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A 10-cm Discharge-Length He-ZnII White Light Laser
Author(s): Wakao Sasaki; Kimihiko Itani; Tatehisa Ohta
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate a unique, efficient white light laser source realized by the He-Zn mixture with substantially short discharge length of 10 cm. The white laser light can be made up of only two wavelengths at simultaneous oscillation --- 492.4 nm (4f2Fo712_4d2D5/2) and 610.2 nm (5d 2D 512 -5 2p03/2 The ideal white color region for human eyes lies just between these two wavelengths in the chromaticity diagram. Therefore, such a compact white light laser will be useful for some specific purposes such as a white color standard. Moreover, we have analyzed the proper relation between the electron energy and the discharge sustaining voltage which appears as a function of the Zn vapor pressure measured at the terminal of the tube, considering the Druyvesteyn distribution of electron energy. Then we succeeded to operate a He-Zn laser tube in white light with 10-cm discharge length. The derived output beam was estimated to be about 0.5 mW.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1041, Metal Vapor Laser Technology and Applications, (1 June 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951239
Show Author Affiliations
Wakao Sasaki, Doshisha University (Japan)
Kimihiko Itani, Doshisha University (Japan)
Tatehisa Ohta, Doshisha University (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1041:
Metal Vapor Laser Technology and Applications
Jin J. Kim; Randy Kimball; P. Jeffrey Wisoff, Editor(s)

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