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Laser based analysis using a passively Q-switched laser employing analysis electronics and a means for detecting atomic optical emission of the laser media

United States Patent

March 29, 2016
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A device for Laser based Analysis using a Passively Q-Switched Laser comprising an optical pumping source optically connected to a laser media. The laser media and a Q-switch are positioned between and optically connected to a high reflectivity mirror (HR) and an output coupler (OC) along an optical axis. The output coupler (OC) is optically connected to the output lens along the optical axis. A means for detecting atomic optical emission comprises a filter and a light detector. The optical filter is optically connected to the laser media and the optical detector. A control system is connected to the optical detector and the analysis electronics. The analysis electronics are optically connected to the output lens. The detection of the large scale laser output production triggers the control system to initiate the precise timing and data collection from the detector and analysis.
Woodruff; Steven D (Morgantown, WV), Mcintyre; Dustin L. (Washington, PA)
U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
13/ 749,842
January 25, 2013
GOVERNMENT INTERESTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to the employer/employee relationship between the inventors and the U.S. Department of Energy, operators of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).