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    A 44-foot-long, high-power gas laser developed by Raytheon Company has been selected for a national award as "one of the most significant technical products of the year" by INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH, a national industry magazine.

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    A 44-foot-long, high-power gas laser developed by Raytheon Company has been selected for a national award as "one of the most significant technical products of the year" by INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH, a national industry magazine.

    The laser is a result of research and development work in two Raytheon groups, the Research Division and the Laser Advanced Development Center in Waltham, Mass.

    The unit, which is known as Model LG16, is a highly efficient laser using a mixture of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and helium as the laser material. It is generally believed to have the highest continuous output -- more than 500 watts -- of any commercially available laser.

    Lasers are instruments that produce an extremely narrow beam of concentrated light energy. They are presently being used as research tools in such applications as radar, ranging, cutting, welding, and communications.

    Early research at Raytheon in the use of carbon dioxide as a laser medium was conducted by Dr. David Whitehouse of the laser group in the company's Research Division. Product development of the LG16 was under the direction of James Leone with Dr. Shen Y. Shey as project engineer at Raytheon's Laser Advanced Development Center.

    Research work on high power carbon dioxide lasers is being partially supported under a 10-month-long contract from the U.S. Army Missile Command. Research and Development Directorate, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

    INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH magazine editors recognized the achievement at an award luncheon on Monday, October 10, at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City.

    A 44-foot-long laser developed by Raytheon Company has been cited as one of the "most significant technical products of the year" by INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH magazine.

    This, the most powerful commercially-available laser, sends out an invisible beam of light energy so potent that it knifes through even the best of insulating materials.

    SYNOPSIS: A compressed asbestos material is cut as though it were paper by the silent and continuous unseen beam of the powerful laser.

    Even high heat resistant firebricks used to contain the heat of boilers aboard ship and high temperature kilns melt before the laser's beam. By moving an object in front of the beam it can be sawed in seconds this piece of stainless steel. Quarts which is frequently used as an insulator in industrial equipment and consumer appliances in also an easy test of this powerful laser.

    A hole is drilled quickly through heavy bone. Although the laser beam itself is invisible, sparks from the burning bone bounce back indicating its path and intensity.

    The Raytheon laser, with a focused heat intensity 10 times that at the surface of the sun itself, bores into an oak plank with ease and tackles three planks in tandem in only a few seconds more.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACTY4FMRDRPDKN9K61WMVRUYWW
    Media URN:
    VLVACTY4FMRDRPDKN9K61WMVRUYWW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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