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Rf-Excited-CO[sub]2[/sub] Laser With Improved Electrode Geometry
Author(s): Bruno Walter; Markus Bohrer; Dieter Schuocker
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Paper Abstract

A new laser gas flow design for transversely rf-excited CO2-lasers has been presented at the GCL VII Conference. Due to the imperfect electrode shape the electrical input power was limited by the occurrance of filaments in the discharge. The prensent paper deals with improvements of the rf-electrodes. Metals with high electrical conductivity and low permeability i.e. diamagnetic materials as copper, aluminum, and brass are proper electrode materials. Furthermore, the shape of the electrodes has main influence on the distribution of the current of the glow discharge. The use of small contoured electrodes enhances ignition of the discharge, however, the maximum input power for arc free operation is low Electrodes with a larger outer diameter enable a streamer free discharge at higher input powers. Consequently the electrodes were optimized concerning length, diameter, and alignment to ensure the use of the maximum electrical power available from the generator. The electrode temperature is determined by heat conduction from the discharge tube. Electrodes which are separated from the tube need no cooling. Air cooling with a blower improves the performance of the system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1132, High Power Lasers and Laser Machining Technology, (26 October 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.961556
Show Author Affiliations
Bruno Walter, Technical University Vienna (Austria)
Markus Bohrer, Technical University Vienna (Austria)
Dieter Schuocker, Technical University Vienna (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1132:
High Power Lasers and Laser Machining Technology

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