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The conception for creation of industrial tens kilowatt CO lasers with open working cycle
Author(s): Igor Ya. Baranov
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Paper Abstract

The production of high power, high efficiency, high specific energy and high optical beam quality can be obtained in the experimental systems of a quasi-cw electroionization CO laser with cooling a CO mixture by its expansion in the nozzles. The way of transfer to industrial high-power CO lasers is proposed through the continuous formation of a CO laser mixture during laser operation. CO laser mixture is formed by using air as a buffer gas (about 90%). CO molecules are generated in oxidation reaction of oxygen-containing molecules with carbon. The carbon arises from a decomposition of hydrocarbon fuel on the catalyst surface. CO mixture is excited by radio-frequency (RF) electric discharge in supersonic gas flow without an electron gun. The given conception was used on a small-scale model system to demonstrate that the laser radiation was possible in a CO mixture with combustion products and air, which are excited by RF discharge in a supersonic flow. The industrial CO-laser with power 20÷40kW is designed with open working cycle without ejecting toxing CO into the atmosphere by converting CO molecules to CO2 ones.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5334, Gas and Chemical Lasers, and Applications III, (25 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.527940
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Igor Ya. Baranov, Baltic State Technical Univ. (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5334:
Gas and Chemical Lasers, and Applications III
Steven J. Davis; Michael C. Heaven, Editor(s)

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