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An investigation of the role of Ne, Ar, and Kr as buffer gas in a coaxial e-beam pumped KrF laser

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3 Author(s)
Kleikamp, B.M.H.H. ; Twente Univ. of Tech., Enschede, The Netherlands ; Peters, P.J.M. ; Witteman, W.J.

The role of Ne, Ar, and Kr as a buffer gas was investigated in a KrF laser pumped by a coaxial e -beam. The coaxial diode has a length of 20 cm and the anode tube diameter is 1 cm. The tube can be pressurized with the laser gas mixture up to 12 bar while a current density of 250 A/cm2can be achieved. It is found that both the maximum energy extraction and the optimized gas pressure with each buffer gas increase in the sequence Kr-Ar-Ne. From the experimental results, the quenching parameters of Kr, Ar, and Ne are deduced.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 2 )