The design, construction, and operational characteristics of an optical resonator for an annular gain media are described. The system, developed for laser power extraction investigations in a new type of coaxial discharge geometry, features a folded multipass unstable resonator concept, fabricated from lightweight uncoated diamond-turned aluminum substrates. The resulting cw CO2 device incorporates excitation aspects of the nonself-sustained PIE excitation process in addition to a new magnetic discharge stabilization technique. Laser performance and output beam characteristics are presented.
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V. A. Seguin, H. J. J. Seguin, C. E. Capjack, S. K. Nikumb, and H. Reshef, "Multiple pass unstable resonator for an annular gain CO2 laser," Appl. Opt. 25, 3825-3829 (1986)