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This is a Cyonics/Uniphase model 2201-40MLA laser head rated at 40 mW, multi-line (total all lines: 488 nm, 514.5 nm, and several others). When new, the actual output power may be somewhat greater than this at maximum current.
The CDRH sticker on the outside of the enclosure reads "Argon/.50 Watt CW" Class IIIb Laser Product. However, no way, no how, to get anywhere remotely approaching .5 W for more than an instant (at startup) and this is still an upper bound - it is likely much more than the actual maximum.
The internal mirror tube has mirror mounts similar to those used on helium-neon lasers. The collars visible in the interior photos help to stabilize them against accidental movement. I can tell you from personal experience that alignment of these is VERY sensitive and those collars don't always work as advertised. :(
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This is a set of 3 NEC GLG-3030/3058 air-cooled argon ion laser heads.
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This is a pulsed argon ion laser head manufactured by Holosonics in 1976. The CDRH sticker says: <15 Watts Peak (power output), 6 Microsec(onds), <200 Hz. These values translate into a maximum average output power of around 18 mW which is probably way more than is possible without a meltdown. There is no evidence of any provisions for cooling. However, there might be cooling water pipe fittings at the end of the tube not visible in the photos. Without cooling, average output power would be much much lower since the required the required input power is likely to be a few hundred watts at least and this could not be sustained for very long without damage due to overheating.
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See the Laser FAQ section: Britt Pulsed Argon Ion Laser for addition information.
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This is a LARGE frame Trimedyne argon ion laser system. The tube alone is over 5 feet long! And, the entire cart as shown below is over 7 feet long! When new, it was rated at over 20 WATTs. It runs on three-phase (at least 220/208 VAC, maybe more) and is water cooled. The original application was hot tip angioplasty.
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