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Bydent

So I have this laser tube lying around and I was wondering how to use it. It is a Helium-Neon (HE-NE) gas laser tube built by Uniphase.

 

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horrible picture, just like most of mine

 

It's description is very vague, I'll read you the label.

(clears throat)

 

Uniphase

 HE-NE GAS LASER

THIS TUBE DOES NOT COMPLY WITH 21 CFR 1040. USE ONLY AS A COMPONENT. SEE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS.

MADE IN U.S.A.

 S/N 183475

 

It's about six inches long, just in case that helps. I got it from a local surplus store (HSC ROCKS!!!) for about ten USD. Hey, it's surplus! No documents came with it.

Any ideas on the power requirements and power supply hardware I will need?

Thanks! 

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dent's picture

cool! i have some laser pointers, but they're all pretty much destroyed. still....

ps: i will ninja you someday, ninjatech! 

dent's picture
the JDSU pdf asks for 1000 volts. and here I was fiddling with my stupid 9v batteries. jeez, maybe i'll find a laser diode in a cd burner or something. Still, i appreciate the help you guys gave me! :)
TheOther1's picture
This may be a little more basic.  And Wikipedia always has some pretty pictures.
TheOther1's picture
Maybe you can pick it out of a lineup.  From there, you can match it with a power supply.
dent's picture
I guess my laser tube will be laying around for quite a few more years. Thanks anyways for the help, guys! :)
dent's picture
LONGITUDAL MODES OF OPERATION? wow. I only just checked out the site. I thought you just had to get a power supply and hook it up...
dent's picture
I know, I've googled and all that, everything is extremely hard to understand, plus they are mostly crappy sites, yeah.
ezekiel181's picture

Found this web site. Everything you ever wanted to know about HeNe lasers. Don`t know how helpful it is though, that stuff looks complicated!

OddBot's picture
or Google it. I'm guessing it will need a high voltage supply to excite the gas.