The positions of maximum intensity in the beam cross section of transversely excited N2 lasers have been measured at different gas pressures for three types of laser channel. The results show that there is a nonuniformity in the population inversion in the interelectrode region, which is discussed in terms of ionizing waves of potential gradient.
© 1982 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 18, 1981
Published: July 1, 1982
C. Lal and S. N. Thakur, "Ionizing waves of potential gradient in a transversely excited N2 laser cavity," Appl. Opt. 21, 2317-2322 (1982)