Several experiments have been carried out with a Nd-YAG laser as a future dismantling cutting tool. At the beginning, industrial lasers could cut only small thicknesses due their small power (1 kW) but now, with the rise in industrial power (8 kW), it is possible to cut plates up to 100 mm thickness. This technique is practical with the use of optical fibers which allow to maintain the laser generator in a non-radioactive zone. This paper provides a synthesis of the measurements of aerosols and gases produced in different configurations (cutting in air and underwater) and some comparisons with other cutting tools.

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