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Default Scratch aligning an ION laser

Ever wonder how to scratch align an ion laser? I threw together a video that might be helpful. Enjoy!

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Nice!!!!! Now align a pulsed laser !!!!!
Similar but different.
BEWARE of the High Voltages too
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:48 AM #3
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Default Re: Scratch aligning an ION laser

This is absolutely how I align my stuff. just use a HeNe that will penetrate the mirrors, its even easier. then you can fine tune it easier afterwards, removing those nasty circles afterward. I challenge you to the same thing Mike just stated, as if you mess it up, you can actually burn the coatings off the mirrors if they're off by even a bit.
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you can actually burn the coatings off the mirrors if they're off by even a bit.
Ouch! I've never tried to align a pulsed laser before. Just CW argon, krypton and HeNe's! My first time trying was on a HeNe, Spectra Physics 124 that fell off a table, it took over a week... After a couple times you get pretty good at it though.
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I agree. Like anything, there's procedure, and practice. Once you've done it a few times, it's not so bad as long as you have the stuff you need. This includes DPSS alignments.
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