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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 8 — Apr. 11, 2011
  • pp: 7894–7902

Photoionization in alkali lasers

R.J. Knize, B.V. Zhdanov, and M.K. Shaffer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 8, pp. 7894-7902 (2011)

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We have calculated photoionization rates in alkali lasers. The photoionization of alkali atoms in the gain medium of alkali lasers can significantly degrade the laser performance by reducing the neutral alkali density and with it the gain. For a ten atmosphere Rb laser and a Cs exciplex laser, the photoionization induced alkali atom loss rates are greater than 105 sec−1. These high loss rates will quickly deplete the neutral alkali density, reducing gain, and may require fast, possibly, supersonic flow rates to sufficiently replenish the neutral medium for CW operation.

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(140.1340) Lasers and laser optics : Atomic gas lasers
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 25, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2011
Published: April 8, 2011

R.J. Knize, B.V. Zhdanov, and M.K. Shaffer, "Photoionization in alkali lasers," Opt. Express 19, 7894-7902 (2011)

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