Electrical and optical properties of ablative light sources are discussed. For the range of parameters studied, the energy balance shows that it is possible to obtain approximately one-third of the energy delivered to the lamp as radiative energy (in the 0.35–1.1-µ band); two-thirds are used in the buildup processes of the discharge. The over-all characteristics of ablative sources should permit useful technical applications.
R. G. Buser and W. P. Rahilly, "Ablative Light Sources," Appl. Opt. 7, 523-526 (1968)