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Frequency-Stabilized Hybrid CO2 Laser
Author(s): Paul Pace; James Cruickshank
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Paper Abstract

A compact atmospheric-pressure hybrid CO2 laser utilizing a transverse double-discharge technique has been constructed and operated at moderate repetition rates. A pulse output energy of 80 nil has been obtained under single-mode conditions at repetition frequencies of 100 Hz. Using the hybrid technique to obtain single-longitudinal-mode operation, we have been able to reach a 7-kHz long-term relative frequency instability between the TEA laser and a local oscillator laser. Measurements of the frequency sweeping during the pulse tail (chirp) are also presented along with a direct measurement of the resonant frequency pulling effect associated with the real part of the electric susceptibility of the gas. Limitations on the pulse repetition frequency for this laser configuration are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 1980
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0227, CO2 Laser Devices and Applications, (22 August 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958742
Show Author Affiliations
Paul Pace, Defence Research Establishment, (Canada)
James Cruickshank, Defence Research Establishment, (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0227:
CO2 Laser Devices and Applications
Thomas S. Hartwick, Editor(s)

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