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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 1983
  • pp: 927–939

High-resolution line-shape analyses of the pulsed cuprous chloride-laser oscillator and amplifier

W. C. Kreye and F. L. Roesler  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 927-939 (1983)

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Time-averaged spectral line shapes of the a hyperfine component of the Cul 5782-Å line (2D3/22P1/2) from a pulsed high-gain cuprous chloride (CuCl) laser are measured with a high-resolution (±1 mK) Fabry-Perot interferometer. Four operational modes are studied: (1) high-power oscillator; (2) low-power oscillator; (3) oscillator–amplifier combination; and (4) spontaneous-emission source. Two models are used for the oscillator and amplifier: a quasi-steady-state approximation and a gain-switched pulsed model, respectively. The corresponding computed interferograms are fitted to the experimental ones by varying the unsaturated gain g0, saturation and spontaneous-emission parameters, and the temperature and homogeneous FWHM. Use of a common discharge tube enables us to achieve a one–one correspondence between experimental data and laser parameters, whose resulting values agree with those obtained by other methods. Typically, the total average spectral output of the high-power oscillator is ~6.7 W and its g0 value is 0.15 cm−1.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 21, 1982
Published: March 15, 1983

W. C. Kreye and F. L. Roesler, "High-resolution line-shape analyses of the pulsed cuprous chloride-laser oscillator and amplifier," Appl. Opt. 22, 927-939 (1983)

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