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Reliability Factors In Gas Lasers
Author(s): E. G. Malk; I. A. Ramsay
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Paper Abstract

Two types of gas lasers, the helium-neon and the sealed-off, waveguide carbon dioxide, are discussed. Prior to hard seals in helium-neon lasers, failures due to contamination of the gas mixture had far outnumbered optical failures. Now that hard seals have been established, the failure rate constant associated with the lasing medium has been reduced below the failure rate constant associated with the optics. To accomplish the corresponding reduction in failures associated with the lasing medium of sealed-off, waveguide carbon dioxide lasers, it will be necessary not only to establish true hard seals but also to prevent a general dissociation of carbon dioxide by catalyzing the reverse reaction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1982
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0328, Laser and Laser Systems Reliability, (23 July 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933879
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E. G. Malk, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)
I. A. Ramsay, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0328:
Laser and Laser Systems Reliability
Gary A. Evans, Editor(s)

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