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A Parallel Thyratron Pulser with Magnetic Sharpening for Large HgBr Lasers
Author(s): Rodney Petr; Charles Fisher; Tom Znotins; Terry DeHart; John McDaniel; Tom Burkes; J. J. Ewing
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Paper Abstract

We report on an electric discharge laser pulser that used three parallel thyratrons to drive a large, meter-long HgBr laser. By placing a magnetic sharpening switch between the thyratrons and the laser load, we were able to generate a 60 kV voltage,Rpike, and a 30 kA, 120 nS long current pulse with a rising front of approximately 1 x 1012 A/S at the laserhead. This led to an optical output exceeding 2 J and an energy transfer efficiency of 1.7 percent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0735, Pulse Power for Lasers, (18 May 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.938038
Show Author Affiliations
Rodney Petr, Spectra Technology, Inc. (United States)
Charles Fisher, Spectra Technology, Inc. (United States)
Tom Znotins, Spectra Technology, Inc. (United States)
Terry DeHart, Spectra Technology, Inc. (United States)
John McDaniel, Spectra Technology, Inc. (United States)
Tom Burkes, Spectra Technology, Inc. (United States)
J. J. Ewing, Spectra Technology, Inc. (United States)


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

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