Lasers: Carbon Dioxide Laser

Chatwin, Chris R (2004) Lasers: Carbon Dioxide Laser. In: Guenther, Bob D, Steel, Duncan G and Bayvel, Leopold (eds.) Encyclopedia of Modern Optics. Academic Press, London, pp. 389-400. ISBN 9780122276002

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Abstract

This article gives a brief history of the development of the laser and goes on to describe the characteristics of the carbon dioxide laser and the molecular dynamics that permit it to operate at comparatively high power and efficiency. It is these commercially attractive features and its low cost that has led to its adoption as one of most popular industrial power beams. This outline also describes the main types of carbon dioxide laser and briefly discusses their characteristics and uses.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Depositing User: Chris Chatwin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:13
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 08:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24798
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