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Air-cooled Argon Ion Lasers: Aspects of Design, Specification, and Manufacture.
Author(s): Stephen G. Anderson
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Paper Abstract

Since its introduction in 1971, the air-cooled argon ion laser has evolved to become the primary output light source in color separation systems and in some computer printing applications. Recently, air-cooled ion lasers have also been designed into chemical and medical analysis equipment. As a result of the widespread acceptance of this type of laser into systems environments, laser manufacturers have made significant investments in order to improve lifetime and reliability characteristics, and to reduce the product costs. This article describes the air-cooled ion laser and discusses the changes that have been made, both to the design and to the manufacturing process, with the consequent improvement in laser lifetimes and reliability. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of this type of laser in systems environments are noted throughout.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 1987
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 0741, Design of Optical Systems Incorporating Low Power Lasers, (10 April 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.939742
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Stephen G. Anderson, Spectra-Physics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0741:
Design of Optical Systems Incorporating Low Power Lasers
Donald C. O'Shea, Editor(s)

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