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Atomic fluorine laser excited directly by sliding discharge
Author(s): Georgi I. Furlinski; Peter A. Atanasov; Valery S. Serbezov; Zahari Y. Peshev
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Paper Abstract

A sliding-discharge directly-excited pulsed atomic fluorine laser was realized for the first time and investigated experimentally. The atomic fluorine was produced by dissociation of F2 in a He:F2 mixture by a fast-pulsed electrical discharge. The optimum active mixture was found to be 1.6% F2 and 98.4% He, at a total pressure of 90 mbar. A doubling electrical circuit was used for sliding discharge excitation. The laser performance characteristics (the voltage and laser pulses, output energy and gas mixtures) were studied. The laser spectrum consisted of three lines at 703.7 nm (3p2P03/2 yields 3s2P03/2) 712.8 nm (3p2P01/2 yields 3s2P1/2) and 731.1 nm (3p2S01/2 yields 3s2P1/2). The output power of the laser was higher than 1 kW and the pulse duration (at FWHM) measured was about 30 ns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4397, 11th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, (9 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.425111
Show Author Affiliations
Georgi I. Furlinski, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
Peter A. Atanasov, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
Valery S. Serbezov, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
Zahari Y. Peshev, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4397:
11th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications
Peter A. Atanasov; Stefka Cartaleva, Editor(s)

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