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Femtosecond XeF(C-A) laser amplifier pumped by radiation of multichannel surface discharges
Author(s): Vadim Tcheremiskine; Olivier Uteza; Andrey Aristov; Marc Sentis; Leonid Mikheev
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Paper Abstract

Gain characteristics of a photolytically driven XeF(C-A) laser amplifier are studied experimentally in the unsaturated amplification regime. The gaseous active medium is optically pumped by the vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) radiation from two large-area multichannel surface discharges initiated along opposite walls of the amplifier chamber. Total gain factor of 102 is obtained for the ultrashort optical pulses under multipass amplification in the active volume of 40×18×4 cm3 dimensions with a spatially homogeneous gain distribution. Spectral measurements reveal a good conservation of the seed pulse spectrum. Small-signal gain reaching 2×10-3 cm-1 is observed for the blue-green seed pulses of 150 fs duration, as well as for the continuous seed radiation at 488 nm. The obtained gain values, being compared with the gain calculated for the measured pumping radiation power, indicate that the quantum yield of the XeF(B) formation as a result of the XeF2 photodissociation is high and approaches unity within the spectral band of the XeF2 VUV photodissociation continuum.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6938, Atomic and Molecular Pulsed Lasers VII, 69380W (19 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.785651
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Vadim Tcheremiskine, Lab. LP3, Univ. Aix-Marseille II (France)
Olivier Uteza, Lab. LP3, Univ. Aix-Marseille II (France)
Andrey Aristov, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Marc Sentis, Lab. LP3, Univ. Aix-Marseille II (France)
Leonid Mikheev, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6938:
Atomic and Molecular Pulsed Lasers VII
Victor F. Tarasenko, Editor(s)

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