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Lasers increasing vapor to superheated steam

  1. Feb 11, 2009 #1
    I am trying to wrap my head around what it would take to bring water vapor to superheated state. It seems that if you had a vapor stream and shot it with continuous laser energy (CO2 or other gas laser) you could instantly create a high quality steam. I am teetering between buying a diode laser or trying to build my own CO2 laser, any advise?

    Has this been attempted in the past? Any good "Laser for dummies" books out there?


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  3. Feb 11, 2009 #2


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    Well wattage is wattage, whether applied by a boiler or by a laser: you'd need a heckuva laser to make any meaningful amount of superheated steam.
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