High-Power Lasers

High-Power Lasers
First international contracts of Laser Systems Company were conducted for research and development of high-power lasers. The developed lasers were compact, efficient, reliable and easy to maintain. Lasers of the greatest interest at that time were CO2 lasers, i.e. gas-dynamic lasers working on combustion products, which tied records on continuous emission power, and pulse-periodic electric-discharge lasers with high energy of each impulse. The pulse-periodic ÒÅÀ-ÑÎ2 laser had unique characteristics allowing its installation on a helicopter for carrying out a wide range of research studies for development of advanced technical systems.

The most recent laser type developed by the Laser Systems Company technical specialists became the chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL) which is the most perspective compact independent source of high-power laser emission. The first Russian laser of this type for 10-kW was tested by the Laser Systems Company in 2001 and still holds the record of chemical efficiency of more than 32%.

At the same time, the Laser Systems Company has become widely known as the developer of unique systems necessary for high-power lasers testing and operating. First of all it is aerodynamic windows (AW) used to extract highly intensive high-power laser emission from the laser resonator, as well as from pressure recovery systems (PRS).

Technical specialists of the Company developed wide-aperture aerodynamic windows (up to 200 mm) ensuring operation of lasers with continuous power of a few hundred kW with unprecedented pressure gradient and minimum wave front distortions of the emission transmitted. The Laser Systems Company is an unchallenged leader in development of pressure recovery systems as almost all high-power supersonic chemical lasers are operated using pressure recovery systems produced by the Laser Systems Company. The active diffuser developed lately raised the COIL PRS efficiency by several times.

Currently, the Laser Systems Company pays a lot of attention to developing new perspective equipment based on fiber and semiconductor lasers.

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