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Consequences Of Laser Discharge Impedance On Circuit Designs
Author(s): Walter L. Willis
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Paper Abstract

Transverse discharge gas lasers exhibit a wide range of requirements in terms of operating voltage, discharge duration, energy deposition, and details of breakdown mechanism. The negative slope of the impedance characteristic, coupled with a large impedance range during a discharge cycle, can yield some unexpected results. Waveforms taken from several different lasers, including HP, XeCl, and KrF are presented, and practical consequences of the dynamic impedances are considered. These include: choices of components in final pulse forming networks; charging system requirements; and calculation of predicted performance, preionization, impedance matching, and circuit losses. mhese lead to a discharge system optimized for the particular application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0735, Pulse Power for Lasers, (18 May 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.938034
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Walter L. Willis, Northrop Research & Technology Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0735:
Pulse Power for Lasers
Tom R. Burkes, Editor(s)

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