Industrial carbon dioxide laser cutting metal

Industrial carbon dioxide laser cutting metal

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Caption: Laser cutting. Metal component sparks as it is cut by an industrial carbon dioxide laser. A laser produces an intense beam of light which can be used to heat objects. Carbon dioxide lasers are efficient and widely used in industry. The word 'laser' is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A carbon dioxide laser consists of a gas cylinder with a mirror at either end. Energy is pumped into this chamber to excite the gas atoms. They are then stimulated by external light to emit their stored energy at a specific frequency. This stimulates more atoms to emit light. Some of this light then leaks through one of the mirrors to make a beam.

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