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Atomic xenon recombination laser excited by thermal ionizing radiation from a magnetoplasma compressor and discharge
Author(s): A. S. Kamrukov; Nicolay P. Kozlov; A. G. Opekan; Yuri S. Protasov; I. G. Rudoi; A. M. Soroka
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Paper Abstract

A description is given and the results are reported of the first photoionization-recombination laser using atomic xenon excited by thermal ionizing radiation from a plasma. The pump source was a multichannel plasmadynamic in magnetoplasma compressors, which was ignited in the active medium of the laser. When the composition of the working mixture was optimal (Xe:Ar equals 1:250) and the total pressure was 1 atm, the output energy was approximately 0.5 in the form of pulses of approximately 10 microsecond(s) duration, and maximum specific output energy represented by laser radiation was 1-2 J/l. The unsaturated gain was 27 m. A kinetic laser scheme was proposed and analyzed. It allowed for the processes of photoionization, ion conversion, dissociative recombination, interaction of excited states with electron and buffer gases, etc. An important role played by heating of the active medium during pumping was demonstrated; it explained the observed characteristics of the spatial and temporal structure of the lasing process, particularly bleaching of large volumes of the active medium. The potential output energy of the laser was considered, and specific constructions were proposed to attain a lasing efficiency amounting to a few percent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1503, Excimer Lasers and Applications III, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46955
Show Author Affiliations
A. S. Kamrukov, Moscow State Technical Univ. (Russia)
Nicolay P. Kozlov, Moscow State Technical Univ. (Russia)
A. G. Opekan, Moscow State Technical Univ. (Russia)
Yuri S. Protasov, Moscow State Technical Univ. (Russia)
I. G. Rudoi, Moscow State Technical Univ. (Russia)
A. M. Soroka, Moscow State Technical Univ. (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1503:
Excimer Lasers and Applications III
Tommaso Letardi; Lucien Diego Laude, Editor(s)

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