Single line operation and line competition effects in RF discharge excited cw Xe lasers

R. J. Morley, J. J. Wendland, H. J. Baker, D. R. Hall

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Abstract

We describe the first observation of single-line operation of cw atomic xenon lasers at Watt-level output powers. Single frequency output powers of 3.5 W on the 2.03 µm line and 780 mW on the 3.51 µm line have been observed. The single line performance of the laser is compared with observations made during multi-line operation. An explanation for the observed behaviour is proposed involving the suppression of line competition and the selective quenching and pumping of relevant transitions. © 1997 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-248
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Volume142
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 1997

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