J. Phys. IV France
Volume 04, Numéro C4, Avril 1994
3rd International Conference Laser M2P
Page(s) C4-635 - C4-638
3rd International Conference Laser M2P

J. Phys. IV France 04 (1994) C4-635-C4-638

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:19944169

Copper vapor laser place in the laser isotope separation program


Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, CEA VALRHO, Département des Technologies de l'Enrichissement (DTE), Service Laser et Chimie (SLC), BP. 111, 26702 Pierrelatte cedex, France

The French uranium enrichment program, SILVA (Séparation Isotopique par Laser de la Vapeur Atomique d'uranium), has chosen yet the Copper Vapor Laser (CVL) for dye laser pumping. CVL is the most efficient laser in the visible, for pulsed operation, and with a high repetition rate. Over 400W of average optical power is achived from one unit ; work is done under CEA/CILAS contract. A 120W laser, the ICL 100 is available on the market from CEA/CILAS. MTBF over 1000 h is specified. In MOPA (Master oscillator power amplifier) configuration, hundred of hours at nearly 600W level is obtained in the CEA facilities. Other CVL industrial applications like hole drilling or paint removing are considered.

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