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METHOD OF HIGH POWER LASER-MECHANICAL DRILLING

United States Patent Application

20120261188
A1
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There is provided a laser-mechanical method for drilling boreholes that utilizes specific combinations of high power directed energy, such as laser energy, in combination with mechanical energy to provide a synergistic enhancement of the drilling process.
Zediker, Mark S. (Castle Rock, CO), Faircloth, Brian O. (Evergreen, CO), Allen, Erik C. (Minneapolis, MN)
13/ 403,132
February 23, 2012
[0002] This invention was made with Government support under Award DE-AR0000044 awarded by the Office of ARPA-E U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.