Enhanced performance of elemental copper-vapor lasers by use of H2-HCl-Ne buffer-gas mixtures

M. J. Withford*, D. J. W. Brown, R. J. Carman, J. A. Piper

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The output power from a 25-mm-diameter (volume, 0.49 L) and a 40-mm-diameter (volume, 1.9 L) coppervapor laser (nominally 20- and 65-W devices, respectively) was approximately doubled to >50 and >100 W, respectively, by addition of small partial pressures of both H2 and HCl to the neon buffer gas. The specific output powers of these lasers are believed to be records for any copper-vapor lasers of this size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-708
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1998


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