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Optimized homogeneity and stability of gas discharges in fast-flow CO2 laser systems operating at the choking limit
Author(s): W. Pfeiffer; C. Schmitz; Adolf Giesen; Helmut Huegel
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Paper Abstract

The design of compact and efficient laser sources having high beam-quality and high beam-power is an objective of gas laser research. Therefore, it is necessary to realize highest input power densities while producing only minimized distortion of the optical quality of the laseractive fluid. A non-concentric helical configuration of electrodes in combination with a particular swirl flow allowing for homogeneous deposition of 28 kW of electrical power in a single tube element and operating at the choking limit, while producing only 350 nm of maximum phase distortion, is shown in theory and experiment.

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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: 10.1117/12.270222
Show Author Affiliations
W. Pfeiffer, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
C. Schmitz, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Adolf Giesen, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Helmut Huegel, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)


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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