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Metal vapor lasers: new developments and applications
Author(s): Colin E. Webb
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Paper Abstract

Copper vapour lasers are high repetition rate, pulsed devices with output at 511nm (green) and 578nm (yellow). In recent years, diagnostic studies have led to advances in power, efficiency and output beam quality. Originally developed for industrial scale isotope enrichment processes, new applications for these lasers include high-speed imaging, velocimetry and micro-machining of hard materials. By frequency doubling the 51 mm green output, output powers of order 1W at 255nm in the UV can be obtained. This radiation is ideal for the manufacture of Fiber Bragg Gratings Ñ essential components for modern optical telecommunications. Kinetic enhancement of the excitation mechanisms of the laser provides not only increases in output power of compact copper lasers but also dramatic improvements in laser brightness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4184, XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (25 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.414045
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Colin E. Webb, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4184:
XIII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference

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