what would it take to make a co2 laser from scratch? Answered
I think I have the basic concept, you take a full mirror and a one sided mirror, put them between a tube, pump in 10% co2 gas 5% argon or something inert, charge it with a neon transformer and a few welder's sticks for the anode and cathode respectively, then most of what comes out the one sided mirror should be laser emissions.
I know I'm missing something though... any suggestions?
I'm not worried about refining the beam into something that could: cut metal, make holes, be a nuisance to my neighbors, I just want a multi-watt laser in my barn that I could use to start my wood stove at the press of a comically big button.