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continuous wave (CW) laser

CW operation of a laser means that the laser is continuously pumped and continuously emits electromagnetic radiation. The emission can occur in a single cavity mode or on multiple modes.
Some lasers are called CWmode-locked. This indicates that the pulse average power is constant, i.e., there is no Q-switchedmode locking.
PAC, 2007, 79, 293 (Glossary of terms used in photochemistry, 3rd edition (IUPAC Recommendations 2006)) on page 318
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