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Review of oscillator performance for electric lasers
Author(s): John W. Glessner; Peter D. Tannen; Robert F. Walter; Gregory C. Dente
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Paper Abstract

This paper reviews and discusses the performance of unstable resonators concentrating on the design, analysis, and test of oscillators used on electric discharge and electron-beam pumped laser devices. The work covers over 15 years of device development including pulsed and continuous wave CO2, CO and excimer lasers, both subsonic and supersonic flow. The emphasis is on the review of the energy extraction and beam quality experimental results from a wide range of devices. The effect of flow characteristics on laser performance is discussed. The interaction between the optical mode formation and the laser medium, called the 'Mode-Medium Interaction', is presented in terms of both theoretical and experimental understanding. The device design constraints imposed by optical material limitations is also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1990
PDF: 35 pages
Proc. SPIE 1224, Optical Resonators, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18427
Show Author Affiliations
John W. Glessner, Weapons Lab. (United States)
Peter D. Tannen, W. J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Robert F. Walter, W. J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Gregory C. Dente, GCD Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1224:
Optical Resonators
Dale A. Holmes, Editor(s)

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