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Thermoelastic stability of an argon ion laser cavity
Author(s): Alson E. Hatheway
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports research into the beam wander in argon ion lasers caused by the unsymmetrical natural convection cooling on the outside of the laser's envelope. The phenomenon is studied using `Unified Analysis' techniques to solve the heat transfer and thermo-elastic distortion problems. The effectiveness of a high performance internal heat exchanger is shown and the analytical results are compared to test data from a sample laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4198, Optomechanical Engineering 2000, (6 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417335
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Alson E. Hatheway, Alson E. Hatheway, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4198:
Optomechanical Engineering 2000
Mark A. Kahan, Editor(s)

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