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Cleaning Your Laser Optics Can Bolster Efficiency and Safety

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HUYEN VU, LASER COMPONENTS

Laser optics, in use or in storage, always acquire a level of contamination from water, skin oils, dust and other substances. Contamination of this key component of a laser system can distort beam alignment and drift away a focused spot from the original setup. It also can negate the safety margins that were designed into the optics, resulting in optical damage under conditions where they would not normally occur. This is especially true for high-power laser systems, where contaminated elements heat up. This causes distortion as the optics change shape and refractive index and...Read full article

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