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Lasing in alkali atoms pumped by the dissociation of alkali-rare gas exciplexes (excimers)
Author(s): J. D. Readle; C. J. Wagner; J. T. Verdeyen; D. L. Carroll; J. G. Eden
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Paper Abstract

Lasing on the 62P1/2→62S1/2(D1) resonance transition of atomic Cs at 894.3 nm has been demonstrated in mixtures of Ar, ethane, and Cs vapor by the photoexcitation of ground state Cs-Ar collision pairs and subsequent dissociation of diatomic, electronically-excited CsAr molecules (exciplexes or excimers). The blue satellites of the alkali D2 lines provide a pathway for optically pumping atomic alkali lasers on the principal series (resonance) transitions with broad linewidth (>2 nm) semiconductor diode lasers. In this paper we discuss different variations of this new laser system and the experiments of the initial demonstration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7196, High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications III, 71960D (19 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.809817
Show Author Affiliations
J. D. Readle, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
C. J. Wagner, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
J. T. Verdeyen, CU Aerospace LLC (United States)
D. L. Carroll, CU Aerospace LLC (United States)
J. G. Eden, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7196:
High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications III
Steven J. Davis; Michael C. Heaven; J. Thomas Schriempf, Editor(s)

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