Proceedings PaperMarket for low-power CO2 lasers
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When I was invited two years ago to talk about low power lasers, Dave Belforte's emphasis was basically on 50 W lasers and below. At this time, he's expanded it to 500 W lasers and below, which to a certain extent is an indiction of how the low power sealed laser technology has gone, which I have been very much involved with over the last six or seven years. For the purposes of this talk, as I said, low power lasers is less than 500 W and specifically I'm going to focus in on lasers that are 250 W and less. I'm going to eniphasize again sealed laser systems which are, in terms of CO2 lasers, are those things that look much more like HeNes. They have no gas requirements, you basically plug them in the wall because they're higher power beasts, you put water in to them to cool them off and light comes out. There is a dramatic difference between those lasers and the flowing gas or the fast axial flow and so forth that people think of when they start talking about the high power lasers.