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Influence of hydrogen on the optical and discharge properties of CuBr laser
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Paper Abstract

Impressive improvements in the quality of laser beam and the electric discharge properties of CuBr laser are reported lately as results of our continuing research on the hydrogen effect in copper halide-based lasers. Laser output power, Pout >= 10 W and beam divergence, (theta) <EQ 90 (mu) rad are available from a single-unit medium-scale (2 cm- bore x 50 cm) medium-power (10 - 20 W) CuBr laser fitted with a positive-branch unstable resonator of medium (M equals 73 - 100) magnification. Laser spatial intensity, Pout/(theta) 2 increases 5 times compared with the case of no hydrogen added (1390W.mrad-2 and 280W.mrad-2, respectively). Electrical field potential measurements in Ne-H2 mixtures show that in comparison with the pure-Ne-gas case, the near-electrode E- fields are nearly of a factor of 2 lower whereas the far- from-electrode E-field is almost of a factor of 6 higher as the pressure of H2 additive reaches 0.37 Torr. Energy dissipation in the CuBr laser electrodes has been studied in a typical gaseous environment and with discharge length scaling. The power lost in the electrodes significantly increases not only with a decrease in electrode separation but also more compounds are added to the medium. The total energy dissipated in both electrodes varies between 10% and 30% of the storage capacitor energy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4747, International Conference on Atomic and Molecular Pulsed Lasers IV, (26 March 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460114
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Dimo N. Astadjov, Institute of Solid State Physics (Bulgaria)
Nikola V. Sabotinov, Institute of Solid State Physics (Bulgaria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4747:
International Conference on Atomic and Molecular Pulsed Lasers IV

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