Scientific Results

Accurate gas diagnostics for sealed-off CO2 lasers using near-infrared DFB semiconductor lasers

Year: 1998

Authors: Lorini L., De Natale P., Lapucci A.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Largo E. Fermi 6, 50125 Firenze, Italy;
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia (INFM) sezione di Firenze, Florence, Italy;
Dipartimento Scienze Fisiche, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Naples, Italy

Abstract: The selective spectroscopic detection of CO2 and H2O in the gas mixture of a 400-W sealed-off CO2 slab laser is reported. The detection is based on the acquisition of absorption Voigt profiles of two vibrational overtone transitions of CO2 and H2O, obtained using two InGaAsP distributed feedback (DFB) semiconductor lasers, This spectroscopic method enables a direct absolute measurement of the temporal evolution for the concentrations inside the laser active volume. Monitoring takes place during laser operation without gas extraction. The experiments carried out on CO2 and H2O abundances confirm the paramount importance of wall desorbance phenomena in all-metal radio frequency (RF) excited lasers.

Journal/Review: IEEE JOURNAL OF QUANTUM ELECTRONICS

Volume: 34 (6)      Pages from: 949  to: 954

KeyWords: CO2 laser gas diagnostics; RF excited CO2 lasers; Sealed-off CO2 lasers; Distributed feedback lasers; Light absorption; Semiconducting indium compounds; Semiconductor lasers; Spectroscopic analysis, Vibrational overtone transitions, Carbon dioxide lasers
DOI: 10.1109/3.678590

Citations: 5
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