The CO2 Laser
By Derek Kverno and Jim
The Carbon Dioxide laser is one of the most useful
and important molecular lasers because of its high efficiency (up to 30%) and intense
output. Since it is capable of providing such high, continuous power levels it is
used extensively in industry for cutting and welding. The study of the Carbon Dioxide
laser is also a popular experiment because it clearly demonstrates the characteristics of
a molecular laser and the dynamics of molecular vibration.
Table of Contents:
- Molecular Structure: Vibration and Rotation
- Molecular Spectra
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