The elemental copper vapour laser is a widely used laser from a family of metal vapour lasers for applications such as dye laser pumping, micromachining etc. In this paper, we report the development and performance of IGBT-based pulsed power supply that replaced conventional thyratron-based power supply for 4.7 cm diameter, 150 cm long copper vapour laser. The laser tube delivered an average power of 51 W, which with conventional power supply was giving 40 W. The IGBT-based power supply offers considerable reduction in the running cost of the laser. It is more user-friendly when compared with the conventional power supply.
Volume 95, 2021
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