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Carbon Dioxide Laser A Journey From Milliwatts To Megawattst
Author(s): C. Kumar; N. Patel
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Paper Abstract

With these prophetic words towards the end of the nineteenth century, Wells created a vision of high power lasers and their awesome capability of delivering energy at a distance. One might even argue that he was talking about a gas laser, and perhaps he had the notion of carbon dioxide lasers. Be that as it may, 1989 marks the 25th anniversary of the discovery of laser action on the vibrational rotational transitions of a molecule (Patel, 1964a). And since the first publication of the paper on the CO2 laser over 10,000 papers have appeared on either the science or technology of CO2 or other molecular vibrational-rotational transition lasers or their applications. Several books too have appeared. In light of this, to go through the detailed description of the molecular lasers would be superfluous. Nonetheless, a description based on my first-hand experience may provide some additional insights.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1989
PDF: 26 pages
Proc. SPIE 1042, CO2 Lasers and Applications, (28 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951270
Show Author Affiliations
C. Kumar, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)
N. Patel, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1042:
CO2 Lasers and Applications
James D. Evans; Edward V. Locke, Editor(s)

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