The Basic Principles

  • John Powell


This chapter deals with four sets of basic principles, all of which are important to the laser user:
  1. 1.

    The cutting process

  2. 2.

    How materials respond to laser light

  3. 3.

    How CO2 lasers work

  4. 4.

    Laser modes



Lasing Cavity Laser Cutting Kerf Width Avalanche Effect Stable Cavity 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Powell
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Laser Expertise Limited, Unit HNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Dept. of Materials ProcessingLulea University of TechnologyLuleaSweden
  3. 3.Engineering Academy of St. PetersburgRussia

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