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Experimental methods for designing, testing, and producing reliable high-power ion lasers
Author(s): Marco F. Arrigoni; Luis Spinelli; Gerald Barker
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Paper Abstract

Water-cooled ion lasers have been commercially available for 25 years. Since the introduction of the metal-ceramic plasma tube technology 10 years ago, a considerable amount of research and development activity at Coherent has been devoted to improving the operating life and reliability of this kind of tube. The efficient generation of laser radiation imposes stringent requirements on the discharge parameters and, consequently, on the plasma tube itself. We have developed various methods to analyze the discharge environment, test the effectiveness of new materials and tube designs, and control the manufacturing process. The combined use of these methods allows the production of tubes with lifetimes that can exceed 10,000 hours in the visible wavelengths and 5,000 hours in the ultraviolet.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1992
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 1620, Laser Testing and Reliability, (1 February 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.56863
Show Author Affiliations
Marco F. Arrigoni, Coherent Inc. (United States)
Luis Spinelli, Coherent Inc. (United States)
Gerald Barker, Coherent Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1620:
Laser Testing and Reliability
David L. Begley; S. C. Wang, Editor(s)

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