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Factors affecting the life of dye laser flash lamps
Author(s): Alan W. Miller; Peter R. Horsted; Robert J. Chad
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Paper Abstract

The life of high power short pulse flashlamps for dye lasers has been examined and a key degradation process identified. Three main effects have been identified and characterized. These are an initial steep drop in optical output followed by a slow decline in output with continuous running and an output recovery after a rest period. Mass spectroscopy has shown that there is a substantial build-up of oxygen in the flashlamp during the first few pulses. The oxygen is believed to be a result of the break-up of the quartz wall. Using this simple process of wall erosion the three effects above have been explained. This has led to a new model to predict the life of short pulse, high power flashlamps where operational lifetime is dominated by wall erosion rather than thermal stress.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3265, Solid State Lasers VII, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308677
Show Author Affiliations
Alan W. Miller, GEC-Marconi Materials Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Peter R. Horsted, GEC-Marconi Materials Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Robert J. Chad, GEC-Marconi Materials Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3265:
Solid State Lasers VII
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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