We describe experiments that demonstrate the detrimental effect of a prepulseon 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.
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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)