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Argon lasers?

Aaron636r

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Would some one care to explain to me what a argon laser is/does?
 

diachi

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It's a gas laser that uses ionized argon gas in the plasma form which emits photons, like a HeNe but bigger and generally more powerful also the beam is cyan in colour.
 

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No, generally around 20-80mW.

And these things are MASSIVE. They use a LOT of power, but they are REALLY cool :D They have a cyan coloured beam generally, 488nm.
 

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Murudai said:
No, generally around 20-80mW.

And these things are MASSIVE. They use a LOT of power, but they are REALLY cool :D They have a cyan coloured beam generally, 488nm.

But you can use that power to heat the house while you are playing with the laser. ;)

Peace,
dave

 

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Aaron636r said:
Can it be used for anything? Are they generally high power?
They are used in laser shows IIRC. The power can be anywhere from a few milliwatts to several watts.
 

GooeyGus

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most of the industrial/medical argons are pretty high power. 1-10W but the ones used for DNA research and stuff like that (the ones we usually get) are usually around 200-250mW peak for a multiline, and maybe 60mW peak for a single line.
 

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Thanks for all the answers. I have a local guy who is selling a ALC 60x (american laser) for $300. Is this a reasonable price?
 




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