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Title: Metal vapor laser including hot electrodes and integral wick

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. 5 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
27719
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States) PTO; SCA: 426002; PA: EDB-95:058940; SN: 95001354424
Patent Number(s):
US 5,396,513/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-158,885
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 7 Mar 1995
Research Org:
University of California
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; METAL VAPOR LASERS; DESIGN; EXCITATION; EVAPORATION; ELECTRICAL PUMPING

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