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Most Powerful Continuous Laser

  1. Mar 13, 2009 #1
    Hi all,

    I am trying to find out what is the world's most powerful continuous laser? I would also like to know:

    - what wavelength range does it operate at and is there a trade-off between bandwidth and max power?

    - is there a graph anywhere showing laser power as a function of date, i.e. power from 1950 to 2000...

    Cheers,

    Natski
     
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  3. Mar 14, 2009 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    According to wikipedia (buyer beware..) the maximum continuous laser power is around 1-2 kW:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser

    These are CO2 or diode-pumped solid state lasers.
     
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