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Recent Advances In CO2 Laser Technology
Author(s): P C Conder; R N Jenkins; J R Redding
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Paper Abstract

A number of different designs of CO2 wavegulue lasers have been built in order to establish the perforkiance of rugged, reliable devices ah.i.d to test their suitability for a number of different applications. In particular the need to demonstrate long active and passive life times has led to the adoption ot fluxless, controlled atmosphere brazing and welding processes during a number of the construction phases. Fully developed lasers have been built which have demonstrated 5000 hours active life and 7 years shelf life to date. The further need for more compact, lower cost and higher power lasers has resulted in the development of new ceramic bonding techniques- Prototype lasers have been built to establish the design parameters and technology for folded waveguide paths leading to increased power from compact, smaller dimensioned devices-In this paper the technology advances which have now made the waveguide laser a viable tool for military, medical and industrial applicatioo.s will be described and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 1987
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0806, Active Infrared Systems and Technology, (24 August 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.941389
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P C Conder, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (England)
R N Jenkins, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (England)
J R Redding, Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (England)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0806:
Active Infrared Systems and Technology
V. G. Roper, Editor(s)

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