are described. The data collected with these systems are summarized with subsequent analyses presented and compared with theory. The 135 kW carbon dioxide laser is located at the Laser Hardened Materials Evaluation Laboratory (LHMEL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA. The device was developed and is currently operated for the purpose of characterizing the thermal response of materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 1997
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3092, XI International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (4 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.270213
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Michael L. Lander, Anteon Corp. (United States)
Keith J. Maxwell, Anteon Corp. (United States)
James P. Reilly, Northeast Science and Technology (United States)
Robert J. Hull, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3092:
XI International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference
Denis R. Hall; Howard J. Baker, Editor(s)

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