A technique for operating krypton-filled flashlamps at high repetition rates and with high efficiency in Q-switched lasers is described. The technique uses high simmer currents to remove the timing and amplitude jitter that occurs at high repetition rates when krypton-filled lamps are run with conventional, low simmer currents. Besides giving excellent pulse-to-pulse reproducibility in the laser output, the method also removes any tendency for the lamp to misfire or extinguish.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 23, 1982
Published: May 1, 1983
J. Richards, D. Rees, K. Fueloep, and B. A. See, "Operation of krypton-filled flashlamps at high repetition rates," Appl. Opt. 22, 1325-1328 (1983)