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Applied Optics

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Carbon dioxide lasers -- Evaluation, Lasers


A cw CO₂ laser has been developed in which the active medium is formed by a discharge between coaxial electrodes. The laser gain and saturation properties have been studied as functions of the various device parameters. Over-all efficiency is about the same as for a conventional longitudinal discharge laser, and advantages of the coaxial geometry include low voltage operation, rapid cooling, and rugged construction.


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