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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 1995
  • pp: 1011–1013

Compact XeF (CA) and iodine laser optically pumped by a surface discharge

B. A. Knecht, R. D. Fraser, D. J. Wheeler, C. J. Zietkiewicz, L. D. Mikheev, V. S. Zuev, and J. G. Eden  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 1011-1013 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.001011


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Abstract

A compact surface-discharge laser system has been developed and applied to optically pumping the bound → free XeF (CA) transition that lases in the blue-green (475–490-nm) and the 2P1/22P3/2 transition of atomic iodine at 1.315 μm. Employing no high voltage or current switches and occupying only ~1 m2 of table space, this device has an active length of ~50 cm and at present dissipates >8 MW/cm of surface discharge for a stored energy of 2.5 kJ. With 5% output coupling at 485 nm, energies of >50 mJ are obtained on the XeF (CA) transition in 1.5-μs (FWHM) pulses. The spectrum of the untuned oscillator is virtually free of absorption features and has a width of ~15 nm (FWHM). Pulse energies exceeding 0.7 J have been obtained for iodine at 1.3 μm with an output coupling of only 10%.

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Original Manuscript: November 1, 1994
Published: May 1, 1995

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B. A. Knecht, L. D. Mikheev, J. G. Eden, V. S. Zuev, R. D. Fraser, D. J. Wheeler, and C. J. Zietkiewicz, "Compact XeF (C → A) and iodine laser optically pumped by a surface discharge," Opt. Lett. 20, 1011-1013 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-20-9-1011


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