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Title: Metal vapor laser including hot electrodes and integral wick

Abstract

A metal vapor laser, specifically one utilizing copper vapor, is disclosed herein. This laser utilizes a plasma tube assembly including a thermally insulated plasma tube containing a specific metal, e.g., copper, and a buffer gas therein. The laser also utilizes means including hot electrodes located at opposite ends of the plasma tube for electrically exciting the metal vapor and heating its interior to a sufficiently high temperature to cause the metal contained therein to vaporize and for subjecting the vapor to an electrical discharge excitation in order to lase. The laser also utilizes external wicking arrangements, that is, wicking arrangements located outside the plasma tube.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Livermore, CA)
  2. (Tracy, CA)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
869782
Patent Number(s):
US 5396513
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) LLNL
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
metal; vapor; laser; including; hot; electrodes; integral; wick; specifically; utilizing; copper; disclosed; utilizes; plasma; tube; assembly; thermally; insulated; containing; specific; buffer; gas; therein; means; located; opposite; electrically; exciting; heating; interior; sufficiently; temperature; contained; vaporize; subjecting; electrical; discharge; excitation; lase; external; wicking; arrangements; outside; tube containing; buffer gas; electrodes located; means including; electrical discharge; copper vapor; plasma tube; vapor laser; metal vapor; contained therein; located outside; assembly including; thermally insulated; tube assembly; laser utilizes; gas therein; discharge excitation; metal contained; including hot; specific metal; /372/

Citation Formats

Ault, Earl R., and Alger, Terry W.. Metal vapor laser including hot electrodes and integral wick. United States: N. p., 1995. Web.
Ault, Earl R., & Alger, Terry W.. Metal vapor laser including hot electrodes and integral wick. United States.
Ault, Earl R., and Alger, Terry W.. Sun . "Metal vapor laser including hot electrodes and integral wick". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/869782.
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title = {Metal vapor laser including hot electrodes and integral wick},
author = {Ault, Earl R. and Alger, Terry W.},
abstractNote = {A metal vapor laser, specifically one utilizing copper vapor, is disclosed herein. This laser utilizes a plasma tube assembly including a thermally insulated plasma tube containing a specific metal, e.g., copper, and a buffer gas therein. The laser also utilizes means including hot electrodes located at opposite ends of the plasma tube for electrically exciting the metal vapor and heating its interior to a sufficiently high temperature to cause the metal contained therein to vaporize and for subjecting the vapor to an electrical discharge excitation in order to lase. The laser also utilizes external wicking arrangements, that is, wicking arrangements located outside the plasma tube.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1995},
month = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1995}
}

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