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Industrial carbon monoxide laser systems and their applications

50w to 4kw co laser-systems, beam-delivery and applications
r & d. The work includes optical-fibre development and
medical applications research (at low powers).

Two distinct industrially-rated carbon monoxide systems will be developed capable of generating laser beams of high quality, at powers of 50W, +1 kW to 4kW in the first instance. These systems will be used for applications R & D and will include means for safe and flexible delivery, with manual or automatic control appropriate to the application. The 5?m infrared waveband generated is intermediate between the 1?m Nd:YAG and 10?m CO2 laser wavelengths now finding increasing acceptance in manufacturing industry and (at lower powers) in medical work. CO laser wavelengths are expected to offer potential advantages for certain medical and industrial (cutting, welding, surface-engineering and other materials- processing) applications detailed in earlier commercially-confidential EU 113 reports. This work will be augmented by 10 kW CO laser applications R & D in RUSSIA. (The 10 kW laser hardware was developed outside the EU 113 project though some refurbishment is planned). An integral element of the project is the phased development of novel optical fibres at this wavelength, for applications in the 50 watt to sub-kilowatt power range. Full hospital research trials are planned for the 50W system, which also has potential applications in the electronics industry. A strong and beneficial interaction is planned between the medical systems development and industrial elements of this EUROLASER project, which is thought to be unique and ambitious in its scope. The work initially involves a high level of basic research and subsequently an element of high risk for the SMEs involved as the first prototypes are evaluated: for this reason public sector grant has been requested. The total budget across the U.K., FRANCE and other EUREKA countries involved is expected to exceed 8 MECU: that for the U.K. has already been agreed (for the January 1992 - 1997 phase).
Acronym: 
CO
Project ID: 
113
Start date: 
01-12-1988
Project Duration: 
97months
Project costs: 
8 000 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.