Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

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...


  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 14, 2009 #2

    Andy Resnick

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

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


    These are CO2 or diode-pumped solid state lasers.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook