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Preionization of pulsed gas lasers by radioactive source

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1 Author(s)
I. Bigio ; University of California, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA

An α-source of americium-241 is used to preionize transverse electrical-discharge gas lasers, enhancing the useful pressure range in a variety of gases. Of particular interest is the enhancement in electron-attaching gases, which corroborates speculations on the role of negative ions in preionization.

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IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 2 )