Performance projections for functional CO2 laser coupled quantum heat engines Conference Paper uri icon


  • We show that it is possible to improve the efficiency of a laser system by adding a classical heat engine cycle to the laser gas which can remove both thermal and vibrational energy from the gas. Rapid pulsed CO2 laser-gas expansion cycle engine and a continuous CO2 laser-Brayton cycle engine are analysed to determine practicality. Combined laser-mechanical efficiencies can approach 80% for operational systems. 2004 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Modern Optics

author list (cited authors)

  • Hill, A. E., Rostovtsev, Y. V., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Hill, AE||Rostovtsev, YV||Scully, MO

publication date

  • January 2004