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Method and apparatus for delivering high power laser energy over long distances

United States Patent

August 20, 2013
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Systems, devices and methods for the transmission of 1 kW or more of laser energy deep into the earth and for the suppression of associated nonlinear phenomena. Systems, devices and methods for the laser drilling of a borehole in the earth. These systems can deliver high power laser energy down a deep borehole, while maintaining the high power to advance such boreholes deep into the earth and at highly efficient advancement rates.
Zediker; Mark S. (Weldon Spring, MO), Rinzler; Charles C. (Denver, CO), Faircloth; Brian O. (Evergreen, CO), Koblick; Yeshaya (Sharon, MA), Moxley; Joel F. (Denver, CO)
Foro Energy, Inc. (Littleton, CO)
12/ 544,136
August 19, 2009
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.