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Long‐pulse, electron beam pumped, atomic xenon laser

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2 Author(s)
Patterson, E.L. ; Laser and Atomic Physics Department, Sandia National Laboratories, P. O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185‐5800 ; Samlin, G.E.

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Characteristics of a long‐pulse, low pump rate, atomic xenon (XeI) laser are described. Energy loading up to 170 J/L at pulse widths between 5 and 55 ms is achieved with an electron beam in transverse geometry. The fraction of energy in each wavelength obtained with electron beam pumping is in good agreement with results from fission fragment pumping in a reactor pumped laser. Values for the small‐signal gain coefficient, loss coefficient, and saturation intensity as a function of pump rate are presented. Laser energy as a function of pulse width and the effects of air and CO2 impurities are described. An investigation of the dominant laser wavelength in a high‐Q cavity indicates that the 2.6 μm radiation dominates.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:76 ,  Issue: 5 )