Compact CO2 laser design and analysis
Martin, Erik H.
D. Scott Davis
Robert C. Harney.
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CO2 lasers, among the most efficient and powerful of all lasers, have many applications in industrial and medical fields. Unfortunately, their typical bulky size and fragility tend to limit their use in austere military environments. The purpose of this thesis is to present and analyze a new optical cavity design that can possibly fill the need for a compact, high power, ruggedly packaged infrared laser. Such a system could be used for targeting, communications, or field medical use. The analysis involves entering design parameters into a commercial software program and simulating the behavior of a collimated laser beam within. While results identify significant optical aberration flaws, the extensive design revision needed does not preclude eventual construction.