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Optimization of laser active media for fast-flowing gas lasers
Author(s): W. Pfeiffer; C. Schmitz; Adolf Giesen; Helmut Huegel
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Paper Abstract

For optimized laser active media with respect to high efficiency the optical quality, the discharge stability and the small signal gain have to be on a high level at simultaneously high power densities. This goal was achieved by combining a defined swirl flow with helical electrodes and a so-called ignition improver. Besides of the regular gas components CO2, N2 and He the gas mixture contains Ar and C4H10. The benefit of using optimized laser active media was demonstrated with a straight unstable resonator superimposed to two discharge tubes. At an efficiency of 18% and a beam power of 5 kW the laser system produces about the same beam propagation factor as calculated for the undisturbed gain medium. The beam propagation factor was significantly increased by an on-axis reflaxicon mirror system within the external beam path.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 1998
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3574, XII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (22 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.334433
Show Author Affiliations
W. Pfeiffer, Forschungsgesellschaft fuer Strahlwerkzeuge mbH (Germany)
C. Schmitz, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Adolf Giesen, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Helmut Huegel, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3574:
XII International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference
Anatoly S. Boreisho; Gennady A. Baranov, Editor(s)

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