Talk:Ion laser

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I'm wondering if "ion laser" is the best title for this article. It's not very specific. The article seems to deal with argon-ion and krypton-ion lasers. Perhaps a better title would be "noble gas ion laser" or just "noble ion laser". Any thoughts on this?--Srleffler 00:14, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

These lasers are commonly refered to as ion lasers, so I think the title is quite justified. There is an article, List of laser types, which lists the major types of lasers. On that list, the only other laser that would fit under the "ion laser" heading is the xenon ion laser, which is also a noble gas ion laser. Since there are no ion lasers that are not noble gas ion lasers, such a change does not seem justified.Az7997 20:04, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Power Supplies[edit]

I removed the hot-water heating coil reference, its use isn't stated, and could be confusing. Even if it where used as a ballast resister, I think it's beyond the scope of the article, as any other type of heating element could be used. Unless someone has a reference. Photonicsguy 01:35, 16 April 2007 (UTC)


A simple diagram of the components of an ion laser would be a useful contribution to this article (for comparison with the figure in the Helium-neon laser article). Does anyone have one?? Plantsurfer (talk) 08:22, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

This Article Is Broken If S3 Is An Ion Laser[edit]

Disclaimer: I know very little about physics so simply ignore this comment if it is totally bogus.

The article discusses maximum output of an ion laser:

A small air-cooled ion laser might produce, for example, 130mW of light with a tube current of 10A @ 105V.

Yet the S3 laser produces 500mW-1000mW with 3.75V at 1A-2A. As far as I can tell, the S3 is producing 8x the light of 130mW using 1/5 the amps at 1/28 the voltage.

And the S3 uses a power supply that is a 43g LiOn battery.

If the S3 is an ion laser, I think that makes this article more misleading than helpful. I would recommend rewriting the article by someone who has a clue (ie: not me) or deletion of the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Neil Smithline (talkcontribs) 22:01, 5 May 2012 (UTC)