Various types of CO2 laser have been investigated extensively. The CO2 lasers reported, however, utilized the premixed gas CO2N2He, except for combustion-driven gasdynamic lasers. We have demonstrated a new scheme for CO2 laser operation which utilizes organic vapors in air instead of a conventional CO2 gas mixture. An active medium, a CO2 molecule, is generated in the laser tube by electrochemical transformation of organic compounds (ECTO).

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