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The Coming of Age of Waveguide Lasers
Author(s): Katherine D. Laakmann; Peter Laakmann
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Paper Abstract

Waveguide CO2 lasers are being developed into reliable, low cost, fieldable and versatile devices with applications ranging from surgical to military to industrial. The attractiveness of waveguide lasers lies in a number of features including: a) the ability to obtain long sealed-off lifetimes, b) the ruggedness of its construction, c) the good mode quality without suffering from loss, d) the high wall-plug efficiency, e) the compactness, f) the scalability in output powers up to at least 30 Watts, g) the capability of the laser to be line and frequency stabilized, h) the large line and frequency tunability, i) the "safeness" of the device, and j) the relative simplicity and hence inexpensiveness. A review of waveguide CO2 lasers, including pulsed and CW, is presented. Also presented is a comparison between RF excited devices and DC excited devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 1980
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0247, Advances in Laser Engineering and Applications, (31 October 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959382
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Katherine D. Laakmann, Laakmann Electro-Optics, Inc. (United States)
Peter Laakmann, Laakmann Electro-Optics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0247:
Advances in Laser Engineering and Applications
Malcolm L. Stitch, Editor(s)

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