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Resonance transition 795-nm rubidium laser using He buffer gas
Author(s): Sheldon S. Q. Wu; Thomas F. Soules; Ralph H. Page; Scott C. Mitchell; V. Keith Kanz; Raymond J. Beach
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Paper Abstract

Resonance transition rubidium laser (52P1/2→52S1/2) is demonstrated with a hydrocarbon-free buffer gas. Prior demonstrations of alkali resonance transition lasers have used ethane as either the buffer gas or a buffer gas component to promote rapid fine-structure mixing. However, our experience suggests that the alkali vapor reacts with the ethane producing carbon as one of the reaction products. This degrades long term laser reliability. Our recent experimental results with a "clean" helium-only buffer gas system pumped by a Ti:sapphire laser demonstrate all the advantages of the original alkali laser system, but without the reliability issues associated with the use of ethane. We further report a demonstration of a rubidium laser using a buffer gas consisting of pure 3He. Using isotopically enriched 3He gas yields enhanced mixing of the Rb fine-structure levels. This enables efficient lasing at reduced He buffer gas pressure, improved thermal management in high average power Rb lasers and enhanced power scaling potential of such systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7005, High-Power Laser Ablation VII, 700523 (12 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.782376
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Sheldon S. Q. Wu, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Thomas F. Soules, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Ralph H. Page, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Scott C. Mitchell, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
V. Keith Kanz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Raymond J. Beach, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7005:
High-Power Laser Ablation VII
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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