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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1997
  • pp: 2735–2741

Effects of a prepulse in the femtosecond-pulse-driven Xe ix laser

S. M. Hooker, P. T. Epp, and G. Y. Yin  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 14, Issue 10, pp. 2735-2741 (1997)

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We describe experiments that demonstrate the detrimental effect of a prepulse on the femtosecond-pulse-driven Xe ix laser. The mechanism of this effect is discussed in terms of the results of a hydrodynamic model of the preplasma formed by the prepulse. The benefit of inserting a simple electro-optic switch that allows full transmission of the main driving pulse, but reduces the prepulse to a level at which no preplasma is formed, is demonstrated experimentally.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

S. M. Hooker, P. T. Epp, and G. Y. Yin, "Effects of a prepulse in the femtosecond-pulse-driven Xe IX laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 2735-2741 (1997)

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