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700-W diffusion-cooled large-area 40.68-MHz excited CO2 laser employing split-wave hybrid confocal resonator
Author(s): Peter Vitruk; James Schemmer; Stan Byron
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Paper Abstract

A novel non-waveguide, non-free-space CO2 laser resonator cavity, referred to as the split-wave hybrid (SWH) resonator, is described. Traditional resonator mirrors combined with two specially designed light reflecting electrode walls, which enclose the active medium, form the SWH resonator cavity. Light reflecting walls in the split-wave resonator act as wave-front-splitting mirrors in an interferometer, similar to a Fresnel double mirror or Lloyd mirror interferometer. Wave- front of the intra-cavity laser beam is significantly tilted with respect to the resonator walls, which facilitates lowest order mode selection in this resonator. Additionally, electrode wall surfaces contain discontinuities, which further enhances non-waveguide mode discrimination in the SWH resonator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3343, High-Power Laser Ablation, (14 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321591
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Vitruk, Emerald Laser, Ltd./Synrad, Inc. (United States)
James Schemmer, Emerald Laser, Ltd./Synrad, Inc. (United States)
Stan Byron, Emerald Laser, Ltd./Synrad, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3343:
High-Power Laser Ablation
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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