Carbon monoxide laser: More complicated than a carbon dioxide laser
Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous of all gases. It is colourless and odourless. Most cases of carbon monoxide poisoning are fatal, as people do not even notice when they breathe in this gas.
Carbon monoxide lasers work with this deadly substance. The performance parameters are similar to those of CO2 lasers, but the output power is lower. Another essential disadvantage: Carbon monoxide lasers have to be cooled with a complicated process.
This is due to the enormous temperatures they generate during operation. This disadvantage and the relatively high costs for the technical implementation have left these lasers no chance against CO2 lasers in the industry, although the performance is quite similar.
Active carbon monoxide lasers are therefore found mainly in the field of optics. Scientists do use this type of laser while it is rather not suitable for industrial use on a larger scale, e.g. for machining glass with laser technology.