Safe Operation and Alignment of the Variable Pulse Width Laser at the US Army Research Laboratory

Report No. ARL-TN-0736
Authors: Eric S Collins; Jennifer L Gottfried
Date/Pages: February 2016; 16 pages
Abstract: The variable pulse width laser at the US Army Research Laboratory can output a maximum of more than 5 J per pulse at pulse widths between 50 μs to 10 ms. Maximum energy output is only achieved by proper alignment and laser operation. This report provides tips for safe operation to avoid damage to parts within the laser and provides details of a technique to align the variable pulse width laser that are not included in the operator's manual.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: February 1, 2016