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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1988
  • pp: 114–116

Microwave-discharge excitation of an ArXe laser

C. L. Gordon, III, B. Feldman, and C. P. Christensen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 13, Issue 2, pp. 114-116 (1988)

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Performance characteristics of a microwave-discharge ArXe waveguide laser are described, including unoptimized efficiencies greater than 0.5%. Experimental results obtained with a wavelength-selective cavity show that high-pressure ArXe systems are capable of operation at 2.03 and 2.6 μm with efficiencies comparable with that normally observed at 1.73 μm. 8-μsec pulse durations are achieved with the use of gas additives, suggesting the feasibility of quasi-cw operation. Pulse-repetition rates exceeding 1 MHz in burst-mode operation are also reported.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 14, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: November 16, 1987
Published: February 1, 1988

C. L. Gordon, C. P. Christensen, and B. Feldman, "Microwave-discharge excitation of an ArXe laser," Opt. Lett. 13, 114-116 (1988)

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