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Optical characteristics of a rectangular bore discharge-excited Sr+ recombination laser

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2 Author(s)
R. M. Hentschel ; Centre for Lasers & Applications, Macquarie Univ., North Ryde, NSW, Australia ; J. A. Piper

We report results of studies of laser beam divergence, laser beam intensity profiles and spatial and temporal laser pulse characteristics for a rectangular bore strontium recombination laser operating on the 430.5 nm Sr transition at high pulse rates (3-10 kHz). Beam divergence is found to be very nearly diffraction limited for a flat-flat optical cavity, with a very uniform spatial distribution of laser intensity under optimum operating conditions. Laser pulse characteristics provide an indication of plasma conditions across the laser tube

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IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 5 )