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Is it practical to build a TEA Nitrogen Laser with at least a 10 Joule pulse? Answered

I am building an Electrolaser and I have decided on using a TEA Nitrogen Laser, but I am not sure what the specifications of a laser powerful enough for it would be.

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icengBest Answer (author)2012-03-15

Yes it is.
N2 lasers are extremely easy to build once you have a high voltage supply.

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john7z7 (author)iceng2012-03-16

How powerful would the capacitors need to be?

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steveastrouk (author)john7z72012-03-16

Well they're obviously going to have to be big enough to store >> 10J of energy !
If you know the efficiency of the laser, you can get a number to work with.

Steve

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john7z7 (author)steveastrouk2012-03-16

Thank you both for your feedback. Does anybody know the efficiency of a TEA Nitrogen Laser?

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steveastrouk (author)2012-03-16

Looks like the end-to-end efficiency is pretty poor, like 0.1% !!!!!

The wikipedia article looks fairly authoritive to me.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrogen_laser

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