Multijoule TE CO2 laser using a novel magnetic-spiker sustainer excitation circuit

P K Bhadani, Y. X. Tang, R. G. Harrison

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Abstract

A new discharge circuit implementing the magnetic-spiker sustainer excitation is reported that overcomes the large, bulky and heavy size of the transformer for a high repetition rate CO2 laser. The new discharge circuit reduces the rms current flowing through the saturable core pulse transformer. An output of 5J and approx. 13% overall efficiency has been obtained from a helium-free gas mixture at 400 mbar on a working TE CO2 laser. The circuit also allows operation of the discharge at reduced voltage and extends the excitation current pulse durations (approx. 7 µs) over which arc-free discharges can be formed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1994 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe
Pages41
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Event1994 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Aug 19942 Sep 1994

Conference

Conference1994 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period28/08/942/09/94

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    Bhadani, P. K., Tang, Y. X., & Harrison, R. G. (1994). Multijoule TE CO2 laser using a novel magnetic-spiker sustainer excitation circuit. In Proceedings of the 1994 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (pp. 41)