continuous-wave laser

continuous-wave laser

[kən¦tin·yə·wəs ¦wāv ′lā·zər]
(optics)
A laser in which the beam of coherent light is generated continuously, as required for communication and certain other applications. Abbreviated CW laser.
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Development and delivery of a pure mode continuous-wave laser with wavelength 632.
With MicroPulse, a continuous-wave laser beam is chopped into a train of tiny, repetitive, low energy pulses separated by a brief rest period which allows the tissue to cool between laser pulses.
The light originates from a continuous-wave laser, also called a single-frequency laser.
Adams noted that certain key treatment risks are reduced or eliminated with the use of MicroPulse, and patient comfort is increased compared to conventional, continuous-wave laser treatment.
MicroPulse is a tissue-sparing laser therapy that works by electronically "chopping" a continuous-wave laser emission into trains of microsecond pulses.
Researchers working with continuous-wave lasers in the 1960s were some of the first to observe the high-contrast, fine-scale granular patterns that appeared when laser light was reflected from a rough surface.

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