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In Situ Optical Breakdown-Studies For A Large CO2 Laser Amplifier
Author(s): C. J. Elliott; R. G. Bjurstrom; J. P. Carpenter; E. L. Coffelt; J. J. Hayden; D. E. Hebron; J. McLeod; V. Romero
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Paper Abstract

We study optical breakdown from target reflected optical pulses in the Gemini laser system. We measure the retropulse fluence (or illuminance) leaving the amplifier in terms of the energy entering the breakdown region and find qualitative agreement but no quantitative agreement with theory. Particulates were observed on nucleopore filters through which gas samples were drawn.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932038
Show Author Affiliations
C. J. Elliott, University of California, (United States)
R. G. Bjurstrom, University of California (United States)
J. P. Carpenter, University of California (United States)
E. L. Coffelt, University of California (United States)
J. J. Hayden, University of California (United States)
D. E. Hebron, University of California (United States)
J. McLeod, University of California (United States)
V. Romero, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0288:
Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81
Donald H. Liebenberg, Editor(s)

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