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Methods and apparatus for removal and control of material in laser drilling of a borehole

United States Patent

January 28, 2014
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The removal of material from the path of a high power laser beam during down hole laser operations including drilling of a borehole and removal of displaced laser effected borehole material from the borehole during laser operations. In particular, paths, dynamics and parameters of fluid flows for use in conjunction with a laser bottom hole assembly.
Rinzler; Charles C. (Denver, CO), Zediker; Mark S. (Weldon Spring, MO), Faircloth; Brian O. (Evergreen, CO), Moxley; Joel F. (Denver, CO)
Foro Energy, Inc. (Littleton, CO)
12/ 543,968
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.