A review is given of the present status of gas discharge lasers, with particular attention to developments reported in 1965 and early 1966. Following a brief history, gas lasers are classified by types—neutral atom, ion, and molecular—and a comparison is given of the properties of the various types. A short discussion is given of noise and coherence properties. Detailed descriptions are given of three recent developments of particular interest—the CO2 laser, the argon-ion laser, and pulsed self-terminating lasers. Finally, brief mention is made of the most important present applications of gas lasers.
© 1966 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 2, 1966
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 1966
Published: October 1, 1966
A. L. Bloom, "Gas Lasers," Appl. Opt. 5, 1500-1514 (1966)