The catalytic activity of gold-plated electrodes in a slab-geometry CO[sub 2] laser

Tskhai, S.N.; Witteman, W.J.; Udalov, Y.B.; Peters, P.J.M.; Ochkin, V.N.
July 1997
Applied Physics B: Lasers & Optics;1997, Vol. 65 Issue 1, p45
Academic Journal
An improvement to the performance of a CO[sub 2] laser in a slab geometry with a heated gold-plated electrode is shown. The catalytic activity of the gold electrodes to regenerate the laser gas can substantially increase the optimum output power of the CO[sub 2] laser. An output power of 116 W is obtained for a slab that was 370 mm long and had a cross section of 2.5 mm×15 mm.


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