Narrow gap slab discharges for fast axial flow lasers

J. G. Betterton, H. J. Baker

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Abstract

In recent years, narrow electrode gap, area scalable discharges produced by transverse RF excitation have given major increases in power density for diffusion cooled CO2, CO and Xe lasers, with hybrid resonators, such as the stable/waveguide-unstable configuration giving high beam quality. Fast flow gas lasers produce higher total power, but operate at lower power density, limited by gas flow and discharge stability effects. This paper investigates the narrow gap, slab RF discharge with fast axial gas flow as a route to high pressure, high power density, continuously operating gas lasers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe
Pages84
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Event1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 8 Sep 199613 Sep 1996

Conference

Conference1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period8/09/9613/09/96

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    Betterton, J. G., & Baker, H. J. (1996). Narrow gap slab discharges for fast axial flow lasers. In Proceedings of the 1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (pp. 84)