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Parametric studies of x‐ray preionized discharge XeCl laser at single shot and at high pulse rate frequency (1 kHz)

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Sentis, Marc L. ; Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Marseille, UM 34 C.R.N.S, Université d’Aix‐Marseille, 1 rue Honnorat, 13003 Marseille, France. ; Delaporte, Philipe ; Forestier, Bernard M. ; Fontaine, Bernard L.

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The design and performance of a high repetition rate (1 kHz) and high average power (200 W) XeCl discharge pumped laser (λ=308 nm) using a cold cathode x‐ray gun or a wire ion plasma gun for preionization are presented. The dependence of the output energy and of the average output power at low and high pulsed repetition frequency (PRF) on xenon partial pressure is studied. The discharge stability at high PRF is better with lower xenon partial pressure. The influence of preionization level and temporal delay between x‐ray pulse and laser discharge is discussed, as well as the required preionization level at higher PRF.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:66 ,  Issue: 5 )