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Abstract

This chapter surveys commercially available lasers and discusses some characteristics of laser radiation that make it useful in the processing and analysis of materials. Performance data for commercial versions of the most widely applied laser sources are outlined. The aim of this summary is to provide ready access to information that may be required in the assessment of the viability of particular laser applications. With this object in mind, the use of ancillary beam handling and measuring components is discussed from a practical point of view. The important problem of beam focusing is discussed in some detail.

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Laser Radiation Continuous Wave Laser Output Tuning Range Yttrium Aluminum Garnet 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. W. Duley
    • 1
  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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